BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The only race in last week’s Buffalo School Board Election that was too close to call is now over.
Last week, voters in the city’s park section decided whether to re-elect Carl Paladino to the School Board or replace him with an 18-year-old named Austin Harig.
About 3,000 people cast their votes. Paladino had about 100 votes more than Harig, and there were 153 absentee ballots.
News 4 was at the Board of Elections Tuesday morning as workers counted those absentee ballots and determined how many were for each candidate.
The counting did not take very long and Paladino ended up winning the election.
“Of those, Carl Paladino picked up 89 votes, and Austin picked up 64 votes, so the result obviously will stand,” Erie County Democratic Party Chairman Len Lenihan said.
Harig responded to the election results during the morning.
“What Mr. Paladino won in was connections because he knew those people who are higher up and told them to come out and vote, but what I feel I won in was the hearts and minds of the working people and families who actually go to public schools,” he said.
Even though a few affidavit ballots are remaining, election officials say this morning’s ballot count means the race is over, and Paladino won.