YORKTOWN, NY – Speculation about Dr. Terrence Murphy’s political plans for this year were laid to rest today as Murphy announced to supporters he would seek a second term to the Town Board. Many residents had been asking the small businessman to run again for County Legislator, after nearly capturing the seat in a 2011 race that went down to a recount.
“This year’s election is about leadership for Yorktown during a very challenging economic time both locally and nationally,” Dr. Murphy said. “It’s not about politics. It’s about people. I’m proud to raise my family here. We’re neighbors first, and together, we’ll make Yorktown the best place in Westchester for our children, families and businesses.”
A chiropractor by trade, Murphy was elected to the board with a record-setting 5,051 votes in a seven-way race in 2009, an unprecedented fifty-seven percent of all votes cast and over a thousand votes more than the next closest challenger. As the owner of two small businesses, Yorktown Health & Wellness Center and Murphy’s Irish Restaurant, a hallmark of his first term has been the focus on creating jobs and economic opportunity as well as cutting taxes, Murphy said said.
“The residents of Yorktown are fortunate to have a dedicated leader like Terrence,” Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino said. “His commitment to making Yorktown a better place to live, work and raise a family is evident in everything he does. He’s been a great partner in our efforts to reform Westchester and I’m proud to support him for re-election.”
Notable achievements from Dr. Murphy’s time on the board have included the historic tax cut, shrinking the size of town government, completing passage of the comprehensive plan and attracting over two dozen new businesses to Yorktown.
In his second term, Dr. Murphy said he would focus on continuing to attract job creating projects to Yorktown, traffic mitigation and infrastructure improvements in Crompond, Shrub Oak and Mohegan Lake, addressing local flooding, tree trimming, increased sewer capacity and new wastewater treatment facilities, combating the flow of illegal drugs plaguing Northern Westchester and holding public utilities such as NYSEG & ConEd accountable for their poor storm preparation & management.
“With dedicated public servants like Dr. Terrence Murphy, Yorktown has emerged as a prominent community in Westchester County for our children, families and businesses,” Senator Greg Ball said. “Terrence and I work so well together because we put people over politics. I’m proud to support Councilman Murphy and most importantly, call him my friend. He has always been there for me and the people of Yorktown and together we will continue to fight for economic progress and smarter growth.”
Murphy is expected to be endorsed by the Yorktown Republican Town Committee where he will join a ticket that includes Town Supervisor Michael Grace, Town Justice Sal Lagonia, District 2 County Legislator John Testa and candidates for the open town board seat, Highway Superintendent and District 2 County Legislator. He said he will also seek the endorsement of the Conservative and Independence Parties.
“My motto has always been common sense for Yorktown,” Dr. Murphy said. “We are delivering the results Yorktown residents deserve, reducing spending, cutting taxes and creating jobs, but there is far more to be done to improve the quality of life for all residents of Yorktown.”