Three New Candidates Join Yorktown Highway Chief Race

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Stephen Gardner, Virgil Borrelli and Gregory Bernard have entered the race for Yorktown Highway Superintendent.
Stephen Gardner, Virgil Borrelli and Gregory Bernard have entered the race for Yorktown Highway Superintendent.

YORKTOWN, N.Y. ‒ Five candidates are now seeking the Democratic and Republican  endorsements to replace departing Highway Superintendent Eric DiBartolo.

Following the announcements of Thomas Diana and Dave Paganelli, three new candidates have joined the  field.

Stephen Gardner and Virgil Borrelli introduced themselves to the Yorktown Democratic Committee Monday night in an effort to win its endorsement. Diana is also seeking the Demcratic endorsement.

The third new candidate, Gregory Bernard, is seeking the endorsement of the Yorktown Republican Town Committee.

Borrelli was born and raised in Yonkers and currently owns a construction company in the city. He moved to Yorktown with his wife. Borrelli went to St. John's University and worked on local campaigns for his father, Sam Borrelli, who currently serves as the deputy DPW commissioner in Yonkers. He is a member of the Yorktown Elk's Club and Knights of Columbus.

Gardner is a 52-year-old third generation resident of Yorktown. The Yorktown High School graduate currently owns a landscaping business in town. From 1978 to 1996, he also plowed and provided plows for the Yorktown Highway Department.

Bernard was a Planning Board member from 1990 to 1994 and a Town Board member from 1994 to 2001. He has worked as a foreman for contracting companies in Yonkers and Yorktown and as a superintendent for various highway and construction jobs in West Nyack, White Plains and Millwood. Bernard is currently a warehouse superintendent at DGC Capital Contracting in Mount Vernon.

Bernard and Gardner unsuccessfully campaigned against DiBartolo in the 2009 Republican and Democratic primaries after DiBartolo secured the endorsements of both parties. Gardner lost to DiBartolo 817 votes to 904, and Bernard lost 603 to 640.

The committees are expected to make their endorsements near the end of March or early April. Candidates who fail to win endorsement can still challenge in the primary.

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It looks like, based on this article, that Gregory Bernard seems the most qualified for the position. I'd like to hear more!

I have just one question for the candidates. Which one of you will remove the road bumps which illegally slow traffic below the legal 30 mph speed limit.

Strawberry Road resembles a mine field. I often wonder if it were in the Heights would it be forgotten. Hopefully the next Highway Super takes note and keeps tabs on this main throughfare. The field of candidates is growing and after all is said and done hopefully the voters pick a darn good Superintendent.