Yorktown Republicans Unveil Ticket for November Elections

Highway Superintendent Dave Paganelli, Supervisor Michael Grace, Councilman Gregory Bernard, council candidate Rob Puff, GOP Chairman Matt Slater and GOP Vice Chairman Christopher Arnold Credits: Yorktown Republican Town Committee

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The Yorktown Republican Town Committee has unveiled its slate of candidates for the 2017 election.

The ticket will feature mostly incumbents, as Supervisor Michael Grace, Councilman Gregory Bernard, Highway Superintendent Dave Paganelli and Town Justice Sal Lagonia all seek re-election. They will joined by political newcomer Rob Puff, a Shrub Oak resident and financial planner, who is running for the other town council seat.

GOP Chairman Matt Slater said this ticket will continue to advance a “pro-business, pro-infrastructure agenda.” Seven of nine elected positions in Yorktown are currently held by Republicans.

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“Supervisor Grace and our entire team continues to be a positive agent of change all while protecting hardworking taxpayers,” Slater said in a press release. “Our party is very excited about our slate of candidates and we believe we can once again grow our majority on the town board.”

At its meeting Wednesday, March 8, the Yorktown GOP also endorsed County Executive Rob Astorino and County Legislator John Testa (First District) for re-election. Republicans are also interviewing candidates to challenge Democrat Mike Kaplowitz (Fourth District), a 20-year incumbent and chairman of the County Board of Legislators.

Grace, who is seeking a fourth two-year term, said he is honored to once again have the backing of the Yorktown Republican Town Committee.

“We continue to move Yorktown forward and are doing so without increasing town taxes,” Grace said. “With so much on the horizon, we are on the cusp of making history here in Yorktown. I look forward to speaking with the voters and sharing our long list of accomplishments and our plans to continue to re-invigorate Yorktown."

Bernard was elected to an abbreviated town board term in 2015, filling a seat that was vacated when Terrence Murphy was elected to the state senate. He also served as councilman from 1994 to 2001.

“It has been an honor to serve the residents of Yorktown. We have accomplished more for our town in the past few years than in the past few decades,” Bernard said. “I am committed to Yorktown, to moving us in a positive direction forward and working with all the residents who we serve.”

Paganelli was elected to his first term as highway superintendent in 2013, halfway into his first term on the town council.

“I want to thank the Republican Party for endorsing me for a second term as highway superintendent and thank the residents for their support over the past four years,” Paganelli said. “We continue to look towards the replacement of our aged infrastructure and with the help of the town board are ready to invest millions in road and drainage improvements in the next few years.” 

Puff said he was humbled by the endorsement.

“I am eager to tackle the unique challenges our community faces and hope to provide a fresh voice on behalf of the residents of Yorktown,” he said.

The Yorktown Democratic Committee has not yet announced its slate of candidates.

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