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Yorktown Thanks Siegel, Martorano for Service

YORKTOWN, N.Y.—When a line of residents stand behind the podium to speak at Yorktown board meetings, it’s usually not to praise the efforts of the town board. Tuesday night however, the line formed with residents who commended the efforts of Supervisor Susan Siegel, and town board member Jim Martorano who served at their last public work session that evening.

The pair were first commended by county legislator Mike Kaplowitz, who presented each with a plaque and announced they would each have their own “day.” December 7, 2011 is Susan Siegel day in Westchester County and December 8, 2011 is Jim Martorano day in the county.

Common faces at the town board meetings as well as former board members and supervisors stood up to thank each of the elected officials for their service.

“All that you have down for the town will be always remembered,” said Al Capellini to Martorano. “It’s been wonderful to have been in your company for 20 years, which is half of my stay in Yorktown, so thank you very much.”

Many of the residents and town officials stood to thank Siegel and Martorano, acknowledging they didn’t always see eye to eye, but adding they respected them both nonetheless.

Town Justice Ilan Gilbert credited Martorano for introducing him to his now hometown of Yorktown and the opportunity to run for town justice.

“Your twenty years of service is so impressive, and the town is a better place now because of your service,” Gilbert said.

Members of the board also commented on Siegel’s tenure as Supervisor, saying that although they often disagreed, they respected her working for the good of the community.

“Susan Siegel I’ve known when [since] she had a different name,” Martorano said. “I relied upon her 20-something years ago when I analyzed my first Yorktown budget…since then I’ve always admired her intelligence, her dedication and her hard work.”

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