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Shawyn Patterson-Howard Makes History As Mount Vernon’s First African-American Female Mayor

Mount Vernon – Democratic nominee Shawyn Patterson-Howard made history, Tuesday night when she became the first female mayor elected in the City of Mount Vernon, as expected by most.

Starting out as the underdog and just beating Richard Thomas be just over 200 votes in the primary, she gave her victory speech just before 10:30pm with 43% of the vote in, thanking all her supporters and all who believed in her.

With her husband standing proudly behind her, Shawyn spoke of unifying the city and being an agent of change.

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson also gave victory speeches and it looks like Peeksill Mayor Andre Rainey and Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner look like they will be holding on to their seats as well. Stay tuned to Black Westchester for more election results as they come in.

Black Westchester congratulates Shawyn Patterson-Howard on making history.

Patterson-Howard, former Mount Vernon Planning Commissioner, has run the YMCA in Yonkers for many years. She campaigned on a good government platform, pledging to end the dysfunction in City Hall.

Results are unofficial until the Westchester County Board of Elections counts all absentee and affidavit votes and certifies the final results


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