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Colonie town justice primary hinges on one vote

"Whomever that winner ultimately is, he's our candidate and we're happy to have him, and we're certainly happy about the turnout in Colonie," he said.

Colonie Democratic Committee Chairman Rich Jacobson said the party is happy for Segal, but hopeful for Altman.

"We were very happy with the results of Tuesday's election and the win of Stanley Segal for the Independence Party designation for the general election," he said. "We are also hopeful that the one vote deficit that we currently have on the machines for Fred Altman will be turned."

Altman said he will be paying close attention to the recount after the glitch on Tuesday with the electronic machines, as well as the absentee ballots.

"The only thing I don't know for sure is how many people, if any, may have voted improperly," he said.

No matter what the results indicate, Altman said he feels he put forth a great deal of effort, and that after the results are in, he will concentrate his efforts on the general election in November. While only two candidates will be able to represent the Independence Party on ballots, all four will participate in the general election.

Newly elected Colonie Republican Committee Chairman John Graziano Jr. said he did not want to comment on the primary results because he did not want to interfere with another party.

Sommers spoke on behalf of himself, saying he is confident that he will not only get the amount of votes needed to represent the Independence Party in November, but that he will be one of the two town justices elected as a result of the general election.

"Right now, I'm one vote ahead and I expect to have the line in the fall and I have confidence that I'm going to come out on top," he said. "I expect to get the votes in November."

Sommers, the only incumbent running, credits his experience during his first term as what he believes will lead him to success. This was the first time he sought Independence Party support.

Results from the absentee ballots were released after The Spotlight went to print. For more information on the results, check back at www.spotlightnews.com.

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