Sheila Marcotte fended off another challenge from a New Rochelle Democrat and secured a third term on the Westchester County Board of Legislators. 
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Marcotte wins tight county race

By Chris Eberhart

Incumbent Republican Coun-ty Legislator Sheila Marcotte won re-election by edging out Mary Jo Jacobs, a Democrat, in the race for Westchester County’s legislator seat in District 10.

Sheila Marcotte

Sheila Marcotte

The race was sufficiently close that another day was required to properly tabulate all the votes. Marcotte was declared the winner Thursday, but she was notified late Wednesday night, after press time, by the county Board of Elections that she amassed 6,254 votes and took a 435-vote lead with all 66 districts reporting results.

During her Election Night party on Tuesday at TuttaBella Trattoria in Scarsdale, Marcotte claimed victory in Eastchester and Tuckahoe, amassing nearly 4,200 votes, but Jacobs made up ground in her hometown of New Rochelle and took an 11-vote lead with 54 of 66 districts, or 81 percent, reporting by the end of the night.

“Eastchester voters came out strong for me,” Marcotte said. “I think they know me more than the people in New Rochelle. They know I’m a hard worker, and I’m no nonsense. But I have to do a better job of introducing myself to the people of New Rochelle.”

Jacobs’s 11-vote lead stood throughout most of Wednesday, after voting machines countywide were impounded on Election Night. When the remaining districts were counted, the results came in quicker than expected.

Even before Wednesday night’s results came in, Marcotte believed she had the advantage moving forward. She said most of the uncounted districts were from Eastchester, which is her hometown, and she had the lead in the absentee ballot.

For Marcotte, this year’s close race was a flashback of 2011, when she beat former Tuckahoe Mayor John Fitzpatrick, a Democrat, by 50 votes after three weeks of counting. This year’s wait wasn’t as long, but Marcotte said the feeling was the same.

“It was torturous then, and it’s torturous now,” Marcotte said, referring to the long wait for election results, but, now that the race is decided, she said she’s feeling relieved and “eager to go back to work representing the people of District 10.”

Marcotte’s campaign was predicated on her track record with the county budget, which saw no recent increase in taxes, and her pledge to continue to lower taxes for the county and regulate spending.

Jacobs introduced new ideas during her campaign, such as bringing in revenue to the county by promoting tourism and creating regional business centers in Westchester while focusing on social issues, which Marcotte believes pushed voters away.

“My message resignated with the people of District 10,” Marcotte said. “Jacobs and [Noam] Bramson tried to make their campaigns about social issues, but voters for county government are focused on taxes, good government and much needed reform. County government will never be about social issues.”

On Thursday, Marcotte said Jacobs called her and conceded.

Marcotte said Jacobs, “was gracious, congratulated me and wished me well.”

Next item on the agenda for Marcotte will be the 2014 budget, which the Board of Legislators will receive next week. The process of approving the budget will have to be completed by the end of the year.

Attempts to reach Jacobs for comment were unsuccessful.