County Legislature Independence Primary Election Still Unresolved

As of press time, Judy Myers had not yet officially won the Independence Party's ballot line for the District 7 County Legislature seat.

Although Independence Party primary election results have not yet been certified by the Westchester County Board of Elections, the Westchester County Democratic Committee has released a statement indicating that Judy Myers (D-Mamaroneck) won the Independence Party's ballot line for District 7, which includes Mamaroneck, Rye, Larchmont, part of New Rochelle and part of Harrison.

Both Suzanna Keith, a Rye City councilwoman and Myers sought the Independence Party's ballot line for the general election in November.

When asked for comment, Keith sent the following: "That a primary was held at all is a win for democracy. I am grateful [to] all the people who came out to support me. I will proudly represent you in the November general election. I will also work hard to gain the support of those who did not vote for me this time around."

Unofficial results on the Board of Elections website show Myers with 70 votes, with all 54 districts having reported results. There were zero votes attributed to Keith.

To add a further twist to the closely contested race, three new primary ballots from Rye’s 4th election district were reportedly discovered on Sept. 24 by Republican Deputy Commissioner Nancy Meehan in a warehouse where impounded machines and ballots were held. 

“We don’t know the circumstances of how it was found,” said Democratic Committee spokesperson Cort Ruddy.

A court case to discuss the additional ballots was scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 28, but was postponed after final numbers came up and the ballot was no longer an issue, said Reginald LaFayette, the Democratic commissioner for the Westchester County Board of Elections.

“Both attorneys [for Myers and Keith] agreed to withdraw the case and agreed on the numbers,” said LaFayette, continuing, “Judy Myers’ lead was such that Suzanna Keith could not win.”

LaFayette did not say definitively whether the case was adjourned or dismissed. When asked for a statement, LaFayette said the case was "postponed."

Editor's note: This story was revised to clarify that the election referred to in the original version was the Independence Party primary. In the general election, Suzanna Keith will be listed as the Republican nominee for the District 7, County Legislator seat; Judy Myers will be listed as the nominee for both the Democratic and Working Families Parties and, if certified as winner of the primary, as Independence Party nominee.

Charmian Neary September 29, 2011 at 10:49 PM
This headline should read -- Keith fails in attempt to wrest Independence Party line from Incumbent Myers. LaFayette is being oddly cagey here.
RyeDad September 29, 2011 at 11:19 PM
I voted for Myers in the primary and I'm glad I did.
Stuy Guy September 30, 2011 at 03:50 AM
Suzannah was just elected to the Rye City Council...she hasn't been in for two full years yet, has voted on only one budget. All the things she said in her 2009 campaign - her concern for Rye - she's barely been long enough to get started. How can she bug-out from the Council (she was elected for a 4-year term) so soon? And she's already sent out mailings and had ads in the paper...she must have planning this ascent up the political ladder all along.....something to think about it.
Billy September 30, 2011 at 02:34 PM
Stuy Guy, you are the poster child of the Democratic Party. Why do you blindly support bigger government and higher taxes that have been disastrous for our county? I bet there isn't a tax you don't like. Oh I understand, you must be 1 of those rich people w/a trust fund to pay for everything so you don't care how high property taxes go. Unfortunately those of us that have to make a living to pay our bills and taxes are drowning in these policies that Judy Meyers supports. That's why people are flocking to Suzanna Keith. People are sick and tired of the Democrats & their super-majority on the county board of legislature blocking the progress of Rob Astorino.
Concerned Father September 30, 2011 at 02:36 PM
What's everyone's problem? I think it's high time that we have viable choices. Instead of the incumbant that wins every time and is only "concerned" with the voters just prior to election and the forgets about us till next election day! Which ever side you are on we the voters win when we get to have an actual choice.
Concerned Father September 30, 2011 at 02:40 PM
Question for everyone. How can a canidate from either the R or D side really be an "Independent" - Just something to think about.......
T Hall September 30, 2011 at 06:06 PM
Are they really done counting all 66 votes?
Charmian Neary September 30, 2011 at 11:12 PM
Several Points: The Independence Party is not independent in the least. It is a sham and should not be allowed to use that name. Many people believe they are registering as an "independent" while in fact there is no such thing in New York. To be truly independent you must mark no party affiliation which makes you unaffiliated. I have said publicly on many occasions that if all politicians in Westchester for just 1 election cycle would refuse that line the "party" would die out, as it should. Instead they fight for it in these silly primaries in which only a handful of confused or cajoled voters participate -- and we the taxpayers pay for this nonsense. This truly is taxation without representation. I ran a candidate in Yonkers, Virginia Perez, against a 10 year dead wood incumbent, and I insisted she not even interview with the Independence Party. They worked hard to defeat her but she won. Beating a Democrat incumbent in a primary is virtually unheard of, even when they are under indictment. Virginia Perez' voters appreciated that she didn't play that game. She took NO endorsements. Here we see Suzanna Keith and Judy Myers going to court over that lousy designation.
Charmian Neary October 01, 2011 at 12:00 AM
@Billy - I am not a rich person and I don't have a trust fund. I also support Rob Astorino, and did so publicly in 2009 where he was given little chance of winning. That being said Stuy Guys's criticism is valid and has nothing to do with "liking taxes". County taxes are about 20% of our property taxes. School taxes are more than 60%. Suzanna Keith supported the teachers' union candidates in the school board elections in May 2009 - then within weeks she declared herself a born again fiscal conservative candidate for city council and began to criticize the city council on their spending! Having sat with Suzanna on the school board finance committee - she was only there briefly- I can assure you that the men of whom she was critical, men like Andy Ball and Mack Cunningham, know exponentially more about finances than Suzanna. More important - had she been successful in getting her slate elected to the school board - the teachers union would have been on both sides of the bargaining table. Our property taxes would have SKYROCKETED. Knowing this, why vote for Suzanna Keith when she shows such poor judgment? She brags about the city taxes, which were lowered a fraction of a percent by smart moves like attempting to fire Lt. Falk, yet she doesn't mention where she stood when the teachers' union attempted a hostile takeover of our school board, does she? First the PTO, then the council, now the county board, she always has her eye on her next move. It's always about her.
RyeDad October 01, 2011 at 12:21 AM
I'm an Independent by name and in practice. The only good Keith has done on the City Council is to try and fire Falk. I think he should have been fired a long time ago. Novak wanted to flog him on the Village Green and she had good reason to. Seems he never read the police contract he was supposed to be administering. DUH!!! Novak reassigned him instead of firing him. Still, I am not voting for Keith because I find her to be a phony, self serving ignoramus.


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