Councilman Candidate Joins GOP Candidates on Issue Based Campaign

Citing more evidence of the negative mudslinging which has infected the early elections of 2009, Councilman Candidate Dr. Terrence Murphy (R, I – Jefferson Valley) stood united with his fellow candidates to call for a fair campaign pledge. Joining him was supervisor candidate Susan Siegel, councilman candidate Mark Drexel, town justice candidate Salvatore Lagonia, and incumbent highway supervisor Eric DiBartolo.

“Yorktown is at a significant crossroads as to its future direction,” Dr. Murphy said. “This election needs to be about the issues facing the residents and business owners of this town as they are forced carry the greatest financial burden.”

Leading up to Tuesday’s primary elections there were already a number of reported instances of rude and unprofessional behavior by candidates across Westchester. The latest incident in Yorktown came from Democratic Chairwoman Patricia Mulligan who authored a letter chastising her own secretary’s bid for election. Read more

Councilman Candidate Warns Fellow Business Owners to Watch Their Wallets

Surrounded by fellow small business owners outside of The Yorktown Health and Wellness Center, Yorktown Councilman Candidate Dr. Terrence Murphy (R, I – Jefferson Valley) joined New York State Assemblyman Greg Ball, Yorktown Councilman Nick Bianco, and Westchester County Legislator George Oros to chastise the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s detrimental payroll tax on small businesses.

“This is nothing more than adding insult to injury,” Dr. Murphy, owner of The Yorktown Health and Wellness Center stated. “Small businesses across this town are struggling to keep their doors open as it is. Now we are getting an extra bill to fund an organization’s services which we do not rely on.”

Following the passage of the state budget this past April, state legislators in Albany fought a bitter battle to bailout the bankrupt MTA. A controversial component of the bailout was a payroll tax on all businesses, not for profit organizations, school districts, and municipalities within the twelve county MTA region. Read more

Councilman Candidate Cites Rising Property Taxes With No Relief In Sight

Standing in front of the Jefferson Village Senior Center, Yorktown Councilman Candidate Dr. Terrence Murphy (R, I – Jefferson Valley) joined New York State Assemblyman Greg Ball, State Senator Vincent Liebell, Yorktown Councilman Nick Bianco, and Westchester County Legislator George Oros in an effort to shed light on the fact that local property taxes are rising out of control in Yorktown.

“Back in April, when the state legislature passed their budget, we knew what the fate of the STAR program would mean for local taxpayers,” Dr. Murphy said. “The delegation I am standing with today have been the only people to send a warning to their constituents of rising property tax hikes which the tax bills people received in their mailboxes this week confirmed.”

The STAR program is divided into two categories: Enhanced, for eligible seniors earning less than $73,000 a year, and Basic STAR, which offers tax exemptions to homeowners based on annual earnings regardless of age. The rebate provided tax relief, but the passage of the 2009-10 state budget in April eliminated the rebate. Read more

I am proud to accept the endorsement of the Westchester County AFL-CIO. Growing up in a union household, with my father working for ConEd for over 25 years, I understand the values of the dedicated working class families.

In the 50 years my family has lived here we have seen great change come to Yorktown. Looking to the future, we will need the tools of our laborers to ensure our town continues to emerge as a leading force in Westchester County. Hard work and dedication are invaluable assets during these tough economic times.

The reality is, the local tax burden placed on the men and women who have dedicated their lives to working is unbearable. We cannot continue to outspend our revenue and expect our taxes to remain at a constant level. Yorktown needs an individual who understands the pain of over taxation. As a small business owner and local resident I look forward to protecting the interests of the hard workers of our town.

Councilman Candidate Wonders How Much More Taxpayers Can Take

In an effort to make residents aware of the new taxes and fees being forced on their livelihood Yorktown Councilman Candidate Dr. Terrence Murphy (R, I – Yorktown) revealed new DMV fees being enforced by the state. Beginning September 1, 2009 residents of Yorktown will be required to pay additional fees regarding their automobiles. As approved by the state budget this past spring, Driver License Fees and Vehicle Registration Fees will be increased by 25%.

