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It's Official: Wilkinson Wins by 15

Board of Elections verifies a 15-vote win for Republican incumbent supervisor.

Incumbent Supervisor Bill Wilkinson has officially won re-election, according to the Suffolk County Board of Elections.

Democratic Commissioner at the BOE, Anita Katz, said, "We're done, done," and Wilkinson won by an official tally of 15 votes. Wilkinson finished with 3,403 and Cohen with 3,388, she said.

Chris Kelley, campaign manager for Democratic challenger Zach Cohen, said on Wednesday afternoon that Cohen will be conceding, however Cohen did not return a phone call seeking comment to confirm his decision.

Katz said that she and Republican Commissioner at the BOE, Wayne Rogers, ruled on 11 outstanding ballots Wednesday morning. She added that a few in courts would not have an effect on the final outcome of the race.

Wilkinson - who also did not immediately return a call seeking comment - had held an after absentee ballot counting on Tuesday.

michael bassett November 23, 2011 at 06:34 PM
wow maybe being that close we should have them both in there but split there saleries michael
John Ecker November 23, 2011 at 07:01 PM
I've been around for Town Supervisor elections since 1953. This is the closes one I can ever remember. GOOD LUCK to all the Town Board member for the next 2 years
devolutionary November 23, 2011 at 07:53 PM
With our citizenry so evenly split I think the message is that we should all be listening closely and with caring to each other.
Steven Gaines November 23, 2011 at 08:03 PM
Good luck, Bill!
Preliator November 23, 2011 at 08:08 PM
It is over, good, now get on with the people's business.
. November 24, 2011 at 12:36 AM
I hope BW learns from what he's read on this website regarding the issues people have with his administration. Everyone deserves a second chance, Bill, you just got yours.
Beth Young November 24, 2011 at 12:02 PM
wow
Loretta Lynch November 24, 2011 at 12:36 PM
Thank God it's over, good luck
CoffeeBreak November 24, 2011 at 01:21 PM
Congratulations Bill Wilkinson!!!
Marlyn Abel November 24, 2011 at 01:38 PM
I love the idea of having them split the job. Seriously, I love the idea that "we should all be listening closely and with caring to each other." Amazing proposal. Why doesn't East Hampton lead the way and show the world that listening, openness, compromise, and negotiation work?
Loretta Lynch November 24, 2011 at 01:41 PM
This just goes to how that "EVERY VOTE COUNTS".
Peter Handal November 24, 2011 at 02:11 PM
That's absolutely right. Every vote really does count!!!!
MARTIN DREW November 24, 2011 at 11:37 PM
Congrats To Mr. Wilkinson ; He will do a fine job again as a responsible financial mgr. Now hopefully he will do a better job listening to the people who are affected by the arrogance of political decisions vs. community solutions . Actions speak louder than words. Please Sir learn the words ; acceptance ; assimilation ; equality ... Our lifestyle choices depend on it . Bring liberty back to our lives . Martin Drew / Chairman L.I.S.C Action Sports Park Promoter
Factual November 26, 2011 at 03:30 PM
Congratulations to the architect of the Town's recovery Bill Wilkinson. I wonder if the people of East Hampton know how close they came to a major disaster? Now its time to move forward and get more things accomplished.
Elaine Jones November 26, 2011 at 03:59 PM
No one would have done to the Town what Bill McGintee did. Zach would have made a fine Supervisor. But congratulations to Bill Wilkinson and I hope he will listen to the people. That is the message I believe that was sent. I predicted that the people and employees were angry and I was right. I listened to what the people told me during the last two years. Actually I feel vindicated. The campaign was nasty and the Republicans just didn't see what was coming.
pat November 28, 2011 at 01:02 PM
The amazing margin should force some introspection by the local GOP. Now maybe we can watch business done in a more even-tempered, deliberate way.
todd November 28, 2011 at 05:03 PM
Board meetings should be interesting. Have smart people. Let's hope they act like Team East Hampton rather than Dems of Repubs.

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