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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.

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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