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Recounts confirm Ithaca Common Council primary results

A voting site in Broome County.(Vaughn Golden/WSKG)
Vaughn Golden
Recounts led to unchanged election results for narrow Ithaca Common Council races.

Several of the Ithaca Common Council’s closest primary races have now been decided after going to hand recounts.

The recounts of three common council races confirmed the official election results.

In the 3rd Ward race for a four-year term, David Shapiro maintained his six-vote lead over Nathan Sitaraman.

In the 5th Ward's two-year term race, Clyde Lederman kept his 10-vote lead over Jason Houghton. Margaret Fabrizio also held her six-vote lead over Michelle Song, for the 5th Ward's four-year term race.

No vote tallies were changed as a result of the recount.

Hand recounts for common council races are mandatory when a race has a margin of less than 20 votes.

With the results of last month’s primaries now confirmed, that leaves only four races up for possible contention in the general election. Incumbent 1st Ward Alderperson Cynthia Brock was defeated in the primary, but secured a ballot spot alongside Houghton and Fabrizio on the “Ithacans for Progress” line.

Pat Sewell also retained an independent nomination for the “Community” line for the 2-year term in the 1st Ward. That ward is also being contested by Zachary Winn on the Republican line.

In addition to Winn’s run in the 1st Ward, Republicans also nominated Janis Kelly as a candidate to face Democrat Robert Cantelmo in his bid for mayor.

Vaughn Golden has been reporting across New York since 2016. Working as a freelancer while studying journalism and economics at Ithaca College, Vaughn has reported for a number of outlets including the Albany Times Union, New York Post, and NPR among others. Prior to coming to WSKG full-time, Vaughn was a reporter for the Watertown Daily Times. Vaughn now covers government and politics for WSKG.