The power balance on the Islip Town Council has shifted back to the Republicans as candidates John Cochrane and Anthony Senft have declared victory Tuesday night.
With all but 10 of the 223 election districts in Islip reporting, Cochrane had 28 percent of the vote with Senft at 27.9 percent. Democrats Gene Parrington, an incumbent, and Renee Ortiz, had 22 percent and 21.9 percent respectively.
"With this win, we give back government to residents in the Town of Islip," Senft said. "We'll work on attracting new businesses, broadening the tax base and beautifying the parks, among other improvements."
"We're serious about making this the land of 'yes' for the Town of Islip and the taxpayers,” Cochrane said. "We'll bring integrity, honesty and fun back to Islip."
On the Democratic side, Parrington told Patch he felt he and Ortiz ran a good campaign.
“We ran on our record, which I thought was a good record,” he said. “We turned things around the past four years and brought good government back to Islip."