The Mount Vernon Democratic Committee held its Victory Brunch March 8th at the exquisite venue Mulino’s at the Lake Isle Country Club. Prominent Westchester County and Mount Vernon elected officials were in attendance to celebrate election victories in 2019. Reginald A. LaFayette, The Democratic Committee’s Chairman, is the consummate Master of Ceremonies as he recognized, praised, and heartily joked with the room full of politicians enjoying fellowship and brunch.
County Executive George Latimer’s speech included the importance of delivering good government and an admission on how competitive our Democratic primaries have become. Mr. Latimer pointed to the great work of our County Legislators, Lyndon D. Williams and David Tubiolo, reminding us that Mount Vernon has powerful partners in Westchester County and Albany. Upon conclusion, Latimer mentioned the Memorial Field restoration and the future of Wilson Woods Park as well as other areas in Mount Vernon slated for development.
In 2019, Mount Vernon Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard achieved an historic victory to become the first African-American Woman Mayor of the City of Mount Vernon. Mrs. Patterson-Howard is also the first African-American Woman Mayor in Westchester County and the second in New York State. This same year Lisa A. Copeland and Derrick Thompson were both elected to Mount Vernon’s City Council. Ms. Copeland was elected as City Council President. She has over 25 years experience in local and state government and this is her second term as City Council President for Mount Vernon. Derrick Thompson is celebrating his first term as a City Councilmember. Mr. Thompson is a Mount Vernon school teacher.
In addition to these victorious Mount Vernonites, Chairman LaFayette went on to acknowledge the election of four Supreme Court Justices in 2019. He also gave a mention to all the candidates in attendance currently campaigning for election or reelection to the Supreme Court, Family Court and District Attorney.
We also heard remarks from New York State Assemblyman Gary Pretlow, New York State Senator Alessandra Biaggi and Congressman Eliot Engel, all of whom expressed a positive outlook and respect for the positions they hold in government and for the future of Mount Vernon. Chairman LaFayette said “In politics there are no permanent friends nor permanent enemies, just permanent interests – and the interests here are for the betterment and good of Mount Vernon”.
The Democratic primary is June 23, 2020.