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White Plains Voters Elect City Council Member

Terence Guerriere and Nadine Hunt-Robinson at a recent League of Women Voters of White Plains forum.
Terence Guerriere and Nadine Hunt-Robinson at a recent League of Women Voters of White Plains forum. Photo Credit: Jon Craig

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Nadine Hunt-Robinson, who was appointed to the White Plains Common Council in February, will finish out an unexpired term, according to unofficial election results from the county Board of Elections.

In Tuesday's special election to complete the second year of Ben Boykin's Common Council term, Hunt-Robinson, a Democrat, led with 7,110 votes -- about 60 percent of total votes cast.

About 40 percent of White Plains voters supported Republican-Conservative Terence P. Guerriere, who was trailing with 4,793 votes.

Boykin left the Common Council to serve on the Westchester County Board of Legislators.

When Hunt-Robinson was appointed by the fully Democratic City Council, she was registered with the Independence Party. Tuesday, she ran on the Democratic, Working Families and Independence party lines.

She's a third-generation native of White Plains living in the Fisher Hill neighborhood. She grew up in the Highlands section of the city.

Guerriere's campaign focused primarily on his longtime opposition to a proposal by the French American School of New York (FASNY) to move from Mamaroneck to the former RIdgeway Country Club. The former member of the city Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals has criticized White Plains officials for failing to follow its own laws during a review of FASNY's proposal in RIdgeway.

Guerriere, a lifelong White Plains resident, said the city should offer free downtown parking to its residents to bolster the city's commercial hubs.

Hunt-Robinson said White Plains should encourage mixed-use development along Mamaroneck Avenue to attract more dwellers and therefore shoppers downtown, and then promote similar development along the Post Road corridor.

Hunt-Robinson said she has opinions about FASNY, but will let the process take its course. "It would be inappropriate for me to say'' how she would vote at this point in the review process, she said recently.

Continuing the property's use as a golf course -- or building 40 to 50 homes generating more than $1 million in new annual property taxes -- would conform with existing zoning, Guerriere has said.

Hunt-Robinson said she still needs to consider FASNY's impact on the community with regard to safety, environment and public health.

Both candidates agreed the Common Council should get involved to protect the open space and historic structures at Good Counsel Academy, 52 North Broadway in anticipation of the property's sale.

And both agreed the city's comprehensive plan for development needs to be updated.

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