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Democrat Shimsky Re-Elected to County Legislature

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – MaryJane Shimsky was elected Tuesday to the Westchester County Board of Legislators to represent District 12, according to unofficial results.

Shimsky, an incumbent, ran unopposed. However, John Russo ran a write-in campaign to unseat her. She said many of her goals are long-term ones and feels local residents support her efforts.

“A lot of the kinds of issues I’m dealing with, when you’re dealing with public works and infrastructure, flood control that kind of thing, these are things that are going to take years to accomplish,” Shimsky said.  “There’s no quick fix in any of these, but I’m betting on the people in my district that this is the kind of work they want me to do.”

With the victory, Shimsky will begin her first full term after first being elected in February of this year.  Shimsky has identified some of her top goals as helping the county better prepare for flooding, fixing deficient county-owned bridges and creating environmentally-friendly legislation that could increase productivity. She has been an advocate for battling flooding in the county and helped create the Saw Mill River Watershed Advisory Board. Shimsky was endorsed by the Democratic Party and the Working Families Party line.

“I hope that by the end of these two years we’ll be pretty close to construction on the Ashford Avenue Bridge and I’m hoping that we’ll have a pretty clear path on flood control and have actually been able to put a certain amount of that path into operation,” she said.

Russo was running for a potential first term on the board as a write-in candidate after declining to run solely on the Conservative line. He had been vocal about cutting taxes by cutting spending and slashing county legislator’s salaries. Russo’s goals also included the county utilizing more alternative sources of energy so Indian Point can be shut down or converted into a non-nuclear facility. In addition, he prefers rehabilitating the Tappan Zee Bridge over constructing a new one.

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