Democrats Dominate Milford's Election Day Winners [With Poll]

Milford Registrars are calling yesterday's election process "one of the best ever."

Election Day in Milford largely went in Democrats' favor.

According to official results provided by the Registrar's Office, Democrats took 25 of the 39 elected positions open. And Democrats took the top of the ticket with Ben Blake securing 56.3 percent of the vote, compared to Republican Bob Joy's 41.9 percent. Blake, Milford's Mayor-Elect, .

Also in the race for mayor, Independent candidate Rocco Frank Jr. racked up 240 votes and Write-In candidate Ronald Palumbo Sr. got 4.

Average Turnout

Overall voter turnout for the election was 41 percent. That's right in line with past municipal elections, the Registrar's Office reported. It was 43 percent in 2007 and 2009 -- municipal election years.

"One of the Best Ever"

The Registrar Office's staff and about 75-100 paid poll workers worked a long day yesterday to ensure elections went off without a hitch. For Registrar of Voters Antionette Crocco Carey, Deputy Democrat Registrar Kerri Rowland, Assistant Republican Registrar Dick Dowin, and Deputy Republican Registrar Debra Fellenbaum, their day started at about 4:30 a.m. and didn't end until 11:30 p.m. -- "and it was an early night," Crocco Carey said.

"It was one of the best ever," Rowland said. "We are very pleased."

The registrars said people are always amazed at how much work goes into planning, executing and documenting an election. Today, they were cleaning up the office and getting ready to do it all over again.

The Winners

Mayor -- Ben Blake (D)

City Clerk -- Linda Stock (R)

Board of Aldermen

  • First District -- Greta Stanford (D), Anthony S. Giannattasio (R), Brian Bier (R)
  • Second District -- Janet Golden (D), Nick Veccharelli Jr. (D), Robert C. Dickman (R)*
  • Third District -- Frank Smith (D), George Gasper (D), Paula L. Smith (R)
  • Fourth District -- Susan Shaw (D), Philip Vetro (D), Daniel J. German (R)
  • Fifth District -- Robert C. Nunno (D), Bryan Anderson (D), Raymond G. Vitalli (R)

Board of Education

  • First District -- James Maroney (D), Mark T. Stapleton (R)
  • Second District -- Susan Glennon (D), Tracy Casey (D)
  • Third District -- Chris Saley (D), George Gensure (D)
  • Fourth District -- Beverley Pierson (D), Earl Whiskeyman (D)
  • Fifth District -- Dora Kubek (D), Suzanne L. Dibiase (R)

Planning and Zoning

  • First District -- Daniel F. Rindos (R)
  • Second District -- Jean Cervin (D)
  • Third District -- Michael S. Casey (R)
  • Fourth District -- Benjamin Gettinger (D)
  • Fifth District -- John L. Grant (R, I)


  • Joan Rousseau (D)
  • Linda Hardiman (D)
  • Dennis Slavin (D)
  • Scott Barnett (D)
  • Shirley A. Serrano (R)
  • George A. Marshall (R)
  • Robert H. Miller (R)

* Because the difference between Robert C. Dickman and Ward C. Willis was fewer than 20 votes -- six to be exact -- that triggers an automatic recount for that race. But the Registrar's Office says Willis may decide to call off that recount and concede.

To see how your district voted, check out the attached PDF.

Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect a correction in the winner in the fifth district for Planning and Zoning. Mr. Grant is the winner of that race.

Alex November 10, 2011 at 03:51 PM
None of the 5 republicans were up for election this year, I believe. That means that the Democrats would have had to sweep the table in the P&Z races just to stay at 5-5...it's not too surprising that didn't happen
RONALD M GOLDWYN November 10, 2011 at 04:50 PM
Alex, Yes I thought it would be a long shot for Republicans not to get control of that board. One Democrat was retireing, two were seeking seats on the BOA, one was seeking re-election and I forget about the 5th member. As a result of the election there will be only four returning Republicans, and six new members of which only two will be new Democrats. In case you are wondering how with 5 elective offices, there will be 6 new members. The answer is that in the 2nd district PZB Member won a seat on the BOA and his unexpired term will be filled by a vote in the Republican 2nd ED of the MRTC. I am the leading contender for that opening.
Michael Brown November 10, 2011 at 05:44 PM
I'm sure they heard you loud and clear.
George November 13, 2011 at 12:59 PM
Just wondering who to keep tabs on when I see my property taxes double in the next 10 years as they have done in the 10 years I have been in Milford. Is it the Mayor or the Aldermen?
Michael Brown November 13, 2011 at 01:56 PM
There would have to be an average 7.2% tax increase per year for taxes to double in 10 years. That's a perfect description of the LAST 10 years. Who do you blame for that?


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