Andrea Smyth concedes in Rensselaer County Executive race
November 14, 2017 06:17 PM
TROY - When democrat Andrea Smyth saw absentee ballots from Troy voters were not helping her overcome a 900 vote election night margin, she called republican candidate Steve McLaughlin to concede on Tuesday afternoon.
Statistically, it was unlikely that Smyth would overcome the margin with the less than 2,000 absentee ballots to be counted.
"We were optimistic (Monday) that we were going into Troy even. Today really showed the vote will stand," said Smyth.
After McLaughlin's heated primary with Chris Meyer, the race became negative with Smyth in the general election. Smyth narrated radio ads featuring audio of McLaughlin swearing about a staffer.
But Tuesday, McLaughlin said Smyth was cordial. He expects current county executive Kathy Jimino to help him transition. He was feeling so positive, he even referenced Andrew Cuomo.
"Far be it for me to quote the governor, but there's a time for politics and there's a time for governing, and this is the time for governing. Politics is over. You work with everybody the best you can. It doesn't mean you're not going to have some disagreements, that's just part of life. But ultimately I want to move this county forward," said McLaughlin.
McLaughlin will be announcing his transition team in the next few days.
"You want to make sure we're addressing our emergency services. That's a big issue in the county. The opioid crisis is huge for me to tackle head on, as best we can. That's an issue facing the entire country. Economic development is job one," said McLaughlin when asked about his priorities in his first 100 days.
McLaughlin was surprised by how close the race turned out to be. He thinks the constitutional convention brought out more union workers and democrats than otherwise. Even though he was against the con con, he thinks those voters voted for Smyth.
The official results will be in next week. And then McLaughlin will be sworn in, in January.
McLaughlin says he doesn't know what will happen to his assembly seat yet. The governor would have to call a special election to elect a replacement.
Updated: November 14, 2017 06:17 PM
Created: November 14, 2017 01:54 PM
Copyright 2017 - WNYT-TV, LLC A Hubbard Broadcasting Company