Deputy Mayor Vivian C. McKenzie made history again Tuesday night with her decisive victory in the Democratic Primary. McKenzie, who won 77% of the vote – according to the Westchester Board of Election’s unofficially tally – is one step closer to becoming the first African-American female Mayor of the City of Peekskill. Peekskill’s current mayor Andre Rainey – who made history of his own as Peekskill’s youngest mayor in 2018 but opted not to run for re-election – threw his support behind McKenzie.
In January, McKenzie made history by being the first African-American Woman to ever be nominated for Mayor of the City of Peekskill. If she prevails in November’s General Election she would become only the second Black Woman to head a municipality in Westchester County, only after Mount Vernon Mayor Shawyn Patterson Howard who made history in the November 2019 General Election.
“Tonight was a night of history in the GREAT city of Peekskill,” Mayor Andre Rainey shared with Black Westchester. “I want to start by saying congratulations to the Mckenzie team on their win this evening. I want to thank the community for allowing you voices to be heard and making such an important decision for the best interest of our city and the future of it. Vivian McKenzie, I love you and I’m so proud of you. Rob Scott, Dwight Douglas and Ramon Fernandez, I shed a few tears tonight, due to being so excited of what’s to come under your leadership. To the Peekskill Dems, we did it! I’ve never been a political individual, and I’m still not, but this committee has shown me family values over the years and I appreciate them for ‘raising me’ in this world of politics to be the man/Mayor I am.”
In the November 2, 2021 General Election, McKenzie will face off with Conor A. Greene (who she defeated in the primary but will appear of the Working Family line) and Emiliano D. Perez who will appear of the Republican and Conservative lines.
Vivian (Cyndi) McKenzie – owner of one of Peekskill’s most successful restaurants, Kathleen’s an English style Tea Room located at 979 Main St, nestled in the historic district of downtown Peekskill – has served on the council since 2013 and was appointed Deputy Mayor by her colleagues in January 2020.
“Congratulations to Peekskill Deputy Mayor Vivian McKenzie and the Peekskill Democratic slate on their decisive primary win this evening,” County Legislator Colin D. Smith (District 1 – Cortlandt, Peekskill, Yorktown) shared on Facebook. “Now on to victory in November!”
The Peekskill Democratic slate of Ramon Fernandez, Rob Scott and Dwight Douglas also won the democratic primary, in the race for City Council, Tuesday night.
The Peekskill Democratic slate will face off with Vanessa B. Agudelo, Amy F. Perlow and Amy J. Vele who will appear on the Working Families line and Leesther C. Brown, Kenneth C. Gilleo Jr., William J. Moran Jr., who will appear on the Republican and Conservative line in the November 2nd General Election.