Republican Michael Smith has claimed victory in the close race for the Westchester County Legislature District 3 seat, he announced today.
District 3 includes all or parts of Greenburgh, Harrison, Mount Pleasant (including Pleasantville and parts of Briarcliff Manor and Sleepy Hollow) and North Castle.
Smith ran against Democrat John Nonna, who held the seat for the past two two-year terms.
The Board of Elections completed counting absentee ballots today, showing a 129-vote lead by Smith (5,341 or 51 percent of the votes versus Nonna's 5,212 votes total).
“I wish to express my sincere appreciation to the voters of District 3 who have placed their trust in me. I see my election as the next development step in the voter’s call for fiscal responsibility as evidenced by their mandate in the election of Rob Astorino two years ago," Smith said in a statement. "While I disagree with County Legislator Nonna’s votes on many issues of importance to the taxpayers of District 3, I thank him and appreciate his tireless service over the past four years."
When he takes office in January, Smith pledged, “I will work tirelessly to respect the taxpayers of this district by the appropriate use of their hard-earned tax dollars and I will vote to ensure their property rights are protected. This district deserves to be represented by someone who represents their values and who has the district’s best interest at heart and I cannot wait to begin serving my constituents with a new vision and a new passion.”
Westchester County legislators receive $49,500 annually and serve two-year terms.