White Plains, NY — The Board of Legislators has set Tuesday, November 3, the date of the upcoming general election, as the date for a special election to fill the District 13 legislative seat in Mount Vernon. That seat became vacant August 6 when former Legislator Lyndon Williams stepped down to become City Court Judge in Mount Vernon.

The Board voted 15-0 to set the date at a Special Meeting of the Board on the morning of Wednesday, August 12.

Board Chair Ben Boykin said, "Legislator Lyndon Williams will be greatly missed at the Board of Legislators. He has been an important voice on crucial issues like criminal justice reform, economic development, tax relief for residents, housing, crime prevention, recreation, youth services, senior services, social justice, and Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises. His leadership, as a former Vice Chair of this Board and as Chairman of the Board's Law and Major Contract Committee earned him the respect and admiration of all of his colleagues. While Lyndon's departure is a loss for the BOL, his appointment as City Court Judge is a great gain for the people of Mount Vernon, for whom he has always been a tireless advocate.”

Boykin added, “I'm glad we were able to time the special election so that it can take place the same date as the general election, to save taxpayers the expense of having to hold a separate election at a separate time."

The winner of the November 3 special election will be seated immediately after the election results are certified and will fill out the current District 13 term set to expire at the end of 2021.

Judge Williams will be honored with the Board of Legislators' Distinguished Service Award at the Board next regular meeting, Monday September 14, 2020.