The votes are in and Steve Fiore-Rosenfeld beat Ed Munoz in the race for Brookhaven's first council district, 6,986 to 5,645. The incumbent garnered 55 percent of the votes.
At his headquarters in Stony Brook, Munoz conceded the election at about 11 p.m. to a crowd of supporters.
"It's been an incredible run," he said.
Munoz, a retired NYC police officer, said he campaigned for a year and a half and knocked on 8,000 doors.
"I'm a fighter and I'm coming back," he said to applause.
Borrowing a phrase, he said "people want change."
"Not that bad yet," Munoz joked. "But we'll get them."
He called it a "shame" that only 25 percent of those eligible came out vote.
"It should be 95 percent," he said. "We have 47,000 registered voters in district one and we're going to end up with 10,000 or 11,000 people voting. That's a shame."
At Democratic headquarters, Fiore-Rosenfeld felt "incredible" after winning his fifth term as the representative for Brookhaven's first council district.
His campaign was based on "a lot of shoe leather and a lot of good local people talking to their neighbors about what really matters to each of them."
"It was challenging in terms of refuting some of the 'alterations of reality,'" he said of his opponent.
Now that he's been reelected, Fiore-Rosenfeld said that he will redouble his efforts "to look carefully at the town budget and make sure we're protecting our core services, our environment and our overall quality of life."