Casella prevails over Gardner after absentee ballots are counted

Gwen Chamberlain
Yates County Elections officials counted absentee ballots Nov. 15.

Yates County Board of Elections officials have counted the absentee ballots from the Nov. 7 election and determined that Steuben County Assistant District Attorney Todd Casella has prevailed over incumbent District Attorney Valerie Gardner.

After the election, Casella led the race by 296 votes, and although Gardner received more absentee votes than he, she didn't collect enough to make up the deficit.

Likewise, there were no changes in the outcome of some close town races. In Benton, Democrat Brian Murphy and Glenn Quackenbush received enough absentee votes to win the race for two seats on the town board. Brian Champlin collected the most absentee ballots, but again, not enough to overtake either of the others.

In Middlesex, James Grant finished with a total of 180 votes to Thomas Bonacquisti's 173 and a total of 184 write in votes for two seats on the town board. Election officials are still tabulating the write in votes.

In Torrey, Grant Downs maintained his lead over Burge Morris to take a seat on the Town Board along with Colby Petersen.

"I'm pleasantly surprised and humbled to have earned a seat on the Torrey Town Board. I started this campaign to give the Torrey residents a choice and I'm pleased the voters have responded to my campaign. I wish to thank, and am extremely grateful to all those who gave me their whole-hearted support, advice, encouragement, and help over the course of these many months. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the town board for the good of all the residents of Torrey on the issues facing us."