“This is nothing more than the state of New York nickel and diming the middle class residents of Yorktown,” Murphy said. “The reality is, the ruling majority of the town board is willing to waste taxpayer money on unnecessary litigation, but do not have the courage to stand up for Yorktown taxpayers who have become a punching bag for the state and county.” Read more

Town Board Candidate Questions Rezoning Proposals
During this past week’s town board meeting in Yorktown , residents expressed their concerns over what they say is a continued abuse of open meetings laws, as well as the rezoning process, by the town board’s Democratic led majority.

“The reality is the people of Yorktown were never given an opportunity to voice their concerns over the lands in question,” Dr. Terrence Murphy (R, I – Yorktown ), a candidate for the Yorktown Town Board, said. “That is exactly the reason why we have open meetings laws, and this closed door business being run by the town board needs to be looked into.”

On May 19, 2009 the town board reclassified nearly 120 pieces of land. Many of these parcels were removed from the tax rolls by rezoning them to parkland, with the rest remaining open space. Read more

TDSC04014own Board Candidate Walks the Walk

Surrounded by supporters, local officials, and candidates, Terrence Murphy (R,I) unveiled the newest addition to Murphy’s Restaurant and Bar. Hidden behind the hustle and bustle of one of Yorktown’s busiest kitchens now sits one of Yorktown’s first green energy suppliers.

“I am very excited to announce Murphy’s Restaurant has officially embraced green energy by installing a geothermal pump,” Murphy said. “This is a one of a kind installment which will raise the bar for my fellow entrepreneurs to follow.” Read more

Dr. Terrence Murphy, a candidate for the Yorktown Town Board, has received the coveted endorsement of the Westchester County Independence Party. Murphy’s promise to restore fiscally responsible government to Yorktown agrees with the high standards of the Independence Party, which is committed to voter participation and involvement by all residents of the town.

“As a local businessman, I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support I receive each day by Yorktown residents who support my common sense candidacy fort the town board,” Murphy said. “This endorsement is a validation that we can bring common sense back to Yorktown, and I am humbled and honored to accept it.” Read more

Local Entrepreneur and Councilman Candidate urges lower taxes, better business etiquette

In a time when stimulating the economy and attracting businesses are the topic of much debate, the best answers can be given by those most experienced in creating jobs and sustaining growth. Therefore, when the New York State Senate Republican Program Development Committee chose to host the first of a series of hearings to develop an economic action plan in Yorktown Heights, local business owner Dr. Terrence Murphy was asked to give testimony on behalf of his fellow residents to offer several of his own common sense solutions towards getting the local economy back on track.

“I have lived in this town my entire life and can tell you first hand Mom and Pop shops like mine have been the life blood Yorktown has lived off of,” Murphy said. “Operating in the number one taxed county in the nation seriously threatens these establishments and prevents new ones from emerging.”

Dr. Murphy offered two ideas to strengthen existing and welcome new small and medium enterprises in Yorktown. Read more

Common sense dictates that while the town looks at methods of saving taxpayer dollars during these challenging economic times, the town board would be involved in said process.

That is why many of us were shocked to learn that the county government was making an attempt to impede on the daily lives of Yorktown residents, via a proposal that the experts think will end up costing the town even more money then it spends now, while sacrificing local control.

Something must be done to address the ever-increasing costs of government and services in Yorktown, and I am doing it. By joining the Committee to Keep Our Police Department Local, I will ensure that the number one responsibility of government, at all levels, keeping the residents of Yorktown safe, will be married with the number two responsibility of government, keeping our taxes low.

Some would say that in the past decade we have learned the consequences of unilateral action. Common sense would say that in the case of eliminating one of the best police departments in the country, it should be local officials making the call, and not some County Executive in White Plains.