HUDSON–According the county Board of Elections, Democrat Richard Wolf has won a Town Board seat in the Town of Copake by 23 votes, and Democrat William Schneider won a Town Board seat in the Town of Stuyvesant by 4 votes.
The outcome of both races differed from the vote counts reported after polls closed on Election Day, November 7. At that time absentee ballots had not been counted.
On election night, the unofficial results in the race among four candidates for two seats on the Copake Town Board showed that incumbent Terry Sullivan had the second highest vote count. But this week after all the ballots were counted Mr. Wolf emerged as the winner of the second seat, beating Ms. Sullivan by 23 votes. Ms. Sullivan ran on the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party lines.
The top vote-getter in the Copake Town Board contest was incumbent Jeanne Mettler, a Democrat.
In Stuyvesant there was a similar four-person race for two seats. On election night the unofficial results said that Robert Baumeister, running on the Republican line, had more votes than Mr. Schneider. But that was reversed when all ballots were counted and Mr. Schneider had the second highest vote tally by just four votes.
The other seat went to incumbent Brian Chittenden, running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines. He had the most votes in the race.
As of press deadline the county Board of Elections was not yet able to provide total final vote counts in the in all the races around the county. But the elections officials reported that there were no other races in which absentee ballots changed the outcomes released on Election Day.
Election results must be finalized by Saturday, December 2.