Hitchcock certified as election winner

NORTH CREEK - In what appears to be the conclusion of a dramatic local election story, Dan Hitchcock has been certified as the ultimate winner of the Nov. 4 General Election for Johnsburg Highway Superintendent.

Despite a monumental write-in campaign waged by Hitchcock, Fred Comstock of Johnsburg was originally certified the winner due to a large portion of his opponent's ballots being rejected.

The contested ballots were rejected due to voters recording several different variations of Hitchcock's name.

Following the election, Hitchcock filed suit in New York State Supreme Court against his opponents and the Warren County Board of Elections.

The Court ruled in favor of Hitchcock last week, giving him the full benefit of 415 votes to Comstock's 380.

Previously, Comstock had publicly voiced his intention to not seek the position and the Johnsburg Town Board moved to appoint Hitchcock to the post immediately.

"The reason I started the lawsuit is because Fred Comstock could have legally taken over on the first of the year," Hitchcock said. "I'm glad I did it. It was quite an experience to go through."

While he wanted to protect the position that he fought so hard to attain earlier this year, Hitchcock also looked forward to "making things right."

"I also did it because I wanted to just plain win," he said. "I was the only Dan Hitchcock in the race and the votes that weren't counted originally were rightfully mine."

Town Supervisor, Sterling Goodspeed, is glad to see the matter resolved and looks forward to the coming year.

"I think Dan and I have had a good working relationship over the last few weeks and we've spent a tremendous amount of time working on the budget and the challenges facing the Highway Department in particular," Goodspeed said. "I think it's going to be a positive relationship and I certainly congratulate him."

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