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Yorktown Supervisor Candidates Debate Structure of Government

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The three local candidates for Yorktown supervisor debated the infrastructure of the local government that one of them will preside over after the Nov. 8 general election.

For the candidates, Susan Siegel, Michael Grace and Don Peters, the concept of possibly creating a town manager position to Yorktown government was debated. This idea would likely turn the very position they are running for into a part-time job.

Incumbent Supervisor Susan Siegel, who is running on the Yorktown Better Government and Conservative party lines, said she has supported the idea of a town manager for decades. She said she would entertain the idea, and suggested a referendum on the creation of the position to be full-time and appointed, which would then alter the supervisor’s position to be part-time.

“I’ve been on the record of supporting the concept of town manager, since the mid-1970s, that’s no surprise,” Siegel said. “But more recently going back to a few years ago, there was no support for it so I had not been proposing it,” she continued, “I do support the concept, but I believe it will only works if it has the full support of the town board and of the community.”

Don Peters, the former town supervisor running on the Democratic, Working Families, and Independence party lines, said he was not in favor of adding a town manager to Yorktown. He said he believed the person running the town should be a part of the town, live in the town and grow with the town—not just be an employee.

“I never supported the idea of town manager, it’s another layer of government, it costs more,” he said. “I just don’t like making our government, in these times, more expensive.”

Republican candidate, Michael Grace, also showed support for at least the idea of exploring a town manager position. Should it happen, Grace suggested that salaries for town supervisor and town council be reduced to offset extra costs.

“I believe it has to be explored. The town has evolved to a point where the town manager is something that seriously must be considered,” Grace said. “It should be explored, it provides continuity between administrations and the town is going to a point where I think that it is something that has to be put back on the table.”

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