Westchester County Democrats have picked New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson to be their candidate for county executive.
Bramson was selected after two ballots, with the final results announced after midnight, hours after the convention began at the County Center in White Plains.
Bramson defeated Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) on the second ballot, and topped the first ballot with a plurality over Jenkins and county Legislator Bill Ryan (D-White Plains). The votes came from local Democrats representing towns and cities from around the county.
Both Jenkins and Ryan will support Bramson in his campaign, and the three came on stage after the final results were announced in a show of unity.
“I ask everyone in this hall to join me now in saluting Ken Jenkins and Bill Ryan.”
Talking to Patch, Bramson described the 3-man race as “intense but never divisive.”
With unity came an emphasis on the the Democrats’ goal: defeating Republican incumbent Rob Astorino in his bid for a second term. Several times during the convention, speakers including candidates, painted Astorino as too far to the right for Westchester and described him as a candidate of the Tea Party.
Looking forward in his victory speech, Bramson proudly stated that “we will win a resounding victory this November.”
Bramson, speaking with Patch about the upcoming campaign against Astorino, said that he has a “high regard for Rob’s political skills,” but added that there will be “sharp contrasts” for their goals in county government. In addition to touting a vision of a more involved county government than the incumbent, he also hit Astorino on social issues such as abortion, gay marriage and gun control.
Astorino’s philosophy, Bramson said, is “the less we do the better,” but added that he wants a more “balanced” approach to public service.
In addition to Bramson, Democrats re-nominated incumbents Janet DiFiore for district attorney and Timothy Idoni for county clerk, along with family court and county court judge candidates.
Astorino's campaign replied with its own statement.
"We congratulate Mr. Bramson on his nomination tonight and look forward to a healthy debate in the fall election season, based on the issues. County Executive Astorino has delivered on the promises he made to Westchester voters four years ago -- like his no tax increase pledge -- and he is laying the groundwork for a healthy and economically vibrant Westchester going forward. It is a record anyone would be proud to discuss."
Below are the results for each ballot:
Bramson: 97,915.5 (54.96 percent)
Jenkins: 80,249 (45.04 percent)
Bramson: 90,019.5 (49.53 percent)
Jenkins: 77,224 (42.49 percent)
Ryan: 14,489 (7.97 percent)