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Democrats Win City Council Majority

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Democrats won four of the six seats on the New Rochelle City Council Tuesday according to unofficial results from the Westchester County Board of Elections.

The current board is split 3-3 among Democrats and Republicans.

"It's been really a wild ride," said incumbent Barry Fertel, who defeated Republican challenger Ilyse Spertus. Fertel and the other among other Democratic winners stressed the importance of staying focused.

"Let's celebrate tonight and then let's get some work done," he said.

Ivar Hyden, who defeated Republican Kevin Barrett, said he was up to the challenge of  representing the people of District 4. The race in District 4 was to fill the seat vacated by Republican Richard St. Paul, who lost Tuesday to Noam Bramson in the race for mayor.

"I'm really looking forward to getting started," said Hyden. "Thank you so much."

In the other races, incumbent Republican Louis Trangucci beat back a challenge from Roberto Lopez in District 1, Republican Al Tarantino ran unopposed in District 2, Democrat Jared Rice easily held his seat against John Earvin in District 3 and Democrat Shari Rackman beat Stephen Mayo in District 6.

Democrats focused on economic development and bringing business to New Rochelle while Republicans pushed for lower taxes and ways to increase tax revenue.

Rice, a Democrat, was seeking re-election after taking over the seat on Jan. 1.

Fertel is a lawyer with a specialty in education law. Hyden previously served in a variety of civic service positions including New Rochelle Arts Commission Chairman.

Rackman, a 30-year New Rochelle resident, is a family law and mediation attorney and a member of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association who helped to draft the Safe Schools Yeshiva Network Policy.

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