Parker, Verni await Independence results

Catherine Parker’s primary goal Tuesday night was securing the Democratic nomination for county legislator, she did that with a victory over former Village of Mamaroneck Trustee Tom Murphy. In a smaller battle, Parker also sought to fend off the challenge of Republican John Verni for control of the Independence Party line. Results of that primary for the county’s District 7 seat, however, are yet to be determined.

Voting machines were impounded countywide last night, according to county election officials. Therefore, write-in votes are not expected to be tallied for several days, which means a final result will not be announced for some time.

At press time, Parker, a Rye City councilwoman, secured 26 votes from Independence voters with 80 percent of the 55 voting districts reporting.

New Rochelle’s Verni, the Republican nominee for District 7 county legislator, collected signatures from Independence Party members in order to trigger an opportunity-to-ballot challenge. He remained confident the day after the primary, even though he was a write-in candidate for the Independence line.
“I am encouraged by the numbers of those I know that came out to support me,” he said.

Parker, when reached on Wednesday morning, wasn’t overly concerned with the state of the Independence race. She was still reveling in her victory over Murphy in what was viewed as the marquee primary race in the area.

The efforts of Republicans countywide to trigger primaries for the Independence line came after county Independence Party chairman Guilio “Doc” Cavallo pulled support from Republican County Executive Rob Astorino over fallout from the Republican’s 2009 victory. According to Astorino’s camp, Cavallo endorsed nearly all Democrats for county office this year after the county executive failed to give patronage jobs to Cavallo designees after being elected into office in 2009. Cavallo endorsed Astorino during that election.

That leaves Republicans hard-pressed to win election to county office without Independence Party support due to an approximate 100,000-voter disadvantage to Democrats in Westchester.

The District 7 seat is currently held by Judy Myers, a Mamaroneck Democrat who decided not to seek re-election this year. The legislative district includes Mamaroneck, Larchmont, Rye City as well as portions of New Rochelle and Harrison.

–Reporting by Christian Falcone

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About Christian Falcone

Christian Falcone is the editor-in-chief for the Hometown Media Group chain of weekly newspapers covering cities, towns and villages throughout Westchester County. He took over the seat in April 2013. Prior to that he spent more than six years as an associate editor of The Rye Sound Shore Review. Known for his investigative brand of journalism, Christian has collected numerous awards for his reporting. Most notably, he took home honors for his coverage of the 2007 floods as well as Tropical Storm Irene. Most recently, he uncovered the alleged corruption at Rye Golf Club that led to an ongoing criminal investigation by the Westchester County District Attorney’s office. Prior to joining HomeTown Media Group in February 2007, Falcone reported for the Long Island Press and Queens Courier. He is a graduate of Hofstra University. Christian can be reached at 914-653-1000 x19 or at chris@hometwn.com; follow him on Twitter @christfalcone.