Port Chester voters elected the first Latino, Luis Marino, to the village board in Tuesday’s election for all six trustee seats. Village Clerk Joan Mancuso announced the unofficial tallies after 1 a.m.
Bart Didden, independent, 2,576 votes, 13.3 percent of the vote
Daniel Brakewood, Democratic incumbent, 2,526 votes, 13 percent
John Branca, Conservative former mayor, 2,088 votes, 10 .7 percent
Luis Marino, Democrat, 1,962 votes, 10.1 percent
Joseph Kenner, Republican incumbent, 1,402 votes, 7.2 percent
Saverio “Sam” Terenzi, Republican, 1,323 votes, 6.8 percent
Those are the six trustees who will serve on the village board until 2013. With the mayor serving as the seventh village board member, no party will hold a four-vote majority, at least according to the candidates’ ballot lines. Of the seven who will serve on the board, three are Democrats, two Republicans, one Conservative and one independent.
Ironically, the top vote-getter played a role in the voting rights case that suspended elections since 2006 and yielded the new cumulative voting system. Didden’s involvement in a past election mailer was brought into the case to demonstrate race-based campaigning in Port Chester.
It’s unclear what the turnout was among the 10,000 registered voters, due to the cumulative voting method of balloting. More to come on that.
Here are tallies for the unsuccessful candidates:
Gregory Adams, Democratic incumbent, 1,272 votes, 6.5 percent
Gene Ceccarelli, independent, 1,236 votes, 6.4 percent
Richard Cuddy, Republican, 1,033, 5.3 percent
Fabiola Montoya, Republican, 993 votes, 5.1 percent
Philip Semprevivo, Republican, 902 votes, 4.6 percent
Michael Scarola, Republican, 760 votes, 3.9 percent
John Palma, write-in candidate, 712 votes, 3.7 percent
Anthony Saline, Democratic former trustee, 654 votes, 3.4 percent
“Fluffy,” a write-in, 1 vote, 0.0 percent