CAPE VINCENT Absentee votes gave the one-year seat on the Town Council to political newcomer Michelle T. Oswald.
Im honored to get elected and to serve the town as a councilwoman, she said Thursday night, adding her opponent, Paul Aubertine, put up a good fight.
An outspoken critic of industrial wind development and a Republican, Mrs. Oswald said she intends to keep the job, hinting she is likely to run for re-election next year.
Im not all that surprised, said Mr. Aubertine, who lost 707-654 after absentee ballots were counted. I want to congratulate Michelle. She ran a good race.
A majority of the towns absentee voters are seasonal Cape Vincent residents who had voted for anti-wind candidates in the last two elections.
On election night, Mr. Aubertine was leading by 91 votes.
Thanking his supporters for making the race close, Mr. Aubertine said hes a little disappointed but not discouraged and plans to run for town office again.