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Wolford waiting for final vote count

Kelly C. Wolford

The final outcome of the race for Monroe County Court may not be decided until next week when absentee ballots are counted.

The margin between the third and fourth highest vote getters in a six-way race for three open seats is close enough to possibly change the outcome.

The top vote getters in the general election Tuesday are Republicans Vincent M. Dinolfo, Irondequoit town justice; James J. Piampiano, Henrietta town justice; and Vicki Argento, East Rochester town justice. Each also ran on the Conservative and Independence lines.

Judge Kelly C. Wolford, who was appointed in May to fill the vacancy created by Judge Alexander R. Renzi’s election to the state supreme court, was the fourth highest vote getter.

Vincent M. Dinolfo

There are still 7,618 absentee ballots to be counted so it is possible Judge Wolford could make up the 2,595 difference in votes separating her from Justice Argento.

“We’re really proud of the race we ran,” Judge Wolford said. “I have not conceded. The race was extremely close with a large number of outstanding absentee ballots. I anticipate we will have a better idea once the absentee ballots are counted.”

Not all absentee ballots are in. Voters had until Monday to get them postmarked and the deadline for New York military and overseas ballots has been extended to Nov. 24.

James J. Piampiano

In addition, Monroe County Board of Elections Commissioner Peter M. Quinn said absentee ballots have been impounded statewide under Albany County Supreme Court order because of the closeness in some state races. He said they cannot be counted before Monday unless the order changes.

The additional votes from absentee ballots will not be enough to change the outcome in any other judicial race.

Two other Democrats ran with Judge Wolford — Brighton Town Justice Karen L. Morris and Vincent J. Rizzo, an investigator with the Rochester City School District. All three also ran on the Working Families line.

Vicki Argento

The other two court vacancies were created by the retirement of Judge Richard A. Keenan at the end of this year and the May 15 death of Judge John J. Connell.

Not all the votes were counted in two of the eight counties for state Supreme Court justice in the Seventh Judicial District, but incumbent Republican Justice Henry J. Scudder of Bath, Steuben County, won in the other six and is leading in Cayuga County where 91 percent of the votes are tallied. Justice Scudder, who also ran on the Conservative and Independence lines, is also the presiding justice of the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, in Rochester.

His opponent, Stephen J. Lynch of Suffolk County, an Independence Party candidate who ran on the Democratic line, captured more than 100,000 votes even though he doesn’t live in the district. He was able to run because it is a statewide office. Lynch, principal law clerk to Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice William B. Rebolini, had said he would move upstate if he won.

“I appreciate the votes and the confidence and the support,” Justice Scudder said this morning.

All results are unofficial until certified by the state Board of Elections later this month. Here are the results as posted on the various county websites.

Not all machines in Cayuga County were counted by Wednesday morning, and less than half in Wayne County had been counted and were not expected to be posted to the website until late Wednesday.

STATE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE
Republican Henry J. Scudder 
Total so far  176,447
Monroe County  112,575
Cayuga County  10,734
 (94 of 98 machines)
Livingston County 11,494
Ontario County  13,344
Seneca County  5,240
Steuben County 19,584
Wayne County (results not in yet)   
Yates County  4,063

Democrat Stephen J. Lynch
Total so far  121,373
Monroe County  88,454
Cayuga County  8,661
 (89 of 98 machines)
Livingston County 5,766
Ontario County  8,305
Seneca County  3,408
Steuben County 5,211
Wayne County   (results not in yet)
Yates County  1,941

COUNTY COURT JUDGE (3)
Vincent M. Dinolfo (R) 117,313
James J. Piampiano (R) 112,993
Vicki Argento (R)  103,380
Kelly C. Wolford (D) 100,785
Karen L. Morris (D) 92,449
Vincent J. Rizzo (D) 78,830

FAMILY COURT JUDGE
John Gallagher  (R) 123,064
La Marr Jackson (D) 81,411
 
CITY COURT JUDGE (unopposed)
Teresa D. Johnson (D) 28,205

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