Westchester Legislator Clinton Young is moving forward with his plan to challenge Mount Vernon Mayor Ernest Davis in a primary, but he can already count on opposition from city and county Democratic leaders.
“An unfortunate development,” said Westchester Democratic Chairman Reginald LaFayette about Young’s challenge.
“I think it is always an unfortunate development when associates and friends of each other come to a political crossroads where they are opposing each other,” LaFayette said. “I know both men have endorsed each other in the past and have ran together in the past on the same ticket.”
LaFayette, who lives in Mount Vernon and once chaired the city committee, made it clear that he is backing Davis in the race. So has Mount Vernon Democratic Chairwoman Serapher Conn-Halevi.
“I regret that it has come to this, but I guess in life these things happen,” LaFayette said. “I will be supporting the incumbent Mayor Ernie Davis because I think he has done a fine job for the people of Mount Vernon in what matters to all residents – and that is maintaining a stable tax base and keeping taxes at a low rate.”