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Trailing By 118 Votes in Rye Town Council Race, Sullivan Waits for Absentee Ballots

Democrat Gary Sullivan trails Republican Robert Nioras by 118 votes in the race for a spot on the Rye Town Council.

As he waits for the results of absentee ballots and a pair of voting machines placed into lockdown, Rye Town council candidate Gary Sullivan said he wants one thing to be clear.

"I don't want to be the Al Gore of Port Chester politics," he said. "I'm not looking to drag this out. If it becomes impossible for me to win, I'll happily concede."

Rye Town Republicans declared a sweep on Tuesday night, with victories in the : Incumbent Joseph Carvin earned another term as supervisor, and newcomer Christina Collins of Port Chester led all council candidates with 2,584 votes, according to unofficial tallies from the Board of Elections.

With two seats open, Collins is guaranteed a spot on the council. But 118 votes separate Sullivan from Republican Robert Nioras for the second seat.

Problems with optical voting machines were widespread in Westchester County on election night, with anecdotal reports of break-downs, errors and a lack of technicians to tackle those problems. Those technical difficulties resulted in delays on the part of the Board of Elections, and machines were impounded amid legal challenges in other races.

Two of the machines in lockdown are from districts in Port Chester, and absentee ballots haven't been counted yet. Sullivan said he wants to make sure every vote is counted.

"It could be any number of votes, and [the locked machines] were both in districts I did very well in," he said. "It may not be likely, but it's certainly not mathematically impossible."

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Bea Conetta November 11, 2011 at 04:07 PM
It really makes a statement when only 118 votes separate someone new to the political world and someone who has been involved for years. I pray that Gary Sullivan does make it, because he is truly a breath of fresh air in the political world and in my opinion, will do well. If Robert Nioras is successful, I will hope that he will do what he feels is best for the people of Rye Town.
Saverio Terenzi November 11, 2011 at 05:15 PM
Bea, I agree a 100% with your statement. Christine Collins leading the ticket who is someone new to the political world and was the top vote getter is truly a breath of fresh air. Robert Nioras will win the final vote tally, there aren't enough absentees to change the balance of the election. In these recessionary times a platform of tax reduction and best practice government is usually a winning formula. If the Democrats had any brains they would have let Carvin run unopposed which would have changed the dynamics and they could have gotten a Councilperson elected and Dan Brakewood would have probably done a little bit better. As long as the Democrats are influenced by vindictive leadership and ex-Conservative operatives that are hell bent on personal revenge then the Republicans will be running the Town of Rye forever. People like Gary Sullivan are a welcome addition to the political scene. People who are willing to debate the critical issues of our Village is what the process is all about. I will repeat, the problem with Democratic party is not the individuals who put their necks on the line. It's the leadership that's only concerned with petty bs and could care less anbout the welfare of the community.
Bob January 28, 2012 at 01:22 PM
I've seen the vitral Mr Sullivan has spewed here. Insults and nastiness. I am surprised the count was that close. Taxpayers do not want someone that nasty in office. I for one did not vote for Mr Sullivan. I respect Mr Sullivans opinion but the delivery was an issue for me. The is no need for insults in debate. Facts go real well.

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