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UPDATED: With Absentees Counted, Calarco Claims Victory in 7th LD Race

The Democrat maintains Election Night lead after absentee votes tabulated on Thursday.

Rob Calarco will be the next Suffolk County legislator in the 7th District.

With more than 500 absentee ballots now counted, the Democrat from Patchogue has edged out Republican John Giannott.

"I look forward to really working now and tackling the big issues in Suffolk County," Calarco said Friday. "We all know we have a tough budget ahead of us and we have to continue to do the things that people expect the county to do."

Giannott conceded on his Facebook page Thursday evening.

"Volunteers, friends, family and over 6000 voters, the counting is done and unfortunately we have come up just short!," wrote Giannott, a political newcomer who owns two businesses in Bellport. 

The Suffolk County Board of Elections is expected to release the final numbers on Friday, but Calarco by 103 votes on Election Night. Calarco told Patch that while Board of Elections did not report the full numbers, they told him he had approximately a 165 vote lead.

"I wish my opponent luck, he has a tough job ahead of him and a split community to work with," Giannott said on Facebook.

Calarco, 32, will his current boss, Legis. Jack Eddington, when he is sworn into office in January.

Michael Sorrentino contributed to this report.

Mary Winch November 18, 2011 at 02:18 AM
Congratulations...our neighbors in Ronkonkoma are very upset with the inaction earlier this year when T-Mobile put up a tower 50 feet from private residence. Town of Brookhaven did nothing to investigate the legality and because of the Town of Brookhaven's inaction T-Mobile is erecting this tower...what is more distressing the tower will be for service in the Town of ISLIP. I fought for you, Lesko,Bishop and all our democrats and told them I would join them in their cause after the election. Look for pre-election posts about Lesko from Ronkonkoma residents.
Rhea Angell November 18, 2011 at 07:49 AM
Congratulations Rob! You are going to be one of the best legislators we have had in this District. In your pre-election rounds, you visited my co-op one day, asked me if I had any concerns, and then took action. You are the person we have been waiting for here.
Fred Stewart November 18, 2011 at 04:29 PM
ditto!!!!

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