One vote separates the North Castle supervisor candidates

Two candidates vying for North Castle Township supervisor were separated by one vote after Tuesday’s election, unofficial results show.

Democrat Joseph Rende received 1,569 votes, more than Republican Barbara DiGiacinto’s 1,568 votes — according to unofficial results from the Westchester County Board of Elections.

These statistics include absentee ballots counted as of Tuesday, but it is possible that more absentee ballots will be counted over the coming days as well as affidavits, according to Tajian Nelson, commissioner of the Westchester County Board of Elections.

“If the race stays within that small amount…it is an automatic recount” under the election law, after the counting and certification process has concluded. The recount, if it occurs, will be manual.

Another very close race is taking place in North Salem, in northeastern Westchester, where voters had to choose two city council members from three candidates. According to unofficial county election board results, Democrat Katherine Daniels won the most votes, with 818 votes, while Republican candidates Brent Golisano and Elizabeth Almeida received 739 and 738 votes, respectively. It was not immediately known whether these votes included the total absentee ballots.

In the North Castle race, the two-year winner will succeed City Supervisor Michael Schiliro.

Related: What Happened on Election Day 2023 in Westchester, Rockland, Putnam

According to his campaign website’s biography, Rende has lived for the past 10 years in North Castle. Rende’s biography says he served as chairman of the North Castle Democratic Committee. He is Director of Business Development at Judicial Title and served as General Manager of Operations at Robison Oil. He has served as Port Chester Village Trustee, Chairman of the Village Planning Board, and Deputy Director of the Westchester County Office of Emergency and Disaster Services.

DiGiacinto has served on the North Castle City Council since 2014, according to a release. Her biography said she worked closely with Schiliro to preserve more than 130 acres of open space, pave roads, restore the city’s AAA bond rating and keep taxes steady. Before serving on the board, DiGiacinto was treasurer of the North Castle Historical Society and was chairman of the New North Castle Housing board. She is a retired English teacher at Westlake High School for 35 years.

Michael McKinney covers growth and development for The Journal News/ and the USA Today Network in Westchester County and the lower Hudson Valley.

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