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Mimi Rocah Unseats Anthony Scarpino In Westchester County D.A. Primary

Former federal prosecutor and MSNBC legal analyst Mimi Rocah has officially won the Democratic primary for Westchester County District Attorney.

Incumbent Anthony Scarpino conceded the race Thursday, July 16th, more than three weeks after a June 23 primary whose results were slowed by thousands of mail-in ballots used as an alternative to in-person voting due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.

Black Westchester caught up with the Democratic primary winner to officially congratulate her.

With 68% of the in person votes and 76% of the mail-in ballots opened to date, Scarsdale’s Mimi Rocah has been declared the victor in the primary election for Westchester County District Attorney. Rocah defeated Anthony Scarpion who served as District Attorney for one term. She will face Republican challenger Bruce Bendish in November.

Rocah said, “I am tremendously honored to be able to declare victory today in the Democratic Primary for Westchester District Attorney after three weeks with more than 50,000 absentee ballots counted. I am grateful to every voter for making their voice heard during this pandemic. This result is a strong mandate from voters – they want change in Westchester’s criminal justice system as our nation reckons with police misconduct, demands greater accountability and ethics reform at all levels of government,” said Rocah.

Since winning 68% of the in-person votes from Early Voting and Election Day (27,759 votes to Scarpino’s 13,082), Rocah has won 76% of the mailed-in absentee ballots opened so far (38,530 vs. 12,279 for Scarpino). With less than 30,000 paper ballots remaining to be counted, Rocah’s total 66,289 votes (72%) against Scarpino’s 25,361, decisively makes her the Democratic nominee facing the Republican in November’s General Election. The Westchester Board of Elections will certify the official results after it concludes the ballot count.

Black Westchester endorsed candidate Mimi Rocah was one of several challengers in the region who unseated incumbents in what some are attributing to a progressive shift in the suburbs. Rocah said voters are feeling taken for granted by government and want officials they feel will be responsive.


“I think what people want to see are candidates who are embracing change,” Rocah told The Journal News/lohud. “Talking about ‘this is what I’ve done and here’s what I’m willing to look at next, here’s where I’m willing to go, here’s what I want to talk about’ and have that sort of vision and dialogue.”

Scarpino said in a statement he called Rocah Thursday to congratulate her.

“It has been my distinct honor to serve as District Attorney and I am grateful to the people of Westchester for affording me the opportunity to do so since 2017,” Scarpino shared with Black Westchester in a statement. “I am extraordinarily proud of the public servants in the District Attorney’s Office who dedicate every day to create a safer, more just County for all.”

Even before Floyd’s death and ensuing demonstrations, the district attorney primary was one of the races to watch in Westchester this year and is arguably the most high-profile race for the county’s top prosecutor job in a generation.

The DA’s office finds itself being reshaped as new initiatives by the state Legislature have changed bail requirements and had prosecutors rethinking their role in drug enforcement and in oversight of local police.

Rocah said the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement emphasized the need for a reform-minded prosecutor’s office in the county.
“What you have is people who maybe before didn’t necessarily pay attention to that or understand how reforming the D.A.’s office policies impact day-to-day life,” she said.

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