Yonkers — Republican David Tubiolo won a special election for the District 14 seat of longtime Westchester County Legislator Bernice Spreckman, Tuesday night.
District 14 encompasses East Yonkers, Fleetwood and Mount Vernon West. Tubiolo won the district with 57 percent of the vote.
“A thirty-point victory is so much more than we could have ever expected,” Tubiolo tells BW. “I want to thank God, all of the voters for their support, all of the volunteers and donors who worked so hard to run a strong grassroots campaign that led to a high-turnout election in mid-Summer, my opponent Christine Peters for bringing her ideas and her voice into the public arena, and most especially, my mentor Bernice for all she has taught me.”
Tubiolo was challenged by Democratic and Working Families Party candidate Christine Peters, who cast her vote Tuesday morning at St. Ann’s School on Brewster Avenue in Yonkers. With her daughter in tow, Peters said she was confident she convinced voters to make her the next legislator.
David Tubiolo, served as Spreckman’s legislative aide the past five years, squared off against Democrat Christine Peters in a race for District 14 that had a lower-than-usual turnout due to the election’s being held in summer.
Tubiolo was accompanied by his family and County Executive Rob Astorino to the polls in Yonkers, where Tubiolo proudly cast a vote for himself. He said voters were heading to the polls because they want to see him carry on Spreckman’s legacy on the county board.
Tubiolo’s father is the Yonkers GOP chairman and his mother works in the Astorino Administration. He raised upwards of $50,000 and spent $28,000 during the short campaign, according to the 11-day pre-election filing with the state Board of Elections.
Spreckman, who’s also a Republican, endorsed Tubiolo to replace her after she resigned in June after two decades representing the county’s 14th District.
Tubiolo said he was focused on holding the line on taxes to keep the county affordable.
“I can see what’s happening, I see what’s going on and my life experience, my roots are here,” he said. “That’s why I want to help the people and that’s what it’s all about: Helping everyone as much as possible.”
The Legislature is controlled by a nine-person coalition majority made up of two Democrats, five Republicans and one registered Conservative Party member.
Legislators serve two-year terms and are paid annual base salaries of $49,200.