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Three New Candidates Join Yorktown Highway Chief Race

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. Photo Credit:

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.