“We want to make Yorktown user friendly again,” said Democratic Town Supervisor candidate Don Peters, at the Yorktown Democratic Committee convention held last night.
Peters officially got the nod to run for the town’s top post and he found himself surrounded by familiar names and faces on the ticket.
Michael Kaplowitz was deemed the committee’s choice for the District 2 Legislative seat while Ilan Gilbert and Alice Roker were named for town justice and town clerk respectively.
In the race for the two vacant seats on the town board four people were nominated—incumbent Jim Martorano, Rich Campanaro, Jason Wilson and Ed Cifone. Martorano and Campanaro garnered the most votes and Wilson and Cifone both stepped aside for what Wilson referred to as the “good of the ticket and the party.”
Martorano is the senior councilman on the board having been first elected to his seat in 1991.
Campanaro is the president of the Yorktown Athletic Club and is actually a registered Republican.
“We each believe that the government exists to serve the people, not the other way around,” Peters stated. “When someone comes into Town Hall, they should not feel that they are in for a fight. Rather they should be treated respectfully and courteously.”
“User friendly means that government will be open and accessible,” he added, indicating that government actions should be done in the public and not through back room deals, executive sessions or off-the-record agreements.
“Our candidates will make sure that government is inclusive,” Peters concluded. “And I know that voters will see where these ‘User Friendly’ qualities are evident: on the Democratic ticket.”
In April the Yorktown Republicans determined their ticket. Supervisor Susan Siegel and Councilman Nick Bianco will be joined by restaurateur David Paganelli for the town board. Incumbent John Testa and current town Councilman Terrence Murphy were given the nod to run for county legislator in districts 1 and 4, respectively. Gary Raniolo, a local attorney, was endorsed for town justice.