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November 21, 2019

Politics

Mount Pleasant is one of a few towns in Westchester with a Republican supervisor. A majority of the Mount Pleasant town board seats also are held by Republicans.
Harrison is one of a few towns in Westchester with a popular Republican supervisor. A majority of the Harrison town board seats also are held by Republicans.
The slate of town challengers in Harrison for the Tuesday, Nov. 5 election.
Election signs in Mount Pleasant

What Is At Stake On Election Day In Westchester?

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, many local municipalities will be electing supervisors, mayors, council members and judges. Westchester County legislators also are up for re-election. Several towns also have local propositions on their ballot.

With the onset of "early voting" in New York state, registered voters have been able to cast votes since Oct. 26. Additional details about who is on the ballot can be found by clicking here. 

Towns and Villages

Across Westchester, Democrats enjoy control of most municipalities. However, Republican control of town boards remains strong in Harrison and Mount Pleasant. Both of those towns have popular Republican supervisors -- Ronald Belmont and Carl Fugenzi Jr., respectively -- and only one town board member is a Democrat, despite both towns having a majority of registered Democrats. 

Also on the ballot in Ossining and Mount Pleasant are propositions to convert some elective jobs into appointed positions, as reported here by Daily Voice. Mount Kisco voters can decide on a proposed $14.25 million bond issue to pay for firehouse additions and renovations.

In Yorktown, Republicans are trying to take back the Yorktown supervisor seat from one-term incumbent Ilan Gilbert with a challenge by Republican Matt Slater.

In Greenburgh, Supervisor Paul Feiner is facing his first contested November election since 2007 from independent candidate Lucas Cioffi of the Greenburgh Party. Daily Voice coverage of that race can be found by clicking here as well as here. 

Many other town and village races are uncontested. In the village of Mamaroneck, incumbent Mayor Thomas Murphy, a Democrat, is being challenged by former Mayor Norman Rosenblum, who is running on the Conservative and Friendly Village Party ballot lines.

City Elections

There are contested races for mayor in Westchester’s largest cities: Yonkers, New Rochelle and Mount Vernon. Democrats are heavily favored based on voter registration and well-known incumbents running in the first two cities. 

Mount Vernon has a contested three-way race after the stormy resignation of Mayor Richard Thomas. Running there are Republican Andre Wallace, Democrat Shawyn Patterson-Howard and Conservative Rosemarie M Jarosz.

Westchester Board of Legislators

All 17 seats on the county Board of Legislators are up for re-election, however, 11 of the races are uncontested. 

Democrats now hold a 13-4 majority going into Election Day, and Republicans are aiming to maintain that minority or build upon it slightly. With the retirement of two popular legislators and party leaders -- John Testa, R-Peekskill, and Michael Kaplowitz, D-Somers -- expect a shift of some political power on the board.

For details about candidates in your municipality, including judicial races, click here.