~ In Our Hearts Forever ~Service Arrangements for Reginald A. Lafayette
MOUNT VERNON, NY -- January 21, 2022 -- The family, the City of Mount Vernon, NY, the Westchester County and Mount Vernon City Democratic committees and the County Board of Elections, will celebrate the Life and Legacy of the Honorable Reginald A. Lafayette in services lasting three days.
On Thursday, January 27, 2022, Viewing from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. and a Masonic Service will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church, 141 South 9th Avenue in Mount Vernon.
Commissioner Lafayette’s body will lie in state on Friday, January 28th, in the Mount Vernon City Hall Rotunda, 1 Roosevelt Square, Mount Vernon. Public Viewing time: 12:00 Noon until 4:00 p.m.
On Saturday, January 29th, a Homegoing Service will be held at Macedonia Baptist Church (141 South 9th Avenue, Mount Vernon) beginning at 10:00 a.m. Public viewing from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
WESTCHESTER COUNTY (January 15, 2022) – The Westchester County Democratic
Committee (WCDC) mourns the loss of former County Chair and Board of Election Democratic
Commissioner Reginald Lafayette. Lafayette passed away suddenly this morning, January 15.
The cause of death has not been released.
Lafayette, a Mount Vernon resident, has served numerous roles in local and county
government. Lafayette started his career in Mount Vernon City Hall, serving as a Deputy
Comptroller and City Clerk, before assuming the role as Board of Elections Democratic
Commissioner for Westchester County. Lafayette has also swiftly moved up in the ranks,
politically. Lafayette has served as a Mount Vernon Democratic District Leader since 1972; the
Chair of the Mount Vernon Democratic City Committee; a Democratic State Committee member,
representing the 89th Assembly district; and the former Westchester County Democratic
Committee Chairman, a post in which he served for 16 years.
“Reggie was a mentor to many and a man of principle. I learned so much from him. He will be
missed” says Suzanne Berger, the current Chair of the Westchester County Democratic
“I am in utter shock…” says County Legislator (D-11) and Chair of the Black Democrats of
Westchester County Terry Clements. “Reggie was not only a friend, but a powerful figure in
Westchester. Reggie was tough, hard-working, dedicated and passionate and I am going to
miss my friend deeply”
“The sudden passing of Reggie Lafayette is a tremendous loss to all people around the state of
New York. Reggie’s public service was exemplary as well as his dedication to ensuring that
people of color and women were elected at every level of government” says Ken Jenkins,
Westchester’s Deputy County Executive.