Absentee Count Flips Results In 17th District

Staff Report

OSWEGO COUNTY, NY – The absentee ballot count in the race for the 17th District seat on the Oswego County Legislature has overturned the victory for the seat.

Mary Flett during her swearing in at the beginning of 2008.
Mary Flett during her swearing in at the beginning of 2008. Flett was appointed to fill the vacancy created with the passing of her brother, former legislator Len Ponzi.

Thursday, the Oswego County Board of Election counted the absentee and affidavit ballots.

Unofficial results on election day showed Daniel Hoefer (D,W) with 33 more votes than incumbent legislator Mary Flett (R,C) for a one-year appointment to the 17th District. At the end of the count, Flett won the seat by 11 votes, taking 662 votes to Hoefer’s 651.

“I am very pleased,” Flett said Thursday afternoon. “It has been a long week waiting for the count of the absentees. I am glad it’s over and I thank everybody in the 17th District for coming out to vote.”

The voters have spoken, Hoefer said.

“That’s the way it goes,” he added. “She ran a clean race, I ran a clean race.”

For now, Hoefer said he will concentrate on his responsibilities as a member of the Oswego City School Board and especially on the upcoming 2009-2010 school budget.

The race was for a one-year unexpired term on the Legislature. Hoefer said that he would run for the seat again next year.