Assemb. Dan Losquadro (R-Shoreham) Monday was officially declared the winner of last week’s special election for Brookhaven Town highway superintendent, but his victory margin narrowed to 637 votes after absentee ballots were counted, according to the Suffolk Board of Elections.
The final result was 13,339 or 51.06 percent for Losquadro, to 12,702 or 48.63 percent for Kathleen Walsh, a town board member. She ran on the Democratic line, but has switched registration from the Republican Party to the Independence Party. Unofficial returns on election night had Losquadro winning by 832 votes — 12,170-11,338.
Among absentee voters, Walsh edged Losquadro, 1,364 to 1,169. The two leading write-in candidates were Michael DePaoli, with 46 votes, and Charles Giarraputo, with 35.
Losquadro will be sworn in today at 4 p.m. by State Supreme Court Justice Andrew Crecca in the Town Hall auditorium before the start of the town board meeting, according to a town spokesman.