Smith becomes 1st Democrat to hold District 1 seat on Board of Legislators in nearly 50 yearsPosted: Updated:
A Democrat is set to take over the District 1 seat on the Westchester County Board of Legislators.
Collin Smith is only the second Democrat in history to win in that district.
One could say Smith rode the "blue wave" in Peekskill, making history Tuesday night as the first Democrat to hold the District 1 seat in nearly 50 years.
Smith made his acceptance speech Tuesdsay night in Peeskill after beating out his Republican opponent Frank Catalina by nearly 1,000 votes.
The Peekskill city council person stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the Democratic Peekskill mayor and three councilpersons who all won their races.
Smith says his experience in City Hall and as a school board member helps him understand the issues impacting his district, which includes Cortlandt, Peekskill and Yorktown.
"I am excited about the challenge and I'm looking to what we can do for northern Westchester on the county level," he said.
Among his priorities will be how to alleviate the impacts of the looming closure of Indian Point power plant, affordable housing and improving roads.
"On the county level I feel that we can work together with the state, federal, and local authorities to boost the economy, to protect home owners and tax payers," Smith said.
Smith will continue to serve as a city council person for the city of Peekskill until January, when he assumes his new role as a county legislator.