Affiliated Police Associations of Westchester endorses the team moving Yorktown forward

YORKTOWN, NY – The Affiliated Police Associations of Westchester (APA) represents more than 50 law enforcement agencies and 5,000 officers across the region. Earlier today, they formally endorsed the Team Moving Yorktown Forward which includes Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace, Councilman Greg Bernard, Rob Puff for Yorktown Council, Justice Sal Lagonia and Highway Superintendent Dave Paganelli.

Keith Olson, President of the APA said, “This was an easy decision for us. These guys work great with law enforcement and in a time like today when law enforcement faces so many challenges, things like the heroin epidemic which has reached a place like Yorktown, law enforcement needs partners in local government to help us out. The people we are endorsing today are those partners.”

Yorktown has been a regional leader combating the heroin epidemic. Just this year, the K-9 Unit was revived with the introduction of Dallas. Yorktown has also made a major investment in a regional member of the drug task force.

Supervisor Michael Grace said, It is absolutely humbling to get this endorsement. Yorktown has one of, if not the best, police departments in the county and we pride ourselves in the work we have done to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic. I look forward to our continued partnership to ensure our communities remain a safe place to live, work and raise a family.”

Yorktown Councilman Greg Bernard said, “One of the reasons we supported Rob Astorino’s veto of the Immigration Protection Act is because it would hinder police departments across the county from doing their jobs. Whatever resources we can provide to our local police department we are proud to do so. This is a great honor and I thank the APA for their support.”

Rob Puff, candidate for Yorktown Council said, “I am honored to have the support of the APA and its fine members. Our law enforcement officials protect us every single day and see firsthand the terrible damage the heroin and opioid epidemic can have. I look forward to working with them to help our vulnerable neighbors and ensure all members of our community are safe.”

Yorktown Justice Sal Lagonia said, “”For me this is a special endorsement as a retired law enforcement officer. We are proactively addressing all of these issues, especially the scourge of the heroin epidemic, and we are having a positive impact on that as I see with the case load in front of the court everyday. Moving forward, we are diligently working on bringing a drug court, veterans’court and mental health court to Yorktown which will ensure those in need receive the needed services to become positive members of our community.”

Yorktown Highway Superintendent Dave Paganelli said, “I am very grateful for this endorsement. We work very closely with our police department especially through the winter months. They are a resource that makes our lives a lot better. Thank you for this wonderful endorsement.”

Chairman Matt Slater was elected Chair of the Yorktown Republican Town Committee in 2015. He has followed the footsteps of Yorktown GOP Chair Emeritus and former Westchester Republican County Committee Chair Rosemarie Panio and Chairwoman Serafina Mastro and achieved numerous successes.