Ed Lachterman lives to serve—and not just because he is a seasoned professional in the hospitality industry. Former president of the Yorktown Lions Club, the Republican Town Councilman running for re-election in the November 2019 election volunteers his expertise and time to help many organizations and individuals.
He asks nothing more in return than that others also contribute to worthy causes of their choice, volunteer when they can, and help fellow citizens in whatever way practical.
Through his many local relationships and business ventures, he has a hands-on knowledge of issues and government operations that affect the people of Yorktown.
Like many Yorktowners, Ed Lachterman moved to the wide open spaces of Northern Westchester after growing up down county. Born in Yonkers, for the past 20 years he has called the town of “Progress with Preservation” his home.
With wife Carol, the Lachtermans are highly visible, active and respected members of the community. Ed is widely known and respected for going out of his way to help others with their fundraising events. He has chaired many successful charity benefits.
Ed is a veteran of the dynamic and demanding hospitality business, working his way up in restaurants from busboy to director of operations. The youngest of three sons in a single-parent household, he learned at an early age the importance of hard work and the value of a strong community.
As he observed the dedication and toil of family and friends helping each other for the betterment of the whole, Ed developed a strong and enduring sense of community spirit.
In high school, he joined the Key Club, a community service group mentored by the Kiwanis Clubs. In college, at SUNY Cobleskill, he became a New York State Lieutenant Governor for Key’s college branch, Circle K.
His professional highlights include being the youngest general manager in the history of Charlie Brown’s steakhouse, where he worked 13 years.
Playing a key role on the executive management team of a $100 million Applebee’s franchise, one of the nation’s largest, Ed received numerous awards in tribute to his razor-sharp financial expertise that not only saved his employer money but also bolstered its bottom line.
As a loving and dedicated family man and volunteer, Ed has coached his daughter Keri’s softball team, and worked with the priest at her God’s TYM (Total Youth Ministry) program at St. Patrick’s Church.
When his mother was battling cancer, in 2007, Ed left the restaurant world to care for her. To help maintain a flexible schedule, he became Director of Food Services at Graham Windham School for Children, where he worked with at-risk youths. To provide them with job training, he designed a culinary arts program for young adults.
Since his mom’s passing in 2009, Ed has increased his extraordinary commitment to community services, causes and organizations.
He was a Team Leader on the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and is currently the Town Board Liaison for this group, the Senior Advisory Board and the Conservation Board since joining the board in 2016. He has led fundraising efforts in support of Multiple Sclerosis, ALS and Pancreatic Cancer.
He also devotes time and donates his expertise to such prominent local groups as Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK), My Brother Vinny, United for the Troops and Harrison Apar Field of Dreams Foundation.
Ed Lachterman is the very model of a good neighbor who can’t volunteer enough to help his fellow citizens and continually improve the quality of life for everyone.
His newest endeavor is serving as the Adjutant for the Sons of The American Legion Squadron 1009 in Yorktown, in which he is a charter member. Ed feels that it is important to bring his varied civic interests and experience to the Yorktown Town Board.
In addition to wife Carol, daughter Keri and Son-in-Law Brian, his varied community service is supported and aided by mother-in-law Rose McTygue, a resident of Yorktown for more than a half-century, and brother-in-law Michael McTygue, a retired officer of the Yorktown Police Department.