Verni confident as primary results stall

With the Westchester County Board of Elections still counting ballots, the battle for the Independence Party line between Rye City Councilwoman Catherine Parker, a Democrat, and Republican nominee John Verni remains up in the air.

Verni, a Mamaroneck real estate developer, is confident that he will come out on top, although he awaits the final tallies of his write-in votes. Officials at the Board of Elections said the numbers were expected to be certified by Wednesday, Sept. 25, after press time.

Parker received the Inde­pendence Party’s endorsement back in July, but Verni petitioned for the third-party line and was able to collect enough signatures to trigger a primary. At last count, Verni said he believed he had 70 write-in votes. Parker had only secured 30 votes with 100 percent of districts reporting, according to unofficial numbers.

Whether Verni is able to carry the Independence line in the general election is crucial to his candidacy since, historically, it has been rare for Republicans in Westchester to win county office without the Independence line.

On Wednesday, Verni said he was told ballots were being counted and results were pending.

Legislative District 7 comprises Mamaroneck, Larchmont, and Rye City as well as parts of Harrison and New Rochelle.
–Reporting by LIZ BUTTON

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About Liz Button

Liz Button is a staff reporter for Hometown Media Group’s The Rye Sound Shore Review. Previously, she covered Bedford and Mount Kisco for The Daily Voice, an Internet-based, hyperlocal publication. She’s also written for Patch in her hometown of Trumbull, Conn., as a freelance reporter and fill-in editor. Preceding her time there, she worked in publishing in New York City. She is a 2008 graduate of Bowdoin College with a degree in English. Reach Liz at 914-653-1000 x20 or; follow her on Twitter @ryesoundshore.