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County Rep, State Judge Races On Tuesday Ballot

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Scarsdale voters don't have a lot of choices to make in the Tuesday, Nov. 8, election. There are three races on the ballot, and one is uncontested.

Voters can choose between incumbent Westchester County Legislature-District 5 incumbent William Ryan , a Democrat, and newcomer Iris Pagan , a Republican.

Pagan is running on a need to lower taxes. "The biggest issues facing Westchester County are the high property taxes and the related problem of inefficient county government," Pagan wrote in her statement to the League of Women Voters (LWV). "... By improving the effectiveness and efficiency of county government, I believe we can both lower taxes and continue to provide the services the residents of Westchester need and expect."

Ryan, bidding for an eighth term, says the county needs to convince the state to reduce the mandates on the county. He told the LWV he will "Press the state to take over the local costs of Medicaid ($211 million annually for Westchester County) and eliminate other unfunded state mandates." The nine largest mandates, he says, are the reason for up to 90 percent of county property taxes.

Pagan is running on the Republican and Conservative lines; Ryan is on the Democrat, Working Families and Independent lines.

The other contested race on the Scarsdale ballot is for state Supreme Court Judge, District 9 . Voters are asked to choose from among two of the three candidates: acting Supreme Court Justice Robert DiBellla , former Yonkers City Judge Edward Borrelli , and attorney Paul Marx .

Attorney Paul Levin is running unopposed for Scarsdale town justice. "My experiences as an attorney and community leader have prepared me to serve in a judicial capacity at the local and regional level," he wrote in his LWV statement. "The position of town justice will provide me with an opportunity to speak with our younger community members about the role of the law and legal system in our society."

The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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