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Mamaroneck Village Board Retains Democratic Majority

From left, Mamaroneck Democrats David Finch, Ilissa Miller and David Potok all appeared to win Tuesday.
From left, Mamaroneck Democrats David Finch, Ilissa Miller and David Potok all appeared to win Tuesday. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
From left, Republican challengers Michael Ianniello, Stefanie Lividini and Maggie-Leigh O'Neill.
From left, Republican challengers Michael Ianniello, Stefanie Lividini and Maggie-Leigh O'Neill. Photo Credit: Jon Craig

This story has been updated.

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Democrats retained their narrow majority on the Village Board of Trustees on Tuesday by sweeping three elections, according to unofficial results.

Incumbent Democrats Ilissa Miller and Leon Potok teamed up with David Finch, each garnering about 18 percent of the total votes cast, according to unofficial returns from the Westchester County Board of Elections.

Finch had won the Sept. 9 primary over Trustee Andres Bermudez-Hallstrom, who was not endorsed by the Democratic Party.

More than 11,000 village residents cast votes in the local race, with the following totals:

-- Miller leads with 2,004 votes.

-- Potok has 1,983  votes.

-- Finch has 1,977 votes

The apparent losers on Tuesday were Republican challengers Michael Ianniello with 1,732 votes, Stefanie Lividini with 1,727 votes and Maggie Leigh O'Neill with 1,764 votes, according to unofficial returns from the county Board of Elections.

All six candidates brought enthusiasm to their fall campaigns, explaining why their career experience, love of the community, volunteer and/or committee duties as well as personal interests would make them solid public servants.

Agreed-upon themes included protecting the waterfront, reducing flooding, responding to constituents and supporting sound budgets and smart development, including a new use for the vacant firehouse. Some have suggested it become the next home for Larchmont-Mamaroneck Community Television studios.

Finch, a 40-year resident of Mamaroneck, is a retired banker and a longtime volunteer at LMCTV and At Home on the Sound.

O'Neill is a fourth-generation Mamaroneck resident.

Ianniello is a 19-year resident whose term as chairman of the village Planning Board ends this year.

During the campaign, Miller and Potok expressed frustration at not reaching timely solutions to some village problems because of disagreements with other board members including Mayor Norman Rosenblum and Deputy Mayor Lou Santaro, both Republicans.

All three Democratic candidates pledged to move public comments back to the beginning of Board of Trustees meetings. During the Sept. 22 meeting, a 3-2 board voted to push public comments down the meeting agenda, following old and new business items.

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