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Local News Archive - 2014

Bennie DiPiazza Denied Parole Again....

The convicted killer of Noreen Jones, Benedict DiPiazza has been denied parole again. The Parole Board ruled in August 2014, that he will continue to serve his prison sentence for killing Noreen Jones on Aug. 27, 1964. His next parole hearing will be in two years. DiPiazza was released from prison August 30, 1999. On December 14, 1999, he was arrested for allegedly stealing merchandise worth about $250, from Filene's department store, in the Albany Crossgates Mall. He violated his parole by shoplifting and possessing a bow-and-arrow and was returned to prison. Dipiazza is seventy years old.
Source The Observer Dispatch - DiPiazza denied parole 50 years after killing Ilion girl (Sept 12, 2014)

Noreen Jones
Noreen Jones
Attended IHS 1961 - 1962

See related 1999 articles: Judge Rules DiPiazza can NOT move back to Frankfort and Angry Protest over Bennie DiPiazza Parole Letter


Village of Ilion Election Results 2014 .....

On Wednesday, June 18, 2014, The Village Board certified the June 17th village election results. The Democrats won all seats.

In accordance with the Village Charter, new board members are required to sign their oaths of office within five days after the election. The new members have taken their oaths.

According to the Village Clerk, the new board will take office on the first Monday of the month after the election, which is July 7. In previous years, newly elected board members always took their offices on election night in accordance with the Village Charter.

More than 1,350 votes were cast which far exceeded the 831 voters in the last mayoral election.
(July 3, 2014)

Ilion Election Results 2014

The 2014 Village Election results were:


901 - Terry Leonard
414 - Beth Neale

Trustees 4 year Terms

759 - Kalman Socolof
717 - Fred Hartmann
585 - Ted Gage
510 - Charles Lester

Trustee 2 year Term

932 - Bridget Trevor McKinley
386 - Larry Gookins


History of Village of Ilion Elected Officials .....

Mr. James F. Garnsey IHS '49 has generously shared a document, that was created as a gift to him, by Janet C. Kirkland, IHS '57. James Garnsey holds the record of the person who served in the position of Mayor of Ilion for the longest number of years. Janet Kirkland was Ilion's first female village trustee. In 1988, she dedicated and presented her historical booklet of Ilion elected officials to Mr. Garnsey. Janet's booklet chronicled the history of Ilion government, up to 1988. She compiled information on every President/Mayor and Trustee as of that date. With the permission of James Garnsey, this wonderful booklet, "The Honorable James F. Garnsey", a history of village elected officials, is now available. (June 6, 2014


Village of Ilion Election 2014 .....

This year's election will be held on June 17, 2014. The open positions are Mayor, two Trustees for four-year terms and one Trustee for a two year term. Three of the four sitting Trustees were appointed and not elected. The current Mayor was also not elected to that position and is merely filling the position after John Stephens resigned as Mayor. Other candidates are also invited to submit their credentials for inclusion on this page. (May 29, 2014)

Ilion Democratic Candidates 2014

Democratic Candidates Credentials

Terry A. Leonard - Candidate for Ilion Mayor

Catholic Charities of Herkimer County

BS Management - Utica College of Syracuse University
AAS Retail Business Management - Mohawk Valley Community College
Catholic Charities USA, Leadership Institute, VIRTUS Training Facilitator

Catholic Charities of Herkimer County
Executive Director (2002-Present),Fiscal Director (1998-2003)
Program Director (1992-2002)

Remington Arms Co., Inc., Inventory Control, Computer Operator and Computer Systems Analyst(1970-1990)

Herkimer County DSS/Educ. Liaison Committee
Herkimer County Human Development Committee
Cornell Cooperative Extension Board of Directors
Human Resource Committee
Catholic Charities Roman Catholic Charities Diocese of Albany
Health Friends Advisory Council
MVCAA Board of Directors
Training and Development Committee CCRCDA

Married 45 years to wife Linda
3 Adult children and 7 grandchildren
Lifelong valley resident

Fred Hartman - Candidate for Ilion Trustee (4 year Term)

Mohawk Central School District

BA Biology, Boston University 1969
MA Science Education, Syracuse 1972

Mohawk Central School District
     Chemistry Teacher, Football/Basketball/Tennis Coach (1986-2009)
Pine Plains Central School District
     Biology Teacher, Head Football Coach, Basketball/Tennis Coach (1972-1986)

Board of Directors-YMCA - Secretary
Ilion Zoning Board
Ilion Municipal Utilites Board (MUB) Commissioner
Olive Branch Lodge 40, F&AM
Christmas in Ilion - Co-Chairman

Born and raised in Ilion
IHS Graduate 1965

Kalman A. Socolof - Candidate for Ilion Trustee (4 year Term)

Over 30 years of classroom teaching experience
Strong history of course and curriculum development
Student-oriented approach to education
Successful grant writer
Award-winning producer
Internet Academy (on-line teaching) Faculty since Fall, 1999

Herkimer County Community College, Herkimer, NY
Professor (2003-Present)
Associate Professor (1993-2003),
Assistant Professor (1983-1993),
Instructor (1979-1983)
General Manager, WVHC (Herkimer CCC)1991-1998

Cantor - Temple Beth-El, Utica, NY 1985-Present

Herkimer Hospice Memorial Foundation
     Chairman (1997 - 2005, 2011-present) and Board of Directors (1992-Present)
Ilion Economic Development Council
     Member 1997-2001
Valley United Way EFS Committee, Ilion, NY
     Member 2003-Present
NYSARC Media awards
     Judge 2005-Present
Temple Beth Joseph, Herkimer, NY
     1980 - Present and President (1992-1995)

Married to wife, Vicki
2 adult children

Bridget Trevor-McKinley - Candidate for Ilion Trustee (2 year Term)

RN (Registered Nurse Degree) from Crouse-Irving Memorial Hospital
ANCC - Certified Adult and Family Nurse Practitioner

Central NY Psychiatric Center

Health Care Provider SUNY Oneonta
Urgent Care/Emergency Care
Primary Care
Occupational Health
Rheumatology and Education

Herkimer County Democratic Committee
Faxton-St. Luke's Heath Care Winning Diabetes Performance Team
Herkimer Humane Society Volunteer
American Red Cross
Great American Irish Festival
Boilermaker Road Race

Married to Kevin McKinley
2 adult children, Mark and Erin
IHS Graduate

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