In unofficial results and with an unknown number of absentee ballots yet to be counted, Michael Putrino was the top vote getter, with 3,161. His running mate, incumbent Councilman Austin Ashley received 2,956 votes, both numbers easily enough to defeat Republican incumbent Council President Howard Berner and his running mate Peter Rebsch, who received 2,583 and 2,584 votes respectively.
Putrino, who sat on the council before being unseated in 2010, said that he is "tremendously honored" to once again serve on the council and excited to be able to contribute again.
"There is no better feeling than being able to serve the residents of my hometown; the town I've chosen to raise my family in," Putrino said.
Echoing those sentiments, Ashley said that he is thankful for the trust that the residents of the town have placed in him and their appreciation of the work he has done while serving on the council this past year. Ashley had been elected to a one-term seat last year.
"But now, I'm anxious to get to work on behalf of the residents of New Milford," he said.
Both men said that they, along with Democratic councilwomen Randi Duffie and Hedy Grant, will bring more open communication to the council which will better serve the residents of New Milford.
"New Milford deserves a council that can communicate, not only with each other, but with the community at large," Putrino said.
"It's all about doing the right thing, and doing it at the right time, in order to get the job done," Ashley added. "New Milford derserves no less than that."