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Two Chances To Get To Know New Rochelle Candidates

The forums will be held in New Rochelle City Council Chamber at City Hall.
The forums will be held in New Rochelle City Council Chamber at City Hall. Photo Credit: File

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y.-- Two candidates forums are being planned by the League of Women Voters of New Rochelle so you can know whose running for mayor, City Council and county Board of Legislators.

The forums are set for Monday for mayor and City Council, and on Monday, Oct. 26 for county legislator. Both will be held at the New Rochelle City Council Chamber at City Hall, 515 North Ave.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for both forums, and the public is invited to submit questions beforehand. The forums will begin at 7 p.m. All official candidates have been invited to attend.

On Monday, the forum will begin with a short statement from each of the unopposed incumbents. They are District 2, Albert Tarantino-R-IN-C-WF; District 3, Jared Rice-D; and District 4, Ivar Hyden-D-WF. Then the candidates for the three contested districts will deliver opening statements, answer questions and deliver closing statements. They are District 1 incumbent Louis Trangucci - R-IN-C and challenger Luis Zepeda-D-WF; District 5 incumbent Barry Fertel – D-WF and challenger Jeffrey Hastie-R-IN-Ref; and District 6 incumbent Shari Rackman-R, Ref and challenger Elizabeth Fried-D-WF). Finally, incumbent mayor Noam Bramson – D-WF and challenger James O’Toole – IN will follow with this format.

On Oct. 26, the forum for county legislative candidates will begin with a statement by the unopposed incumbent in District 11, James Maisano – R-C. This will be followed by statements and questions and answers with the candidates for District 11, incumbent Sheila Marcotte-R-C and challenger Haina Just-Michael-D-WF, and candidates for District 7, incumbent Catherine Parker – D-WF and challenger Susan Watson – R-C.

The forums will be moderated by League members living outside of New Rochelle. For information and to submit questions, contact Joan Alexander at

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