By Carol P. Bartold, Senior Reporter
Nov. 8, 2017: High numbers of Westchester County voters braved the rain on Election Day yesterday to cast their ballots in several county and local races and to address three ballot proposals.
State Senator George Latimer (D) won the hotly contested race for Westchester County executive with 117,767 votes, defeating incumbent Rob Astorino (R), who received 89,463 votes. As Election Day approached and campaign rhetoric intensified, Astorino, running for a third term, and challenger Latimer ran almost dead even in several polls. However, as early results were reported, Latimer established a significant lead and ran approximately twenty percentage points ahead of Astorino throughout most of the evening, which held until voting results were tabulated.
Voters re-elected incumbent Gordon Burrows (R) as Westchester County Legislator in District 15, which includes Bronxville and parts of Yonkers. Burrows, with 6,765 votes, defeated challenger Ruth Walter (D) of Bronxville, who received 5,877 votes. First-time candidate and challenger Walter remained within six percentage points of Burrows in the race.
Ruth Walter (L).
In District 10, which includes Eastchester and Tuckahoe, incumbent Sheila Marcotte (R) was defeated by Damon Maher (D). Maher won with 6,482 votes to Marcotte’s 5,713.
Incumbent Eastchester Town Supervisor Anthony Colavita (R) retained his Eastchester Town Supervisor office, defeating Michael Denning (D). Colavita received 4,689 votes to Denning’s 3,815.
County voters soundly defeated Ballot Proposal 1, which posed the question of holding a convention to revise the New York State Constitution with 158,675 no votes. The proposal received 38,066 yes votes.
Ballot Proposal 2 passed with 140,965 yes votes over 52,862 no votes. The amendment will allow a court to reduce or revoke a public officer’s public pension if that officer is convicted of a felony having a direct and actual relationship to the performance of that public officer’s existing duties.
Ballot Proposal 3, authorizing the use of Forest Preserve Land for specified purposes, was approved, gaining 112,942 yes votes to 76,604 no votes.
Pictured at top: A voter in yesterday's election (photo by N. Bower).
Photos of candidates courtesy the candidates.