Code Wins Briarcliff Village Justice Vote

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Briarcliff Manor resident Howard Code will be the next Village Justice after receiving the most votes in Wednesday's village election.
Briarcliff Manor resident Howard Code will be the next Village Justice after receiving the most votes in Wednesday's village election. Photo Credit: Nathan Bruttell

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – Howard Code is in line to be the next Village Justice in Briarcliff Manor.

Code received 227 votes Wednesday night while Laurie I. Sullivan received 54 votes in the only contested election in Briarcliff Manor, according to the village's unofficial tally. Code and Sullivan both accepted nominations earlier this year during one of the largest turnouts for the People's Caucus annual nominating meeting. Pending the March 19 village election, Code would replace incumbent Village Justice Fred D. Weinstein, who announced recently that he would not seek re-election after holding the position for 17 years.

“I have no trouble standing in front of disparate groups of people and making myself heard,” said Code at the nominating meeting. Code previously served as acting justice for nine years. “I want to be your village justice because I want to continue to contribute to this community that has been so kind to myself and my family over the years.”

Sullivan, who has served as acting village justice for two years, conceded the election to Code earlier in the evening. 

People’s Caucus Chairperson Aaron Stern said Wednesday night that the election had the first contested race since 2010.  Stern said the unofficial tally of 281 total votes did not compare to the more than 650 votes cast in the 2010 election.

At the nomination meeting, Mayor William Vescio accepted the lone nomination for mayor and is set to serve his fifth term. Incumbent Trustee Lori A. Sullivan accepted the nomination, while newcomer Mark L. Wilson took the other village trustee position left open after Deputy Mayor David E. Venditti chose not to seek re-election after 10 years on the board.

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