BROOME COUNTY (WBNG) – Libertarian Michael Korchak has officially won the race for Broome County District Attorney.
The Broome County Board of Elections spent Tuesday counting absentee and affidavit ballots. It came down to Korchak leading Republican opponent and local defense attorney, Paul Battisti, by 112 votes with 104 votes still to be counted. Democrat Debra Gelson trailed behind both of them.
Cheers erupted throughout the Broome County Board of Elections Tuesday night, as supporters of Michael Korchak heard the results.
“I feel very relieved,” said Korchak. “It was a tough battle, but we knew it was going to be a tight race and come down to the absentees, and it came down to the final absentees actually, as well as the affidavit votes.”
Korchak says he credits the success to his support from both the people working on his campaign and the voters.
“We really had a great team. There’s too many people to even mention, but it really was a group effort and I’m very, very happy to continue to serve Broome County as a prosecutor,” said Korchak.
Democratic opponent, Debra Gelson, says she was happy to see Korchak win, saying, “I’m thrilled with the outcome, not with the fact that I didn’t win, but I’m thrilled with the outcome and I have every confidence that he’ll be an excellent prosecutor.”
However, Paul Battisti, demanding a recount, saying in a statement: