Townsend concedes Oneida County Sheriff's race, congratulates Maciol


ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - Republican David Townsend has conceded the race for Oneida County Sheriff and congratulated Democratic opponent Robert Maciol on his victory.

In a statement to supporters released Sunday, Townsend says, "I would like to congratulate Rob Maciol on his election as Oneida County Sheriff and I wish him the best."

Townsend's only regret was that he felt the election was "influenced by an outside force that refuses to abide by our laws," referring to the Oneida Indian Nation.

He added, "I only hope that the people of Oneida and Madison Counties are aware of this influence and judge their elected officials based on honor and trust and not allow themselves to be manipulated by an entity that refuses to follow our laws."

New roles, new chapters of life
Maciol is now the out-going mayor of New York Mills and Whitesboro village police officer. Townsend is an out-going New York State Assemblyman.

Townsend said, "It has been my distinct honor to represent the residents of Oneida and Oswego Counties for the past 20 years and to have been a part of the history on New York State." He said he was prepared to move onto the next chapter of his life.

Who will prevail?
NEWSChannel 2 projected Robert Maciol as the winner in the race on November 9, according to the number of absentee ballots returned to the Oneida County Board of Elections at that time. Maciol lead Townsend by 2,601 votes. Only 2,662 absentee ballots were returned.

Townsend would have had to receive all but 61 absentee votes to overtake Maciol.

In all, 3,564 absentee ballots were sent out, said Kathy Perez Oneida County Democratic Commissioner. 79 military absentee ballots were sent out, and 54 have already returned. The military has until November 24 to have their ballots returned. The extension of time for the military ballots is because of problems getting the ballots overseas to the troops in the first place.

When asked about the race last Tuesday, Townsend was not ready to concede and said there were too many problems with the board of elections on election night and he is "not going to do anything until he knows what is going on".

Townsend said four people have contacted him to let him know they did not receive their absentee ballots.

Robert Maciol says he has a staff member overseeing the absentee ballot recount and he is confident the results will mirror those of the polls on election night.

"We are very, very, very, optimistic we will prevail," Maciol had said.

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