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Recount planned in Amityville trustee election

Voters cast their vote in the lobby of Amityville

Voters cast their vote in the lobby of Amityville High School on March 18, 2014. Credit: James Carbone

An apparent narrow victory for Amityville Trustee Nick LaLota over challenger Wesley "Andy" Powell in Tuesday's election will be subject to a recount, the village clerk said in an email to village officials Wednesday.

After discussion with the Suffolk County Board of Elections, clerk Diane Sheridan wrote: "The recanvass is to be conducted by the county," with elections commissioners contacting candidates and Sheridan next week.

Tuesday night's count showed LaLota with a 1,146-1,064 vote lead over Powell.

Mayor Jim Wandell appointed LaLota to office last year. LaLota and Powell were running in a special election to fill the seat of former Trustee Peter Casserly, who resigned with a year remaining to his term.

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