Reginald Lafayette, the longtime Democratic leader and former Democratic chairman of Westchester County, died Friday night at age 69.
He also served as the Democratic Commissioner of the Westchester County Board of Elections and chaired the Mount Vernon Democratic Committee among many other capacities.
Lafayette was one of the most influential people in local government and politics and received numerous awards for his work throughout his 40-year career.
In 2000, the United Black Clergy of Westchester awarded him the Martin Luther King Service Award.
Politicians are sending messages of condolence, including New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who said, “I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of a valued and close personal friend, Reggie Lafayette. Reggie was an iconic figure in Westchester Democratic politics and a pioneer in many ways.”
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano said: “Reggie was a decent, hardworking man who was passionate and committed to serving his community. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, especially his two children whom he loved and supported. a lot. He will be missed.”