BRONXVILLE, N.Y. Incumbent Gordon Burrows was overwhelmingly returned to a fourth two-year term representing District 15, which includes Bronxville and sections of Yonkers.
With 87 percent of the districts reporting, or 72 out of the total 82 districts, unofficial tallies indicate that Burrows pulled in 5,206 votes or 63 percent.
Burrows said he's always a little nervous on Election Day but was gratified by the support he received from voters.
"I am very happy and grateful to my supporters," Burrows said. "It is an honor to once again serve the people of the 15th legislative district."
Throughout his campaign, Burrows, a Republican who also ran on the Conservative line, contrasted his many years as legislator with the lack of political experience of his two opponents. Theo Moustakopoulas and Delfim Heusler.
According to unofficial tallies, Moustakopoulos, 30, who ran on the Democratic and Independence lines won 34 percent of the vote. Heusler, 40, a blogger backed by the Working Families Party won only 3 percent.
During his campaign, Burrows cited taxes and flooding issues as his priorities, Burrows said the county needs to be more fiscally responsible in order to reduce taxes.
"I believe government cannot spend more money than we have, and that what's been happening in Westchester County," he said.
Burrows did not shy away from his arrest last year, which both opponents have brought up during debates. Burrows said he was with a friend inside a car in a parking lot when both were arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, cocaine. Burrows ended up pleading guilty to charges of disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.
"The underlying charges were not drugs. I had nothing in my blood system," Burrows said, calling it an "unfortunate incident" for which he took responsibility.
"It was my car," he said. "I should have been smarter."
Moustakopoulas, who ran on the Democratic and Independence lines had said repairing roads and mitigating floods were among his priorities. He also vowed to solve problems by working with all parties.
"I was offering bipartisanship," he said. Work together, get the things done.
Heusler, who ran on the Working Families line, called himself the "David," as in David and Goliath, and said he ran because he cared about his community.
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