Jenkins to Announce Run for County Executive

The Westchester County Chairman of the Board of Legislators will make his bid on Wednesday at noon.

Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers), chairman of the county board of legislators, will join the 2013 race for county executive, his campaign announced in an email Sunday night.

Jenkins, elected to the board over six years ago and its chairman since 2010, enters what is now a three-way race for the Democratic nomination. New Rochelle Mayor Noah Bramson and Bill Ryan, a seven-term legislator in White Plains, announced their candidacies earlier this month.

Jenkins will make his announcement at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains Wednesday at noon.

Bramson said his experience as mayor of a diverse community will enable him to lead the county with energy and innovation.

“It is time for a serious debate about our future, and I intend to offer a campaign of substance and ideas,” he said in his announcement.

Ryan released a statement following Jenkins email, saying it was important for the Democratic party to choose the "candidate who can win throughout the county," Newsday reported.

Republican County Executive Rob Astorino has not announced his intentions to run for re-election next November, but he is expected to after the new year—lining up what could be a heated political contest between Jenkins and Astorino.

The two have sparred over the county budget in recent weeks, with the Yonkers Democrat calling the process a "circus" orchestrated by a "misguided" county executive.

Bob Zahm January 01, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Here's hoping you dig up enough backbone to make comments using your real name in all of 2013.
Francis T McVetty January 01, 2013 at 05:10 PM
It goes along with the "peter principle' in business. Promote to the highest level of incompetence. I guess the next step after county executive is governor?
Daniel Padovano January 04, 2013 at 06:26 PM
This is a joke, right? Yes? No?! Dios salavanos!!!
Billy January 04, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Give me a break Bobby Z (I like that), Patch isn't & hopefully never will be run like the Journal News. Maybe you should post over there if its more comfortable for you to know people's names. I don't really see what names have to do with anything anyway but i'm sure Jerry's reference was lost on you, but it is how most of our local democrats act.
Bob Zahm January 04, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Billy - as the user of a fake name, your comments are a prime example of the issue. People commenting from behind a masque are typically (not always) faster to insult others as well as stake out positions that are untenable because they have no fear that their neighbors, family, etc. will connect their written words back to them. And the excuse that the masqued posters are "afraid" of some big dangerous source of reprisals is just that, an excuse.


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