GOP focusing resources in key races, chair says


The Westchester County Republican Party opted not to run candidates in several county legislative districts, mainly so that they can focus their time, energy and money on key races, Doug Colety, the party chairman said this week.

The GOP won’t be running candidates in districts 2, 3, 6, 7, 10, 12, 16 and 17, which means Peter Harckham, John Nonna, Martin Rogowsky, Judy Myers, Vito Pinto, Tom Abinanti, Ken Jenkins and Jose Alvarado are getting free passes from Republicans. Read the story.

“We’re very optimistic we can win countywide races and pick up some county legislator seats,” Colety said.

Here’s a look at their ticket:

Westchester GOP candidates

– County executive: Rob Astorino
– District attorney: Dan Schorr
– County clerk: Robert Morabito
– District 1, Peekskill, Buchanan and Yorktown: John Testa

– District 4, Yorktown, New Castle and Somers: Gregory Kane

– District 5, White Plains and Scarsdale: Bob Hyland

– District 8, Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, Elmsford and Greenburgh: Thomas Bock

– District 9, Cortlandt, Croton-on-Hudson, Ossining, Briarcliff Manor: Susan Konig

– District 11, Pelham, Pelham Manor, New Rochelle: James Maisano*

– District 13, Mount Vernon: Dorothy Fiorillo

– District 14, Yonkers: Bernice Spreckman*

– District 15, Yonkers and Bronxville: Gordon Burrows*

* incumbent


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  1. Doug Colety is a political hack. They aren’t running Republicans because they make backroom deals with the Democrats. It goes something like this, “If you don’t run a Democrat in district 16 then we won’t run a Republican in district 7.” The voting public has a right to know what exactly goes on and how candidates are picked and why they have no choice unless someone stands up and decides to be a rebel and run on their own without support of the Westchester Republican Party. The people should have a choice and Doug Colety should run a Republican against a Democrat in every single Westchester County Board of Legislators districts. His excuse is a very poor one. My vote is to get a new Westchester County Chair.