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Duffy Wins GOP, Independence Lines For Lewisboro Town Board Race

Former Lewisboro Supervisor Charles Duffy. Photo Credit: File
Lewisboro Councilman Daniel Welsh. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Lewisboro Councilman John Pappalardo. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

LEWISBORO, N.Y. -- Former Lewisboro Supervisor Charles Duffy has secured the Republicand and Independence Party ballot lines in his bid for a town council seat, according to results from the Westchester County Board of Elections.

Duffy, who served as supervisor from 2010 to 2011, mounted write-in campaigns for both ballot lines, which delayed the pace of calling the results following the Sept. 10 primary day.

In running, Duffy has been critical of the cross endorsements made by the local Republican and Democratic committees of the town's local incumbents. The deal lead to Councilman Daniel Welsh, who has run in the past as a Democrat, getting the Republican line by default; Councilman John Pappalardo, who has previously run as a Republican, received Democratic backing.

Duffy and Pappalardo won the Republican primary by finishing first and second in vote tallies. Results show that Duffy received 172 votes while Pappalardo garnered 197. Welsh was unable to hold the ballot line, as he finished third with 123 votes.

In the Independence Party primary, Duffy was the sole earner of votes, results show, garnering 14 in total.

"I'm very grateful to Lewisboro's Republican and Independence Party voters," Duffy wrote in a statement. "When I decided to take on the challenge of a write-in campaign. It was because I felt it was important to let the voters decide who would represent them for the next four years, not the party leadership through cross endorsements."

Welsh, whose positions on issues have differed from local conservatives, thanked Republican voters for picking him in the primary and congratulated Duffy.

"Kudos to Charlie for an effective primary campaign. I especially want to extend my thanks to the Republican voters who were able to stretch a bit and send the message with their vote for me that the best outlook for the town is rarely achieved by rigid adherence to party or ideology," Welsh wrote. "I'm looking forward to continuing to talk with anyone and everyone about that outlook, what I'm working on and where I think the opportunities lie."

Pappalardo offered his own thanks to the primary voters.

"I want to thank the Republican voters for coming to the polls on primary day and giving me the honor of their nomination," he wrote. "This primary process provided me with a unique opportunity to speak with voters on an intimate level and engender their feedback as to how they feel I am serving them as an incumbent as well as help me in shaping the dialogue they would like me to take to my fellow Town Board members going forward. I genuinely enjoyed it!"

Pappalardo also called for civility in local politics.

"In the end we are a small Town with real issues that deserve civil discourse, data collection and well thought out policy discussions. I look forward to carrying those principles into the debate of the General Election and hopefully into four more years as a local Councilman," he added.

Duffy, Welsh and Pappalardo will be joined by several incumbent town officials on both major-party ballot lines due to the cross-endorsement agreement; they are each running unopposed. The incumbents include Supervisor Peter Parsons, Town Clerk Janet Donohue, Town Justice Susan Simon and Highway Superintendent Peter Ripperger.

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