Mamaroneck Voters Re-Elect Mayor, Councilman In Close Challenges
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Mamaroneck Voters Re-Elect Mayor, Councilman In Close Challenges

FROM Jon Craig,
November 4, 2015

Mamaroneck Mayor Norman Rosenblum during a rally supporting police. Rosenblum, who has served as mayor the past six years, narrowly defeated Democrat Dan Natchez, a former village trustee, on Tuesday. Deputy Mayor Louis Santaro also was re-elected. Photo Credit: Jon Craig

MAMARONECK, N.Y. --It was close for most of Tuesday night, but Village of Mamaroneck Mayor Norman Rosenblum, 72, was re-elected to a fourth, two-year term.

Rosenblum, a Republican, is a contract administrator for Safe Flight Instrument Corporation, looks at the village as a thriving municipality that should continue on its current path in many areas.

Unofficial returns from the Westchester County Board of Elections had Rosenblum leading Democrat Daniel Natchez by 53 to 47 percent -- a margin of less than 200 votes.

Natchez, 71, is president of an environmental waterfront development design consulting company. Natchez, a former village trustee, has said hasty development can harm the village.

A village trustee race was even closer. Seeking re-election as village trustee was Republican-Conservative Louis Santaro. Unofficial returns showed Santaro leading Democrat Thomas Burt, 51 to 49 percent -- by a margin of just 58 votes.

Town of Mamaroneck incumbents were unopposed on Tuesday. Town Supervisor Nancy Seligson, a Democrat, was re-elected. Also unopposed in elections for Mamaroneck Town Council seats were Democrats Thomas Murphy and Abby Katz.

In the village mayor's race, Natchez and Rosenblum differed the most in their approaches to dealing with wildlife and water pollution. Democrats released video of public meetings late in the campaign that showed Rosenblum engaged in heated exchanges with Democratic trustees and cutting off speakers during hearings.

Rosenblum has drawn fire from animal rights groups for advocating hiring sharpshooters to help curb the suburban deer population in Mamaroneck, and previously proposed a similar crackdown on wayward geese.

During the campaign, Natchez said: "It is important that we consider all perspectives and that by the end of the process all sides have confidence that they have had a full and fair hearing regarding wildlife. . . . I do not support introducing guns and hunters into our dense suburban neighborhoods in order to control deer populations."

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