Knickerbocker Elected Mayor Of Buchanan

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Theresa Knickerbocker was elected mayor of Buchanan.
Theresa Knickerbocker was elected mayor of Buchanan. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Theresa Knickerbocker

CORTLANDT, N.Y. -- Theresa Knickerbocker has been declared the winner of the Buchanan mayoral elections, defeating Al Donahue.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Knockerbocker defeated Donahue  324 votes to 187 votes, 63 percent to 37 percent.

Knickerbocker has been deputy mayor since 2010. The two candidates who are running to replace incumbent mayor Sean Murray, who did not run for re-election.

Donahue has been a fixture in the Buchanan political scene. having been mayor from 1994 to 2002 and 2008 to 2010 and also serving village trustee.

Donahue said he was proud of the campaign he ran and accused the other side of being vindictive.

"We brought all the issues to village residents," Donahue said. "They lodged personal attacks against on me and my family. That's the way they play the game. The people chose, that's their right."

Donahue ran against agreeing to another PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) agreement with Entergy, who owns Indian Point.

"Everything will come out in the open," Donahue said. "It will hurt the taxpayer."

Donahue said this might be his farewell to public service.

"I have no regrets," Donahue said. "I stuck with the facts."

Nicolas Zachary and Richard Funchion were re-elected to the village board, fending off a challenge from Brian Smith. Zachary and Funchion had 333 and 321 votes respectively while Smith had 152 votes.

Jennifer Daly ran unopposed for village justice. 

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Good post DrTate, taxes are cheap in Buchanan compared to the rest of Westchester...... Plus I know many who own homes in the Town of Cortkandt and their taxes are much higher than Buchanans, which is what would happen if services were consolidated!

oh please. The Village of Buchanan government is totally unnecessary and should be dissolved. That would be the best service for Buchanan taxpayers.

I, too, would like the village to be dissolved, but, it will take a long time and until it happens I want the best people to run it. The current board which included Theresa has done a pretty good job to modernize the village government and save money.

Sorry miggs & QB, but I completely disagree. I moved from Montrose to a slightly bigger house in Buchanan 5 years ago, & I still pay less taxes today than I did in Montrose. And what do my taxes get me?
-Twice a week garbage pick up, instead of once (including once having the truck come back and get my can after I called because I was late putting it out)
-Cops that show up in 5 minutes instead of half an hour
-Streets that are cleared when I leave for work after an overnight snow storm instead of snow covered when I come home from work
-& i could go on.
So don't knock what we've got. The alternative isn't what you think it is.

Congratulations, Theresa!
You guys ran a very clean campaign. Keep up the good work you have been doing for Buchanan.

Gone again.

There were no personal attacks against Al or his family. I think he is confused. It was Al doing the attacking. Every time he runs he splits the Village and causes bad feelings, so please let this be his farewell.
Theresa and the Board have a proven track record of doing what is in the best interest of the Village. Al is for what is in his best interest.
Theresa knows how important the renegotiation is and will get the best deal
for the Village