Four candidates are contending for two seats on the five-member Town Board. Republican incumbents Tom Diana and Ed Lachterman and Democrats Sheralyn Goodman and Patricia Sullivan-Rothberg are seeking the four-year term councilperson positions. 

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

Tom Diana 

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Who are you? Provide a brief overview of your background and experience.

I am a third generation Yorktown resident, residing in Shrub Oak. I served my community here in Yorktown and Westchester County as a police officer for over two decades. After retiring, my wife and I started a small business. I continue to serve this community as your councilman for almost five years. During my time as a councilman, I had a key role in the remediation and closure of the hole at the Roma Building. Along with the placement and erecting of the Pines Bridge Monument. I started and chaired Yorktown Against Heroin and was able to purchase through a fundraiser, Yorktown Police Departments drug detection canine, Dallas. I am also a member of The Sons of the American Legion, The Elks Club #2324 and I am on the board of directors of the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce.

Why do you want to be a Councilman?
If re-elected, I want to continue to try and help all the people of Yorktown, every hamlet and its residents.Being a native of Yorktown I have seen the progress that has occurred here. Some good, some not so good. I am the person who I believe understands the issues and concerns of the town and its residents. I feel I  can offer that leadership with my many areas of experience.

What is a top priority for the Town Board going forward?
My top priorities moving forward are Infrastructure, Affordability, Quality of life and Business, to name a few. We have a great town here and we need to make sure it continues to be great. We need the vision to keep looking forward. Yorktown needs to be that place where people drive to not just drive through. A major priority is to establish more commercial tax base to offset the over burdening, (approx. 80%) tax base that our residents shoulder.

Sheralyn Goodman
 

Who are you? Provide a brief overview of your background and experience.
I am a lawyer, litigator, official in law enforcement, wife and longtime Yorktown resident. I’ve been a working mother to two children who went through Lakeland Schools and a caretaker to elderly parents and in-laws.  I helped organize a workplace union and I have fought for the rights of disabled veterans and those living with mental illness and opiate dependence. I understand the law, public policy, the importance of fiscal discipline and a balanced, collaborative approach to solving problems and building for the future.   

Why do you want to be a Councilwoman?
I believe that my 35+ years working in the public interest gives me a breadth of knowledge, experience and skills to serve the town we love, as we work to rebuild the economy while maintaining our sense of community, civility and transparency, keys to responsible government.  It takes listening to every voice, considering all the options,and telling the truth. As I have done in my personal and professional life, I will work as hard as I can to earn the public’s trust by my hard work, exercise of sound judgment and by listening to and respecting all views. 

What is a top priority for the Town Board going forward?
Implementing a sound, sustainable economic plan for the 21st Century as outlined by Supervisor Gilbert’s Economic and Business Revitalization Commission, focusing on a walkable and bicycle friendly downtown is a top priority. Leveraging our many assets, including our farms, trails, parks and historic sites to create a new image for Yorktown to attract more people and businesses, is key to the vitality and solid commercial tax base we need to boost property values, attract newcomers and help seniors stay.

We can get there by working together—the business community, including the Chamber of Commerce and the YSBA, government and the public, to build a more vibrant and sustainable community.

Ed Lachterman 
 

Who are you? Provide a brief overview of your background and experience.
I am a small business owner with a 38 year career in the Hospitality Industry.  I have been a councilman for 4 years but have served the community as a volunteer for almost a decade with the Yorktown Lions. I am also a founding member and officer in the Yorktown Sons of the American Legion and Yorktown Against Heroin. I am very involved with Veteran Services and hold a weekly Veteran’s Social at a local Assisted Living facility in Yorktown.

Why do you want to be a Councilman?
I hope to remain on the Council so that I can continue to work for the people of Yorktown.  While I am a transplant, moving to Yorktown almost 30 years ago, my wife’s side of the family has lived here for over 60 years.  Yorktown is a great community and needs leadership that understands the needs of the town and our citizens.  My life experiences are very diverse and I feel that my point of view offers our town a proven leader that understands the issues we face as a town.

What is a top priority for the Town Board going forward?
My top priority has always been to keep Yorktown affordable and to do this with a balance of Progress and Preservation, as it says on our town seal.  We have a great family community that has some unbelievable age diversity. Without proper vision to guide us in business opportunities, while keeping a firm stance on not changing the character of our community, all of this will disappear.  Our seniors will be priced out and our children cannot afford to live here if we do not take advantage of these business opportunities we will not have any balance in our tax base.  We’re currently last in the county in regards to commercial tax %.  My understanding of business and of Yorktown can help us to turn this around.

Patricia Sullivan-Rothberg
 

Who are you? Provide a brief overview of your background and experience.
I am a mother, volunteer in the community, and professional in the film world of documentary film distribution. My focus both professionally and personally has always been in the arts. My volunteer work in the schools over the last 10 years has been making sure all students have access to the arts. I am also a long time history buff and what better place to live than Yorktown. 

Why do you want to be a Councilwoman?
I want to represent the needs, goals and vision of Yorktown residents. I have been in conversations with residents and business owners over the last 15 years about what Yorktown needs and where it’s headed. Having been active in the schools and scouting it’s afforded me the opportunity to hear from a lot of families over the years. I can bring these concerns, goals and inspirations to local government in a productive and engaging way. 

What is a top priority for the Town Board going forward?
The top priority for our town is economic revitalization and investment in existing assets. By that I mean our town owned theatre, historic sites, farms and trails and utilizing our existing farms with green initiatives. By branding the town through leveraging its historic sites, existing farms, specular hikes and trails and the theatre, it becomes a destination for not only local residents but for other county residents to travel to Yorktown bringing more revenue into the town.  We need to be the example, and create revenue by utilizing our existing farms for solar power, potentially even partnering with the county at Hilltop Hannover. We need to think about what Yorktown will be like in 2050, not just 2020 or 2021, and ask, will we be proud of the investments we made?  I see green initiatives as a critical piece to Yorktown’s long term plan for the future. The future is green.