Yorktown declares independence at the polls

YORKTOWN, NY – There was a convincing victory for three Yorktown officials in Tuesday’s Independence Party Primary. Supervisor Michael Grace, Councilman Greg Bernard and Judge Sal Lagonia all scored big wins putting them on the Independence Party line for November’s election. A write-in campaign mounted by new comer Rob Puff will be determined next week by the Westchester County Board of Elections.

Supervisor Michael Grace said, “I am humbled and proud of the results of last night’s election. Despite the wishes of party insiders, voters recognized that we are getting things done and moving Yorktown forward. These results are a referendum of the good work we have done and the vision for Yorktown. I thank them for their support and look forward to November’s election.”

In a shocking turn of events, two term incumbent Councilman Vishnu Patel, garnered the least amount of votes for the Town Council race. Patel, who two years ago lost his bid for Supervisor, has traditionally enjoyed strong support from Independence Party voters. Last night’s results seem to reveal significant vulnerabilities in his candidacy for a third term.

Meanwhile, Councilman Greg Bernard surged to a strong victory with 40%. Bernard, who serves as Deputy Supervisor, has joined Supervisor Grace’s positive message regarding holding the line on taxes, advancing critical projects such as the Granite Knolls Sports Complex and making a record investment in repairing local roads.

“The results from this primary reaffirm the voters’ approval of the direction we are taking this town,” Councilman Bernard said. “Despite the negative rhetoric and tactics used by our opponents the voters clearly didn’t buy what they were selling. It’s on to November and I am confident we will be just as successful then as we were last night.”

Town Justice Sal Lagonia put a stinging number against his first time challenger as well. Unofficial results have Lagonia winning by an insurmountable 48%.

Judge Lagonia stated, “I am humbled by the great support and loyalty from the Independence Party voters and look forward to November 7th and my continued service to our Court.”

The final piece of the potential clean sweep rests in the write-in campaign of first time candidate Rob Puff. The Westchester County Board of Elections is expected to determine the number of votes cast for the candidate for town council. Needless to say, should Puff garner enough votes to win it will send political shockwaves through Yorktown.

Puff commented, “The preliminary results give us extreme optimism that our write-in campaign has the potential to be successful. This is an incredibly humbling experience to be able to compete against two career politicians with more than a combined 30 years in elected office. The response on the ground has been overwhelming and only reaffirmed my decision to run.”


Kevin is a retired Detective Sergeant with the New York City Police Department, having served honorably for more than twenty five years, and currently works in Lakeland High School as a monitor. Kevin is happily married and is the proud father of four children, three of which have attended or are currently attending Lakeland Schools.