Yonkers council majority leader loses in Democratic primary

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In a race separated by 23 votes, first-time candidate Corazon Pineda has defeated the Yonkers City Council majority leader, Wilson Terrero, in the Democratic primary for District 2.

With all machine votes and paper ballots tallied, Pineda took 51 percent of the vote compared to Terrero’s 49 percent, according to unofficial results from the Westchester Board of Elections.

Terrero, who made history in 2012 when his fellow lawmakers voted him the first Latino majority leader, was snubbed by the Yonkers Democratic Party before the Sept. 10 primary.

The first-term councilman came under criticism from Democratic leaders earlier this year for siding with the council’s GOP minority to adopt a mayoral redistricting plan — a decision that apparently cost him at the polls last week.

Terrero, 43, told The Journal News before the primary that he wasn’t concerned about the lack of party support, adding that he didn’t receive the Democratic endorsement when he ran and won in 2009.

He was also facing a write-in challenge for the Independence line. The results of that race will not be available until next week. There is no Republican on the November ballot in District 2.

Pineda, 24, and Terrero did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

In the Democratic primary for City Council president, businessman Michael Rotanelli defeated Ivy Reeves by 131 votes. Rotanelli is expected to face Republican Liam McLaughlin, Working Families Party nominee Deborah Smith and the winner of the Conservative primary. Grace Borani ran against a write-in challenger for the Conservative nomination, the results of which weren’t available.

The winner will replace sitting City Council President Chuck Lesnick, who can’t run again because of term limits.

Photo: Corazon Pineda (courtesy of her campaign’s Facebook page)

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