Two black men were sworn in last night as the newest members of the Board of Trustees, bringing the first minority voices to the board in the village's 139-year history.
Village officials have hailed the addition of Joseph Kenner and Gregory Adams as a historic moment for Port Chester, which has come under attack during the past year after allegations of discrimination against Hispanic voters surfaced. Many residents also praised the appointments as progress in a village that has been polarized by a federal voting rights lawsuit that contends the village's election system illegally disenfranchises Hispanic voters.
But some question why the board passed over three Hispanic candidates and chose two black men, when African-Americans represent 7 percent of the village's 28,000 residents and the Hispanic population hovers around 50 percent......
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