Republican incumbents sweep in Pelham Manor village elections

Pelham Manor Mayor Jennifer Monachino Lapey won re-election along with her running mates, trustees Angela Michele DeLillo and Joseph Senerchia.

The three Republican incumbents swept the Village of Pelham Manor elections in balloting that saw strong voter turnout, with Mayor Jennifer Monachino Lapey and trustees Angela Michele DeLillo and Joseph Senerchia winning new two-year terms. Results were announced just after midnight Wednesday.

The incumbents defeated Democratic mayoral candidate Ramsey McGrory and trustee candidates Lance Koonce and Andrea Ziegelman. The party didn’t field candidates in the prior two elections.

Possibly helped by the 1,114 independent and third party voters in the village, the Republican slate overcame a 648-voter advantage held by the Democrats. In November, 1,854 Democrats and 1,226 Republicans were registered in the village following the Manor’s swing to blue—at least on the electoral rolls—four years ago. 

Or the GOP turnout effort was more effective than the Democrat’s.


  • Jennifer Monachino Lapey (Incumbent/Republican/Neighborhood): 1,078
  • Ramsey McGrory (Democrat/Pelham Manor Forward): 797

Trustee (two seats)

  • Angela Michele DeLillo (Incumbent/Republican/Neighborhood): 1,064
  • Joseph Senerchia (Incumbent/Republican/Neighborhood): 1,063
  • Lance Koonce (Democrat/Pelham Manor Forward): 818
  • Andrea Ziegelman (Democrat/Pelham Manor Forward): 797

“I am honored and humbled to have the support of my neighbors,” said Lapey. “I will continue to work tirelessly on behalf of the entire village. My running mates, Deputy Mayor DeLillo and Trustee Senerchia, and I are truly excited to serve Pelham Manor for two more years.”

All five seats on the village board of trustees will continue to be held by candidates who ran on the GOP line. Pelham Manor has only elected a Democrat four times in its 130-year history, according to historical sources.

“I am excited to keep my sleeves rolled up and continue my work to serve all the residents of Pelham Manor,” said Senerchia. “Additionally, I am proud and honored to continue that hard work with Mayor Lapey and Deputy Mayor DeLillo.”

Monachino Lapey and her running mates campaigned on their record of providing village services and managing the Manor’s finances, including its debt-free status, while rejecting calls to move Pelham Manor’s elections from March to November. The Republicans also highlighted the fact the board has its first female majority and first female deputy mayor. Monachino Lapey is the second woman to serve as mayor.

During the campaign, McGrory said the village’s state-mandated police reform report was “a lost opportunity,” while he and his running mates called for more aggressive environmental programs in Pelham Manor.

Lapey said she had taken the police review seriously.

On Monday, it was revealed some absentee ballots distributed over the last few weeks displayed the correct submission deadline on the envelope, but incorrectly stated in the bottom right hand corner that votes would be accepted up to seven days after election day. All absentee ballots were actually due in by 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Village Manager John Pierpont, who is the top executive in the village government and also Pelham Manor’s election commissioner, has yet to comment on the error or efforts made to correct it.