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Cox re-elected Saltaire mayor

Robert L. Cox, mayor in Saltaire.

Robert L. Cox, mayor in Saltaire. Credit: Handout, 2008

Saltaire Mayor Robert L. Cox III was elected Friday to a second two-year term, defeating trustee Hugh A. O'Brien for the second time.

Two trustee seats were also filled, with incumbent John A. Zaccaro Jr. winning his fourth term.

Cox received 146 votes to defeat O'Brien, 59, who collected 114. In 2010, Cox beat O'Brien by seven votes.

"We're happy with the turnout. People were very actively involved in the campaign," Cox said Saturday. "I think we've got a team that's going to do good things for the village, so I'm excited to continue the work we've begun."

Cox, 60, campaigned on his previous successes, including presenting a balanced budget, actively working to protect Fire Island beaches and maintaining village infrastructure.

Four candidates vied for the two trustee seats.

Zaccaro, 48, led the pack with 140 votes. A real estate developer in Manhattan, he is the son of Geraldine Ferraro, the 1984 Democratic vice presidential candidate who died last year.

Zaccaro was not available for comment Saturday.

With 131 votes, Frank Wolf won the second trustee seat. Wolf, 71, served on the board of trustees from 2000 to 2002 and has also served on the planning board and the zoning board of appeals.

He is dean emeritus of the School of Continuing Education at Columbia University and a longtime summer resident of Saltaire.

"It feels nice to win, and I'm looking forward to doing it," Wolf said.

Ann Connolly, 59, received 128 votes and Tara Griffin, 53, garnered 82.

Cox, Zaccaro and Wolf will be sworn in Monday at 9 a.m. in the village meeting room.

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