ELIZABETHTOWN — Wednesday’s recanvass of the Minerva town supervisor race still left independent candidate Stephen McNally as the winner.
And it looked as if, thanks to absentee votes, Election Day results showing Democrat Russell Paquette losing a bid for a seat on the Westport Town Council may have flip-flopped.
In Minerva, McNally had been leading incumbent Democrat Sue Montgomery Corey by 8 votes on election night, but the victory hinged on 26 absentee and three affidavit ballots waiting to be counted.
The final, unofficial count after the recanvass, was 209 for McNally and 192 for Corey.
McNally picked up 17 more votes, while Corey got eight more.
Two affidavit ballots were voided, and two absentee ballots were not voted for the supervisor contest.
McNally was not at the Essex County Board of Elections for the recanvass, but Corey and attorney David Rudgers, who was representing the Essex County Republican Party Committee, went over the absentee ballots. Neither offered any challenges to the ballots.
Afterward, Corey said in a written statement that she wanted to thank the voters of Minerva for the privilege of serving as their supervisor the last four years.
“I congratulate Stephen McNally and his wife, Bonnie, on his election as supervisor. Steve promised the voters he would be a full-time supervisor, as I was.
“I know that he will enjoy his time as supervisor, as I have.”
Corey also thanked Board of Supervisors Chair Randy Douglas (D-Jay) and her colleagues on the board for their friendship and for sharing their local government expertise.
“Mr. McNally will, undoubtedly, benefit from his trips to Elizabethtown for the county board meetings, as I have,” Corey said.
McNally said he’d like to thank the community for the opportunity to serve the people of Minerva.
“I think that this is an exciting as well as a challenging time for the people who call the (Adirondack) park home, I am going work diligently to maintain service and to make living in the town of Minerva the best it can be.”