SLOAN, N.Y. (WIVB) - Downsizing advocate Kevin Gaughan faced many opponents and somesupporters Tuesday night.
In the end, residents in both villages voted to keep things justthe way they are.
Nothing is going to change in the Village of Sloan andWilliamsville.
Tuesday night residents overwhelmingly voted against dissolvingtheir village governments.
"I think that the village residents made a definitive statementthat they support the village and they want it here," said AmyAlexander, an advocate for the Village of Williamsville.
In Williamsville the margin of defeat was five to one.
Sloan voted no by a four to one margin.
Maria Testa lives in the Village of Williamsville.
"I'm voting no because there's no plan, no negotiating with theTown of Amherst," said Testa.
Testa worried what would happen to services she relies on ifthere wasn't a village government.
Testa explained, "The village provides all sorts of goodservices that would not be provided by Amherst, there's a strongvillage identity."
But supporters say dissolution would not effect village lifeand will save taxpayers money.
"I think a majority of the area just needs to let go, I think weare over governed as it is," said Ed Kowalczezski.
Downsizing advocate Kevin Gaughan is the man pushing fordissolution.
Gaughan says this defeat is not slowing him down. "I'm going todo better next time," he said.
Despite Gaughan's loss, there is one small victory.
"It absolutely makes us stronger, it brought together a lot ofpeople that didnt know each other before," said a supporter.
Gaughan says he respects both village's decisions.
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