By Jay Rey and Michael Canfield
Amherst Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein declared victory at Republican headquarters at around 11 p.m. Tuesday, so The News wasn't able to get his comments in for the morning paper.
Here’s what he had to say after his victory:
“I’m pleased to be re-elected,” Weinstein told his supporters at headquarters on Maple and North Forest roads. “I’d like to thank the voters of Amherst. It turns out the voters of Amherst are very sophisticated.”
He went on to say how voters re-elected him despite the endorsement his Democratic opponent received from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and various unions.
Weinstein did acknowledge that the election showed how many voters were unhappy with development issues in the town.
“We’ll see if we can respond,” Weinstein said.
“I’d like to take a look at the zoning code,” he said.
Weinstein also said he is anxious to see how the race for the two councilmember seats turns out and whether the balance of power on the Town Board shifts from the Republicans to the Democrats. That race was too close to call Tuesday night.
“My plans for the next 24 hours is to wait and see if I have help,” Weinstein said. “I can’t govern alone.”
Meanwhile, The News also caught up with Weinstein’s opponent, Mark A. Manna, late Tuesday night at Loughran’s Bar and Restaurant in Snyder, where Democrats were gathering after the election.
“It’s pretty obvious what the results are,” Manna said after Weinstein declared victory. “What’s not obvious is what the council is going to look like.”
Manna ran a campaign focused on “smart growth” in Amherst.
“My goal is to have a high-level discussion on the development future of this town and, in that regard, I succeeded,” Manna said.
Manna – who is half way through his second term as councilmember and will remain on the Town Board -- was asked why he thought he lost the supervisor’s race.
“The last three supervisors had the ability to self fund their campaigns at an extraordinary amount and that’s a huge advantage a town the size of Amherst,” Manna said. “But that’s not why I lost.”
“It’s up to the candidate to come up with a message that excites the voters to come out and vote and, in that regard, I fell short,” Manna said.
“But we’ve changed the discussion on development going forward,” he said. “That’s what people talk about – development and taxes.
On his experience running for town supervisor: “If I could start a campaign again tomorrow, I’d be at it first thing in the morning.”