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Updated story with full results: It was a shocker on Election Day as Putnam Sheriff Donald Smith was outpolled by newcomer Robert Langley by 335 votes.

The Putnam Board of Elections has yet to count as many as 1,590 absentee ballots next Tuesday that will determine the winner.

The tally announced late Tuesday night at the Board of Elections office in Carmel was Langley—11,732 or 49.72 percent of the vote;  and Smith—11,397 or 48.3 percent.

The Villa Barone in Mahopac, which for years hosted raucous election night victories by the GOP, was so quiet that one could have heard a pin drop.

The sheriff called the race: “Very close” and told the stunned crowd of some 100 supporters: “Let the people’s voices be heard.”

Smith said he had “no regrets” and admitted the evening had been melancholy win, lose or draw without “my Lady Jane with us, my Undersheriff Peter Convery, dear friend Natalie Townsend or my First Sgt. Mark Gilmore.” Each had passed away since his last election victory.

Smith told the gathering: “Tonight is not about me. It is about democracy and I will accept the outcome of this election when the absentee ballots are counted next week.”

In Nelsonville on Tuesday evening, there was jubilation at a gathering of Democrats from Philipstown and beyond as the results came in. The numbers in the sheriff’s race prompted cheers and whooping, with Langley headed into the counting of absentee ballots in a strong position.

“It’s what the people wanted,” Langley said. “It’s about what the people have chosen. This has never been about me. It’s been about the people of Putnam County.”

In other races, Putnam Legislator William Gouldman of Putnam Valley defeated his Democratic challenger Anthony Williams by a tally of 1,366 to 1,197.

District No.3 Legislator Toni Addonizio of Kent was reelected defeating Philip Tolmach by a tally of 1,636 to 1,091.

Amy Sayegh of Mahopac ran unopposed for the District 8 seat being vacated by Dini LoBue. LoBue received 112 write-in votes.

In Carmel, Supervisor Kenneth Schmitt was reelected running unopposed while in the Carmel Town Board races, Michael Barile and Suzi McDonough were the victors defeating Judie Mirra and Frank Lombardi. Barile tallied 5,118 votes; McDonough received 4,583; Mirra received 2,567 and Lombardi received 1,402.

In Kent, Supervisor Maureen Fleming was reelected defeating Pat Madigan by a total of 2,163 to 1,193.

Yolanda Cappelli ran unopposed for Kent Town Clerk while three candidates sought two town justice positions.

Town Justice Kevin Douchkoff and newcomer Timothy Curtiss were victorious defeating Pam Richardson. The tally: Douchkoff—2,989; Curtiss—1,852 and Richardson—1,532.

Four candidates sought two seats on the Kent Town Board with the incumbents William Huestis and Paul Denbaum defeating newcomers Jason Makely and Stephen Papas. Huestis received 2,028; Denbaum—1,683; Makely–1,319 and Papas—1,332.

Jean Johnson, Kent’s Receiver of Taxes, ran without opposition as did Highway Superintendent Richard Othmer.

In Patterson, Justice Michael Caruso defeated Kevin Burns by only 33 votes. Caruso tallied 1,284 to Burns, 1,251.

Three candidates ran for two seats on the Patterson Town Board. Paul Dandreano received 1,779 votes while Mary Smith polled 1,598 and Joseph Capasso came in a distant third with 561 votes.

Patterson’s Democratic Receiver of Taxes Mary Delanoy was unopposed.

In Philipstown, Supervisor Richard Shea was reelected running unopposed while Democrats Michael Leonard and John VanTassel were returned to the Philipstown Town Board defeating Republican Tim Greco.

Leonard tallied 2,100 votes; VanTassel received 2,468 votes while Greco came in a distant third with 1,141 votes.

Putnam Valley Supervisor Sam Oliverio and council members Wendy Whetsel and Jackie Annabi were all running unopposed.

In the town justice race, incumbent Putnam Valley Judge Gina Capone crushed her opponent Michael Adamovich. Capone received 2,057 votes to the challenger’s 854.

In Southeast, Town Justices Gregory Folchetti and Richard Vercollone both ran unopposed while four candidates sought two seats on the Southeast Town Board.

Incumbent council members Robert Cullen and Elizabeth Hudak were challenged by Democrats John Lord and Melinda Montanaro. Cullen and Hudak had the backing of the Republican, Conservative and Independence Parties.

The results were extremely close. Lord—1,922; Cullen—1,921; Montanaro—1,873 and Hudak—2,083.

In Brewster, Mayor James Schoenig ran unopposed as did Village Justice Richard O’Rourke and Village Trustee Christine Piccini.  George Gaspar was also elected to the board of trustees.

Residents in the greater Brewster-Southeast area also approved a referendum to remodel and revitalize the Brewster Public Library. The tally was 2,276 in favor while 1,750 were opposed.

Earlier story:

By Eric Gross

It was a shocker on Election Day as Putnam Sheriff Donald Smith was outpolled by newcomer Robert Langley by 335 votes.

The Putnam Board of Elections has yet to count as many as 1,590 absentee ballots, ballots that next Tuesday will determine the winner.

The tally announced late Tuesday night at the Board of Elections office in Carmel was Langley – 11,732 or 49.72 percent of the vote;  and Smith – 11,397 or 48.3 percent.

The Villa Barone in Mahopac, which for years hosted raucous election night victories by the GOP, was so quiet that one could have heard a pin drop.

The sheriff called the race: “Very close” and told the stunned crowd of some 100 supporters: “Let the people’s voices be heard.”

Smith said he had “no regrets” and admitted the evening had been melancholy – win, lose or draw without “my Lady Jane with us, my Undersheriff Peter Convery, dear friend Natalie Townsend or my First Sgt. Mark Gilmore.” Each had passed away since his last election victory.

Smith told the gathering: “Tonight is not about me. It is about democracy and I will accept the outcome of this election when the absentee ballots are counted next week.”

In Nelsonville on Tuesday evening, there was jubilation at a gathering of Democrats from Philipstown and beyond as the results came in. The numbers in the sheriff’s race prompted cheers and whooping, with Langley headed into the counting of absentee ballots in a strong position.

“It’s what the people wanted,” Langley said. “It’s about what the people have chosen. This has never been about me. It’s been about the people of Putnam County.”

PHOTO BY ERIC GROSS
Sheriff Don Smith addresses a gathering in Mahopac Tuesday night with his son Christopher at his side.

In other races, County Legislator William Gouldman of Putnam Valley was reelected defeating Anthony Williams by 169 votes. The tally: 1366-1197.

In Philipstown, Supervisor Richard Shea was reelected running unopposed while Democrats Michael Leonard and John Van Tassel were returned to the Philipstown Town Board defeating Republican Tim Greco. Leonard tallied 2,100 votes; Van Tassel received 2,468 votes while Greco came in a distant third with 1,141 votes. Leonard, the only Democrat whose reelection may have been in doubt leading up to the election, said of the outcome, “Without a doubt, we have a terrific team. People can say there are five Democrats on here, but there are five individuals who work with the entire town,” regardless of party.

Putnam Valley Supervisor Sam Oliverio and council members Wendy Whetsel and Jackie Annabi were all running unopposed.

In the town justice race, incumbent Putnam Valley Judge Gina Capone crushed her opponent Michael Adamovich. Capone received 2,057 votes to the challenger’s 854.

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