By Matt Youngfrau
MONTICELLO November 18, 2003 Its official: the Democrats have regained control of the Sullivan County Legislature.
That was confirmed when all the absentee and affidavit ballots in Legislative District 9 were counted late Thursday afternoon.
Going in, incumbent Republican, Jim Carnell Jr. trailed his Democratic challenger, Sam Wohl, by 32 votes.
Neither man stuck around long for the results.
Carnell had committee meetings and business appointments to tend to.
Wohl remained close by but chose not to sit in Republican Board of Elections Commissioner Fran Thalmanns office while the ballots were counted.
In the end, Wohl had 1,164 votes to Carnells 1,089 votes.
I am very happy, Wohl commented. We had a party platform, and I will stick to it. I said I would research the landfill and gambling issues, and I promise to do it.
The Democrats now have a 5-4 margin over the Republicans. The Democrats are District 1s Chris Cunningham (likely the next chair of the Legislature), District 2s Kathleen LaBuda, District 4s Jonathan Rouis, Wohl, and District 8 Legislator Ron Hiatt.
The Republicans are District 3s Greg Goldstein, District 5s Rodney Gaebel, District 6s Jodi Goodman, and District 7s Leni Binder.
The new terms start January 1.