Absentee Ballots Determine Two Local Elections

By Matt Porter

November 16, 2012 Updated Nov 16, 2012 at 12:32 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Two races in Broome County were "too close to call" after election night.

The decision came down to absentee ballots that were counted today.

After 389 absentee ballots were received, Democratic challenger Colleen McCabe beat the Republican incumbent Ron Heebner for the new 11th district seat in the Broome County legislature.

"I really feel dedicated to serve the citizens there," said McCabe, "And really be a positive force for them at the Broome Community legislature."

McCabe's win holds the Republican's majority in the county legislature nine to six.

In another closely watched race for Town of Union supervisor, Republican incumbent Rose Sotak narrowly beat Democrat Jack Cheevers by 27 votes.

"We're very pleased that we retained that seat as a Republican Party," said Broome GOP Chair Dave Hamlin, "I think Rose is going to do a good job."

Cheevers, a former Town of Union supervisor, tipped his cap to his opponent.

"Congratulations to Rose," said Cheevers, "The voters have spoken, thats' the system, it's fine and I accept it."

The county received 1,752 absentee ballots for the supervisor race.

The votes still need to be certified by the Broome County Board of Elections.

The final counting and certifications of the results should come by the end of the month.