Rotterdam Democratic Committee Chair Anthony Jasenski stands atop a chair and gives a victory speech after primary election results show the party’s wins.
Photo by John Purcell.
continued For the Democratic line, DelGallo had pushed for supporters to write-in his name, but Buffardi held a sizeable lead against all write-in votes with a total 686 votes, or 83.25 percent, according to unofficial results from the Schenectady County Board of Elections. Also, Buffardi grabbed the Conservative line, on which DelGallo did have his name on the ballot for the primary. Buffardi captured 263 votes, or 55.49 percent for the Conservative line and DelGallo trailed behind with 133 votes, or 28.06 percent.
After the primary results were in, DelGallo said he didn’t expected to nab the Democratic line, but thought he would fair better in the Conservative primary.
“Getting the people out to vote is one thing too. They had more of their votes out than I did mine,” said DelGallo. “No party endorsed me so I am nobody’s puppet. I am just my own man working for the people of Rotterdam.”
Buffardi said he was pleased with the primary election and the support shown to him.
“I am very comfortable by the numbers personally, but I am even more gratified that the team came through,” said Buffardi. “We started doing this as a team concept … it is not just about Harry Buffardi or any single person, but it is about the team coming through.”
Democrats secure several lines
Buffardi's primary wins were not unique for the majority Democrat Party, because other challenges from fellow party members breaking off from the majority failed too.
Robert Godlewski, deputy supervisor for Rotterdam, made a bid for a seat on the County Legislature and challenged Democratic incumbents Jasenski and Santabarbara for the party's nomination. Unofficial polling results have Santabarbara garnering 41.55 percent of the votes and Jasenski with 33.43 percent, but Godlewski came in under Jasenski with 23.3 percent.
Also, Santabara and Jasenski had similar results in their bid for the Conservative line. Mark Viscusi had bid for one of the two spots, but the Democrats had similar support.