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Open space, Maloney, Menken winners in Bedford


By ANTHONY R. MANCINI
SCOTT MULLIN PHOTO

Volunteer poll inspectors Francis Ellis and Bob Friedman explain the ballot to voters at the Bedford Town House on Election Day.

 

Residents of Bedford voted Democratic across the board in the Nov. 6 election, supporting the winning candidates of the presidential, congressional and state races, voted in David A. Menken overwhelmingly for town justice and reinstated Bedford’s open space tax at a reduced rate.

Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat who has worked in the offices of President Bill Clinton and Govs. Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson, unseated Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth, who lives in Bedford Corners. Ms. Hayworth’s hometown failed to support her, with 3,720 votes going to Mr. Maloney, leaving the congresswoman with 2,825 votes. Districtwide, Mr. Maloney captured over 51 percent of the vote.

“The Hudson Valley voted for change,” said Mr. Maloney, in a statement released after his victory, “I am not going to Congress to be the Democrat in Congress. I am going to Congress to be your representative in Congress, for everybody in the Hudson Valley. That’s the kind of leadership we ought to show.”

Ms. Hayworth released a statement conceding her position to Mr. Maloney.

“I’m honored to have been side by side with all of you and to have served as our Representative in the 112th Congress,” she said. “I’ll continue to do all I can to serve the cause of individual liberty and opportunity that is uniquely American.”

Bedford Democratic chairman Bruce Yablon said that Ms. Hayworth’s record was the reason Bedford voters did not get behind her, citing her history of not supporting Planned Parenthood or disaster aid.

“I feel she has not served the Hudson Valley at all,” he said. “She’s been the poster child of pure obstruction in the house.”

Assemblyman George S. Latimer, D-Rye, clinched the 37th State Senate District after a heated race between Republican challenger Bob Cohen from New Rochelle. This race was the closest in Bedford, with Mr. Latimer receiving 3,447 votes to Mr. Cohen’s 3,032.

“I was concerned that the huge amount of unending, massive, negative attacks might have ended up bringing him down,” said Mr. Yablon about the assemblyman. “He deserves to be in the state Senate and he will do amazing things there.”

White Plains Democratic Councilman David Buchwald brought down Assemblyman Robert Castelli, R-Goldens Bridge, for the 93rd Assembly District. Mr. Buchwald received 3,451 votes in Bedford, while Mr. Castelli received 2,956.

Ms. Roberts said she was at a loss about Mr. Castelli’s defeat, because of his ability to work with town officials. However, she said she “congratulates all the winners and of course will be working with everyone.”

In the only local race, a hotly-contested one for judge, Mr. Menken, who is the chairman of the Bedford zoning board of appeals, received 4,015 votes to Republican-backed opponent Todd Gabor’s 2,514, garnering more votes in Bedford than President Barack Obama.

“I’m honored and I’m humbled that I have been chosen to be the next Bedford town judge,” Mr. Menken said. “My victory was the result of the many friends I’ve made in this town who’ve worked to support my candidacy.”

Mr. Menken was elected to a full, four-year term in this special election, which was brought about by the death of town Justice Kevin Quaranta in July.

“The only disappointment is that I won the right to succeed my close friend Kevin Quaranta,” Mr. Menken said. “It’s ironic, I wouldn’t have has the opportunity to serve as judge if he had not left a vacancy in the court.”

Don Scott, chairman of the Bedford Republican Committee, expressed his disappointment over Mr. Gabor’s loss.

“Todd ran a very great race and really is a quality guy and ran a super classy campaign,” Mr. Scott said. “I didn’t realize how much of a headwind he would be sailing into.”

A referendum to reinstate Bedford’s open space tax passed by the highest margin of the towns results, 3,449 to 1,531. The fund allows the town to buy up tracts of land to keep them undeveloped. The tax will be set at 1 percent of the town’s total tax levy instead of the original 3 percent rate.

Town supervisor Lee Roberts said she felt good that the open space tax passed. It was a measure unanimously supported by all five members of the town board.

“I was so gratified by that. I never though it would pass by that much,” Ms. Roberts said. “I think people in Bedford really care about our community.”

Mr. Yablon had reason to celebrate with all of the Democratic victories. “We’ve had a terrific night. All I can say is that we’re walking on sunshine,” he said.

President Obama, who took at least 303 electoral votes to win his re-election, received 3,789 votes in Bedford to Republican opponent Mitt Romney’s 3,028.

United States Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-Troy, who won her election statewide by a 72 percent margin, received the most amount of votes from Bedford residents, 4,245. Republican opponent Wendy Long received 2,143 votes. Mr. Scott said voter results swung so Democratic because it was a presidential year.

“It mirrored the national election I would say,” he said. “It’s very much a coattail election. You really see more straight party-line voting in a presidential election.”

For the Westchester County Court election, Democratic candidate David S. Zuckerman, who is a town justice in New Castle, beat Republican candidate Matthew J. Troy III, an acting village justice in Port Chester.


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Katonah

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