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Absentee Ballots Could Decide 18th District

Spencer holds 179-vote edge over Black.

Democrat held a narrow lead Tuesday over in the 18th Legislative District, but the outcome could depend on absentee ballots.

"I'm not claiming victory," Spencer said. "I’m very optimistic but not claiming until the absentees come in. It’s close."

Black was not immediately available for comment early Wednesday morning.

The Suffolk County Board of Elections reported that Spencer had 7,885 votes to 7,706 after the tally was complete, giving him 50.56 percent of the vote to Black's 49.41 percent.

Spencer, 44, is chief of otolaryngology at Huntington Hospital; Black, 58, is a retired teacher who serves as a trustee of the Huntington Board of Education.

Spencer, Black and their supporters fought over their records in other offices. Particularly contentious were Black’s vote as a school board trustee to close Jack Abrams Intermediate School because of some parents’ concern about crime in the neighborhood, and Spencer’s role as chairman of the Huntington Housing Authority, where he backed a failed attempt to build senior housing through a change in zoning that earned him the sobriquet Dr. Density.

 The two competed to fill the office held by Majority Leader Jon Cooper of Lloyd Harbor, who was term limited. 

The race was especially negative, with flyers that attacked each other and brought accusations of sexism and elitism. The county Democrats used a comment Black made to Patch, sending out flyers showing her popping out of a cupcake. Republicans retaliated with flyers showing Spencer’s home in Centerport.

Candidate Votes Percent Districts Black 7706 49.41 75 of 75 Spencer 7885 50.56 75 of 75
JSC November 09, 2011 at 01:27 PM
Wow, this race was neck 'n neck all night long. I think, no matter which one wins, they have to realize they don't have some overwhelming mandate on their positions. They will have to serve both "sides" for sure, well, if they don't want to anger half the voters.
Sue November 09, 2011 at 04:15 PM
Just curious, what "side" was spencer on? I never could tell. Not trying to start anything but other than wanting to build more housing & bashing his opponent I didn't get much of a message from him. I gather from the past though that he is franks minion. So that is a really big concern.
JSC November 09, 2011 at 09:22 PM
He's not serving for Frank now, he's got a bigger job and needs to get acceptance and approval from a larger body politic now. I could be wrong, but I don't foresee him getting involved as a county legislator in too many housing issues on a town level. We will have to see if Mayoka and Cook can bring Berland around to their way of thinking on the subject, breaking Frank's majority.
JSC November 10, 2011 at 01:14 PM
It's one thing to support "housing" - not all housing involves TOD's or change of zoning to accomplish it. Spencer has found out that the people of Huntington don't appreciate having large tracts of land downzoned or increases in density that could affect the whole town. I doubt he would try to do that ever again. And I doubt that either Mayoka or Cook intend on doing it either - but they can still support affordable housing.

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