Scanlon wins tight race for Binghamton City Council


After leading by just 1 vote on Election Day, Republican Tom Scanlon will now serve on Binghamton City Council.

Scanlon was leading Democrat Justin MacGregor by an Election Night tally of 984 to 983.

On Thursday, military, affidavit and absentee ballots were counted giving Scanlon a 21-vote victory.

The final count was 1,072 to 1,051.

Scanlon will serve the 7th district, representing Binghamton’s East Side, where he’s been living for 25 years.

He says he’s looking forward to addressing issues in code enforcement.

Scanlon says it’s a relief that the process is over.

“I didn’t think too much about it during the week. I obviously wish the results were in that night, but it didn’t happen. It’s nice to finally win,” he said.

The 7th district seat was surrendered by Democrat Bill Berg when he resigned earlier this year.

MacGregor was then appointed to the position.

MacGregor says all of his scheduled events, including Town Hall meetings will still take place.   

Scanlon has served for 8 years on the Binghamton School Board and 2 years on the city planning commission, – two positions he will now have to give up as he becomes the 5th Republican on Council.

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