PRESS RELEASE] More endorsements made by Yorktown GOP


Contact: Serafina Mastro, 914-497-7460


Yorktown Republican Town Committee Chair Serafina Mastro congratulates the dozen candidates who sought the nomination of the Yorktown GOP during the April 10th meeting.
YORKTOWN, NY – The Yorktown Republican Town Committee continued their candidate endorsement process last night by re-nominating Councilman Terrence Murphy for town board, along with nominating candidates Dorothy Forcina and Gregory Bernard for the other town board and highway superintendent slots.
The group will join a slate featuring incumbent Town Supervisor Michael Grace, Town Justice Sal Lagonia and County Legislator John Testa, who were re-nominated by the Committee in February, as well as a candidate for County Legislator District 4 who is expected to be endorsed next month.
The committee also endorsed appellate Judge Mark Dillon, who is up for re-election this year and served three terms as Yorktown Town Justice before being elected to a fourteen year term on the Supreme Court in 1999. Dillon was elevated to the appellate division in 2005.
Forcina says she is a lifelong Republican who views herself as a pro-business and fiscally conservative candidate. “I am running for Councilwoman because everyone in Yorktown deserves a local government they can trust and works effectively to safeguard taxpayer dollars,” she said.
“In the last four years my colleagues on the Republican ticket have proven we can achieve that, proven that we can do better,” Forcina said. “I will bring my business acumen and independent voice to their efforts as better stewards of the public trust. I appreciate the vote of confidence and grassroots support from the Yorktown Republican Town Committee.”
She has twenty-five years of business experience. If elected, she would be only the third female councilmember in Yorktown’s history.1
Currently the director of corporate partnerships at Mercy College, Forcina spent eight years as managing director of the Westchester County Association where she was a guiding force on behalf of Westchester’s business community in helping pass the statewide property tax cap and repealing the MTA payroll tax. She also serves as President of the Yorktown High School PTA.
Bernard began his career in public serve as a district leader for the Yorktown Republican Town Committee, later serving on the town planning board. He was elected as a town councilman from 1993 to 2001. He has over thirty years of construction management experience.
“I am excited to have the endorsement of the Yorktown Republican Committee as a candidate for Highway Superintendent and look forward to joining a ticket who are committed to getting Yorktown back on the right track,” Bernard said. “I thank the Committee and look forward to working with Supervisor Grace, Councilman Murphy, Judge Lagonia and future Councilwoman Forcina to cut wasteful spending and lower taxes while continuing to deliver the high level of service Yorktown residents expect and deserve.”
Bernard says he knows what it takes to win an election and pledges to maintain an open door policy and the top quality services Yorktown residents have come to know and expect, if elected. He feels his years of experience with the town’s budgetary process give him a broad perspective on all the issues facing Yorktown, not just those at the Highway Department.
“I’m taking Greg and Dorothy out this weekend to buy several new pairs of sneakers so we can hit the ground running and start knocking on doors to meet the voters face to face,” said Murphy, who last month announced he would seek a second term on the town board with the endorsements of County Executive Rob Astorino and State Senator Greg Ball.
Known for being a hard campaigner, Councilman Murphy received the highest number of votes for any town board candidate in Yorktown’s history in 2009. He is the owner of two small businesses, Murphy’s Irish Restaurant and Yorktown Health and Wellness Center, where he is a Chiropractor.
“This year’s election is not only about building upon our historic accomplishments over the past few years of shrinking local government, cutting taxes and opening dozens of new businesses, it is about setting out a vision for the next four years,” Murphy said. “No one’s a loser here, we had quality candidates who were all able to do the job. Greg and Dorothy will make a fine compliment alongside myself, Michael Grace and Sal Lagonia as we tackle the tough issues facing our community such as ethics reform, economic development, increased sewer capacity, combating the flow of illegal drugs and holding Con Ed and NYSEG accountable.”
Serafina Mastro, chairwoman of the Yorktown Republican Town Committee, said she was proud of the candidates and the district leaders for participating in such an open interview and endorsement process, which attracted a record level of interest this year.
“We had a field of over a dozen highly-qualified candidates for these offices and have voted for two excellent candidates,” Mastro said. “All of them have a bright future in our community and I know they will stay involved in the process. Those who have been selected will now embark on a new journey, as they join County Executive Astorino and our local slate in what is sure to be a successful election cycle where we will work to continue to restore the voter’s confidence in their government and put an end once and for all to Westchester’s reputation as a business-unfriendly county with the highest tax burden in the nation.”

1. Yorktown has had several female Town Supervisors in its history but only two female members of the town board, Democrat Anne K. Janak (1973-1977) and Republican Barbara Wilkins (1977-93).
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