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Democrats Sweep in Ossining and Peekskill

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Mayor Mary Foster
Mayor Mary Foster
Susanne Donnelly
Town Supervisor-elect Susanne Donnelly

The Democratic Party will remain in control of the local Ossining and Peekskill governments.

Ossining Village Trustee Susanne Donnelly beat Ossining’s lone Republican elected official, Councilman Peter Tripodi, for the town supervisor race in a 51 percent-49 percent tally—with 93 percent of the voting districts reported.

Donnelly will be succeeding fellow Democrat Catherine Borgia as town supervior. Borgia last night won the Westchester Board of Legislators District 9 seat.

There were two seats up for grabs on the Ossining Town Board. Incumbent Geoffery Harter was re-elected with 27 percent of the vote and new comer Eric Blaha, who collected 26 percent will join him. Ossining Republican Chairman Stephen Dewey and Briarcliff resident Kim Izzarelli respectively got 24 percent and 23 percent of the votes.

Even though two Democrats won the Ossining Village Trustee seats the Republicans can reason to celebrate. Robert Fritsche, who is a registered Democrat, was actually on the Republican line of the ballot as its cross-endorsed candidate.

Fritsche garnered the highest number of trustee votes, 1615 votes or 29 percent so far with 94 percent of the districts reported.

The other seat was won by fellow Democrat Robert Daraio who collected 25 percent of the votes with 1398 votes.  Daraio’s running mate Manuel Quezada was close behind with 1350 votes.

In the City of Peekskill the Democratoc slate handily won the mayor and common council races on Election Day.

Mayor Mary Foster was easily re-elected for another term, winning the seat by 59 percent of the vote over GOP challenger Anthony Washington.

Deputy Mayor Don Bennett, was also re-elected to his common council seat, where he will be joined by fellow Democrats Kathleen Talbot and Darren Riggers. Bennett collected 19 percent of the votes and Talbot and Riggers each had 18 percent.

Former councilman Joe Brady lead the GOP challengers by gathering 15 percent of the vote, but it was not enough to beat the Democrats.

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