The Westchester Republican County Committee, in an extension of its convention Thursday, endorsed candidates in two more legislative districts. That brings the number of Republican board candidates to 12, including seven incumbents.
In District 4 in Yorktown, New Castle and Somers, the party chose Greg Kane to run against incumbent Democrat Michael Kaplowitz. Kane lost to Kaplowitz in 2009. In District 7 in Mamaroneck, Rye, Larchmont, and parts of Harrison and New Rochelle, the party endorsed John Verni of New Rochelle. Verni is a developer who recently opened the restaurant Club Car in the Mamaroneck Train Station and ran for state Senate in 1998. The seat is being vacated by Democrat Judy Myers.
Doug Colety, the Republican chairman, said this final slate of candidates is setting up competitive races across the county and gives the Republicans a real chance to take the majority on the county board.
“We have a lot of experience on this ticket,” Colety said.
The fight will still be uphill, however, with Democrats having a registration edge in each district. District 3 in Mount Pleasant, Pleasantville and North Castle, where Michael Smith is the Republican incumbent, was the last district to flip to the Democrats, just last year. Unaffiliated voters also have significant influence.
The committee is still interviewing candidates for district attorney, Colety said.
Designees for the Board of Legislators by the Westchester Republican County Committee:
District 1 (Peekskill, Buchanan, Yorktown): John Testa*
District 2 (Northeast Westchester): Andrea Rendo
District 3 (Mount Pleasant, Pleasantville, North Castle): Michael Smith*
District 4 (Yorktown, New Castle, Somers): Greg Kane
District 5 (White Plains, Scarsdale, Harrison): Miriam Levitt Flisser
District 6 (Harrison, Rye Brook, Port Chester): David Gelfarb*
District 7 (Mamaroneck, Rye, Harrison, etc.): John Verni
District 8 (Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, Elmsford, Greenburgh): none
District 9 (Cortlandt, Croton-on-Hudson, Ossining, etc.): Peter Tripodi
District 10 (Eastchester, Tuckahoe, New Rochelle): Sheila Marcotte*
District 11 (New Rochelle, Pelham): Jim Maisano*
District 12 (Irvington, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings-on-Hudson, etc.): none
District 13 (Mount Vernon): none
District 14 (Yonkers, Mount Vernon): Bernice Spreckman*
District 15 (Yonkers, Bronxville): Gordon Burrows*
District 16 (Yonkers): none
District 17 (Yonkers): none