Westchester Elections: County executive and Yonkers City Council president races look like wins for Democrats
Many of the biggest races in Westchester look like they are going into the Democratic win column.
Westchester County Executive George Latimer has declared victory in his reelection bid. The incumbent faced off against Republican Christine Sculti and took just under 60% of the vote. This is Latimer's 20th consecutive political win, which News 12 was told is a history-making moment in New York.
It appears there is going to be a first-time politician as Yonkers City Council president. Democrat Lakisha Collins-Bellamy declared victory in the race for Yonkers City Council president on Tuesday evening, despite being slightly behind her opponent as of 11:45 p.m. But the race swung into Collins-Bellamy's column overnight and, as of this morning, she is up 54% to 46% with 70% of the votes counted. Republican Ron Matten says he will not concede and that it could be days before we knew the winner.
Also, it was an historic night in Peekskill as voters elected the city's first Black woman as mayor. Vivian McKenzie celebrated the win at a watch party in downtown Peekskill with a group of supporters. She's spent more than a decade on city council and is currently the city's deputy mayor. She beat out businessman Emiliano Perez who ran on the Republican and Conservative ticket.
Republicans may take home one significant victory as James Nolan declared victory over incumbent Democrat Ruth Walter in the District 15 State Legislature race. He currently leads 57% to 43% with about three quarters of the district's reporting. This seat, which represents Bronxville and Yonkers, has flipped between the two parties over the last few years.
As for the three Yonkers City Council races, Democrats Corazon Pineda and John Rubbo appear to have coasted to reelection, while incumbent Republican Anthony Merante leads Democrat Tim Hodges 55% to 45% but didn't declare victory Tuesday night.