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Fell reelected in contested race
Incumbent mayor Ray Fell has won reelection to his fourth term to lead Bellport Village, defeating challenger Bob Morris in Tuesday’s election. Fell earned 420 votes to Morris’s 140. This was a relatively high-turnout election, since a total of around 250 residents voted two years ago.
Morris said the campaign was a great learning experience and he was happy to bring forward ideas that many in the community wanted to have in the forefront. He learned that others are supportive of amenities like a community pool or a gym at the golf course, among others.
“I also learned that it's not just me that is tired of seeing little things go ignored in Bellport Village,” he told the Advance Wednesday.
The candidates were able to each bring their ideas to the community face-to-face in a Meet the Candidates event hosted by the Advance and the Bellport Village Residents Facebook Group. Questions were asked regarding some of the pressing issues of the campaign: taxes, communication, and amenities.
Morris also hopes that the feeling of the residents has been understood by the current administration, who he said want to see more new things being added to the village - or at least being considered. He also hopes the board received the message that the public would like to be more aware of decisions being made.
“I so appreciate people wanting to take a risk,” Morris said in regard to those who supported and voted for him. He added that he hopes his candidacy inspires others to get involved and even run in future elections.
Trustees Mike Ferrigno and Bob Rosenberg also won reelection, after running uncontested. Fell has been contacted for comment and this story will be updated accordingly.
Ray Fell - 420
Bob Morris - 140
Bob Rosenberg - 448
Mike Ferrigno - 468
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