PLATTSBURGH — A decision has finally been reached in the Plattsburgh Town Council election, yet one seat remains unfilled.
After 15 of 21 remaining absentee ballots from the Nov. 5, 2013, election were opened and counted this week, Democrat Michael Cashman finished on top with 1,244 votes.
Republicans Tom Metz and William Brudvig tied for second with 1,240, and incumbent Democrat Paul Lamoy finished with 1,153.
Cashman welcomed the result.
“I’m looking forward to getting to work,” he said by phone Tuesday afternoon.
Town Supervisor Bernie Bassett said he is pleased the vote count is finally complete. It marks the end of a long and protracted process, he said.
“Congratulations to Michael Cashman. We believe he will be a good councilor for the residents of the Town of Plattsburgh,” Bassett said.
Bassett said it is his understanding that since there is a tie for second, neither candidate is deemed to have won that seat.
Bassett said that under New York State Town Law, the new Town Council can decide to leave the seat vacant or appoint someone to fill the seat for the rest of this year, with a special election in the fall to fill the final three years of the term.
Bassett said he had yet to talk with the other councilors about which course of action they would take.
“We aren’t going to make a quick decision or a hasty decision,” Bassett said.
Cashman later said by email that he was humbled by the awesome responsibilities that his neighbors and the taxpayers entrusted to him as a newly elected councilor.
He said he plans to seek common ground to realize the town’s potential.
“Our best resource is the people who live, work and learn right here in the North Country,” he said.
Cashman urged people to visit his website, michaelcashmanforplattsburgh.com to share their vision for the town.