Riverhead's Supervisor Sean Walter conceded Monday that he lost his GOP primary by 49 votes to town board member Jody Giglio, but vowed to keep running on the Conservative ballot line to try to keep the town police department from being taken over by the county.
"The residents of Riverhead better wake up and smell the coffee," he said, claiming that Giglio has been "bought and paid for by the Suffolk PBA union," which wants a referendum to have the county police take over the town police department.
Walter estimated the Suffolk police union spent about $125,000 on 12 direct mailings as well as radio and Internet ads to help Giglio campaign, outspending him more than three to one. "They want to sell the soul of this town to Hauppauge," said Walter.
Giglio and Suffolk PBA president Noel DiGerolamo did not return calls for comment.
The unofficial count came Monday as board officials began to recanvass results, which are still unofficial, from the Sept. 10 primary. Walter, who was denied renomination by his own party after nearly six years in office, was down 29 votes on primary night -- 1,085-1,056. With Walter on the Conservative line, Giglio will face a three-way race, which also will include Democrat Anthony Coates, a former Walter adviser.
In other major contests, unofficial results show that in the Islip Democratic supervisor primary, Thomas Licari was ahead of former Suffolk Legis. Rick Montano by 91 votes with 57 unresolved challenges pending before the elections board's two commissioners. On primary night, Licari was ahead, 882-769, over Montano.
In the Democratic primary for Islip town board, challenger Miriam Ventura was trailing by eight votes at the end of Monday, with 57 challenges still pending before the commissioners. On election night, she was behind by four votes to Christopher Pulitano.
In the Smithtown Republican town board primary, unofficial results show that incumbent Robert Creighton, a former Suffolk police commissioner, was losing by 81 votes to Lisa Inzerillo in unofficial returns. She was ahead by 143 votes on primary night.
In an Independence Party Southampton town board primary, John Bouvier who was ahead by six votes on election night was ahead by seven votes at the end of Monday in unofficial returns over Christine Scalera.
In a Working Families primary for Southampton town justice, former County Court Judge Gary Webber edged Adam Grossman, 5-4, in unofficial returns on the basis of a single absentee ballot cast for Webber.