There's still no winner in the Republican primary race for Saratoga County Sheriff. After all votes were counted in last week's primary, Michael Zurlo led by 406 votes over Jeff Gildersleeve. Matt Hunter was in Ballston Spa where absentee ballots were counted on Tuesday and has more.
SARATOGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- It’s all smiles for Michael Zurlo Tuesday afternoon after staff at the Saratoga County Board of Elections spent all day counting absentee ballots. Lawyers for Zurlo, who entered the process with a 408 vote lead over Jeff Gildersleeve, monitored the counting and say the Stillwater native has mathematically clinched victory.
“I knew from day one we’d get to this point. My supporters and the residents of Saratoga County have put me in this position,” Zurlo said.
With 548 returned absentee ballots to count, board of elections commissioners could not reach an exact vote tally by the end of the day or officially call the race. Even so, Zurlo is moving ahead as if the result is assured.
Zurlo said, “We’re just going to work real hard starting tomorrow and start going door to door again and meeting the residents of the county.”
Throughout the three month long primary, Zurlo and Gildersleeve sparred over issues including the SAFE Act and the use of technology at the department. Zurlo’s confident he’ll be able to win over Gildersleeve’s supporters and claim another victory in November.
“I’ve done it all through law enforcement. I’ve worked with the men and women of the sheriff’s department, I have their support, I have the jail unit’s support, I have the support of council 82, so they know what I can bring to the table,” Zurlo said.
Jeff Gildersleeve, who spent the day in Warren County, could not be reached for comment. After securing just 48 percent of the vote last Tuesday night, he needed to claim more than three-quarters of the absentee ballot count to claim victory.