Patricia Lattanzio easily won a city council seat in Sunday’s by-election in Saint-Léonard East. As part of Team Denis Coderre, the Saint-Léonard native and lawyer won with more than 83 percent of the votes, beating three other candidates.
A long-time ally of Borough Mayor Michel Bissonnet, Lattanzio, who is chair of the Comité de gestion de la taxe scolaire de l'île de Montréal (CGTSIM) and an EMSB school commissioner, had been tapped for the seat after the death last summer of borough council’s only opposition member Domenico Moschella.
Of the 3243 ballots cast, Lattanzio garnered 2681, compared with rivals independent Tony Di Dio (279), Projet Montreal’s Roberta Peressini (139) and independent Joe Mormina (104). Turnout stood at 14.8 percent of 21,916 electors.
Moschella, who sat as a member of the Coalition Montréal team, famously told The Suburban years ago that it was “impossible for an independent to be elected in Saint-Léonard, simply because it sounds too much like indépendantiste!”