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Letter: Yorktown Board Members Must Honor Duties

YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- The Yorktown Daily Voice accepts signed letters to the editor. Send letters to yorktown@dailyvoice.com .

Dear Editor:

As a mother and grandmother, I try to always teach the little ones in our family the importance of telling the truth. After all, as President Lincoln famously said, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”

It seems two of our Town Board members need to be reminded of this because their persistent unwillingness to honor their duties as elected officials has come to a breaking point. In November, the town of Yorktown overwhelmingly re-elected Supervisor Grace for a second term, clearly endorsing the direction our town had been heading in -- mainly job creation, much-needed infrastructure improvements and historic tax cuts for property owners.

Unfortunately, a back-room deal between Councilman Bianco and Councilman Patel has skirted any further progress by their unwillingness to even participate in an open process to fill the crucial fifth seat on our Town Board.

Don’t believe me? Supervisor Grace and Councilman Murphy crossed the aisle to nominate Rich Campanaro, a registered Democrat who was endorsed by the Democratic, Conservative, Independence and Working Family parties and who also received the third-highest vote total for the Town Board race this past November behind Councilman Murphy and Councilman Patel.

One would think Councilman Bianco and Councilman Patel, who ran with Campanaro, would welcome him onto the board as an ally. In an apparent protest, Councilman Bianco and Councilman Patel took their toys and went home when the vote was taken. If that was not enough, Supervisor Grace and Councilman Murphy yet again nominated another Democrat in former Yorktown Justice Illan Gilbert and yet AGAIN Councilman Bianco and Councilman Patel abstained from the vote, refusing to even partake in the process.

Their reason? A fifth vote will jump-start the town and move it in the direction the voters clearly wanted in November.

Now, if people are going to start pointing fingers over this mess, let’s make sure they are pointed in the right direction because despite their best efforts, Councilman Bianco and Councilman Patel cannot fool all of us all of the time.

Serafina Mastro Chair, Yorktown GOP