Nadine Hunt-Robinson makes history Tuesday night by becoming the first African-American woman elected to serve as White Plains Common Council. In her sweeping victory, she earned White Plains voters’ endorsement to fill the unexpired year remaining on former Councilman Benjamin Boykin’s council term beginning in January. She received unofficially 7,234 votes to Mr. Guerriere’s 4,798. She swept 39 of 46 election districts, losing only 7.
Hunt-Robinson was appointed to the Common Council as a surprise selection by the City Democratic Committee when appointed in February 2014 by Mayor Thomas Roach and the Common Council. Ms. Hunt-Robinson told White Plains CitizenNet Reporter she was approached by the White Plains Ministerial Fellowship and asked to agree to accept the seat because if she did not, the White Plains black community would not have a seat on the Common Council with the departure of Mr. Boykin.
She was challenged in a City Committee nomination election and won by a narrow margin (one vote WPCNR reported) and subsequently was appointed to the Council by Mayor Roach and the Common Council in a unanimous vote. She was endorsed by the White Plains Examiner, and apparently in her forum appearances impressed many. On the FASNY issue particularly in recent hearings she carefully noted she was concerned about the health and safety of White Plains High School students and would be considering those issues carefully in any decision vote on the FASNY site plan.
Black Westchester will sit down and do an official interview/ community Spotlight with the newly elected Councilwoman but wanted to take this time to congratulate her for making history. Councilwoman Nadine Hunt-Robinson appeared on BlackWestchester.com presents People Before Politics Radio, Sunday before the election, click here to check out show if you missed it