ELIZABETHTOWN — A general election recanvasss has reversed Ronald Moore's loss to Hugh Myrtle in the North Hudson town supervisor contest.
All five absentee ballots counted Wednesday at Essex County Board of Elections were cast for Moore, a Republican, making him the winner, 74 to 72.
Myrtle, a Democrat, had been ahead on election night by three votes, 72-69.
Wednesday's recanvass also showed challenger Margaret Bartley widening her lead by 16 votes in the Elizabethtown town supervisor contest.
In the Essex town supervisor race, incumbent Sharon Boisen won the majority of absentee ballots to secure another term.
On election night, Bartley, a Democrat, was ahead of incumbent Elizabethtown Town Supervisor Noel Merrihew III by nine votes, 226-217.
During the recanvass, out of 49 absentee ballots cast, Bartley picked up 28 votes and Merrihew had 21 more, to make the unofficial totals 254 for Bartley and 238 for Merrihew.
Merrihew, a Republican, has served five two-year terms as Elizabethtown's town supervisor.
"I'm proud that I'm leaving the town in a solid financial position," he said after the results were announced. "I hope people take a look around at our businesses, streets and parks. I'm passing the torch with pride. The town is in great shape."
Bartley said she'll devote herself to making Elizabethtown an even better place to live and work.
"I'm looking forward to working with the people of Elizabethtown. I see a great future for the town."
Bartley and Merrihew were at the Board of Elections recanvass and shook hands when the results were announced.
Merrihew said he would be happy to assist Bartley with the transition. She takes office Jan. 1, 2012.
TOWN OF ESSEX TOTALS
For Essex town supervisor, independent Boisen kept her lead Wednesday, garnering 26 absentee votes, to seven for Republican Frank Walls.
On election night, Boisen led by eight votes over Walls, 150-142, and the recanvass made the totals 176 for Boisen and 149 for Walls.
On Wednesday, Walls said he wanted to thank everyone who voted for him and who worked for his campaign.
"I'm proud of the way we ran the campaign with integrity."
Boisen said she plans to keep working hard on behalf of Essex residents.
"I want to thank voters for having confidence in me and allowing me to serve the public for another term."
North Hudson absentee ballots could change the supervisor race there and will be counted this afternoon.
Myrtle said he may challenge the North Hudson results in State Supreme Court.
He challenged one absentee ballot at the recanvass, saying it was cast by a nursing-home patient who is not competent to vote.
Election Commissioners Derinda Sherman and Robert Pell-deChame voted to allow the ballot to be counted.
Sherman said that voter had requested help from the Board of Elections to cast her absentee ballot.
"We sent two people, a Republican and a Democrat, to monitor her vote," Sherman said.
Moore said he was grateful to the people who supported him.
"My purpose will be to work with the town board and do the best we can on behalf of the people," he said.
He said he hopes to "gain the support and trust of the people" now.
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