Today’s column was about the three Great Stuggles in Westchester County politics. The first Struggle culminated with the November election and the defeat of incumbent County Executive Andy Spnao.
The second Struggle was the fight over the 2010 budget which barely passed yesterday in a 9-8 vote by the Board of Legislators.
We are in the midst of the Third Struggle right now, which involves the jockeying and inside deal-making to decide who will be the next chairman of the Board. Because the board is made up of a majority of 13 Democrats and only four Republicans, the chairman’s seat will continue to be occupied by a Democrat.
But who? It’s not a simple question because as I reported the Democratic legislators are far from united. In fact among the eight “no” votes on the budget, six were cast by Democrats and two were cast by Republicans.
Right now, the four chairman wannabes are Mike Kaplowitz of Somers, Tom Abinanti of Greenburgh, Ken Jenkins of Yonkers and the current chairman, Bill “Boss” Ryan of White Plains. Abinanti doesn’t appear to have a lot of support, but the others do which could make things interesting.
In an earlier column, I suggested that a compromise choice could be John Nonna, a moderate Demcrat from Mount Pleasant, who is not actively seeking the post but would accept it in case of a deadlock. I was told today that that possibility remains very much alive, and that a coalition of Democrats and the minority GOP membership could make that happen.
If that happens, Nonna would be the latest Mount Pleasant pol to rise in the county’s New Order. County Executive-elect Rob Astorino is from Mount Pleasant as is his appointed deputy, Robert Meehan, the town supervisor and communications director Ned McCormick.