Jenkins becomes first African-American to serve as deputy county executive

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A new era in Westchester County politics brought a historic appointment this year as Ken Jenkins became the first African-American man to serve as deputy county executive.

Jenkins has served in Democratic politics for over 20 years.

The former chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators was appointed to the historic position by now Westchester County Executive George Latimer, who was Jenkins’ opponent in the Democratic primary.

Jenkins says he hopes his appointment will serve as an inspiration for other people of color.

While he just started his new trailblazing job, there's already speculation Jenkins aspires to higher office. Jenkins says he’s focused on working hard for George Latimer and the people of Westchetser County.

"I do not have any plans right now. There's no announcements happening. I'm not going anywhere,” he says.

Jenkins says he will work in his new role to attract more women and other minority-owned businesses to the county.

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