EASTCHESTER, N.Y. -- There was no clear winner in the race to represent District 10 on the Westchester County Board of Legislators, thanks to problems with voting machines in 19 of the 64 districts.
Democratic challenger John Fitzpatrick was in the lead with 52 percent of the ballot, or 3,194 votes, according to unofficial Board of Election results. Incumbent Sheila Marcotte, who ran on the Republican, Conservative and Independent lines trailed Fitzpatrick by 275 votes with 48 percent of the vote.
Only 70 percent, or 45 out of the 64 districts, reported results due to problems with voting machines in 19 districts, seven districts in Eastchester and the remaining 12 districts in New Rochelle.
District 10 covers Eastchester, Tuckahoe and New Rochelle.
Eastchester Supervisor Anthony Colavita, who led the ticket Marcotte was on, said he had been advised that the voting machines in question as well as others had been impounded. The machines will be locked and brought to a location, where representatives from each party will count the ballots by hand. The process could take as long as a week.
Colavita said he is confident that ultimately Marcotte will keep her seat. He explained that three of the seven districts that had problems with voting machines, District 4, 15 and 38, traditionally vote Republican by a 2-to-1 margin. Colavita also said Marcotte was elected to the Village of Tuckahoe with an unofficial tally of 649 to 418.
"If I were a betting man, I would bet that Sheila Marcotte won her election," Colavita said.
Fitzpatrick, who ran on the Democratic and Working Families lines, was a two-term mayor of Tuckahoe. If elected he plans to rally support on both sides of the aisle.
"If we all work together, we can help eliminate waste to lower the tax burden on families, streamline operations, while protecting the core services that we all depend on," Fitzpatrick said. "I would also like to invest in projects that will make our county safer and create jobs, such as flood mitigation and infrastructure improvements."
Marcotte said she is most proud of being part of the county Board of Legislators that decreased taxes. If she won re-election, Marcotte said she plans to keep a tight rein on spending in the county.
"Westchester County does not have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem and basic kitchen table economics dictates that you cannot spend what you do not have," she said.
Re-elected Legislator Gordon Burrows hopes that Marcotte will be back on the County of Board of Legislators.
"No one works harder than Sheila," Burrows said. "I would hate to lose her."
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