It was still early Tuesday night at Morgan's Fish House in Rye. No poll numbers were available yet and the room filled with the Democratic candidates for Rye City Council, their friends and families hummed with nervous energy. Incumbent Judy Myers was also there, talking with supporters before setting out for stops in Mamaroneck and New Rochelle later in the evening.
For just a moment, Myers was pensive about the race in District 7. "This has been the culmination of a lot of work over a lot of months," she said. Myers marveled just for a moment. "We've been at this since the primaries in August."
The only thing left was the waiting. Myers seemed almost relieved election day had finally come. Now it was up to the voters.
Rye City Councilwoman Suzanna Keith put up a valiant fight for Myers' seat. Backed by County Executive Rob Astorino's Republican machine, Keith tirelessly campaigned from one end of the Sound Shore to the other.
She pressed Myers on the controversial affordable housing settlement, taxes and every other issue on her carefully honed platform. At every turn, Keith insisted 'she would not be a rubber stamp' for Astorino. That she would stand her ground on Playland– which County Executive Astorino seems ever-poised to close– that she would advocate for flood mitigation funds. And she didn't let up on Democratic Majority Whip Myers for her role in the 247 vetoes against Astorino's policies.
By midnight, it seemed Keith's enthusiasm was not enough to take the race from three-term veteran Judy Myers. As of Tuesday night, the incumbent held 54 percent of the vote with 32 of 39 districts reporting.
As for District 6, the announced departure of Martin Rogowsky opened the way for a new face. With 32 of 39 districts reporting, David Gelfarb of Rye Brook has apparently prevailed with 51 percent of the vote.