YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- The Yorktown Republican Town Committee showed a united front recently when it unanimously endorsed a slate of candidates for several local offices in the November 2015 elections.
Republicans backed incumbent Supervisor Michael Grace, Councilman Tom Diana and Judge Gary Raniolo, as well as newcomer Ed Lachterman for the other vacancy on the town board.
The candidates will run on a platform of moving Yorktown forward by making the town friendlier to small businesses by reducing red tape and burdensome regulations, cutting property taxes, improving road and sewer infrastructure and ending the heroin epidemic.
The Yorktown GOP also gave its nod to County Legislator John Testa, who will be seeking a fourth term on the Westchester County Board of Legislators.
"I am just as honored to have been endorsed by the Yorktown GOP as I was when I was selected to be Minority Leader for the Westchester County Board of Legislators," Testa said in a statement. "I am asking the voters to continue their confidence in me so we can keep working to reform our county government. Over the last five years we have brought a historic five straight years without a tax increase for Westchester County. As your legislator, I will continue to work toward a smaller, more efficient and taxpayer friendly government."
Grace will be seeking his third, two-year term. He passed three consecutive on-time budgets, including the first back-to-back tax cuts in more than a decade.
Diana recently was elected in a March 2015 special election to fill a one-year unexpired term on the board. Diana, of Shrub Oak, owns a family-run fuel oil delivery company and is a retired police officer.
Lachterman has 30 years business experience as a hospitality executive. He has a long history of community involvement in Yorktown, including fundraising for pancreatic cancer research and involvement with the Lions Club, where he currently serves as president.
Elected to serve as a Yorktown Town Justice in 2011, Raniolo says he has focused on fulfilling his campaign pledge of law and order, reasonable access to the courts and a focus on our youth. He has 32 years of legal experience and has eliminated the backlog of cases that resulted in extremely long delays for Yorktown residents seeking to be heard before the court along with Judge Sal Lagonia.
"Maintaining a timely disposition of all cases before the court, gives our constituents the access to the legal system that they want, and deserve," Raniolo said in a statement. "As a parent of three children who grew up in Yorktown and attended Yorktown public schools, I am personally aware of the grave dangers that confront many of our young people, sadly some with deadly consequences. We are committed to helping reverse the trend of behavioral issues that have impacted the lives of too many families in our community."
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