Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano put an end to a year-long speculation that he was running for Westchester top seat, County Executive in an exclusive phone interview with The Journal News/lohud’s Mark Lungarielli on Monday.
“I’m not running,” Spano tells Lohud. “I thought about it and a lot of people were asking me to consider it, but really (it’s) not time for me to leave the position as mayor.”
Even though he had never officially announced his candidacy, he had emerged as an early forerunner for the Democratic nomination against incumbent Republican County Executive Rob Astorino who is seeking his third term.
Spano’s decision not to run may have cleared a path for County Legislator Ken Jenkins who received the endorsement of the Yonkers Democratic City Committee last week.
While Jenkins is the only announced Democratic candidate for the county’s top seat, State Senator George Latimer and Stae Assemblyman Tom Abinanti are both said to be considering the party’s nomination. Jenkins said he would still stay in the race for a primary if he isn’t nominated, according to lohud.
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