Republican Craig Gelbsman maintained a winning lead after absentee ballots for the Otsego County Board of Representatives District 12 seat were opened Thursday, Otsego County Board of Elections officials said.
Gelbsman won 144 votes total, defeating Democrat Amy Hornburg-Heilveil who garnered 137 votes, officials said.
District 12 represents Oneonta city’s Third and Fourth Wards. On Election Day, Gelbsman won 137 votes to Hornburg-Heilveil’s 132.
The recanvass and opening of absentee ballots was completed Thursday, Michael Henrici, Democratic deputy commissioner of elections said. No upsets resulted from the count of absentee ballots, he said.
Results will be made official Nov. 18, pending arrival of any additional military ballots, he said.