GREENBURGH, N.Y. – Edgemont attorney Bob Bernstein won the endorsement of the Greenburgh Democratic Committee Wednesday night at the party's convention held at Greenburgh Town Hall.
Bernstein won 54 percent of the votes with Town Supervisor Paul Feiner receiving 35 percent. Feiner, who is in his 11th term (22 years), ran unopposed as the Democratic Party nominee two years ago. The town-wide Democratic Primary for Town Supervisor will be held Tuesday, September 10. Bernstein is the chair of the Edgemont Democratic District Leaders and a past recipient of the Edgemont Community Council’s annual Silver Box award for distinguished community service. He was recognized earlier this month by the Greenburgh/White Plains chapter of the NAACP for his efforts to promote the use of affordable housing at the former WestHELP facility on the campus of Westchester Community College. “Greenburgh cannot in good conscience support a candidate who twice turned down an opportunity to extend the WestHELP lease for $1.2 million a year between 2011 and 2021,” Bernstein said. “It has been 20 months since the lease expired and the supervisor has deliberately kept WestHELP’s 108 apartments, which the town is required to use for low or moderate income rental housing, vacant and deteriorating to the point they are now uninhabitable, requiring millions of dollars to renovate.” Feiner said he has lost the Democratic Party Committee support in the past. He received 17 percent of the committee's vote in 2005 and 2007 and went on to win re-election. "This year I did twice as good," Feiner said. "Years ago, shortly after I won my first race for Town Supervisor, the Democratic Town Committee censured me for accepting the Liberal Party line. Other candidates have taken minor party lines in the past." Feiner said the Greenburgh has maintained a AAA bond rating, attracted major companies to the town and complied with the tax cap four years in a row and provided "excellent services". "I will continue to fight the effort that Mr. Bernstein has waged to have Edgemont secede from the town," Feiner said "It will raise taxes for residents of Edgemont and unincorporated Greenburgh.
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