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Neil Pagano Elected Mayor Of Port Chester

Republican challenger Neil Pagano was elected mayor of Port Chester Tuesday, defeating incumbent Mayor Dennis Pilla.
Republican challenger Neil Pagano was elected mayor of Port Chester Tuesday, defeating incumbent Mayor Dennis Pilla. Photo Credit: Contributed

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Republican Neil Pagano defeated incumbent Dennis Pilla in the race for mayor of Port Chester in Tuesday's village election.

Pagano, who was also running on the Conservative and Independent party lines, received 1,585 votes. Pilla, a Democrat, received 1,347 votes. Pilla served three terms as mayor. Pagano, the chairman of the Port Chester Industrial Development Agency, was making his first run at public office.

Elected to the Board of Trustees were: Luis Marino (D), Daniel Brakewood (D), Gene Ceccarelli (Pride in Port Chester), Saverio Terenzi (R, C, I), Gregory Adams (D) and Joseph Kenner (R). Ceccarelli is a newcomer to the board and Adams served on the board previously, while the rest are incumbents. Incumbent Trustee Bart Didden (C, I) was defeated.

Here is a rundown of how many votes each Board of Trustees candidate received:

  • Luis Marino: 2,903
  • Daniel Brakewood: 2,497
  • Gene Ceccarelli: 2,147
  • Saverio Terenzi: 1,804
  • Gregory Adams: 1,654
  • Joseph Kenner: 1,621
  • Bart Didden: 1,590
  • Francis Ferrara: 1,583
  • Ricardo Dos Anjos: 1,156
  • John Reavis: 443

Pagano will serve a two-year term as mayor. Members of the Board of Trustees serve three-year terms.

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