OSSINING, N.Y. – The Town of Ossining voted 72 percent to 28 percent in preliminary results to reject a local law to change its highway superintendent from an elected position to an appointed one.
"This was never about me, it was about the people's right to vote," said current highway superintendent Michael G. O'Connor.
With 85 percent of the precincts reporting, 547 residents voted against the change, and 217 voted in favor, accounting to unofficial results from the Weschester County Board of Elections.
The law allows the Town Board to appoint a superintendent of highways rather than have voters decide during each election.
Ossining residents made arguments against the change at a public hearing, with several agreeing that the current system was not broken.