Big elections (like the race for county executive) in relatively close quarters (like Westchester County) can make for some interesting political choreography.
To wit: Around noon on Thursday, New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, the Democratic nominee for county executive, appeared on the steps of Mount Vernon City Hall to accept the endorsement of the city’s Democratic Committee. Among those giving his official support to Bramson was Mount Vernon Mayor Ernest Davis.
Just over two hours later, Davis and current County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican, descended the same City Hall steps to announce a policing partnership between the county and the city. Davis referred to Astorino as “my good friend.” Astorino thanked Davis “not only for your friendship but you partnership.”
Later, Davis said he’s always been results-oriented and has gotten along with Democrats and Republicans alike.
“I’ve been able to work both sides of the street,” he said.
He said as a Democrat, he’s got to support his fellow Democrats. A moment later, he said of Astorino, “I do like the guy.”
Asked for his assessment of the two candidates, he offered this: “I think we have two bright, young people. … Philosophically, I’m more aligned with Noam because I believe in preventive maintenance.”
Seconds later, Davis rejoined Astorino, the two of them climbing the steps into City Hall.