The Northern Westchester Examiner

Candidates Chosen for Special Election in Yorktown

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Candidates for a special election in March to fill two vacancies on the Yorktown Town Board were chosen by the Democratic and Republican committees this week.

The Democrats met Thursday night and selected Rosanne Brackett, who has been a vocal opponent of Supervisor Michael Grace and the proposed natural gas pipeline, to run for the last 34 months of former Councilman Terrence Murphy’s unexpired term. Murphy was elected to the state Senate in November.

Brackett will be going head-to-head with Republican and former Councilman Gregory Bernard, who was given the nod by the GOP Committee Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, in a separate election to fill the last 10 months of former Councilman Nick Bianco’s unexpired term, Democrat Bob Giordano, president of the Yorktown Small Business Association, will square off against Republican Tom Diana, who lost in a special election for a board vacancy in November to Susan Siegel.

The special election will take place on Tuesday, March 10 and the winners will take office immediately after the results are confirmed by the Westchester County Board of Elections.

The Town Board was given the option to hold a special election by 75% of voters in November in a special referendum. Prior to that, vacancies on the Town Board in Yorktown could only be filled by majority appointment, something the board was unable to accomplish despite several attempts.

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