Bill Ryan answers question of ‘why now’ for entering Westchester county executive race


Westchester Legislator Bill Ryan, who said this week he plans to seek the Democratic nomination for county executive next year, responded Thursday to the question of why declare so early by saying the lengthy process of seeking support and organizing a campaign has to start now.

He said he has to notify the local political committees to give them a chance to ramp up support operations and also give them time to find a replacement for him on the county board. He began by notifying the White Plains and Scarsdale Democratic committees last week.

“There’s easily three dozen committees, Democratic committees in Westchester County,” he said. Ryan will seek the support of all of them before a county convention.

“For the process that I have to get into now, it’s not too early for that,” Ryan said.

Fundraising is another time-consuming issue.

“A year goes by quickly when you’re talking about organization building and fundraising and getting around to talk to all of the committees,” he said.

Ryan could face a primary, with the winner taking on one-term Republican County Executive Rob Astorino.


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  1. “Ryan could face a primary, with the winner taking on ‘ONE’-term Republican County Executive Rob Astorino.”

    Is the reporter already predicting Astorino will lose? Wouldn’t “FIRST-term Republican County Executive” been a more appropriate description?

  2. are you kidding on

    first term is correct but the more important question here is “why now” and here is the
    answer ..this is payback to ken jenkins for replacing ryan as chairman…we are not even
    past this year’s presidential election which is really important but ryan just had to jump the
    gun because he knows jenkins intends to run….however just as he was tone deaf when
    he sought a raise in his own salary at taxpayers expense while the nation was in financial
    chaos and the bottom was falling out, he once again let’s his own separate reality control
    his politics by announcing his candidacy prior to an historial presidential election and on
    the eve of a vicious frankenstorm…which will be a harbinger of what will happen to
    ryan in a primary with ken they will both consume what little money there is
    in the primary and have zero left for the general election

  3. Jenkins must be fuming. By the time he officially announces in three months, Ryan will already have a $300 war chest.

  4. are you kidding on

    if its a three way primary two guys and amy she probabaly wins…in a two way jenkins cleans
    ryan’s clock…he might even win a three way but who needs a primary…!