Updated 11/07/2012 03:15 AM
Mychaljiw declares victory in Erie County Comptroller race
In the special election for Erie County Comptroller, one candidate declared victory while another says the race is too close to call. YNN's Kaitlyn Lionti has more.
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"I want to thank the people of Erie County for giving me their confidence in selecting me as their next Erie County Comptroller."
Although businessman and former television journalist Stefan Mychajliw claimed victory, current Erie County Comptroller and army reservist David Shenk didn't concede Tuesday night, and says they'll have to wait until the recanvass is done to determine a winner.
"There's 16,000 absentee ballots to count, there's still more in the mail, and a thousand of those are military ballots, and I heard there were some emergency ballots due to machine breakdowns," said Shenk, (D).
Shenk was appointed less than a year ago, and still has plans for the office he hopes to hold on to.
"We need to focus on the Erie County budget, we need to focus on developing a comprehensive fund balance policy. I'm looking forward to finishing up the audit of the water authority. And we have a long term project to do, a risk assessment project," Shenk said.
But Mychajliw says he feels his lead is insurmountable, and says he's ready to be an independent watchdog for Erie County taxpayers.
"I'm in the construction business. I plan on building Erie County up into a model, fiscal displine and I will work with any politician to do that," said Mychaljiw, (R).
Since this is a special election, whichever candidate is declared the winner won't have a long term in office, as the seat will be on the ballot again in 2013.