Election Campaign Costs For Westchester Politicians

Some spent big, others saved more. Statistics from 2009-2011 show where the buck stopped for seven candidates.



They Paid What?!

A look at how much some local elected officials spent to get their jobs

All that talk about the longest and most expensive election in American history got us thinking: How much does it cost to get yourself into office around here? The answer: It can be a lot—or not. Some candidates seemed to spend more than $10 per winning vote; others didn’t even put down 10 cents.

Campaign finance can be murky (shocking, we know), so we decided to simplify things by looking at campaigns’ accounts in the month or so leading up to elections, when those seeking office spend a lot on last-minute ads and receive a lot of checks from nervous supporters.
Below, those figures for seven candidates, from county-level politicians and city mayors to small-town justices.

Municipality/Title
/Name/Party
Election Year Funds Available
at Start
of Period
Contributions
Received During Period
Expenditures
Made During Period
Winning Margin
(in Votes)
Westchester
District Attorney
Janet DiFiore (D)
2009 $158,268.96  $9,050.00  $14,920.39  27,874
New Rochelle
Mayor
Noam Bramson (D)
2011 $169,767.06  $99,102.00  $64,075.63  6,349 
Harrison
Mayor
Ronald W. Belmont (R)
2011 $1,647.17 $8,250.00  $8,535.38 1,526
Bedford
Supervisor
Lee Roberts (R)
2009 $0.00  $11,171.00  $2,696.90  1,509
White Plains
Councilman
Benjamin Boykin II (D)
2011 $6,188.87  $5,271.00  $4,552.40  N/A*
Ossining
Councilman
Northern Wilcher, Jr. (D)
2010 $1,542.16  $100.00  $0.00  1,096
Lewisboro
Justice
Susan Simon (D)
2011 $658.88  $502.00  $54.00  N/A**

* White Plains City Council members do not run against one another directly. Those elected in 2011, all Democrats, received between 4,306 and 4,701 votes. Those who ran unsuccessfully got between 2,873 and 3,506 votes.
** Simon ran unopposed, receiving 2,584 votes.