BEDFORD, N.Y. - With the election of Ellen Calves and Bobbi Bittker, the town board in once solidly Republican Bedford will for the first time comprise only Democrats. Moreover, its four councilmembers will all be women.
Unofficial early returns showed Bobbi Bittker of Bedford Hills and Ellen Calves, a Katonah resident, riding a rising Democratic tide to join incumbent Supervisor Chris Burdick, unopposed in his bid for re-election, as Election Night victors.
In the three-way race for a pair of four-year board seats, incumbent GOP Councilman Don Scott was being swept aside in the Democrats' surge. The other Republican seat had been held by Lee V.A. Roberts, longtime supervisor as well as councilwoman, who did not seek re-election.
As of 11 p.m. Nov. 5, unofficial returns had Calves, the Bedford 2020 program manager, the top vote getter, with 2,739. Bittker was second at 2,261, ahead of Scott, polling 2,101.
Bittker, in a statement to Democrats filling Bedford Hills Metro-North railroad station, said Scott had telephoned her to concede the contest.
Calves, Bittker and Burdick thanked their volunteers, supporters and family members in the station throng.