Bruce Blakeman defeats Laura Curran in Nassau County executive race
Republican Bruce Blakeman has officially won the race for Nassau County executive.
After absentee ballots were counted Monday and Tuesday, the county Board of Elections in Mineola confirmed that Blakeman defeated incumbent Laura Curran by 2,150 votes.
"I'm very grateful that the voters of Nassau County put their confidence in me to do this job," Blakeman says. "I know it's a big job, but I pledge to them I will put my heart and soul into it, and I will try to make them proud of me."
Blakeman says he received a call from Curran, and they will work together on the transition.
Curran released a statement Tuesday, saying in part "This is not the result we hoped for, but there is so much to be proud of."
Dean of Suburban Studies at Hofstra University says he doesn't think there will be much of a different between the Curran and Blakeman administration.
"Curran was a moderate Democrat, Blakeman is a moderate Republican," Levy says. "They are both pro-business, they are both pro-cop. It is a generalization of that term and I don't think you'll see anything terribly drastic or dramatic."
Blakeman tells News 12 that his first orders of business are taxes, crime and reassessment.
He also says he vows to be a county executive for all Nassau residents.