WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - Democrats in North Salem and Somers will be asked to choose a candidate for county clerk.

Early voting in the Democratic primary is set for Saturday, June 12, through Sunday, June 20.

Primary Day 2021 is Tuesday, June 22.

There are multiple Democratic primaries going on around Westchester, including one for supervisor in Bedford, but county clerk is the only such contest in North Salem and Somers.


Incumbent Tim Idoni is running for a fifth term. If he succeeds, he reportedly would be the third-longest serving clerk in the position’s history.

Challenging Idoni for the Democratic nod is Yonkers City Council member Shanae Williams.

County clerks are responsible for things such as maintaining land titles and processing applications for passports and other documents.

According to Williams’ campaign site, she is also a Democratic District leader. While on the Yonkers City Council, she advocated for the “health and safety” of the community as chair of its Community and Mental Health Services Committee and the Women and Children Committee.

Williams was born in Jamaica and came to the U.S. with her family when she was nine. She is a graduate of Yonkers Public Schools, Hastings High School, and SUNY Albany.

Williams has a master’s degree in business administration from Walden University.

Idoni, who was elected county clerk in 2006, served as the mayor of New Rochelle from 1996 to 2005. 

Prior to that he was executive vice president of the New Rochelle Neighborhood Revitalization Corp. Idoni also was Ardsley’s village manager from 1985-1990, and had been New Rochelle’s deputy city manager and its director of emergency services as well as an assistant to Bronxville’s city manager.

He attended New Rochelle public schools and has a master’s degree in public administration and public management from New York University.


Early voting will take place from Saturday, June 12, through Sunday, June 20.

Registered voters will be able to cast their ballots at any one of 23 designated polling places.

Westchester County election inspectors will be using electronic poll books and ballot-on-demand systems to facilitate early voting.


Dates and hours are:

· Saturday, June 12, noon to 5 p.m.

· Sunday, June 13, noon to 5 p.m.

· Monday, June 14, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

· Tuesday, June 15, noon to 8 p.m.

· Wednesday, June 16, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

· Thursday, June 17, noon to 8 p.m.

· Friday, June 18, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

· Saturday, June 19, noon to 5 p.m.

· Sunday, June 20, noon to 5 p.m.

The closest early voting centers to North Salem and Somers are:  Somers Town House, 335 Route 202, Somers; Pound Ridge Town House, 179 Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge; Mt. Kisco Memorial Complex, Leonard Park, 1 Wallace Drive, Mt. Kisco; Jefferson Village Annex, 3500 Hill Blvd., Yorktown Heights; Yorktown Cultural Center, 1974 Commerce St., Yorktown Heights.

For the complete list, visit https://citizenparticipation.westchestergov.com/voting/early-voting-2021


Date and hours: Tuesday, June 22, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

NORTH SALEM: Polling places on Primary Day are Croton Falls Firehouse, 1 Sun Valley Drive, Croton Falls (Districts 1 and 2); North Salem Fire Station, 301 Titicus Road, North Salem, (Districts 3, 4, 5 and 6); and North Salem Lions Community Center, 1 Titicus River Road, Purdys (Districts 7 and 8).

SOMERS: Polling place, Somers Town Hall, aka The Elephant Hotel, 335 Route 202, Somers.

Absentee ballot applications aren’t being automatically mailed to voters.

To get an application, visit https://absenteeballot.elections.ny.gov.

For more information about absentee ballots, visit https://citizenparticipation.westchestergov.com/voting/absentee-ballots