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Tale of Two Towns


Election districts 4, 8, and 9 in blue

In the Town of Dryden, Sumner, Lavine and Solomon were elected by a progressive, anti-fracking machine in the south-west corner of Dryden.  There, in election districts 4, 8 and 9, which are closest to Cornell and Ithaca, the Dems polled at a rate of 4 or 5 to 1, giving the Dems a roughly 60%/40% overall win over their Republican rivals.  

In the rest of the town (unshaded at right), the difference between the supervisor candidates was just 3 votes, Republicans Jim Drew and Deb Shigley outpaced the strident anti-fracking candidate, Linda Lavine, and Solomon's margin was just 9 votes.

Ironically, the blue districts of the town are those less likely to be of interest to the gas industry because of dense development, surface topology, stream setbacks and underground geology.

Going forward, we'll keep and eye on how the FUD (fear, uncertantity, doubt) campaign plays against accumulating, actual drilling experience.  And we'll watch how the new board deals with ongoing fiscal issues.  Will the blue machine hang together? Stay tuned.

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