GREENWICH — After a week of uncertainty, Sandy Litvack made it official on Tuesday morning. You will be able to add the title “Selectman” to his name.

Litvack was elected last Tuesday to serve on the Board of Selectmen after he challenged incumbent First Selectman Peter Tesei in the municipal election. Under the rules of town charter, despite Litvack losing the race to Tesei, he was among the top three vote getters of the four candidates for the board and will now be sworn in next month as the lone Democratic selectman in town.

During the campaign, Litvack had said he was only focused on the job of first selectman and after the election the question was raised by members of both political parties in town about whether he would actually serve as a selectman, which is a part-time position with far fewer powers and responsibilities than the first selectman.

But he put those questions to rest on Tuesday, issuing a statement to the media.

“The voters re-elected Peter Tesei as first selectman, a decision I accept and respect,” Litvack said. “However, more than 6,000 voters, nearly half of the electorate, thought I possessed skills and experience which would benefit Greenwich. I am honored by the faith that those voters placed in me and it is important that I not disappoint them. Therefore, after a great deal of consideration, I want to state that it will be a great privilege for me to serve as a selectman and to bring to the board my vision, my energy and my experience.”

The election ended up being far closer than many anticipated. Tesei had enjoyed landslide victories in his five previous elections as first selectman, including a 2015 victory with close to 75 percent of the vote. But last Tuesday’s election saw Tesei defeat Litvack by a much narrower margin.

According to the town’s Registrar of Voters Office, Tesei received 7,569 votes and Litvack got 6,592. Republican Selectman John Toner ended up outpacing them both, getting 7,619 votes. Incumbent Democratic Selectman Drew Marzullo, who had been seeking a fifth term, got 4,937 votes and was not reelected because Litvack got more than him.

Last week, Town Attorney Wayne Fox said he had been asked to explore what would happen if Litvack had not served in the selectman’s position. He said it was his preliminary opinion that if Litvack did not serve, the Board of Selectmen would be able to pick a replacement for him similar to what happened when Toner was selected in 2015 to fill out the remaining term of the late Selectman David Theis.

The selectmen would have had to have picked a Democrat, though, since state statutes say at least one member of the board must be of the opposing party and both Tesei and Toner are Republicans.

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