Polls are open for a few more hours, but a handful of voters at Town Hall in Yorktown Heights this afternoon said taxes are the top issue.
“They’re awful,” said Lisa Starkey, a mother of two who teaches in Yonkers. “It’s a great community to live in, but they’re making it unaffordable.”
Starkey declined to say who got her vote in any of the races on the ballot, but she said she paid far closer attention to this race than she has in the past after tight finances put local teachers’ jobs on the block last spring.
Besides the county and judicial races, voters here will elect a supervisor and two Town Board members. There are nine candidates for those three seats.
Taxes brought John Lemke out to vote. He supported the Republican slate as he said he typically does.
“Rising taxes are creating a real hardship on the residents here,” Lemke said. “The town tax is one thing. The school tax is out of control.”
He was one of two voters who said they abstained from voting in the race for highway superintendent. Incumbent Eric DiBartolo has no opponent on the ballot.
Bryan Riley also cast a protest non-vote in DiBartolo’s contest. County issues, however, are of greater concern to him than town issues.
“The most important issue to me?” he said. “Making sure I didn’t vote for Janet DiFiore.”
DiFiore is seeking a second term as Westchester County District Attorney. A Democrat, she is opposed by Republican Dan Schorr and minor party candidate Tony Castro.
(Photo: Joe Larese, The Journal News)