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Write-Ins Key In Ossining Town Supervisor Primary

This story has been updated to correct the results of the primaries for Ossining Town Supervisor. The winner of the Independence and Working Families parties' primaries for town supervisor will not be determined until the write-in ballots are read.

OSSINING, N.Y. – In a primary election for Ossining town supervisor on Tuesday, there were 48 write-in candidate votes and 35 votes for village trustee Susanne Donnelly, according to the deputy village clerk of Ossining.

Board of election workers said they would begin tallying write-in votes Sept. 22 when voting machines are allowed to be opened, and official results would probably not be in for a few weeks. The unofficial numbers were read off of voting machines and tallied, deputy village clerk Ann Marie Rocco said.

“I’m happy with the results so far. We’re optimistic that the 48 write-ins are for are for me,” said Ossining town councilman Peter Tripodi IV.

Donnelly ran on the Independence and Working Families tickets against write-in candidates in Tuesday’s primary.

Tripodi, who is running against Donnelly for Town Supervisor on the Republican and Conservative tickets, said the write-in primary came to be because a number of Independence Party members weren't satisfied with Donnelly as their candidate.

"They weren't satisfied with the county leadership above them, so they collected the signatures necessary and they're backing me," Tripodi said.

Turnout for the Ossining Town Supervisor primary election was the least that poll worker Andrew Damia had seen out of any election he has worked in the past five years.

"This is the slowest election I've ever been in,” Damia said around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. “So far there have been three people voting in the entire room, and there are four election districts in here.”

Damia was stationed in the gymnasium of the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center at 95 Broadway from 5:30 a.m. until after polls closed at 9 p.m. on Tuesday.

Donnelly has owned her own small business selling cash register systems for supermarkets for about 35 years. She has been a Village of Ossining Trustee for five years and she says she has a reputation of being liberal on programs but conservative on budgets and cash flow.

Donnelly said that she decided to run for town supervisor this year because she has the time to devote to the position, and "the experience to do a good job at it."

"My goals are to work on consolidating and getting rid of redundant services where it is appropriate," she said. "My other goal is to make sure the town is financially stable."

Donnelly noted that the cost of holding a primary election is about $23,000 – a high price for a small number of voters who, if they wanted to, could write in names in the general election.

Tripodi said he took offense to Donnelly's comments on the price of the primary.

"We live in a Democratic society and I have the right to do what I'm doing," Tripodi said. "I don't think it's fair to the members of the Independence party or to people in general to criticize this primary, living in the country that we live in."

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