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Horse trading could foil Bramson's win in Cortlandt
Noam Bramson scored some victories recently in his campaign for the Democratic Party's nomination for Westchester County executive.
But, perversely, his victories don't necessarily mean he's closer to securing that nomination at the party's convention in late April.
Last week, the mayor of New Rochelle won 68 percent of the support of the Democratic Committee for the Town of Cortlandt. His opponents, Board of Legislators chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) and Legis. Bill Ryan (D-White Plains), won 27 and 5 percent, respectively.
All three candidates have agreed to accept the convention's decision rather than run costly primary campaigns against one another.
In that context, the Cortlandt vote was obviously better for Bramson than being hit by a two-by-four.
The committee's vote suggests, for example, that Bramson has support among northern county voters who might end up deciding who wins the Democratic Party's nomination. After all, he and the other two candidates have much of their hometown cities in southern Westchester locked up.
Here's the rub: The committee's ballot is only advisory. Ultimately, Cortlandt's 78 election district leaders will cast weighted votes for the county executive nomination.
So although the committee's ballot gives the district delegates guidance in how to cast their votes on convention night, there's no telling how wheeling and dealing on convention night might change their minds.