YORKTOWN, N.Y - Supervisor-elect Michael Grace has announced his transition team who will help him to prepare for his seat in Town Hall, and the issues he plans to tackle while serving as supervisor.
Grace, who is familiar with Yorktown Town Hall both because of his previous experience as town attorney, and his law firm's proximity to the hall, is beginning to prepare to act as the supervisor of the town, while simultaneously thanking the voters.
We want to forge a new kind of municipal government, he said, that truly is of, for and by the people.
In a press release announcing the team, Grace stressed that he will not lose sight of the fact that more than 60 percent of the voters in election day voted for two other candidates, former supervisor Don Peters and current supervisor Susan Siegel.
"I go into this with full humility and with sincere thanks for the opportunity we all have before us to move our town forward. We quickly will implement some exciting ideas on how to bring teamwork, spirit and a renewed sense of purpose to all the communities that comprise Yorktown," Grace said. "I am mindful that none of our intentions or ideas will mean anything without the people of Yorktown getting behind our efforts. We know a big part of our job is to convince them we are here for them, we work for them, we report to them.
The first meeting of his transition team was held on Nov. 28, and includes Thomas DeChiaro, owner of The Winery at St. George, the other members on the Michael Grace Yorktown Transition Team are Bruce Apar of Chase Media Group; past Yorktown Supervisor Aaron Bock of Durante, Bock & Tota Attorneys-at-Law; Mary Capoccia of Law Offices of Albert A. Capellini; past Yorktown Engineer Daniel Ciarcia; past Yorktown Councilman Anthony Grasso; past Yorktown Planning Board Chair David Klaus; Jean Marie Klaus of Castiglia Eaton Accountants; John Kincart of Houlihan Lawrence Realtors; Robert Marino of Grace & Grace Attorneys-at-Law; Serafina Mastro of Reliable Oil; and Matthew Slater, Legislative Aide for New York State Assemblyman Steven Katz (AD-99).
"We've brought together folks who know Yorktown inside out, who love Yorktown, who understand its needs and its considerable potential. I'm counting on them, and on many others in our five hamlets, to guide us in the right things to do and how to do things right," he said.
Grace said his highest items on the agenda are economic development, streamlining town processes, and constituent communications. He said the terms that most accurately describe his incoming administration are civility and accountability. "What matters most, he said, is what Yorktowners want, what Yorktown can afford, what we all can accomplish together to continually improve our quality of life here. We've all heard the expression, speak truth to power. This administration will do everything in its power to speak truth to people - because that's where we derive our power."
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