YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy ended speculation Monday as to whether he would run again for county legislator and instead announced he would seek a second term on the town board.
Murphy ran for the District 4 county legislator's post in 2011 but lost the election to Michael Kaplowitz (D-Somers) in a vote so close it required a recount. He was first elected to the Yorktown board after a seven-way race in 2009.
Murphy also owns the Yorktown Health & Wellness Center and Murphy’s Irish Restaurant. While it won’t be official until the Yorktown Republican Town Committee holds its April 10 nomination meeting, Chairperson Serafina Mastro said Monday she has little doubt that Murphy will receive the endorsement.
“He’s done a lot of things for Yorktown on the board,” Mastro said. “He is well-liked by a lot of residents because if they ever have a problem, they can call him and he’ll fix it or at least looks into it. We really didn’t want to lose that.”
Mastro added that Murphy would have been a great candidate for county legislator.
Murphy said in a press release that he has several items that he would like to address in a second term. Those include “continuing to attract job creating projects to Yorktown, traffic mitigation and infrastructure improvements in Crompond, Shrub Oak and Mohegan Lake, addressing local flooding, tree trimming, increased sewer capacity and new wastewater treatment facilities, combating the flow of illegal drugs plaguing Northern Westchester and holding public utilities such as NYSEG and Con Edison accountable for their poor storm preparation and management,” according to the release.
Murphy also garnered the endorsement of Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.
Murphy said he plans to seek the endorsement of the Conservative and Independence parties.
The GOP ticket is also set to include Town Supervisor Michael Grace, Town Justice Sal Lagonia, District 2 County Legislator John Testa and candidates for the open town board seat, highway superintendent and District 2 county legislator.
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