MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. — As 2012 draws to a close, The Mt. Kisco Daily Voice is recapping some of the biggest stories of the past year .
In Mount Kisco, this year's election on Nov. 6 was unique in two ways: It was the first under New York State's newly redrawn Congressional district map, which received federal approval in March ; and secondly, it was in danger of being postponed due to widespread power outages and lingering damage in Westchester County from Hurricane Sandy.
First-term Mount Kisco Trustee Jean Farber (D) was re-elected to her seat on the Village Board in an uncontested race, as Republicans declined to put up any candidates this year. Democrat Karen B. Schleimer, a Mount Kisco attorney, was elected to the seat vacated by Trustee Joseph Morreale (D).
Schleimer joined Farber and the village’s other two trustees, Anthony Markus and Deputy Mayor George Griffin, who govern the village along with Mayor Michael Cindrich. Trustees’ terms last two years.
In the presidential election, Barack Obama defeated Republican candidate Mitt Romney to retain the office, while in the U.S. Senate race, incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand (D) won against Republican Wendy Long, a Manhattan attorney.
This year, Mount Kisco moved from Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth’s 19th District into the newly redrawn 17th Congressional District. Voters chose U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey, D-Harrison, to represent them once again over Republican Joe Carvin. Lowey formerly represented the 18th Congressional District but now represents the 17th due to redistricting.
The 17th Congressional District now includes Rockland County, Yorktown, Peekskill, Cortlandt, Mount Kisco, New Castle, Ossining, Mount Pleasant, North Castle, Greenburgh, Harrison and portions of Rye. These new district lines will take effect in January, after the representatives elected in November take office.
In the state Senate race, voters chose incumbent Sen. Greg Ball (R) over Democrat Justin Wagner for the newly redrawn 40th District. The district picked up Mount Pleasant and New Castle in Westchester County but lost Bedford.
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