Republicans appear to have won some key races they were gunning for — but Democrats may have held on to their super-majority on the Westchester County Board of Legislators.
It all hinges on one race, which was too close to call tonight: and there will no doubt be a recount.
Two incumbents, one from each party, were in jeopardy of losing, according to unofficial and incomplete results from the Board of Elections tonight.
Many races were close, and one — in District 3 where Republican County Executive Rob Astorino lives and directed a lot of resources — was back-and-forth all night and remained a virtual tie with 85 percent of the votes counted.
Michael Smith and incumbent Democrat John Nonna of Pleasantville in District 3, which includes Mount Pleasant, were in a dead-heat.
So when the ballots are finally tallied, the 12-5 break, where Democrats on the county board hold a veto-proof advantage, may be a wash. The end result may not be known for days.
“A super-majority means that there really isn’t open government,” said Republican Peter Michaelis, who was behind Majority Leader Peter Harckham in District 2. “If we pick up just one seat, it will be a different story. The parties would have to talk to each other.”
Democrat John Fitzpatrick of Tuckahoe was ahead of incumbent Republican Legislator Sheila Marcotte in District 10, which includes Eastchester and New Rochelle.
Republican David Gelfarb of Rye was also winning in the District 6 race for the seat vacated by Harrison Democrat Martin Rogowsky, who did not run.
Two Democrats and a Republican were uncontested.
Democrats on the board often feuded with the county executive over budget cuts, service changes and other philosophical differences that often surfaced in vetoes, veto-overrides and a back-and-fourth in the press.
All told, there were roughly 247 budget veto overrides and more than a dozen others involving day care, a Children’s Museum, fees at Playland Amusement Park and repairing the Miller Farmhouse, a historic home where George Washington had his headquarters during the Battle of White Plains, among others.
Democrats maintained that they provided a 2.2 percent tax cut while protecting vital social services and that they were an important check on the executive branch.
They also said too much was made of the divides because most of their decisions are unanimous and bi-partisan.
For his part, Astorino backed a slate of what he called “reformers” who would help him cut government and lower property taxes that are among the highest in the nation.
He backed eight Republican challengers and five sitting legislators.
Legislators are paid $49,500 a year and serve two-year terms.