Four Votes, One Winner
By Jann Wiswall
Matt McAndrew has won the election for Ellicottville Town Supervisor by four votes.
The Cattaraugus County Board of Elections confirmed the news on Tuesday, Nov. 17 after counting the 25 absentee ballots that kept the results of the Nov. 3 general election in limbo.
The final count was McAndrew 217, Burrell 213.
Both McAndrew and Burrell thanked their supporters for their votes.
McAndrew, a Democrat who has worked for the county’s Department of Public Works for 36 years, observed that “the town was really divided, but apparently there were enough people who thought it was time for a change. In the end, there was only one winner.”
Burrell, the Republican incumbent who had sought a third term, said he is “grateful to have served as your supervisor for the past eight years. I look forward to serving the community in the future on the fire department, the ambulance service and in any other way I can.”
Town Board member Greg Fitzpatrick remarked that “Matt is well respected and I’m sure he will do a good job.” He also thanked Burrell for his service, saying “John put his heart and soul into his work. He ran [his campaign] on his record, and his record was good. I truly believe the town is better off now than when John started.”
Steve Crowley, who is also a board member, said he welcomes the opportunity to work with McAndrew, who he has known his whole life. “Every elected official serves the will of the people. It’s our job as a board to work with Matt to move the town forward in their best interests,” he said.
McAndrew will be sworn in in January.