A squeaker for Milczyn

As he prepares to head back to city hall, Peter Milczyn must be giving a little extra thanks to voters in Stonegate-Queensway.

After all, it was a polling station in the southern part of the neighbourhood that just barely put Milczyn over the top to regain his Ward 5 seat on Election Day.

With a tabulating error that left that poll unreported late into the evening, it seemed as though the veteran councillor was about to lose to candidate Justin Di Ciano.

When the final numbers were tabulated, Milczyn emerged the victor with 9,778 votes. Di Ciano came in second with 9,669.

Though it was a close call, Milczyn said looking at the numbers, he noticed his base voter support didn’t erode this time around.

“I simply didn’t get as big a share of new voters as my opponent did.”

Now that his council seat is secured for the next four years, Milczyn said he plans to re-focus his attention on initiatives he’s already started in the ward, including the revitalization of the Etobicoke City Centre and several parks in the area. He’s also looking forward to working with mayor-elect Rob Ford, whom he publicly supported during the gruelling campaign.

Attempts to reach Di Ciano were unsuccessful, but an Oct. 26 article in the Globe and Mail quoted him as saying he would be seeking a recount.

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By: Karolyn Coorsh
Posted: Nov 2 2010 4:47 pm
Filed in: NEWS
Edition: Toronto