The big competition at tonight’s Westchester County Democratic convention is who will get the party’s nomination to run against County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican.
The three candidates are New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramsom and legislators Ken Jenkins of Yonkers and Bill Ryan of White Plains.
This is the tally in the first round of voting for the three:
Bramson: 90,019.5, 49.53 percent
Jenkins: 77,224, 42.49 percent
Ryan: 14,489, 7.97 percent
Ryan said he would work “shoulder to shoulder with all the other district leaders in this room” for the candidate who gets nominated.
Ryan said he got a late start in his campaign, entering the race in January, and played “catch-up ball” with the other candidates from the start. “But I thought it was very important for me to get in there. At the time, I was the first to announce, and the alternative was a continuation of Astorino in office, and I believe that if he continues, he’s going to do irreparable harm to this county,” he said.
District Attorney Janet DiFiore received the nomination to run for a third four-year term over Mayo Bartlett, a partner at a White Plains law firm and former chief of the Bias Crimes Unit of the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.
“Every day that I have served, I have strived to do so with focus, with determination, with skill and without fear or favor,” she told Democrats.
The county Department of Social Services cleared her and her former live-in nanny of any wrongdoing when the nanny applied for and received Medicaid and other government benefits.
County Clerk Tim Idoni was the only candidate nominated for the office. He is running for a third four-year term this year.