More than two weeks have passed since the election, but Orangetown residents still don’t know who’s going to be the next supervisor.
Incumbent Andy Stewart emailed reporters late Wednesday afternoon:
“After today’s count of several hundred absentee ballots the difference between my opponent and me has been cut in half and now stands at only 18 votes out of over 12,000 cast. There are 54 ballots (three times the current margin) that were challenged during the review process and so have still not been counted yet. These ballots could be the subject of litigation by either side. So at this point, the election remains too close to call with certainty. I remain committed to ensuring that every legitimate vote does get counted.”
Stewart, a Democrat, ran for his second two-year term against Republican Walter Wettje Jr.