Maria Moore beats incumbent Conrad Teller in Westhampton Beach mayor race
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Conrad Teller, the four-term mayor of Westhampton Beach Village, lost his bid for re-election to challenger Maria Moore Friday, according to unofficial election results.
Moore received 284 votes. Teller received 187.
Moore, 54, an attorney who is treasurer of the Westhampton Free Library, will be the first female mayor of the resort community. The mayoral bid was her first political campaign.
Teller, 84, a former police chief for the town and the village, first took office in 2006.
"Hey, it's what it is," Teller said Friday night. "People wanted a change; they made a change."
Moore, whose two-year term will begin July 1, could not immediately be reached for comment.
Moore said during the campaign that she wanted to help Main Street businesses and address water quality problems in nearby bays. She said she also wanted state accreditation for the village's police department.
Trustees Charles Palmer Jr. and Ralph Urban were re-elected in an uncontested race.
Westhampton Beach has 1,700 year-round residents and a significant summer population.