MAMARONECK, N.Y. --Incumbent Mayor Norman Rosenblum cruised to another term Tuesday and defeated challenger Toni Ryan, according to unofficial Board of Election results.
"I think it's an affirmation of the policies that Lou and I have been championing over the past two years," Rosenblum said, referring to his Deputy Mayor Louis Santoro, who was also re-elected to the village board. "I also think it's an affirmation of the policies that make the Village of Mamaroneck the number one destination in Westchester County. We will continue to fight for the residents of the Village of Mamaroneck."
Ryan, who will return to the village board in her role as trustee, said she had no regrets.
"We ran an incredibly informative campaign," said Ryan from the Democratic Headquarters at Roasted Peppers Tuesday night. "The campaigning is over, the public has spoken and it's time to go back to work."
With 93 percent of the votes in Tuesday night, Rosenblum had 56 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results. Santoro was also re-elected with 56 percent of the vote, to democratic challenger Scott Dufault's 44 percent.
The race centered on taxes and flood mitigation, which represents the philosophical divide between both sets of candidates, which Rosenblum often referenced. While Rosenblum campaigned on finding alternative sources of revenue to address the village's needs, Ryan proposed collecting fees for the use of public fields, similar to the City of Rye.
Rosenblum and Santoro ran on their record of keeping taxes low and supporting local solutions to the flooding in the village. Most recently, the mayor and his opponent clashed over the issue of the Road to Nowhere project - a local flood mitigation project - which was denied at the board's work session Monday.
Both candidates discussed forcing the action on flood mitigation. "We need be proactive and self-sufficient," said Ryan, who is doubtful that the Army Corps of Engineers will commit to a large-scale project.
Voters like Stu Schwartzreich voted for Rosenblum because he thinks he can get the job done. "It's not about Republicans and Democrats in a small village like this," said Schwartzreich, a 62-year village resident. "It's about who can get the job done."
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