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Siegel, Diana Face Off For Vacant Yorktown Town Board Seat

Susan Siegel
Susan Siegel Photo Credit: Courtesy of Susan Siegel
Tom Diana.
Tom Diana. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Tom Diana

YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- Democrat Susan Siegel and Republican Tom Diana both have contrasting visions for Yorktown.

The two are running to fill a seat on the Town Board that became vacant when Dave Paganelli was elected highway superintendent.

The winner will be sworn in after the election results are certified and will then choose a new Town Board member  to replace Nick Bianco, who resigned in October. The Yorktown Town Board has been operating with only three board members since Bianco's resignation.

Siegel, a 44-year resident of Yorktown, served was town supervisor from 2010 to 2012.

"I've been committed to working for good government," Siegel said. "I have advocated for open and transparent governments for years."

The former suepervisor said she is discouraged and disheartened by some of the things she has seen on the Town Board.

"They voted for pay raises for themselves when nobody was looking," Siegel said. "The way  they have handled the pipeline issue is a disgrace."

Siegel said there is a lack of civility and respect on the Town Board.

"Board members can have a different opinion, but you have to work and compromise," Siegel said. "Don't tell someone is totally wrong and that you're destroying Yorktown. That's not how elected officials should act."

Diana said he is running to bring common sense and stability to Yorktown.

"I want to keep Yorktown moving forward," Diana said. "I want to work with the administration and keep things going. I want to bring in our third consecutive tax decrease."

"I am a pro-business candidate," Diana said. "I want to expand our commercial tax base so residents shoulder the lion's share of the tax burden."

Diana said he wants to work with the Police Department and obtain grants to help fight Yorktown's heroin epidemic. Diana said he supports the expansion of the Spectra Algonquin pipeline, which Siegel is opposed to.

"Spectra will do it proactively to avoid any future problems," Diana said. "They want to make it as safe as possible. They are not in the business to hurt anybody. This is a federal issue. It's coming whether we like it or not."

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