The November elections are a looong way off, but already there are signs of an impending contested election for the position of Mamaroneck Town supervisor. “I haven’t totally made up my mind, but I am seriously considering a run,” said Tom Murphy, 47, a Democrat currently serving as deputy mayor in the Village of Mamaroneck.
“There are many challenges facing our community that would benefit from having a supervisor with a fresh perspective who will provide innovative leadership,” he said.
Among the issues, said Mr. Murphy, is consolidation of services. Further, the Mamaroneck Town Board should “consider what’s best for the villages when the Town makes decisions,” he said.
The current Mamaroneck Town Board does not include a resident of the Village of Mamaroneck. Four Town council members live in the unincorporated area of the Town of Mamaroneck: Ms. O’Keeffe, David Fishman, Ernie Odierna and Phyllis Wittner. Nancy Seligson lives in the Village of Larchmont.
The other likely candidate is Valerie O’Keeffe, 66, a Republican who has held the office since 1999. She won her first two-year term for supervisor (against Paul Ryan) in 1999. Subsequent races were uncontested until 2007, when she prevailed against Town Councilman Ernie Odierna with 69% of the vote. (See: O’Keeffe & Myers Re-Elected With Wide Margins.)
During her tenure, she has been the only Republican on the Town board.
Reached for comment, Ms. O’Keeffe said she was “not prepared to make a statement at this time.” Candidates are not required to declare until June.
Mr. Murphy, an elevator mechanic, moved with his family to the Heathcote Hills neighborhood of Mamaroneck Village in 1990. He and his wife have three children, 16, 13, and 7, who attend Mamaroneck public schools.
Mr. Murphy first served on the Mamaroneck Village Board of Trustees for six months in 2001. He ran again in 2004, becoming the only Democrat on the 5-person board. He won again in 2006 and 2008. The current board has only Democrats serving.
Ms. O’Keeffe, an attorney, has lived in the Town of Mamaroneck for most of her life. In 2007, she was elected president of the Westchester Municipal Officials Association, which includes members of 45 municipalities.