Middleburgh (village), New York

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Middleburgh, New York
Village
Middleburgh, New York is located in New York
Middleburgh, New York
Middleburgh, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 42°35′48″N 74°19′51″W / 42.59667°N 74.33083°W / 42.59667; -74.33083Coordinates: 42°35′48″N 74°19′51″W / 42.59667°N 74.33083°W / 42.59667; -74.33083
Country United States
State New York
County Schoharie
Government
 • Mayor Matthew Avitabile
Area
 • Total 1.2 sq mi (3.1 km2)
 • Land 1.2 sq mi (3.1 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 640 ft (195 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,398
 • Density 1,163.6/sq mi (449.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 12122
Area code(s) 518
FIPS code 36-46866
GNIS feature ID 0957144

Middleburgh is a village in Schoharie County, New York, USA. The population was 1,398 at the 2000 census. The Village of Middleburgh is in the southwest part of the Town of Middleburgh and is west of Albany.

History[edit]

The village is the site where the town was first settled around 1713.[unreliable source?] It was named after Middelburg, the capital of Zeeland, one of the provinces of the (then) Dutch Republic and the current Netherlands.

"Middleburg" and "Middleburgh" have been used interchangeably in the past, as seen on old maps of the area. In the early 1980s the final "H" was added to road signs outside the village. In 2004, the Post Office finally added the "H". The only "missing H" to be found today is the name on the "Middleburg Diner".

The village was incorporated in 1881.

The historic Middleburgh-Schoharie Railroad was half-based in the village.

The Bellinger-Dutton House, Dr. Christopher S. Best House and Office, St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church, United States Post Office, and Upper Middleburgh Cemetery are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1]

Geography[edit]

Middleburgh is located at 42°35′47″N 74°19′51″W / 42.59639°N 74.33083°W / 42.59639; -74.33083 (42.596627, -74.330922).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km²).None of the area is covered with water.

The Schoharie Creek passes the village, where it is joined by the Little Schoharie Creek and Stony Creek.

New York State Route 30 (River Street) and New York State Route 145 (Main Street) intersect in the village at the bridge over Schoharie Creek.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,398 people, 595 households, and 371 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,163.6 people per square mile (449.8/km²). There were 667 housing units at an average density of 555.2 per square mile (214.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.78% White, 0.29% Black or African American, 0.72% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 1.07% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.65% of the population.

There were 595 households out of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.6% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.6% were non-families. 34.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the village the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 18.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 89.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.7 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $30,583, and the median income for a family was $44,286. Males had a median income of $31,438 versus $25,313 for females. The per capita income for the village was $17,948. About 12.2% of families and 17.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.9% of those under age 18 and 10.8% of those age 65 or over.

Politics[edit]

Middleburgh is one of the more prominent villages within Schoharie County and has a Village Board consisting of four trustees and a mayor. Currently the Trustees and the Mayor serve four-year terms. Before 1985 the terms were two years, but a local law changed this.[4]

  • Mayor:

-- Matthew Avitabile of Wells Avenue defeated incumbent William Ansel-McCabe with 53% of the vote. Avitabile was a Village Trustee for five years before the 2012 election.

  • Trustees:

-- Lilian Bruno, on the Middleburgh First ticket, elected with 50% of the vote in 2014.

-- Robert Tinker, of Indian Acres, elected with 52% of the vote in 2012.

-- Bill Morton, of Danforth Avenue, elected with 48% of the vote in 2012.

-- Sheryl Adams, of Upper Main Street, appointed to the Village Board in 2012 to fill former Trustee Avitabile's seat. Won re-election for the remainder of the seat's term in 2013 defeating former Mayoral candidate John Shaw, Jr. Successfully gained a four-year term in 2014 with 49% of the vote. Serves as the Deputy Mayor.

2014[edit]

Deputy Mayor Thomas Gruning declined to run for a second term. Incumbent Sheryl Adams was joined by newcomer Lillian Bruno of Grove Street. Both ran under the Middleburgh First Party, which won its fourth straight election. In March, Bruno won 44 votes, Adams 43 and were elected to four-year terms.

2013[edit]

In November 2012, former Mayor Gary Hayes submitted a petition to dissolve the 132 year old Village. He cited excess cost and the "apex" the Village and Town has reached in consolidation. Citing New York State's Article 19, which expired in 2010, his petition contained over 140 names.

The question of dissolution went to a vote on February 19, 2013. The voters rejected Mr. Hayes' proposal 344-71.

In March, Trustee Sheryl Adams, appointed to fill Mayor Matthew Avitabile's unexpired term, won a one-year term to the Board of Trustees.

2012[edit]

In March 2012 incumbent Mayor Ansel-McCabe of the "Phoenix" party was defeated by Trustee Matthew Avitabile of the "Middleburgh First" party 53-46%. Thomas Wargo of the "Direct Democracy" party of Scribner Avenue received 1% of the vote. Bill Morton and Bob Tinker were elected as Trustees under the "Middleburgh First" ticket. Former Mayor McCabe's lack of action regarding the 2011 Chief B. Devlin scandal was roundly criticized in a December 2011 Times-Journal editorial.[5] This also came after an unsuccessful effort to remove the incumbent from office due to ethical questions.[6]

2010[edit]

Trustee Avitabile and Trustee Bonnie Ingraham's seats were up for election. Trustee Ingraham announced that she would not seek re-election. Running for these two seats are Avitabile, Dr. Thomas Gruning of Grove Street and Paul Hayes of MT Path who had previously run in 1996. Elections were held on March 16.

Avitabile and Gruning were running jointly under the "Middleburgh First" party while Mr. Hayes was under the "New Beginning" party. His brother, former Mayor Gary Hayes, decided not to run.

