Democrats Lose Second Attempt To Stop Town Hall Construction

YORKTOWN, NY – Yorktown Democratic Chairman Elliot Crowe received a stern rejection from Judge Larry Schwartz in an attempt to halt ongoing construction to create additional handicap parking spaces at Yorktown Town Hall. This is the second lawsuit Judge Schwartz has had to dismiss in less than two weeks on the matter.

Following on the heels of Town Clerk Diana Quast’s lawsuit, which was dismissed because she failed to establish standing to bring the proceeding, the latest suit proved to be another waste of taxpayer dollars and resources. Named in the suit was 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, “How much more abuse can Yorktown’s taxpayers and voters take? Diana Quast has politicized her position as town clerk in a disgusting effort to distract from the fact that Illan Gilbert, Alice Roker and Vishnu Patel support making Yorktown a sanctuary town. Ms. Quast has revealed her full allegiance to the Democratic Party and should resign from her position as town clerk immediately. She is clearly unable to represent all of Yorktown’s residents.”

This is the second lawsuit brought forward in an attempt to stifle the ongoing construction at town hall which comes as a result of a federal lawsuit brought by Democratic operative Mel Tanzman. Last week, Richard Abbate represented the Town Clerk, in a suit that was ultimately dismissed because, “…Petitioner [Quast] does not have standing to maintain this proceeding.” Strangely, Ms. Quast’s office shares a door with the polling place located at town hall. As the court papers show, the polling place change was directed by the Westchester County Board of Elections and not town officials.

Slater continued, “There is clearly some devious motive to protect this polling place. In 2015, the Board of Elections changed voting locations for thirteen districts and neither Alice Roker, who was the town clerk, or Diana Quast who was on the ballot, tried to stop it. Their antics are embarrassing our town.”

In 2015, more than 36% of the voting population was impacted by voting place changes. A majority of the districts were located in the northern part of town leaving voters scratching their heads asking why similar action was not taken then.

In the latest ruling Judge Schwartz stated, “…the Petitioner [Krowe] has failed to show by clear and convincing evidence the BOE’s decision to make the challenged polling site changes in anticipation of construction was an improper exercise of its discretion to selecte ‘alternative meeting place[s]’ where it finds a particular polling place ‘unsuitable or unsafe.’

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.