Schneiderman Concedes County Comptroller Race

Jay Schneiderman, left, and John M. Kennedy Jr., ran against each other for Suffolk County Comptroller this year. Courtesy photos

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman on Wednesday officially conceded the Suffolk County comptroller’s race to his opponent, incumbent comptroller John M. Kennedy Jr.

In the days immediately following Election Day, about 30,000 absentee ballots had yet to be counted, leading Mr. Schneiderman to hold off on conceding the race. By Wednesday, with only about 1,000 votes still not counted, about 4,500 votes — less than 1 percent of the vote tally — separated the two candidates. Mr. Schneiderman said he called Mr. Kennedy to concede the race and congratulate him.

“This was my first time running county-wide. Not everyone in Suffolk County knows me, but they know me better now,” Mr. Schneiderman said. “It was good for me to get out and meet some new people.”

He said he is looking ahead to 2019 as town supervisor.

“I love my job as supervisor,” Mr. Schneiderman said. “I’m thinking ahead to all the good things we’re doing. It’s time for me to move on.”