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Republicans Lead In Harrison Town Council Race

Joseph Cannella and Marlane Amelio Photo Credit: File Photo
Left, Margaret Pritchard and right, Rosemarie Verano Photo Credit: File Photo

UPDATED 12:15 a.m.

HARRISON, N.Y. -- Republicans Joseph Cannella and Marlane Amelio were leading their Democratic challengers in the race for town council on Tuesday night, with 80 percent of districts reporting.

With 16 out of 20 districts reporting, Cannella had 2,751 votes and Amelio had 2,545 votes. Democrat Margaret Pritchard had 1,061 votes and Democrat Rosemarie Verano had 1,197 votes.

The four candidates were vying for two open spots on the board.

Amelio is a speech pathologist who was first elected to the Board in 2009. Cannella is an attorney and current deputy mayor who has served 11 years on the Town Board after serving nine years on the Planning Board. Pritchard is the current chair of the Harrison Democratic Committee and served one term on the board from 1997 to 2000. Verano works in marketing and management for a Fortune 500 company and is an active volunteer with the West Harrison Neighborhood Association and the West Harrison Senior Center.

Major issues in the race included controlling the town's spending and increasing downtown development. The Democrats also favored exploring the idea of reducing the mayor's role and hiring a full-time manager for the town, something the Republicans opposed.

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