Danielle Browne Declared Winner, Too Close To Call Remaining Council Seats

Danielle Browne at Save Mount Vernon Candidate Forum [Black Westchester]

Mount Vernon – The Mount Vernon City Council race is still too close to call. André Wallace (1.690 votes) was in second place and is now in fourth place, 16 votes behind Cathlin Gleason (1,706 votes) who currently moved from fourth place to third place. Incumbent Janice Duarte (1,671 votes) is in fifth place but only 35 votes behind Gleason. While there are more then 200 votes to be counted and we have no idea how things will play out, one thing is certain Danielle Browne, the number one vote getter (2,192 votes) in the council race will be one of the new Councilmembers in January.

Bringing up the rear, Incumbent Councilwoman Delia Farquharson (1.548), former Deputy Clerk Lauren Carter (1,446) and Board of Ethics Vice Chair Nicole Lucio (717 votes) all appear to too far back to catch up when the final vote counts comes in.

Mount Vernon Forward team with Campaign Manager Joseph Fordyce Jr,. (right)

“Leading In election returns, Mount Vernon Forward Team declares: ‘It’s Time To Bring Our City Together!’” is posted on the MV Forward slate Facebook page. Currently Edward Poteat is holding the second position with 1,777 votes, just 87 voted ahead of Wallace and 106 votes ahead of Duarte.

“I want to congratulate Nicole Lucio, André  Wallace, Delia Farquharson, Lauren Carter, and Janice Duarte on a hard fought race,” Ed Poteat shared on Facebook, Wednesday morning. “This race is still too close to call but it’s imperative we ALL move our city forward. Now that this race is over, my sincerest wish is for all of us to meet and work collectively to improve the future of our city. Onward and Upward!!!”

Library Trustee Cathlin Gleason is still not out of the woods yet to make it a full sweep for the MV Forward slate. Absentee ballots still need to be counted before it becomes clear who won. That counting will begin next Wednesday. Results could come in as early as next weekend!

Andre Wallace and Janice Duarte at Wallace Golf Outing fundraiser at Hampshire Country Club, July 2015 [Black Westchester]

Wallace and Duarte can still catch Gleason and Poteat. If that happens; “I believe our team did a great job. I will celebrate the outcome no matter who wins,” Gleason shared with Black Westchester. “I’m so excited Danielle will be there because she is amazing. I’m not worried about myself honestly, but this young lady is destined for greatness.”

Ms. Browne, a lawyer who co-chaired the Mount Vernon Police Reform Commission and the only confirmed winner in the pack of eight candidates, has yet to make any public statement.

If the council results hold up, Browne, Poteat and Gleason would join with another Patterson-Howard ally, Councilman Derrick Thompson, to form a supermajority bloc, Lohud reported.

In other Mount Vernon Primary news, Rev. Darren Morton will be Mount Vernon’s new comptroller in January and Legislator Tyrae Woodson-Samuel wins re-election.

Stay tuned to Black Westchester for more on this developing story, because you know anything can happen in the City of Mount Vernon.