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Local News Archive -2002 Village Elections


Village Election - Village Election 2002 Candidates

Democratic Party Republican Party
John Gilmartin
Democratic Candidate, Mayor

Married - Married to Mary Jane Cronin 1952 (Wife deceased 1988)
Family - Son of Mr.& Mrs. George E. Gilmartin, deceased. Father retired Remington Arms. Brother to Mary G. Morris, George F. and Gerald M. Gilmartin, all deceased. Mary Morris taught 35 years in Ilion School System.
Children - Four Children: John, Mary, Margaret and James
Grandchildren - Eight grandchildren: Courtney, Alex, Teddy and Megan Gilmartin; Grace and George Reader; and Sage Kingsley

Education - Graduate of Siena College, Ilion High School and Graduate of Annunciation School

Veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific aboard the USS
Benevolence and the USS New Jersey and the Occupational Forces of Japan.

Professional Experience:

Currently - Vice-President of Marmotech Corp. of Ithaca, NY, a company dedicated to Hepatitis B virus research a major cause of liver cancer in humans.
1980-1990 Associate Director, Center for Research Animal Resources Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
1973-1980 Assistant Director, Laboratory Animal Services NYS College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University
1967-1973 Associate Director, Laboratory Animal Facilities SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
1971-1973 Research Assistant Professor, Laboratory Animal Medicine SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
1956-1967 Manager Laboratory Animal Facilities, Norwich Pharmaceutical Co. Eaton Laboratories, Norwich, NY
1952-1956 Manager, Tumblebrook Farm Brant Lake, NY & Frederick, MD.

Community Involvement - Parishioner of Church of the Annunciation; serving on Pastoral Council.

Kevin Bluett
Republican Candidate, Mayor

Married - to Leslie Bunch Bluett, RN,CHN
Children - Kevin II, Christopher, Jennifer.

Education - Graduate of Ilion High School

Work Experience- Inventory Control/Food Buyer for the Masonic Home, Village trustee since 1997 - Deputy Mayor, 1998 to the present

Community Involvement - AYSO Soccer Coach, Ilion Pop Warner Football Coach, Secretary of the Ilion Masonic Lodge Advisor of DeMolay Youth Group, Treasurer of Remington Elementary PTO Committee, member of parent/teacher school planning group

Lois Manley
Democratic Candidate, Trustee

Married - March 13, 1971 to Robert R. Manley, deceased, son of M/M Jack Manley, Sterling, VA., formerly of Ilion.
Family - Daughter of Mary M. and George Murphy(both deceased). Sister of Mary E. LaLonde, Ilion Patricia Fletcher, Sauquoit, N.Y., Joan Robinson, deceased, Thomas Murphy, Syracuse, Larry Murphy Melbourne, FL., - Mother-Mary M. Murphy, was an elected Village Treasurer 1949 thru 1951. Father-in-Law, Mr. Jack Manley was Mayor of Ilion and also Village Attorney.
Children - Heather C. Manley, Asst. Dist. Attny in Manhattan, and Shannon M. Manley, Communication Consultant for Fidelity in Marlboro, Mass.

Education - Graduate of Ilion Central High School

Work Experience - General Electric, Utica 1956 until 1973, Norstar Bank (currently Fleet) 1988 until 1991, United Northern Savings 1992 until 1994, Currently at HSBC, Ilion since 1994, parttime.

Chuck Lester
Republican Candidate, Trustee

Married - to Marion Eramo Lester

Children - Marsha, Nicole, Danielle

Education - Graduate of Ilion High School, graduate of HCCC for business and accounting, Phi Theta Kapa Honorary Society

Work Experience - Owner, "Ceiling and Wall Restoration", contracting business

Community Involvement - Past President and member of The Mohawk Valley Chapter of Certified Football Officials, Member, Mohawk Valley Hockey League, Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Ilion Days Do Da Parade, Utica BoilerMaker Race, Mohawk Valley Heart Run and Walk


Endorsed by Democrats - Independent Party, Incumbent Trustee

Married - to Cynthia Lyman

Children - Phil, Carly and Tom

Education - Ilion High School

Work Experience - An employee of F.E. Hale Manufacturing for the last nine years, currently as maintenance supervisor, served as Village trustee for the past two years.

Community Involvement - Active in several local organizations, including the Ilion Elks Lodge where he has served on the House Committee for the past three years, the Mohawk American Legion, and the Herkimer County Marine Corps League in Ilion. Bechard is a lifelong resident of Ilion.

Janice Burling
Republican Candidate, Trustee

Married - to James Burling, employed at Union Tool

Children - Christine, Carreen

Education - Graduate of Ilion High School, Presidentís List graduate from HCCC in Data Processing

Work Experience - Vice President, Systems East, Inc. administering, managing and planning countywide consolidation projects to streamline tax bills, tax collection, and management of delinquent taxes. Technology consultant for software and database management for various municipalities. Software project manager for numerous municipalities overseeing platform changes to eliminate mainframe computers.

Community Involvement - Former Treasurer and Vice President of the Central Valley Girls Softball League, Past Advisor- HCCC Information Technology Department Member, Village Planning Board Comment


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