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Nov 28, 2018 9:36 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Schneiderman Concedes To Kennedy In County Comptroller Race

Jay Schneiderman on election night.     DANA SHAW
Nov 28, 2018 3:55 PM

Update: Wednesday, 11:20 a.m.

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman has conceded to Suffolk County Comptroller John M. Kennedy, in the race for comptroller.

Mr. Schneiderman said the final numbers put him 4,536 votes behind Mr. Kennedy, noting there are also 1,151 votes being challenged by the incumbent.

"I just called John Kennedy and conceded," Mr. Schneiderman said in a text on Wednesday morning. "I congratulated him on his victory and pledged to work together to help the county get through its financial challenges."

Original Story:

The math says Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman will not become the Suffolk County comptroller, according to an official at the Suffolk County Board of Elections.

But Mr. Schneiderman—who declined to concede the race after the election, with some 30,000 absentee and affidavit votes not counted—held out hope this week, even as most of the outstanding votes were being tallied, that he could narrow the gap, or even possibly overtake incumbent Comptroller John Kennedy.

“At about 12:15 today, after counting about 27k of the 33k absentee and affidavit ballots, it became mathematically impossible for there to be a change in result,” Republican Commissioner Nick LaLota of the Board of Elections said in an email on Tuesday. “Even if John Kennedy only wins a third of the remaining absentee and affidavit ballots, he will be certified the winner by more than 4,000 votes.”

It has been three weeks since Mr. Kennedy, a Republican, declared victory over Democratic candidate Mr. Schneiderman, the current Southampton Town supervisor, in the race for comptroller.

On election night, Mr. Schneiderman collected 238,067 of 484,757 votes, or 49.11 percent. Mr. Kennedy took in 246,690 votes, or 50.89 percent. The number of votes separating the two candidates was 8,623.

On Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Schneiderman, a former East Hampton Town supervisor, said he was waiting for East Hampton votes to be counted, as they account for more than 2,000 absentee ballots.

“At the end of this week, East Hampton will have been counted,” he said. “That’s when I was planning to concede—after they count East Hampton. I admit there is no mathematical path to a win. At the end of this, it will be less than a 1 percent lead for Kennedy.”

Still, Mr. Schneiderman, who previously served as a county legislator from the South Fork, said he was pleased with the results of his first run for a countywide position. He said he thinks many people were surprised at how well he did in the election, especially when his opponent had the support of organized labor unions and the Independence Party.

Mr. Schneiderman said that had he taken the Independence Party line, it would have given him enough votes to win—6,490 votes for Mr. Kennedy came from the Independence line.

While he has not conceded, he said he plans to call Mr. Kennedy by the end of the week to congratulate him, and then get back to his normal life as town supervisor.

Overall, Mr. Schneiderman said, the results show that he can be competitive in a countywide race.

“I’m not at all disappointed at the result,” he said. “I’ll be happy to have this election behind me by the end of this week.”

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Sounds like Jay was really anxious about getting out of Southampton Town!

'S alright with me!

By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Nov 28, 18 12:17 PM
By Preliator Lives (437), Obamavillie on Nov 28, 18 2:50 PM
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Nov 28, 18 4:27 PM
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Nov 28, 18 4:28 PM
Do you blame him !
By 1942sparky (18), Bridgehampton on Nov 28, 18 5:17 PM
Time for the busker to skedaddle.
By SlimeAlive (1181), Southampton on Nov 29, 18 10:36 AM
Governor, senate, house, maybe VP. What;s left...
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Nov 29, 18 12:14 PM