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Yorktown Democrats Name Candidates For November Election

The slate of candidates was announced by the Yorktown Democratic Town Commitee.
The slate of candidates was announced by the Yorktown Democratic Town Commitee. Photo Credit: Contributed

YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- The Yorktown Democratic Town Commitee has announced a full slate of candidates for the 2015 November election.

These are the candidates: For Supervisor, Councilman Vishnu Patel; Town Board, Ilan (Lanny) Gilbert and incumbent Councilwoman Susan Siegel; Town Justice, Richard Abbate; and Town Clerk, Deputy Town Clerk Diana Quast.

Patel, Abbate and Quast were nominated unanimously. The committee also gave its support to County Legislator Michael Kaplowitz in his re-election bid to represent District 4.

“It’s a strong slate that brings together Yorktown residents with a long history of distinguished service to our community and experience in town government,” said Ron Stokes, co-chair of the Yorktown Democratic Committee. “It’s a winning team that will be able to make a real difference for Yorktown residents beginning January 1, 2016.”

In his five years as councilman, Patel has consistently supported initiatives designed to safeguard the health and well-being of Yorktown residents, protect the environment, and encourage sound economic development such as Costco that will lessen the tax burden on homeowners.

“The current supervisor is not doing the job he was elected to do,” Patel said. “We elected, and pay for, a full time supervisor but we’re not getting what we paid for. There are too many things that simply aren’t getting done because no one is minding the store.”

A 23-year resident of Yorktown, Gilbert is a court attorney referee in state Supreme Court in the Bronx. He served as Yorktown Town Justice for five years and before that was a member of the Conservation Board for 12 years, including acting as the advisory group’s chairman.

Siegel said she was honored to have been nominated for the second time in two years. Elected as a councilwoman in 2014, she is currently filling out the remaining year of former Councilman Dave Paganelli’s four-year term.

If elected, Siegel wants to focus on setting priorities for addressing the town’s crumbling infrastructure.

Abbate, a 14-year resident of Yorktown, has been practicing law for 22 years and currently has a private general practice with an office in White Plains.

Quast, a long time Yorktown resident, has been Yorktown deputy town clerk for the past 12 years. Before that, she served for three years as deputy town clerk in the Town of New Castle.

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