Results of Tuesday's primary election for Westchester County Legislator District 4 (Yorktown, New Castle, Somers) were still up in the air Friday after county election officials impounded machines and write-in ballots for a position on the Independence Party line for the general election in November.
Incumbent Democratic Legislator Michael B. Kaplowitz, 52, an attorney and financial planner in Somers, received 70 votes cast on machines, according to election officials, but Republican challenger Dr. Terrence Murphy, 45, a Yorktown chiropractor and restaurateur, claims to have defeated him for the right to the Independence Party line with a majority of write in votes.
Kaplowitz was unopposed on the ballot but voters were able to submit write in candidates in the primary election. Murphy claims to have received an estimated 112 write in votes.Westchester County Board of Election officials said ballots would be reviewed and tallied by hand next week, under court order. Results might be available next Thursday, Sept. 22.
Kaplowitz dismissed the importance of the primary outcome Friday, saying, "Win or lose, the results of the primary are irrelevant," and "the primary was a waste of time and money on everybody's part."
But challenger Murphy had a much different perspective. "If he says the primary was a waste of time and money on everybody's part, then why did he seek the Independence line," he asked. "This is typical of the incumbent syndrome. You have a 14-year incumbent who just lost the line as far as I'm concerned and is snubbing the Independence Party."
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