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Supervisor’s race too close to call

November 7, 2017 - 11:28 pm

COEYMANS — With the polls closing Tuesday night, the race for supervisor in the town of Coeymans is still too close to call.

On election night incumbent Democratic Town Supervisor Philip Crandall had 1,020 votes, while Republican challenger Keith Mahler had 992, with Crandall up by 28 votes.

But with a reported 190 absentee ballots registered with the Board of Elections, the result is too close to call. It is not known how many ballots will actually be returned, and the deadline for absentee votes to come in to Albany is still a week away. So it is possible that the final decision in the race for town supervisor could go either way.

Other races were not as close, but it is possible some of those results could change as well.

In the race for the two seats on the Coeymans Town Council, incumbent Republican Town Councilman Kenneth Burns received 1,104 votes, with fellow Republican Dan Baker getting 1,025. Democratic candidates Michael McGuire had 945 and Neil Porlier received 836.

So Burns is up by 159 compared to his closest Democratic challenger, McGuire, while Baker is up by 80 in comparison to McGuire. Again, the results are still unclear and are pending the counting of absentee ballots in a week or so.

In the race for town clerk, Democrat Cindy Rowzee received 1,144 votes, defeating Republican Morgan Fishlock with 843, a difference of 301 votes, so that race would not be affected by absentee ballots.

Incumbent Republican Highway Superintendent Scott Searles has a comfortable lead of 320 more votes than Democrat Peter DeLuke. Searles received 1,185 while DeLuke had 865.

In the final race, Democrat Tom Frese enjoyed the largest lead, defeating Republican Charles Brooks with 1,214 votes for Frese to 790 for Brooks, for a margin of 424 votes.

All results are unofficial pending the counting of absentee ballots and canvassing by the Board of Elections.