Paletko re-elected; Constan to re-join city council

By BOB OLIVER
Times-Herald Newspapers
HEIGHTS – Voters casting their ballots didn’t opt for much personnel change in yesterday’s general election, with all of the incumbents in their respective races retaining their seats.
In the mayoral race, incumbent Daniel Paletko defeated City Council Pro-Tem Janet Badalow 4,505 votes to 2,465.
Paletko has been mayor since 2004 and will serve his third full term in office.
Badalow has been on the city council since 2001, but could not run for both mayor and a seat on the city council in the same election, so her seat will expire at the end of the year.
There were five candidates running to fill four open spots in the city council, and incumbents Margaret Horvath (4,555), Joseph Kosinski (4,550) and Thomas Berry (4,142) all received enough votes to keep their seats.
Kosinski, who will begin his sixth non-consecutive term in January, said that he is happy to be able to serve another term on the council and that he was told by some community members that it was his experience and leadership background that impressed them and led them to support his campaign.
“I take it as a compliment that my long-term service and experience has a been a benefit to the city I live in and represent,” Kosinski said. “I intend to continue serving the city to the best of my ability and to continue to work with the mayor, city clerk and my fellow city council members to move the city forward.”
The fourth seat will go to Bob Constan, who previously served on the City Council before leaving in 2006 after being elected state representative for the city. Constan received the most votes of all the council candidates on the ballot with 4,650.
Kosinski said he didn’t know a lot about Constan, but said he was looking forward to working with him when he joins the council in January.
“Constan has served on this council before, so he shouldn’t have any difficulty in melding with the rest of us,” Kosinski said. “I hope and believe that if we have a forum where all of the council members can say their piece and we can have a spirited discussion, we can come up with the best suggestions and solutions to address the important issues that are facing the city.”
Business development manager Lisa Farrens finished fifth, receiving 3,678 votes.
City Clerk Walter J. Prusiewicz and City Treasurer John J. Riley ran unopposed for their positions. Prusiewicz will serve a second term as clerk after being elected to the position in 2011. He took over as clerk after being appointed to the position in April 2011.
Riley has been city treasurer since 2004 and is seeking his sixth term in that capacity.
All of the elected positions are four-year terms.
Calls to Paletko and Constan were not returned in time for publication.
(Bob Oliver can be reached at boliver@bewickpublications.com.)