In Tiny NY Village, 26 Votes Could Mean Victory


In a tiny New York village, getting 26 votes could make you the mayor.

Two elections in Dering Harbor are headed to overtime Tuesday after a pair of 25-25 ties between Patrick Parcells and 11-term incumbent Timothy Hogue. Parcells got into the race after a spat with Hogue over hedge trimming rules and starting a village website. Hogue says the village is so small they can spread information more effectively through word of mouth.

The 98-year-old Shelter Island village is 2 square miles and has 11 full-time residents.

Newsday reports anyone who spends part of their time there can vote. That’s about 60 people.

Shelter Island is located between Long Island’s forks in Peconic Bay.