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Life Goes On For Westchester Candidates, Win Or Lose

Rob Astorino thanks voters for his victory against Noam Bramson in the race for county executive.
Rob Astorino thanks voters for his victory against Noam Bramson in the race for county executive. Photo Credit: Suzanne Samin

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Millions of campaign dollars, thousands of votes and hundreds of hours spent in their communities later, the toll campaigning takes on Westchester politicians and their families comes to head following Election Day.

After all the stress and exhaustion, how long does it take politicians to get back to business? According to most, not very long.

In his victory speech, County Executive Rob Astorino expressed his gratitude to his family, and his excitement to get started serving Westchester County for another four years.

Mayor of New Rochelle Noam Bramson, who lost the hotly-contested race, said he might take a day off and rest before heading back into the office.

"It's been a long road, but I think I'm ready to resume at least a relatively normal state of affairs," he said.

Terrence Murphy, councilman in Yorktown, said he likes to spend a day or two catching up on family time.

"I check in with the Missus and my kids and make sure everyone at home is OK," he said. "I get R-n-R with them for about 48 hours and then it's immediately back to work doing what we've elected to do."

Catherine Borgia, legislator for District 9 (Cortlandt, Peekskill, Ossining) said, "I got my eyebrows waxed and am throwing balls to my dog. We do have a budget coming out, we are all gearing up for that because there will be complex negotiations."

Borgia said she has a fairly long to do list, but did plenty of work ahead of time so she could spend time with her family.

"I am having dinner with my family tonight, my daughter might start to recognize me again," she said.

Michael Denning is recovering after losing the first town supervisor race in Eastchester in a decade. However, he knows his life will simply go on as normal.

"Politically, I'll still keep my hat in the ring and see what happens," he said, "Outside of that, I'll go back to my real estate stuff. We're going to build a few houses in Pelham, and I just want to keep building up my real estate profile."

Jim Maisano, who won re-election as legislator for District 11 (Pelham, New Rochelle), said he feels badly about how the campaign has affected his wife and son.

"As a family we’re gonna chill for the next week or so. First comes family time, second comes catching up on law and county work," he said.

Maisano, who has been in office for several years, said the stress of campaigning has only increased in recent years.

"Modern day politics are getting so much more intense. My 12-year-old son was involved in my campaign. It's an enormous stress on everyone," he said.

Whether the days following Election Day are spent savoring victory or licking the wounds of defeat, many local politicians can agree family and rest are important before launching back into their everyday lives.

Sam Barron, Zak Failla and Danny LoPriore contributed to this report.

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