Pritchett Wins Rockland Council Seat By 3 Votes
Tuesday, November 23, 2010 5:15 AM
Larry Pritchett won a seat on the city council by three votes - 1,129 to 1,126 - in a recount conducted at Rockland City Council Chambers on Monday night, November 22.
Rockland City Clerk Stuart Sylvester prepares the ballots for recount under the watchful gaze of the Rockland City Council.
Frank Isganitis had been declared the winner on election night, November 2, by an equally close three-vote margin, 1,131 to 1,128.
Last Monday, November 15, Pritchett conducted an inspection of the ballots, under the supervision of Rockland City Clerk Stuart Sylvester. That inspection, Pritchett said, indicated he had received 1,139 votes and that Isganitis had received 1,133. Pritchett then requested a formal recount.
The recount was scheduled, but he did not get the hand recount he requested. The Rockland City Council, which presided over the recount, decided it was unnecessary to recount every ballot by hand on Monday night and instead oversaw a careful machine recount of the cleanly marked ballots and a hand recount of the ballots rejected by the machine. At the conclusion of Monday night's recount, the City Council members signed a certificate of election, stating, "The Rockland City Council finds as fact and declares the result of the disputed election for the City Council as follows: 1,129 Larry Pritchett, 1,126 Frank Isganitis."
On Tuesday morning, November 23, Isganitis declared he was content with the result.
"I think the rules were followed, and I congratulate Larry," said Isganitis. At the end of the recount Monday night, Isganitis made comments about the recount process that he retracted Tuesday morning. "I am on the Economic Development Committee and the Comprehensive Planning Committee, and I look forward to working with Larry in the future," he said.
Isganitis said he has no plans to challenge the recount.
Pritchett said he was content with the process.
"I recognize this was a very close election and I will do everything I can to represent the people who voted for me and for Frank," said Pritchett.