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Top Stories 2012: Grace Becomes Yorktown Supervisor

Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace said he wants to increase the town's sense of community.
Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace said he wants to increase the town's sense of community. Photo Credit: File

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The Yorktown Daily Voice will head into the new year by counting down, in no particular order, the top 10 stories from 2012.

Former Town Attorney Michael Grace took over as a first-time town supervisor in January after he pulled an election upset and defeated two former town supervisors, Susan Siegel and Don Peters.

One of Grace's main running points was to "resurrect the commercial tax base." In his first year as supervisor, several new businesses opened in Yorktown, such as IHOP, Pizza Hut, Twist, Luvin' Spoonfuls, Himalaya and Nuttin' to It. Grace has also welcomed a proposed Costco at 3200 Crompond Road, which is still in the planning phase.

Grace said his first budget was difficult at times, but he was ultimately pleased about reducing residents' tax bills for the first time in nearly two decades.

Grace, however, said community events like Yorktown's first Christmas parade may bring him the most pride.

"We've made great efforts and strides in enhancing a sense of community," Grace said. "Some may consider it fluff, but I think the events of last week show us how important they are."

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