By LOHR McKINSTRY
---- — ELIZABETHTOWN — Unofficial results from the four counties in the 114th Assembly District gave Republican Dan Stec of Queensbury the win for the seat Tuesday night.
Stec was running against Democrat Dennis Tarantino of Queensbury for the seat now held by Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, who is retiring at the end of the year.
Preliminary returns from the new district, which includes all of Essex and Warren counties and the northern sections of Washington and Saratoga counties, were 24,085 for Stec and 19,199 for Tarantino.
Sayward (R-Willsboro) did not seek re-election and threw her support behind Stec, the Queensbury town supervisor and chair of the Warren County Board of Supervisors.
Stec had his Election Night headquarters at the Lake George Forum.
“I’m humbled by all the support I’ve received,” he said. “I’m tremendously grateful to the voters of the 114th District for their faith in me at the polls.”
He said he looks forward to working with other area legislators, especially Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury), who supported him.
“There’s a lot to be done to make our counties better, by creating jobs and lowering property taxes by enacting unfunded mandate relief, so businesses can start hiring again.”
Tarantino, an attorney in Glens Falls, had sought the post once before, in 2004, the second time Sayward ran. His Election Night headquarters was down the road at Fort William Henry Motor Lodge in Lake George.
Just after 11 p.m., Tarantino said he was about to call Stec to concede.
“I’d proud of the results, the work we did,” Tarantino said. “It was a great campaign. Unfortunately, I came up a little short.
“I’m very pleased with Essex County results. I made a lot of friends up there.”
Results by county were:
Warren County (64 of 65 machines in): Stec, 13,471; Tarantino, 10,431.
Saratoga County (all nine districts in): Stec, 2,134; Tarantino, 1,306.
Essex County (42 of 42 districts in): Stec, 6,898; Tarantino, 6,276.
Washington County (all seven districts): Stec, 1,582; Tarantino, 1,186.
Republican incumbent Betty Little of Queensbury ran unopposed for the 45th District Senate seat, receiving 68,621 votes for the district, which includes Clinton, Essex, Franklin and Warren counties.
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