Jaffe out in District 6 race

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The Independence Party candidate vying for District 6 on the Westchester County Board of Legislators has bowed out — he likes what his Democratic opponent has to say.

Mark Jaffe, an attorney and president of the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce, is now backing Democrat Daniel Brakewood for the seat.

“I was impressed with Mr. Brakewood,” Jaffe said today about a meeting last week where candidates appeared before the Editorial Board of The Journal News.  “Our messages were going to be similar. I like Mr. Brakewood’s message better.”

That, coupled with the difficulty of winning on a third party line, contributed to his decision, Jaffe said.

Brakewood defeated Jaffe for the Democratic line in the Sept. primary, but Jaffe had the Independence line. Now he expects the party will throw its support behind Brakewood.

Brakewood, a Port Chester trustee and marketing executive, is running against David Gelfarb, a Republican Rye Town councilman, in the November race.
Incumbent Legislator Martin Rogowsky, a Harrison Democrat, is stepping down after 13 years on the board.

The seat is important for both parties, though Democrats hope to retain it and their 12-5 veto-proof supermajority.

Brakewood is campaigning on transforming county government to have a smaller board that would direct a professional manager to carry out policy.

The district includes Port Chester, Rye Brook and Harrison.

Legislators serve two year terms and make $49,500.

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  1. By capitulating, Jaffe avoids humiliating defeat while at the same time retaining the good graces of the Democratic Party and keeps himself in line for lucrative patronage.