YORKTOWN, NEW YORK – The Independence Party of New York State announced this week it has endorsed Yorktown Supervisor candidate Matt Slater and his running-mates, Mary Capoccia for Town Clerk and incumbent Council members Tom Diana and Ed Lachterman, and Judge Gary Raniolo. The slate now has the support of three party-lines going into the November elections.
“Our campaign is about putting community over politics,” Slater said. “Our issues-oriented platform for more economic growth, innovation in government and preserving our quality-of-life is being recognized. We pledge to appeal to voters from all parties as we work together to bring solutions to the many issues facing our town.”
The Independence Party’s decision was made Monday after both sets of local candidates had delivered petitions attempting to gain the line.
Frank MacKay, state chairman of the Independence Party said, “When it came to choosing the right men and women for the job in Yorktown the choice was clear. Matt Slater, Mary Capoccia, Tom Diana, Ed Lachterman and Gary Raniolo embody public service. They have gained our support because we know they will put words into action.”
Yorktown Councilman Tom Diana stated, “I have lived in this town my entire life and have been dedicated to improving the quality of life for all of our neighbors. The Independence Party endorsement validates my focus and efforts on behalf of our community.”
Yorktown Councilman Ed Lachterman added, “The Independence Party endorsement stands as the voice for nonpartisan voters who are community focused. My record echoes those sentiments and I look forward to carrying this banner on Election Day.”
Mary Capoccia, candidate for Town Clerk welcomed the endorsement, “Yorktown is a great community but there is more we can do to enhance the town’s government and make it easier to navigate. With the support of the Independence Party, I will institute modern day changes to the Town Clerk’s office’s operations. I look forward to getting the Town back on track towards real prosperity.”
Yorktown Town Justice Gary Raniolo said, “I appreciate the support of the Independence Party yet again. Our court continues to shine as a model of justice and efficiency for the Hudson Valley.”
The candidates also have the backing of the Republican and Conservative parties. Slater, his team and their supporters outworked their opponents, filing petitions for each line, turning in over three times the minimum number of signatures required to run on the Republican and Independence lines, and quadruple the number of signatures required to appear on the Conservative line, under New York’s electoral fusion system.