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Krolian is White Plains Council's Newest Democrat

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Democrats cheered Tuesday night as Dennis Krolian declared victory in his bid to join the city's Common Council.

“It’s an exhilarating time for me. I never thought I’d be so lucky as to get a nomination, let alone win the election,” said Krolian, a trial lawyer, who won earned a seat according to unofficial results posted by the Board of Elections Tuesday night.

Votes were cast at dozens of polling stations across White Plains Tuesday for three Common Council seats. Common Council President Benjamin Boykin II and Council Person Milagros Lecuona were returned to the board, according to unofficial results released by the Board of Elections.

Republican challengers Richard Cirulli, Michael Donnelly and Gedney Association President Terence Guerriere, vowed to continue to break the Democrat’s complete control of the six council seats.

“You’ll be hearing from us again,” said Guerriere, while thanking supporters Tuesday night. “Many of the folks that I mentioned are Democrats and that says a lot. We need to find a way to put together a coalition.”

Council member John Martin, a Democrat appointed to fill the council seat left vacant when Mayor Thomas Roach won his office in a special election in February, seized more than two-thirds of the votes, beating his opponent, Republican James Arndt, according to unofficial results.

Martin interpreted the Democrats’ victory as a message from voters that “the Roach regime is doing things right.”

Matthew Coffey, 66, said he wanted to see more ideological diversity on the currently all-Democratic Common Council.

“I just want to get a mix on the council,” said Coffey, who voted for both Republican and Democratic candidates. “With one party, they just follow the leader who is often the loudest or strongest person in the room, but certainly not the smartest.”

Republicans and Democrats exchanged spars on parking enforcement at debates where challengers argued that relaxing parking enforcement would encourage enough dining and shopping in White Plains for sales tax income to compensate for lost parking fine revenues.

The Democratic incumbents remained on the defensive about charges that city hall isn’t responsive enough to neighborhood and resident concerns, such as the French-American School of New York’s plan to build a school on the former Ridgeway Country Club.

Philip Cooper, 64, said he voted against his Democratic party because the council had neglected the trashed city-owned lot near his home. Other voters, like Donna Vought, 50, said she supported the Democrats because she approved of the incumbents’ record.

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