By Jeffery Smith

CORNING - Democratic candidate Bill Boland handily defeated Republican candidate Nick Weinstein and Independent candidate Elizabeth Whitehouse in Tuesday's general election to be the next city mayor, according to unofficial reports.

Boland, who will be sworn in as City Mayor Jan. 1, 2018, at City Hall, received 1,493 votes in the general election, Weinstein received 593 and Whitehouse garnered 166 votes.

“Well folks we did it,” Boland told a crowd of supporters moments after being declared the unofficial winner. “Thank you to my supporters. I want to say how grateful I am for the journey of this campaign. I rediscovered the Corning I love and all of its diversity.”

According to the Steuben County Board of Elections there are 239 absentee ballots for the mayoral election will be counted on or after Nov. 15.

An absentee ballot is a ballot that is mailed to you because you are going to be out of town on election day or you can choose this option as a convenience so you don't have to go to the polling place on election day.

Unofficial councilmen seats winners, according to unofficial reports Tuesday include:

1st Ward seat - Democrat candidate Diane Telehany 125, Republican Shawn Copp 92, with 23 absentee ballots.

2nd Ward seat - Democrat Kate Paterson 207, Republican Andrew "Boomer" Cleary, 74, with 61 absentee ballots.

3rd Ward seat - Republican Chris Karam 227, Democrat Jim Scouten 119, with 44 absentee ballots.

5th Ward Republican Frank Muccini, 166, Independant Rose Blackwell 155, and Democrat Neal Pritchard, 53, with 28 absentee ballots

Independant Mark ReSue 143, Republican Jim Nelson, 111, with 18 absentee ballots.