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Vander Linden Concedes Bedford Seat Race; Carr Ahead In Unofficial Results

MaryAnn Carr, left, and Luke Vander Linden, right.
MaryAnn Carr, left, and Luke Vander Linden, right. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

BEDFORD, N.Y. -- Republican candidate Luke Vander Linden has conceded the race to fill a vacant council seat on the Bedford Town Board.

Vander Linden told Daily Voice that last night he emailed his opponent, Democrat MaryAnn Carr, and congratulated her.

Vander Linden and Carr each live in Bedford Hills, a hamlet that currently lacks representation on the board. Referencing their common ties to the hamlet, Vander Linden noted that he told his opponent "to make Bedford Hills proud!"

"I'm proud of the race I ran," Vander Linden stated. "It was entirely based around the important issues facing our town. I'm proud to have gotten people talking about them. And I'm proud I never once said anything negative about MaryAnn."

Vander Linden called for the board to address various issues that he raised during his campaign.

"I hope the board will proactively address the vitality of our hamlets, shedding the light on unfunded mandates and yes, correcting the overreach of the Historic Building Preservation Commission."

The commission has been compiling a list of historic properties of importance. The list, according to reports in The Record-Review, garnered concern from Vander Linden, who has felt that it could result in too many restrictions on changes to homes. Authors of letters to the editor for the paper disputed Vander Linden's claims, arguing that the list includes buildings that would be exempt from regulation and that those subject to it would not have the type of oversight that he predicted.

Carr declared victory in an interview on Tuesday nigh t after the polls closed. At the time , unofficial results from the Westchester County Board of Elections showed Carr with a 364-vote lead, with one election district and absentee ballots still outstanding.

Since then, the final district results have been reported, which leave Carr with a lead of 354 votes. The updated unofficial results still do not include absentee ballots, although the reactions from the two candidates indicate that they do not believe the ballots will change the overall outcome of the election.

The updated count shows that Carr received 1,313 votes and Vander Linden got 959.

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