No Standing: Judge Tells Clerk To Sit Down

YORKTOWN, NY – Democrat Town Clerk Diana Quast tried to block the construction of parking for the disabled in a failed lawsuit attempt to score political points. Today, Judge Larry Schwartz tossed the Clerk’s attempt to stop construction citing her lack of standing.

The lawsuit named the Westchester County Board of Elections, Supervisor Michael Grace, each member of the town board and Highway Superintendent Dave Paganelli in an effort to stop construction which would make Town Hall ADA compliant.

Chairman Matt Slater said, “This is another desperate fumble by the Democrats. They have yet to put forward an original idea for the future of this town. Instead, they launch politically motivated lawsuits to try to distract voters from the fact that they want to turn Yorktown into a sanctuary town for illegal immigrants.”

The lawsuit, submitted by unpopular 2015 Democratic candidate Richard Abbate on behalf of the Town Clerk, would halt ongoing construction in order to keep Town Hall, where the Clerk’s Office is located, a polling place in November’s election. As the court papers show, the polling place change was directed by the Westchester County Board of Elections and not town officials.

“Yorktown Democrats should learn when to give up,” added Slater. “They can’t hide the facts that Yorktown has held the line on taxes for five straight years, launched job producing projects like Lowe’s and invested more than a million dollars in paving our local roads by bringing yet another frivolous lawsuit which wastes taxpayer dollars.”

Judge Schwartz stated, “…Petitioner [Quast] does not have standing to maintain this proceeding.” He goes on to say, “Moreover, Petitioner [Quast] has not established her lawful duties include supervision of polling sites on behalf of the BOE, despite her arguments to the contrary.”

Read the full ruling here.  Election Day is Tuesday, November 7th.

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.