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Katz, Wittner Elected to Mamaroneck Town Council

MAMARONECK, N.Y. --Democrats Abby Katz and Phyllis Wittner were elected to the Mamaroneck Town Board Tuesday, according to unofficial Board of Election results.

Residents voted for two out of three candidates Tuesday. With 92 percent of the results in, Wittner, an incumbent, received 37 percent of the votes, Katz received 38 percent and Republican challenger Seth Marcus garnered 25 percent.

“I feel as if the voters have spoken," Wittner said Tuesday night. "With all the kind comments I've received, it was as if I were a shoo-in. It feels good to finally have the election complete."

Katz said she was looking forward to serving on the board.

"It feels good. I'm excited," she said. "I was optimistic going in. It's going to be interesting. We each bring a different angle."

The focus of all three campaigns was how to operate under the two-percent tax cap, leaving little room separating their respective stances. Both parties expressed the intent to maintain the level of service residents have come to expect, while adhering to the tax cap.

Wittner was the one incumbent, as Nancy Seligson's uncontested move to Town Supervisor left two seats open.

Katz is a past president and current board member of the Larchmont Gardens Civic Association, a member of the Steering Committee for the Larchmont/Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force, and treasurer of the Murray Avenue School PTA.

Marcus was an alternate member of the town Zoning Board of Appeals and a board member of the Larchmont/Mamaroneck Little League.

Several voters weren't familiar with the newcomers and voted along party lines. Will Fisher, a Larchmont resident, voted along the Democratic line. The former California resident brought his daughter Charlotte, 7, in hopes that exposing her to the voting process now will inspire a sense of civic duty.

"She's been with me for a number of votes, a number of important votes," said Fisher, who first brought his daughter with him to the polls for the 2008 Presidential election.

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