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Harrison Elections Follow-up: Out-going Supervisor Walsh Says 'No Regrets'

Harrison Supervisor-Mayor Joan Walsh cites a better-run Republican campaign as factor in her loss.

Out-going Democratic Harrison town Supervisor-Mayor Joan Walsh doesn’t regret any decisions she made while campaigning for re-election.

She and Republican Supervisor-Mayor-elect Ron Belmont clashed over Harrison’s fiscal policies and the future of the town’s downtown business district, among other things.

“[Belmont and his team] were very efficient at identifying their voters, they had phone calls going for at least two weeks, maybe longer. . . they were very efficient at getting out the Belmont voters,” Walsh said. “That’s more efficient than we were.”

What troubled the out-going supervisor in particular was the low voter turnout. Walsh indicated that approximately 2,000 people had not voted.

Walsh had been seeking her third term in office after serving four years as Harrison supervisor.

“I’m sad that we lost. I wish the Belmont team the best of luck and I expect that they will do the right things by the town,” she said.

Mayor-elect Ron Belmont did not return several calls seeking comment on his victory.

Donna November 09, 2011 at 11:15 PM
Low voter turnout? All the districts aren't in yet! The fact is that the Democratic campaign was not run on accomplishments and issues, but consisted of personal attacks against the Republican candidates. I honestly think people might have found all of that distasteful in addition to the fact that your message got lost with all the mud-slinging. The Belmont Team did the opposite; brought out accomplishments of former mayor Malfitano and current board member Sciliano, in addition to what Ron could bring to the board as mayor.
Harrison @ Halstead November 10, 2011 at 01:09 AM
I'm no expert on this but the negative ads and the personal atttacks left me wondering if the rumors I had heard about her mean and vengeful ways were true. Document after document had been deemed unfair. Another problem were the emails that Lucille Held sent out. When you have people like that in your corner you have a serious credibility problem. Mayor Walsh never told the residents that those letters were not from her and had untrue and unfair statements in them. I appluaded the letter from the Belmont team that repudiated the emails from the 2 phony residents. That was the turning point for many residents. When the Mayor refused to do the same it suggested to me that she condoned the lies and misinformation. Once all the other districts come in I don't think it will be because it was a low turn out. I think It was a big throw-out. Congratulations to the Belmont team for a fine, honest and well run campaign. Now, get to work. You have many things to fix. Please start by cleaning up downtown and getting more cops on the road.
Nurse Ratched November 10, 2011 at 02:53 AM
This is the icing on the cake. Walsh has been campaigning for years and has campaigned while in office and performong her duties as clerk and Mayor. To blame her loss on a low turnout and innability to focus on campaign because of her mayoral duties is a cop out and crock of s%^t. This was one of the largest turnouts in Harrison history. The only difference this time was that there was no Facebook, No Lawsuits against the cops, and no "Anonymous" complaints against the police. Face it Joan, you are moaning because the people are tired of your negativie, narcissistic behavior and want change. The only material adverse condition is your campaign and repulsive, childish campaign tactics. Its amazing what can happen when Pete Devittorio and Ralph Tancredi arent around to fuel the fire. Don Julio
Ross Revira November 10, 2011 at 12:32 PM
I guess Roy Porto will no longer have his own key to the town offices.
Donna November 10, 2011 at 03:06 PM
In addition to the Portos hanging around the town house uninvited, Lucille Held will not be the de-facto mayor.
Harrison @ Halstead November 10, 2011 at 09:21 PM
In another article Lucille Held was quoted as saying "People voted againt their own pocket book." What she doesn't comprehend is that the majority of people are also concerned with quality of life issues. A clean attractive community, a well staffed police department, well paved streets, not having to drag your garbage to the curb and then have it blow all over the street, great children's activities, illegal apratments, and an updated master plan. I had a friend have two tires blown out in a pothole last winter. $300.00. Do you think looking back he would have paid 45 cents more per year in his tax bill to have the street repaved? Raising the pool rates was an additional 3% tax increase to those of us who use the pool. Dumb! To do what? Raise $40K? Less than .15% to a tax bill. Dumb. dumb, and dumber. I can't tell you how many times I've heard "I would pay an extra $100.00 a year in taxes so I wouldn't have to bring my $%#? garbage to the curb." Three people momopoloize the boards time with half truth, snide comments, mistatements of facts and outlandish fabrications. Thank goodness for NAO and her positive attitude and warm heart. Harrison was always a great community because of THE QUALITY OF LIFE! You want low taxes? Move to Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, or Yonkers. You get what you pay for. Under Walsh we payed for more and got less.
Ross Revira November 10, 2011 at 10:49 PM
Mt. Vernon, New Rochelle, and Yonkers have considerably higher taxes. Now who is spreading misstatements?
Harrison @ Halstead November 11, 2011 at 03:44 AM
Ross, you're 100% correct. Not intentional. I just figured that if you looked at the state of those communities they were paying lower taxes. But I have been told their rates are higher than that of Harrison. Thanks for setting the record straight. But I will stand by my opinion that quality of life has diminished significantly under Mayor Walsh. I personally believe her legacy will be the worst and most divisive Mayors in the recent history of Harrison. She lacked decorum, skills, idea's, and compassion. She just never understood that Harrison was more important than politics. A trip to Paris is the perfect place for her to begin her retirement. Very few people care for her in Harrison and very few people like Americans in Paris. Just the perfect place for her. Bon Voyage!
Ross Revira November 11, 2011 at 12:35 PM
High taxes and poor services are the result of inept management and labor contracts out of control. With the new administration I hope Harrison can fix both. If Joan Walsh blames her loss on Ron Belmont's better run campaign what does that say about her management skills? She has been an elected official for over 15 years and worked for John Passidomo for at least that long. You would think in 30 years she would have learned to run a good campaign even if accomplished by osmosis.

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