MAMARONECK — Democrat Alice Pernik has conceded to Republican candidate Christie Derrico, the village attorney, in the race for village justice, party officials said Monday.
Her decision comes after GOP-backed incumbent Marianne Ybarra conceded the race for the village’s five-member Board of Trustees over the weekend, said Republican Mayor Norm Rosenblum.
Three Democrats lead the Mamaroneck trustee race, enough to form a new 3-2 majority on a board currently dominated by Republicans.
This morning, Republican Bob Cohen conceded to Democrat Suzi Oppenheimer in the race for the 37th state Senate district, which encompasses the village.
Rosenblum said these recent concessions effectively close the 2010 election for the village because the races are no longer contested.
“While I have not received a notice of certification from the Westchester County Board of elections, all races are now conceded and this will allow for the Village to move forward to return to the normal process of government transition,” Rosenblum said in a press release Monday afternoon.
A legal battle over election results has dragged on more than a month after Election Day after Republicans sued to stop the vote count over reports of troubles with the new electronic machines.
Democrats have not claimed victory yet in the trustee race.
Democratic incumbent John Hofstetter on Monday contended that local election results won’t be finalized unless Republicans pull the court injunctions they filed last month to stop the counts in each race, or a judge certifies the results.
“(Republicans) are the ones who have delayed this,” Hofstetter said.
Rosenblum said he’ll be contacting the trustees-elect to discuss holding the board’s reorganization meeting Dec. 13. The meeting was originally scheduled for Dec. 6, but the board voted 3-to-2 last week to postpone it to Dec. 20 after the mayor argued that a delay would be necessary amid lingering uncertainty about election results.
“I want to give the majority the option to move it up if they would like,” Rosenblum said Monday. “It’s a friendly suggestion.”
Hofstetter said it bothered him that the mayor sent out a press release Monday about election results and the reorganization schedule without consulting him and other Democrats first.