The "Middleburgh First" Party received 88% of the vote while the "New Beginning" received 12%. Turnout was very high despite being an off-year election.

2008[edit]

Mayor William Ansel-McCabe won re-election over Assistant Fire Chief John Shaw in the top race that year. McCabe received several fewer votes than in 2004 and caucused with Trustees Bowman and Ingraham.

Trustee Gerald Bowman and Charles "Butch" Ingraham won re-election in a surprisingly tight race against political newcomer Andrew Adams. Adams came up short against the two incumbents in the three-way race. Ingraham's wife Bonnie was elected to a two year term running unopposed.

Recent elections[edit]

Italics denote incumbent

Race Date Candidate
Candidate Candidate
Turnout
2014 Trustee's Race March 18, 2014 Lillian Bruno 44 (50%) Sheryl Adams 43 (49%) Timothy Knight (write-in) 1 (1%) 40
2013 Trustee's Race March 19, 2013 Sheryl Adams 40 (100%) John Shaw, Jr. 0 (0%) 44
2013 Dissolution Vote February 19, 2013 No 344 (83%) Yes 71 (17%) 415
2012 Mayor's Race March 20, 2012 Matthew Avitabile 193 (53%) William Ansel-McCabe 169 (46%) Thomas Wargo 2 (1%) 364
2012 Trustee Race, Two Openings (Four Year) March 20, 2012 Robert Tinker 285 (52%) Bill Morton 265 (48%) 550 Votes
2010 Trustee Race, Two Openings (Four Year) March 16, 2010 Thomas Gruning 198 (44%) Matthew Avitabile 195 (44%)   Paul Hayes 53 (12%) 267(446 Votes)
2008 Mayor's Race March 2008 William McCabe 128 (64%) John Shaw 68 (34%) Matthew Avitabile (write in) 3 (2%) 199
2008 Trustee Race, Two Openings (Four Year) March 2008 Gerald Bowman 119 (37%) Butch Ingraham 116 (36%)   Andrew Adams 89 (27%) 199 (324 Votes)
2008 Trustee Race, One Opening (Two Year) March 2008 Bonnie Ingraham 140 (70%) Andrew Adams (write in) 2 (1%)   None 56 (28%) 199
2007 Trustee Race, One Opening (Three Year) March 2007 Matthew Avitabile 105 (59%) William Milack 74 (41%) 179
2006 Trustee Race, Two Openings (Four Year) March 2006 John Smith 69 (37%) Jim Navilio 67 (36%)   Matthew Avitabile 51 (27%) 93 or 94 (187 Votes)
2004 Mayor's Race March 2004 William McCabe 131 (50.8%) Lee Lacy 127 (49.2%) 258
2004 Trustee Race, Two Openings (Four Year) March 2004 Gerald Bowman 159 (36%) Butch Ingraham 152 (34%) John Wingfield 130 (30%) 258 (441 Votes)
2003 Trustee Race, One Opening March 2003 William McCabe 18[7] none 0 18
2002 Trustee Race, Two Openings (Four Year) March 2002 (% out of 267 due to # running) Jim Navilio 135 (51%) [8] Brian Devlin 126 (47%) Dean Nunamann 112 (42%) William McCabe 93(35%) Evann Bennett 67 (25%) 267 (534 Votes)
2000 Mayor's Race March 2000 Gary Hayes, 181 (46%) Henry Doerge 153 (39%) Peter Braman 59 (15%) 393
2000 Trustee Race, Two Openings (Four Year) March 2000 Ruth Strong 256 (42%) Jeff Christiansen 202 (33%) William McCabe 151 (25%) 393 (609 Votes)
1998 Trustee Race, Two Openings (Four Year) March 1998 Dean Nunamann 41 (48%) Ed Guntert 41 (48%) Paul Hayes (write-in) 2 (2%) Gary Hayes (write-in) 2 (2%) 48 (86 Votes)
1998 Trustee Race, One Opening (Two Year) March 1998 Ruth Strong 48 (100%) None 48
1996 Mayor's Race March 1996 Art Wargo, 146 (51.4%) Buck Mahoney 138 (48.6%) 284
1996 Trustee Race, Two Openings (Four Year) March 1996 Russ Strong 202 (42%) Bill Andrew 147(30%) Paul Hayes 134 (28%) 284 (483 Votes)
1994 Trustee Race, Two Openings (Four Year) May 1994 Dean Nunamann 151 (50%) Art Wargo 86 (28%) William Andrew 65 (22%) 151 (302 Votes)
1994 Trustee Race, One Opening May 1994 Valorie Leith 122 none 29 151
1992 Mayor's Race March 1992 Charlie Slater 249 (62%) Gary Hayes 152 (38%) 401
1992 Trustee Race, Two Openings (Four Year) March 1992 Russ Strong 320 (51%) Glenn McCarthy 312 (49%) 401 (632 Votes)
1990 Trustee Race, Two Openings (Four Year) March 1990 Robert Lang 86 (45%) Dean Nunamann 86 (45%) Raymond Swing 18 (10%) 85 (190 Votes)
Preceded by
Bill Ansel-McCabe
Mayor Matthew Avitabile
2012-present
Incumbent

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=tg0hAAAAIBAJ&sjid=MHQFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4313,2146482&dq=1992+middleburgh+trustee&hl=en
  5. ^ "Reining In", James Poole, Cobleskill Times Journal, December 2011
  6. ^ http://www.courts.state.ny.us/reporter//3dseries/2011/2011_02772.htm
  7. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=OtrppQHxQ5wC&dat=20030319&printsec=frontpage
  8. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=3XMhAAAAIBAJ&sjid=uogFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6300,4947584&dq=middleburgh+trustee+election&hl=en

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