Amy Tresidder

Payne Horning / WRVO News

Oswego has elected its youngest mayor in city history. The 25-year-old Republican Billy Barlow captured 54 percent of the vote, solidly defeating his Democratic challenger Amy Tresidder by 12 points.

Barlow's youth became a focus point early on in the race. Tresidder, a grandmother with six years of experience on the Oswego County Legislature, stressed that Oswego needs maturity and experienced leadership. In one campaign advertisement, she noted that Barlow doesn't pay property tax or utility bills because he lives with his parents.

Oswego mayoral election features three candidates

Oct 28, 2015
Leah Landry, Payne Horning / WRVO News

Oswego Mayor Tom Gillen is running for reelection next week, but you won’t see his name on the ballot. The Democrat is a write-in candidate. His message this campaign season: Rome wasn’t built in a day. His opponents, Republican Billy Barlow and Democrat Amy Tresidder are calling for change while Gillen is asking for patience.

“People have this conception of the mayor being this Wizard of Oz who can make things happen," Gillen said. "Believe me, my hands are tied most of the time.”

Payne Horning / WRVO News

This isn't your typical mayoral election.

Oswego's incumbent Mayor Tom Gillen, who was elected as a Democrat in 2011, didn't receive his party's endorsement this time around. So, he's running as a write-in candidate. Oswego County Legislator Amy Tresidder is running on the Democrat line. If Tresidder wins, she would be the first female mayor in Oswego history. The Republican candidate, Common Councilman Billy Barlow, would be the city's youngest executive ever at age 25 if he wins in November.

Ritchie defeats Tresidder in 48th state Senate district

Nov 7, 2012
Natasha Haverty

Incumbent Republican state Senator Patty Ritchie easily won reelection in the 48th district, covering Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties. She beat Democrat Amy Tresidder by a more than two-to-one margin. Now, Ritchie looks ahead to tackling the economic issues facing the state.  

The race for state Senate in the 48th district – which includes Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties – pits incumbent Republican Patty Ritchie against underdog Democrat Amy Tresidder. Both women stress the need for state mandate relief for local municipalities and measures to boost the upstate economy, although the strategies they'd take for doing that differ.

Except for a brief stint with Darrel Aubertine, the 48th State Senate district has been a Republican stronghold.  Amy Tresidder is trying to upset that pattern this fall, and in this week’s edition of the Campbell Conversations Grant Reeher engages both Tresidder and the incumbent Senator Patty Ritchie in a debate-style conversation.

Amy Tresidder, the Democratic candidate running against Republican state Senator Patty Ritchie, is accusing the incumbent of misusing taxpayer funds to boost her campaign.