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Nov 22, 2011 10:48 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Suffolk County BOE: Wilkinson Beats Cohen By 15 Votes

Nov 28, 2011 11:02 AM

East Hampton Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson defeated his challenger, Zachary Cohen, by 15 votes, according to Suffolk County Board of Election results released Wednesday.

Mr. Wilkinson received 3,403 votes to Mr. Cohen’s 3,388 votes, according to the Board of Elections. The last votes of the race were counted on Wednesday after Board of Elections commissioners ruled on 11 outstanding challenged ballots.

Mr. Wilkinson, a Republican, and Mr. Cohen, an unaffiliated voter backed by Democrats, could not be reached on Wednesday.

Mr. Wilkinson’s victory means he will serve another two-year term and the Town Board’s Republican majority will remain intact for at least another two years.

Mr. Wilkinson was 177 votes ahead of Mr. Cohen, a first-time candidate, on Election Day. The Board of Elections spent last Friday and Monday counting about 800 absentee ballots, which narrowed the gap between the candidates to about 45 votes.

On Tuesday, the campaigns agreed to drop most of their challenges to about 70 outstanding ballots, narrowing the gap even further to 12 votes, with the 11 challenged ballots still outstanding.

The extremely narrow margin is a far cry from 2009, when Mr. Wilkinson swept into office with 67 percent of the vote.

This year, Mr. Wilkinson received 2,600 votes on the Republican line, 482 votes on the Independence line and 321 votes on the Conservative line, according to the Board of Elections. Mr. Cohen received 2,999 votes on the Democratic line and 389 votes on the Working Families line.

Mr. Cohen’s Town Board running mates, Sylvia Overby and Peter Van Scoyoc, won seats on Election Day, and will replace two fellow Democrats, Councilman Pete Hammerle and Councilwoman Julia Prince, both of whom did not run for reelection.

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crazy. down to the wire.
By tm (174), mtk on Nov 22, 11 11:01 AM
Hmmmm. Bill ought to ask himself what he's done to piss people off. There is no way it should be this close with the job he's done righting the Town's finances.
By YEAROUNDER (81), East Hampton on Nov 22, 11 11:04 AM
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At a minimum, Mr. Wilkinson should ask the Town Board to postpone the 12/1/11 hearing on the FAA funding for the airport deer fencing until the recently elected Board members have taken office.

Alternatively, he should publicly announce, before the 12/1 meeting, that NO VOTE on the FAA funding will take place in 2011.

The voters have spoken.
By Nero (301), Sag Harbor on Nov 22, 11 2:14 PM
no offense, I underundnd that the airport is at is ortant issue to you but I dont think i thas a factor for most for most pr/>
so saying he shhe s reject FAA funds bc "the voter voave spoken" is pro is p not accurate.
By tm (174), mtk on Nov 22, 11 2:37 PM
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By tm (174), mtk on Nov 22, 11 2:37 PM
EH is filled with spoiled people that want to be coddled and made to feel that their all-too-often-lame opinions matter. Its a miracle that, after literally saving this Town (from ourselves), Bill stuck around for the intensified abuse. Bag your own leaves people and be grateful for the tough discipline - its proven to be required.
By zaz (197), East Hampton on Nov 22, 11 2:58 PM
Congratulations to Mr. Wilkinson, he had to make some very tough choices for East Hampton and still got re-elected.
By Sug Tonmi (25), southampton on Nov 24, 11 8:46 PM
Congratulations to Mr. Wilkinson. If anyone ever deserved a second term in office it is Supervisor Wilkinson - he has done a fine job and made decisions that local politicians often shy away from.
By hohum123 (91), springs on Nov 27, 11 1:32 AM
For a mess of pottage, EH residents have sold their birthright.

Two more years of diktat.

So sad.
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Nov 27, 11 9:51 PM