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Martorano Reflects on Balancing Love for Yorktown with Public Service

YORKTOWN, N.Y.-- The man who has had a self-confessed love affair with the Town of Yorktown for nearly 30 years said goodbye to his seat in Yorktown's Town Hall, but isn't saying goodbye to being helpful to residents and remaining members of the board.

The most important thing Jim Martorano learned while serving on the town board was balance, he said. He also used the word balance to describe why he loved the town he lived in so much.

“I’ve always tried to be fair, I’ve always tried to attack the issues not a person,” he said. “I hope I’m remembered as a person that loved the town dearly and cared about everybody, came before the town board and respected everybody. I hope that that’s my legacy.”

As he’s said in the past, Martorano said he couldn’t have lost to two better individuals to serve the town, incumbent Nick Bianco and newcomer Dave Paganelli.

“I have a lot of faith in the people who got elected, and if I had to lose, I couldn’t lose to better people than Nick and Dave," he said. "So I’m excited to watch their successes and to help in any way that they deem appropriate.”

The balance he learned on the board, he said, is also something he applied to his love for Yorktown.

“Yorktown has everything. Yorktown has a beautiful combination of five business hamlets, shopping and amenities. You can go to a Burger King, you can go to a wine store, it has a small-town flavor but it also has the choices of a BJ’s,” he said. “But Yorktown also has hiking trails, it has beautiful vistas where you can see the sun go down. It has streams, it has lakes, it has a wonderful wildlife population. It’s a great combination of things.”

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