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March 13, 2014

Wilson election features a trustee contest

By Kaley Lynch
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — WILSON — Two residents are vying for one village trustee seat in the Tuesday village election.

Wilson is the only village in Niagara County to have a contested race this year.

James Madan, who mayor Bernie Leiker appointed last year to complete Leiker's term as trustee, is being backed by the village's Republican and Democratic parties.

Gary Darnell is backed by the Conservative party.

The trustee's term of office is four years. The winner will join Leiker and Gerald Kadryna on the board.

Finding a tenant for the Pfeiffer Foods building is a primary goal of both candidates. The former salad dressing factory was the largest private employer in Wilson until it was closed in 2009.

Madan, an independent equities and options trader, said he would make getting the village budget in order his top priority as a trustee.

“Balancing the budget and holding down the tax rate would be my main goals,” he said.

Madan, 41, has been a village resident for six years. Born in Westchester County, he lived in Manhattan for 15 years and met his now-wife, a Wilson native, there. The couple purchased a vacation home in Wilson several years ago.

“We enjoyed it so much that we had to make a permanent move,” Madan said.

Madan is a lifelong registered Republican and had not held any political positions prior to being appointed a trustee.

Darnell says his main objectives as a trustee would be to generate more tax revenue in the village and work more closely with the town board and Wilson board of education.

“I'd like to work with the other boards to come up with unique ideas to keep taxes at an acceptable level, so residents aren't incurring huge costs,” he said.

Darnell, 52, is a lifelong Wilson resident who has lived in the village for 30 years. He has been a member of the New York Army National Guard, and Wilson Fire Company No. 1, for over 30 years.  

Contact reporter Kaley Lynch at 439-9222 ext. 6245 or tweet to @Lynchie17