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July 15, 2020


Westchester County residents can cast primary election votes on Tuesday, June 25. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Flickr user Sean Gates.
Clyde A. Isley, left, a Mount Vernon mayoral candidate, with Westchester County Executive George Latimer. Photo Credit: Provided

Politics Around The Towns: Primary Elections In White Plains, Mount Vernon, Yonkers, Greenburgh

There are several debates in the closing weeks of Westchester's spring primary elections. Primary elections throughout Westchester will be held on Tuesday, June 25. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The League of Women Voters of White Plains announced there will be a Candidates Forum for Common Council candidates on Monday, June 17. White Plains' primary will feature candidates running as Democrats for three seats on the Common Council.

These four candidates agreed to participate in Monday's LWV forum: Kat Brezler, incumbent Nadine Hunt-Robinson, Victoria Presser and Jennifer Puja.

The forum will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the auditorium of the White Plains Public Library. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The forum will be video-recorded and streamed live. To ensure that a wide range of issues are addressed, written questions must be submitted at the forum or via email by 5 p.m. June 16 at More details about the candidates can be found by clicking here: VOTE411.ORG.

Yonkers Candidate Forum

A "Meet the Candidates" forum is set for Friday, June 14 in Yonkers, sponsored by the Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus, Inc., Yonkers Chapter of Community Voices Heard and League of Women Voters of the Rivertowns.

In the Democratic Party race for Yonkers Mayor are incumbent Mike Spano and challengers Karen Beltran and Ivy Reeves. 

Five Democratic candidates are seeking two seats on the Yonkers City Council. In the First District, the candidates are Terence Miller and Shanae Williams. In the Second District, the candidates are Tasha Diaz, Olasubomi Macaulay and Dennis Robertson.

Democratic primary candidates in the race for a seat on the Westchester County Board of Legislators are Jose Alvardo, Luz Casanova and London Reyes.

The forum will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Yonkers Public Library, Riverfront Branch, 1 Larkin Center. Karen Schatzel will moderate.

Greenburgh 'Meet the Candidates' Night

Greenburgh residents can meet Democratic Party primary election candidates during a "Meet the Candidates" night on Thursday, June 13 at Greenburgh Town Hall, 177 Hillside Ave.

Running for Town Clerk are incumbent Judith Beville and Maria Portilla. Running for Town Council are Gina Jackson, incumbent Ken Jones and Eric Zinger.

The debate will be aired live and rebroadcast on Cable TV (Optimum Channel 7 and Verizon Channel 35 ) 

Latimer Backs Mayoral Candidate

Westchester County Executive George Latimer appeared in his hometown on Monday, June 10, to offer his formal endorsement of Mount Vernon Democratic Party-endorsed mayoral candidate Clyde A. Isley, former city police commissioner.

The other Democratic Party primary candidates for mayor include incumbent RIchard Thomas, Mount Vernon Council president Andre Wallace, Yonkers YMCA President Shawyn Patterson-Howard, former mayor Ernie Davis and council member Delia Farquharson. 

Isley is a retired NYPD detective sergeant who also served as Commissioner of the Mount Vernon Police Department. 

After sharing some of history of his growing up in the city, Latimer, a Mount Vernon High School alumnus, offered this endorsement: "Clyde Isley has the mature ability and judgement to make things happen over the next four years. He's proven himself on the county level as Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Corrections, our second largest Department and a very complicated one. He has that experience and that is the most analogous example to the challenge of being Mayor of this city."

Latimer added: "If we don't make a stand right now. we're going to lose this city. It's going to take excellent management day after day. It's going to take someone who understands what a tough job this is and is able to get the job done. So, for all these reasons I'm glad to stand behind Clyde Isley. He has the executive experience necessary to do this job well and to make Westchester County a good partner to the City of Mount Vernon and face the challenges ahead."

Isley said: “Proven leadership and unquestionable integrity along with a collaborative approach to conducting the people’s business are behind the County Executive’s success in turning the county around. It is those same qualities that I will bring to the table for the benefit of our Mount Vernon family. I am thankful and thrilled to receive this endorsement from one of our hometown heroes.”