White Plains, NY —  We at the Board of Legislators are shocked and deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Reginald A. Lafayette.

As Board of Elections Democratic Commissioner for more than 22 years, Reggie was devoted to the safety and efficacy of our electoral process, and helped lead the County's elections through the unprecedented difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic.

His career in public service to Westchester and to the people of his hometown of Mount Vernon was long and distinguished -- having served as the city's Deputy Comptroller, Clerk, and Commissioner of Human Rights, as well as in leadership roles in many Mount Vernon civic institutions.

Reggie also served for 16 years as Chair of the Westchester County Democratic Committee and continued to serve as Chair of the Mount Vernon Democratic Committee.

He performed his many duties with passion and humor. He was a personal friend to many of us and he will be greatly missed. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and colleagues.