Note: This article has been updated to correct an error that was contained in the press release.
YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- Yorktown Councilmen Terrence Murphy and David Paganelli and Town Justice Judge Salvatore Lagonia were recently endorsed for re-election by the Yorktown Congress of Teachers, according to a news release.
"Teachers are the backbone of our community and I are humbled by the opportunity to once again have the endorsement of this wonderful group of educators who do so much for our community," Lagonia said in the release.
"In challenging economic times such as these, it is more important than ever to create a strong educational foundation for our children and their families," Sean Kennedy of the Yorktown Congress of Teachers said in the release. "The Yorktown Congress of Teachers is committed to electing and partnering with Terrence Murphy, Sal Lagonia and Dave Paganelli in order to create a better future for our children. "
Murphy "was instrumental in securing $50,000 in grants from (state) Senator Greg Ball for life-saving medical carts for both districts, as well as over $75,000 in bullet aid funding and programmatic grants for desperately needed ball-fields and new playgrounds," according to the release.
"As a Councilman and a father, I believe educating our kids is the most important responsibility we have," Murphy said in the release. "I have worked to safeguard educators by strengthening our employees' ability to protect themselves and their well-being while making a living. I will continue to work closely with our schools to make sure our kids get the resources they deserve and to keep them safe by passing child-safety zone legislation, improving recreation and summer job opportunities, attracting employers to create good careers for our kids to come home to and curbing the flow of illicit drugs plaguing our communities."
Paganelli said in the release that the Highway Department must have a close relationship with the school district in order to be successful.
"As the father of Yorktown School graduates it is my honor to have this endorsement," he said in the release. "I pledge to work together with our schools to keep our roads paved, plowed and safe for our buses and I will work toward establishing shared services between my department and the schools to create economic of scale and scope which will save taxpayer resources."