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Yorktowners Head To The Polls After Contentious Campaign

Supervisor Michael Grace is being challenged by Councilman Vishnu Patel in Yorktown.
Supervisor Michael Grace is being challenged by Councilman Vishnu Patel in Yorktown. Photo Credit: File Photo

YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- The knockdown drag-out election campaign in Yorktown will be finally settled on Election Day.

Supervisor Michael Grace, a Republican, is facing off against Councilman Vishnu Patel for Town Supervisor, a Democrat.

Grace's slate includes incumbent Tom Diana and Edward Lachterman. Patel is joined by incumbent Susan Siegel and Ilan Gilbert, who previously served as town justice.

Republican Mary Capoccia faces Democrat Diana Quast for town clerk, replacing longtime town clerk Alice Roker.

In October, Republicans charged Democrats with using a FOIL request to obtain the emails of residents who signed up for the town mailing list to send them a politically charged email.

Democrats said they did nothing wrong, and that the Town of North Castle had been doing the same thing for five years to keep campaign costs down.

The Yorktown Democrats said they did nothing wrong. Town Councilman Susan Siegel noted Democrats and Republicans in North Castle have used emails to campaign for the last five years, keeping campaign costs down.

The Democrats have questioned Grace and the Republicans stance to build a new highway garage and turn the current one on Front Street into a commercial development.

Yorktown Republicans unveiled a plan for revitalizing businesses that they said would move Yorktown forward. Ideas included reducing the town's real estate footprint, reducing commercial rents and re-establishing the Yorktown IDA. Yorktown Democrats dismissed the plan as smoke and mirrors with no substance.

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