Ken Jenkins campaign has $218,000 in the bank in Westchester county exec race

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Westchester Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins raised $180,774 toward his campaign to unseat County Executive Rob Astorino over the past six months and has $218,000 on hand as a down payment for the coming fight.

Jenkins said the amount is more than Astorino had in January of 2009, when he went on to beat former Democratic County Executive Andy Spano. His goal, Jenkins said, is to raise $2 million if there’s a Democratic primary and $1.2 to $1.5 million if not.

“We needed to have enough money to run a good on-the-ground campaign,” he said.

Jenkins said he will be able to attract money from outside the county and the state as well because of the historic nature of his campaign as the first African-American to run for county executive in Westchester.

But he faces an uphill fight against Astorino’s fundraising head start. Astorino has $2.2 million in the bank after raising more than $1 million in the last six months. New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, who is also seeking the Democratic nomination, raised $426,870 in the four weeks since he declared his candidacy. With money transferred from his mayoral campaign account, Bramson has more than $525,000 in cash on hand. The third Democrat in the race, county Legislator Bill Ryan, raised only $250 and has $43,000 on hand.

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Photo: Legislative Chairman Ken Jenkins looks on while Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino delivers his State of the County address at the Michaelian County Office Building in White Plains April 7, 2011. (Vincent DiSalvio / The Journal News)

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  1. Shaking in your elevator shoes on

    Ain’t ya little booby! Ha ha ha ha ha. I see sirius catholic radio in your future!

  2. Here he is again in his underwear, with his bottle of gin, a toothpick, and his bag of spite chips.

  3. Without politics, neither Bramson nor Jenkins could land a job except with rubber gloves in a Kentucky Fried Chicken store.

  4. Looooooo-zaaaaa on

    FYI Bill a/k/a Walter a/k/a Lester, Noam earned an undergrad degree (in 3 years) and a graduate degree from Harvard. What kind of degree(s) do you have? A degree in blogging on lohud? A degree in kissing little bobby’s as-? Loooo-za.

  5. W.F. Buckley: “I’d prefer to be governed by the first 2000 names in the Boston telephone directory than the faculty of Harvard.”

  6. Looooooo-zaaaaa on

    Your point? He was not faculty. Typical neocon poo-pooing the hard work of non-close-minded freaks like you.

  7. The point is he’d of been better off saving his money and going to WCC instead of Harvard.

    Harvard didn’t teach him too much, except how to borrow money & manipulate numbers. All you need to do is drive down any road in NR to see how poorly maintained things are. Its almost like driving down a bumpy dirt road in the middle of nowhere.

  8. Borrowing/Jobs? on

    WCC is a great school but no Harvard. Given Rob’s manipulation of the budget numbers and his borrowing money to cover pension and other costs this election year just so that he could get up on his 3 foot soap box and tell everyone that he kept the tax levy at zero, maybe he should get an Honorary degree from Harvard too no? What’s good for the goose….

    As for a job, Rob ain’t gonna have one either on 1/1/14 and, consequently, you will be out of a job too. Joy. I see Nebraska in you future.