Schneiderman Concedes County Comptroller Race

Jay Schneiderman said he plans to run for re-election as Southampton Town supervisor later this year. Taylor K. Vecsey

Jay Schneiderman has officially conceded the race for Suffolk County comptroller to the incumbent, John M. Kennedy Jr., three weeks after the election. Mr. Schneiderman, who is the Southampton Town supervisor and a former East Hampton Town supervisor, had been waiting for the absentee ballots to be tallied.

He said on Tuesday that he finished 4,536 votes down out of more than 500,000 cast. "The margin was less than 1 percent," he said. He ran on the Democratic ticket.

There are also 1,000 or so votes being challenged by Mr. Kennedy's team, and those have not been counted yet, Mr. Schneiderman said. He estimated that in the end he will have lost by 3,000 to 4,000 votes.

"I just called John Kennedy and conceded. I congratulated him on his victory and pledged to work together to help the county get through its financial challenges," Mr. Schneiderman said. He plans to run for re-election as supervisor in the fall.