Debates for Yorktown Supervisor and Town Board and for county legislator will be hosted this week by Yorktown Stage and sponsored by the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce.
Tonight’s debates start at 7 p.m. and feature the candidates for Town Board — Republicans Nick Bianco and Dave Paganelli and Democrats Jim Martorano and Rich Campanaro — and for Town Justice — incumbent Democrat Ilan Gilbert and Republican Gary Raniolo.
Then, on Wednesday, Oct. 26, also at 7 p.m., the candidates for Supervisor — incumbent Susan Siegel, Democrat Don Peters and Republican Mike Grace — will debate, as will the candidates for county legislator in Districts — incumbent Republican John Testa and Democrat Michael Kane — and in District 4 — incumbent Democrat Michael Kaplowitz and Republican Terrence Murphy.
Yorktown teachers endorse Raniolo
The Yorktown Congress of Teachers president Sean Kennedy has announced the teachers union of the Yorktown school district has endorsed Raniolo for Town Justice.
“My campaign has highlighted the importance of focusing on our youth in the judicial process, and particularly the need for family involvement when young people are involved in judicial proceedings” said Raniolo. “Having the support of the Yorktown Congress of Teachers, who play a major role with our young people in the classroom is a major benefit, for which I am very appreciative.”
Raniolo has two children who attended Yorktown schools.
Murphy touts projects advanced during Town Board tenure
Murphy touted at a press event last week projects totaling $150 million worth of economic development that are under review since he was elected councilman two years ago. They include a Costco at the Taconic Parkway and Route 202, which is before the Planning Board, and Lowe’s, which is the rumored tenant for 200,000-square-foot retail plan on the State Land Corp. property on Route 202 that has yet to be officially proposed.
Along with a revamp of the Fieldhome senior living complex under review and the Creative Living sports complex on Navajo Street, the bulk of which awaits a formal application, Murphy said the projecs would account more than 500 permanent jobs in the town.
“The bottom line is we are putting people to work and moving our economy,” he said.