Edited by: TJVNews.com
With absentee and affidavit ballots all counted, the Republican Bruce Blakeman has officially defeated incumbent Democrat Laura Curran to become the next executive of Nassau County, according to a report on Patch.com.
WHSU Public Radio reported that Democrat Nassau County Executive Laura Curran conceded to Blakeman after the Board of Elections completed its count of absentee ballots.
It was a fairly close race and in the end Blakeman beat Curran by 2200 votes. The final vote tally that was completed on Tuesday indicated that Blakeman received 142,626 votes as opposed to Curran’s 140,476 votes, according to the Patch.com report
In a statement issued to the media Curran said, “This is not the result we hoped for, but there is so much to be proud of. Four years ago, we promised to clean up the corruption and fiscal mismanagement that plagued county government, balance budgets and turn deficits into surpluses — and we did just that. My administration took on the tough fight of reassessment: transforming a broken system into one that is fair and accurate. Through strategic investments in community-based policing, my administration secured Nassau’s ranking as the ‘safest community in America.’ And together, we overcame a global health and economic crisis — rebounding as the region hardest hit by the pandemic to the highest vaccinated county in New York state.”
She added that, “Our county must build on this progress, while preparing for the challenges ahead. I congratulate County Executive-elect Bruce Blakeman on his victory, and wish him the best as he undertakes this important work.”
WHSU reported that in all, however, Nassau Republicans swept this year, flipping control of the district attorney, comptroller and county executive’s offices.