In Yorktown’s contested races this year, two candidates are vying for the position of Town Clerk. Incumbent Democrat Diana Quast and Republican Mary Capoccia are seeking the four-year term position. 

We asked each of the candidates to talk briefly about themselves, their positions and goals. 

Mary Capoccia

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Who are you? Provide a brief overview of your background and experience.
I am a 26-year resident of Yorktown and a proud mother of two boys.  I was confidential assistant to the Town Supervisor from 2012 to 2017.  Previously, I was the executive secretary to a local prominent attorney.  I am a member of the Board of Directors for the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce, member of Circolo da Vinci, a founding member of Yorktown Organizations United, and a member of the Yorktown Task Force Against Heroin.

Why do you want to be Town Clerk?
As Town Clerk, I envision an office that is fully responsive to the needs of the town residents in their interaction with government at all levels.  I will strive to accommodate the efficient and courteous interaction of the public with our town government.  The push toward full remote access to the application processes and record retrieval will be a priority.  An efficient, responsive processing of information both coming in and leaving town hall is a must.  The Town Clerk’s interaction with the public is where faith and trust in our government begins.  I believe my past experience uniquely qualifies me to be bringing the full perspective and overview to make for an efficient and friendly Town Clerk’s office.

What is a top priority for the town going forward?
The top priority for the town is to keep Yorktown affordable for families to come here and for families living here to stay.  This is accomplished by streamlining the governmental processes and making government work with greater efficacy.   While working in the Supervisor’s office, we implemented new policies, procedures and protocols that translated into significant operational savings.  There are additional efficiencies to be identified and implemented, and I intend to put significant efforts to further this goal.  

Diana Quast 

Who are you? Provide a brief overview of your background and experience.
In January 2003 I became the Deputy Town Clerk in the Town of Yorktown and was privileged to work with Alice Roker, former Town Clerk. In 2016, I was honored to be Elected Town Clerk. I’ve met many wonderful people and have enjoyed helping others over the past 20 years of my public service career. 
Education and Accomplishments: B.S. Criminal Justice, Magna Cum Laude; Colorado Technical University; NYS Registered Municipal Clerk; International Certified Municipal Clerk; Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International
Affiliations and Interests: NYS Town Clerks Association; Westchester Putnam Town and City Clerks Association; Yorktown Rotary Club; Yorktown Parks and Recreation Commission; Millwood Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary; Women’s Auxiliary of the Yorktown Heights Engine Company No. 1
Endorsed by Westchester/Putnam Central Labor Body AFL-CIO; NYS Senator Peter Harckham; Westchester County Legislator Michael Kaplowitz; Yorktown Councilwoman Alice Roker

Why do you want to be Town Clerk?
As a 35-year plus resident, the last four years have been an incredible and humbling experience of giving back, learning about our residents and their concerns.  There is much more I have to offer as Town Clerk and would be honored to be given the opportunity to continue to do so.

What is a top priority for the town going forward?
There are constant changes to law and procedures that make the Town Clerk’s office a diverse place to work.  There are initiatives I began in my first term that I’d be honored to be able to expand upon to increase the service level to residents.  For example, the town’s official documents have been placed online, increasing security and accessibility.  We’ve automated work where possible by adding an online dog license renewal program and we’re participants in the NYS EDRS program. I’ve also made our office more accessible to our seniors and disabled residents by creating a Mobile Town Clerk’s Office; this program could be further developed.