Nov. 7, 2017: Today is Election Day. The polls in Westchester County will be open from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm. There are three state proposals on the ballot and candidates for a state Supreme Court justice and county and town offices.
Below is information about polling locations and the state proposals and local candidates on the ballot. For a comprehensive nonpartisan guide to today's elections in Westchester County, click here for the 2017 Voters Guide prepared by the League of Women Voters of Westchester Education Foundation, Inc.
Polling locations in the Village of Bronxville
Districts 16 and 17: Concordia College
Districts 18, 19, and 21: The Reformed Church of Bronxville
District 20: Christ Church Bronxville
District 22: NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital
If you have any questions about voter registration or your polling location, please call the Westchester County Board of Elections at 914-995-5700 or click here for the Westchester County Board of Elections website.
Proposals on the ballot
Proposal 1: Constitutional convention question: "Shall there be a convention to revise the Constitution and amend the same?"
Proposal 2: Allowing the complete or partial forfeiture of a public officer's pension if he or she is convicted of a certain type of felony: "The proposed amendment to section 7 of Article 2 of the State Constitution would allow a court to reduce or revoke the public pension of a public officer who is convicted of a felony that has a direct and actual relationship to the performance of the public officer's existing duties. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?"
Proposal 3: Authorizing the use of Forest Preserve Land for specified purposes: "The proposed amendment will create a land account with up to 250 acres of forest preserve land eligible for use by towns, villages, and counties that have no viable alternative to using forest preserve land to address specific public health and safety concerns; as a substitute for the land removed from the forest preserve, another 250 acres of land, will be added to the forest preserve, subject to legislative approval. The proposed amendment also will allow bicycle trails and certain public utility lines to be located within the width of specified highways that cross the forest preserve while minimizing removal of trees and vegetation. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?
New York State Supreme Court, 9th Judicial District (Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester Counties)
Justice for New York State Supreme Court, 9th Judicial District
Christi J. Acker (D, WF)
Linda M. Murray (R, C, I)
Westchester County Executive: Rob Astorino vs George Latimer
The county executive is the head of the executive branch of the Westchester County government.
Republican Rob Astorino is the current county executive of Westchester, having first taken office in 2010. A lifelong resident of Westchester County, Astorino graduated from Fordham University. He served as a member of the Mount Pleasant Board of Education and as a councilman in Mount Pleasant, and he served on the Westchester County Board of Legislators. He also had a career in radio and television.
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George Latimer is the Democratic candidate for county executive of Westchester. He grew up in Mount Vernon and is a graduate of Fordham University and NYU Wagner School of Public Administration. He has been a member of the New York State Senate for the 37th district since 2013. He was a New York State assemblyman and Westchester county legislator. He also had a career in the hospitality industry.
Click here to learn more about Latimer
Westchester County Legislator
The Westchester County Board of Legislators is "the legislative, policy-making branch of county government," explains the board's website. "A key power of the Board concerns finances: appropriating funds, approving the budget and levying taxes. It also approves appointments by the County Executive and passes local laws, acts and resolutions." It has seventeen members, each elected for a two-year term. It is the equivalent of the U.S. Congress but on the county level. However, unlike Congress, which has two legislative bodies, the House of Representatives and the Senate, the Westchester County Board of Legislators has only one legislative body.
Westchester County Legislator for District 15 (Village of Bronxville and parts of Yonkers): Gordon Burrows vs Ruth Walter
Republican Gordon Burrows is the current county legislator for Westchester's District 15. A lifelong Yonkers resident, he is a graduate of Ithaca College and St. John's Law School. He became the 15th District's county legislator in 2005 in a special election. He also served on the Yonkers City Council.
Click here to learn more about Burrows
Ruth Walter is the Democratic candidate for county legislator. Walter grew up in Dobbs Ferry, the youngest of eight children. She graduated from Princeton University and worked in the real estate business. She lived in San Francisco and New York City and moved to Bronxville with her husband and two children ten years ago. Walter has served as court clerk in Bronxville, as treasurer of the Bronxville Public Library Board of Trustees, and as a volunteer for local church and school events. She and her husband also own Dobbs & Bishop Fine Cheese in Bronxville.
Click here to learn more about Ruth Walter
Westchester County Legislator for District 10 (Eastchester, Village of Tuckahoe, and parts of New Rochelle)
Damon R. Maher (D, WF, WEP)
Sheila Marcotte (R, C, I, REF)
Westchester County Family Court Justice
The New York Courts website explains: "Westchester Family Court operates at three courthouse locations within the county [White Plains, Yonkers, and New Rochelle]. ... The Family Court hears and determines most legal issues involving children and families. ... Proceedings involving separation, annulment, or divorce are not handled by the Family Court and must be brought before the Supreme Court."
Kenneth L. Bunting (R, C, REF)
Arlene Gordon-Oliver (D, I, WF)
Westchester County Court Judge
The New York Courts website explains that county courts outside New York City, including Westchester County Court, "handle criminal prosecutions of felonies and misdemeanors committed within the county, although in practice most misdemeanor offenses are handled by lower courts. County Courts also have limited jurisdiction over civil lawsuits,m generally involving claims of up to $25,000."
George E. Fufidio Jr. is running unopposed.
Town of Eastchester
Eastchester Town Supervisor: Anthony S. Colavita vs Michael P. Denning
The website of the Office of the New York State Comptroller explains that the Town of Eastchester "is governed by an elected five-member Town Board (Board) including the Town Supervisor. The Board is the legislative body responsible for overseeing the operations, finances, and overall management of the Town, including the activities of the Town Justice Court (Court). The Court is administered by two elected Justices who are assisted by two Court clerks."
Republican Anthony Colavita is the current Eastchester town supervisor and has been in this role since 2004. He graduated from Iowa Prep, Colgate University, and Pace University Law School. He has been a member of the Eastchester town board and has been involved in many local civic and community organizations.
Click here to learn more about Anthony Colavita
Democrat Michael P. Denning was born in New Rochelle and has lived in Eastchester for over 40 years. He graduated from Archbishop Stepinac High School and Iona College. He was a police officer for twenty years with the New York City Police Department, Westchester County, and Eastchester Police Department. He is past president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #9, past president and vice president of the Eastchester Police Benevolent Association, past trustee of the Police Emerald Society of Westchester, and co-founder of CYO (Catholic Youth Organization) at Immaculate Conception Parish.
Click here to learn more about Michael P. Denning
Other Eastchester Town Government Seats
The race for two Eastchester Town Board seats is unopposed.
D — Democratic Party
R — Republican
C — Conservative Party
I — Independence Party
WF — Working Families Party
REF — Reform Party
WEP — Women Equality Party