ROTTERDAM Cheers broke out amongst Rotterdam Democrats as election results rolled in Tuesday, and they only grew louder as the night proceeded.
Rotterdam Democrats had a successful election night, gaining victory in nearly all races. Democrat Harry Buffardi held a more than 10 percent lead in his bid for supervisor over Republican and No New Tax Party founder Brian McGarry, with Buffardi garnering 3,694 votes, or 48 percent, and McGarry falling behind at 2,826 votes, or 37 percent, according to Schenectady County Board of Elections preliminary results. Incumbent Supervisor Frank DelGallo held less than half of McGarry’s votes with 1,172 votes, or 15 percent.
The only ballot line DelGallo appeared on was that of party, Rotterdam First, which he created after losing support from town Democrats before the primary election. DelGallo did make a run for the Democrat line in the primary election running a write-in campaign and he also had his name on the ballot for the Conservative primary, but failed in both efforts.
DelGallo could not be reached for comment.
Buffardi said he was happy with the results after a challenging race against two other candidates for town supervisor.
“The vote gets split and you never know what is going to happen,” Buffardi said. “I’m happy that we can start doing the people’s business starting tomorrow.”
Buffardi said he planned to call DelGallo on Wednesday, Nov. 9, to start the transition process and discuss with him what issues are facing the town.
“[DelGallo] very clearly said he is interested in serving the Town of Rotterdam,” Buffardi said. “He is going out and I am coming in, if he really wants to serve the Town of Rotterdam I would hope he would sit down with me and start discussions on issues so that we can transition in.”
McGarry said he feels he lived up to his promise to run a “clean, hard campaign,” and added he walked door to door every night for a couple of hours leading up to the election.