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Ossining Clerk's Numbers Show Daraio, Quezada Won

OSSINING, N.Y. – The chair of the Town of Ossining's Democratic Party said Wednesday a mistake was made in reporting the number of votes for Republican village trustee candidate Robert Fritsche and the town clerk's numbers showed that Democrats Robert Daraio and Manuel Quezada were the winners.

"There was a mistake made," said Thomasina Laidley-Brown. "I knew that last night."

Laidley-Brown's numbers, obtained from Town Clerk Mary Ann Roberts, showed that Daraio received 1,505 votes, Quezada got 1,493 votes, Republican Robert Terilli got 1,243 votes and Fritsche got 1,211 votes.

"I'm thrilled. I thought we ran a really positive campaign and I think all four candidates in the village were very like-minded individuals," said Daraio. "The bad news for the opposition is they're such good men that I have every intention of putting them to work."

If Quezada is a true winner, he will be the first Ecuadorean to ever hold public office in Westchester, Daraio noted. Quezada did not return a call for comment.

Taijan Jones, an executive assistant to county Board of Elections Commissioner Reginald Lafayette, said BOE workers would be pulling memory cards from voting machines this week and putting those numbers up on its website. Paper ballots, including absentee votes, would not be counted until next week, she said.

"We have to go from the official card numbers. We wouldn't know if they made a mistake until we get that report," Jones said.

Fritsche said on Wednesday that he was a bit surprised by the alleged mistake of 404 votes.

"I thought my numbers were high, but to all of a sudden go from 1,615 to 1,211, that's a big mistake on somebody's part," he said. "But what are you going to do? We'll wait and see, it is what it is. For right now we can't declare a winner because it's at the county level."

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