By MICHAEL ANICH
JOHNSTOWN - A former chairman of the Fulton County Board of Supervisors and current Oppenheim town councilman was elected Tuesday as Oppenheim's newest town justice.
According to unofficial Fulton County Board of Elections figures, Republican Peter M. Stone received 306 votes to capture the justice position in a race against two independent candidates. Linda Montana received 169 votes and Mary Jean Wall had 30.
Stone, owner of PEMS Tool & Machine of Little Falls, is a former county Board of Supervisors chairman, Oppenheim supervisor and current Oppenheim town councilman.
"I thought I could serve the community by doing this," Stone said.
He said he will give up his councilman position when he takes the bench at the start of the year.
He will serve in a position vacated by former Town Court Justice Robert L. Link, who resigned during the summer. According to the state state Commission on Judicial Conduct, Link allegedly engaged in misconduct in handling several cases between May 2009 and September 2010.
Stone also has seen some controversy in his past public service. He was county board chairman in 2006 and had ties with Jablonski Excavating of St. Johnsville, which the county contracted with for the county's Route 67 water project. Stone decided not to seek re-election in 2007. The state later joined Fulton County in 2008 indicating it would not force Stone to return money he earned working for the private contractor. He also had loaned the company $275,000.
In other Fulton County elections Tuesday, unofficial votes were cast this way:
- Republican Dennis Horton beat Conservative Lolalynn Steele by a count of 1,082 to 535 to capture a town of Broadalbin assessor vacancy.
- In the city of Johnstown, incumbent Republican Richard Ricciardi had 1,250 votes and Republican Anthony Caruso had 1,322 votes, both running unopposed for two Water Board seats.
- In the town of Ephratah, unopposed Republican incumbent Town Justice Joseph Dickinson Sr. received 389 votes.