Incumbent town supervisor loses by 14 votes

GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (WKBW) - After a tight race, the recount is in and the incumbent town supervisor in Grand Island has lost her seat by just 14 votes.

The final tally came to 2,754 votes for Republican incumbent Mary Cooke to 2,768 votes for Democrat Nate McMurray. McMurray will be the next town supervisor for Grand Island.

When town council candidate James Maloney filed a lawsuit saying town code enforcement workers were removing his political signs, McMurray came forward to say he was noticing the same issue and saying the the incumbent's signs went untouched.

"We are talking about a systematic use of all the code enforcement officers of Grand Island to take down the signs across the island without any notice," said McMurray back in September.

Cooke denied that, saying, "There is no selective enforcement as far as I am concerned."

The supervisor said confusion over exactly where the right-of-ways are located is causing the problem. "Because the road might not be in the center and you have to check a survey," explained Cooke.

"We remove all signs in the right-of-way," added Attorney Daniel Spitzer, who represented Grand Island in court.




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