Weekly Feature

2018-11-08 / Local News

De Rosas outlasts Pastrick for town justice seat

McMurray demands recount, Burke heads to Assembly, Jacobs and Kearns retain seats

Orchard Park voters were treated to a slew of close races on Election Day with one still in question as of press time.

Town Justice

In a highly competitive race for town justice, incumbent Jorge de Rosas will remain in the post, gaining a four-year term.

De Rosas, a Republican, garnered 6,555 votes to defeat newcomer Michael Pastrick, who received 6,353. The percentage of votes were 51 percent for de Rosas and 49 percent for Pastrick.

As results were posted on the Erie County Board of Elections website, de Rosas and Pastrick, the Democratic challenger, kept changing leads as the 21 districts reported.

De Rosas has been a town justice since January when he was appointed to take the seat of Lynn Keane who won a spot on the State Supreme Court.

NY-27 Congressional District

The strangest race of the evening was the battle between Rep. Chris Collins, the Republican incumbent, and Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray, a Democrat, for New York’s 27th Congressional District.

Collins, who was indicted on insider trading charges during the election season, seemed to have taken the seat last night when McMurray conceded a little after 11 p.m. Shortly after 1 a.m., though, deeming the race too close to call, McMurray rescinded his concession and called for a recount.

“After examining the numbers, the margin is 1 percent and the will of the voters must be heard. We are demanding a recount. Mr. Collins is going to need another set of lawyers,” McMurray said in a press statement.

With 580 out of 581 districts reported Collins received the majority of the vote, with 133,838 tallies in his favor. McMurray gained a total of 130,858 votes. Larry Piegza ran on the Reform line and garnered 5,754 votes.

As of press time, no new information on the race was available.

142nd Assembly District

Election Day also reinvigorated the race for the 142nd Assembly District, this time also with a different outcome.

Patrick Burke, a Democrat, will now represent West Seneca, Orchard Park, Lackawanna and parts of the City of Buffalo. Burke challenged incumbent Erik Bohen, a Republican, and won, receiving 52 percent of votes — 23,614 total.

Burke faced Bohen in a special election in April and lost by a narrow margin.

Also in the race was Michelle Kennedy, who gained 4 percent of the total votes.

The seat carries a two-year term.

60th Senate District

State Sen. Chris Jacobs is heading back to the Albany after fending off a challenge from political upstart Carima El-Behairy, a Democrat. Jacobs, a Republican, gained 58,083 votes, or 56 percent of the vote, to El-Behairy’s 45,681, or 44 percent of the vote. The seat is a two-year term.

County Clerk race

In the race for Erie County clerk, incumbent Michael Kearns garnered 51 percent of the votes, or 158,801, to defeat challenger Angela Marinucci. Kearns, a Democrat, will now serve a full four-year term after having won the vacant county clerk post last year.

For more information on the election, visit www.erieelectionresults.com.

West Seneca Editor Jennifer Waters and Lancaster-Depew editor Holly Lipka contributed to this story.

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