TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—Though the results must still be certified, Leslie Schill has emerged victorious in an extremely close race against competitor Veronica Pillar to replace Anna Kelles on the Tompkins County Legislature, representing District 2.

After absentee and mail-in ballots were counted this week, Schill came out with 287 votes to Pillar’s 282. Schill had led by three votes after election day voting and early ballots were counted last week.

All of Schill’s votes came on the HC line, while Pillar amassed 43 from the Justice and Solidarity party line and 239 from the Working Families Party line. There were 573 total votes cast.

There were four write-in votes total. The special election was called after Kelles was elected to the New York State Assembly and took office in January.

Matt Butler

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