Posted at: 11/05/2013 6:05 PM
Updated at: 11/06/2013 10:42 AM
By: WNYT Staff
Joanne Yepsen is elected Saratoga's new mayor after a close election
Yepsen declares herself winner in mayor race
SARATOGA SPRINGS - Unofficial totals find Democrat Joanne Yepsen the winner over Republican Shauna Sutton by about 340 votes.
Joanne Yepsen is getting a new City Hall office. The 54-year-old County Supervisor is now the Mayor-Elect of Saratoga Springs.
For much of the night the race between Yepsen and her Republican opponent, Shauna Sutton, was too close to call.
Supporters of both candidates watched nervously as the results came in.
Then, just a couple minutes past 11, Shauna Sutton, Deputy Mayor for 6 years, made her speech, quoting from a poem.
"You give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth. But you give the world the best you have anyway. Thank you to everybody, I really appreciate everything you've done,” says Sutton.
Sutton didn't officially concede at the podium, but she did walk across the street to congratulate Yepsen.
"She thanked me and congratulated me. She appreciated the campaign. I said thank you to her,” says Yepsen.
When Joanne Yepsen takes office in January, she'll have to deal with a city and a county that's divided over the issue of casino gambling.
“I think what they're very afraid of is that Saratoga Springs would become another Atlantic City. We just can't let that happen,” says Yepsen.
“Would you prefer that it end up in Albany rather than Saratoga Springs? "I can't say that yet. I think what we need to do is look at that potential and how that would affect the city,” says the Democrat.
If election night results hold up, Democrats will outnumber Republicans 4 to 1 on the City Council in January.