Breslin wins New Castle mayor race
NEW CASTLE – A former town mayor was re-elected as mayor in Tuesday night’s municipal election, beating out a longtime Town Council member in the race.Frank Breslin won the position with 314 votes to Pamela Mattivi Bunn’s 208 votes.Breslin served as mayor from 1988 to 1994 and has been chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission since 1996. He said he wanted to continue the work of the Town Council, especially in light of current mayor Bill Wentzel stepping down and the retirement of town administrator and former longtime mayor Steve Rippy.”I felt it was important to continue the progress that’s been made in the office – that’s why I ran,” Breslin said.A resident of New Castle since 1976, Breslin said he felt this time as mayor will be easier because of the staff the town now has on board.”Back in 1988, we had to make our own way,” he said. “It will be easier now because we’ve got a professional staff that gives council good advice.”Bunn, a New Castle native who has served on the Town Council for nine years, admitted she was disappointed at her loss.”I’m disappointed because I thought it would be neat to have a woman mayor,” she said. “The last time was in 1922.”However, Bunn will retain her seat on the Town Council for the remainder of her term.Three other candidates were voted to three open seats on the council. Greg Russi received 415 votes; Bruce Leland 384 votes; and Art Riddile, 330 votes.According to the town clerk, 557 ballots were received in the municipal election of 1,416 mailed out – a 39.3 percent turnout.
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