For the first time in nearly 30 years, a Republican has been elected as Mayor of Canandaigua, unseating longtime Democratic Mayor Ellen Polimeni who served for 28 years.
After the votes were counted in Tuesday’s election, Polimeni’s Republican challenger Bob Palumbo was declared the winner. Just 83 votes separated the two candidates.
Since 2017, Palumbo has served as the lone Republican on the city council. His agenda includes building stronger neighborhoods, and a stronger downtown with a focus on family.
He believes he will be able to work well with the eight other Democratic councilmembers.
“That’s a big part of the role of mayor, is to keep people working together,” he said.
Polimeni is leaving office at a time when several projects are in the works. Construction is moving along at the site of the former Inn on the Lake that was demolished to make way for the Lake House, a hotel, conference, and event center.
“I think the Finger Lakes Resort is going to be a wonderful facility,” Palumbo said. “Again, it’s going to add to the tax base.”
Although Polimeni says it’s time for to start a new chapter, she plans to remain active with many organizations.
“All good things come to an end and not always the way you want,” she said. “Overall, Canandaigua is doing well and I see it continuing”