Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy Running For Ball's State Senate Seat

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy announced he is running for the Republication nomination for the state senate seat in the 40th District now held by Greg Ball.

On Friday, Ball announced he would not seek re-election and would endorse Murphy.

The district includes Cortlandt, Peekskill, Mount Kisco, New Castle, Lewisboro, Pound  Ridge, North Salem, Somers and Yorktown, Pleasantville, Mount Pleasant and Sleepy Hollow in Westchester as well as three towns in Putnam County.

Murphy would be facing former assemblyman Bob Castelli,a Lewisboro resident, who also announced he was seeking the GOP nomination. Justin Wagner, a Cortlandt resident, who unsuccessfully ran for the seat in 2012, is running for the Democrats.

"Terrence is running because he is really concerned about the trajectory the state is going in," T.J. McCormack, a spokesman for Murphy said. "We are in last place when we should be in first place."

McCormack said New Yorkers pay the highest property taxes and New York is the most difficult place to do business in the country.

"It's put us in a perilous position," McCormack said. "Too many have given up. We've lost half a million people in the last four years. New York is in their rearview mirror."

Serving in Yorktown, Murphy discovered the cost of unfunded mandates sent down from Albany, McCormack said.

"He can really do more good and reach more people at the macrolevel," McCormack said. "He can stop the problem before they reach the people of Yorktown."

McCormack said Murphy is passionate about cutting taxes and making New York a better place to do business.

"Government doesn't create jobs," McCormack said. "It creates an environment where businesses create jobs."

The race is not about Murphy or Castelli, McCormack said. And while Ball's endorsement was nice to get, the endorsements of the voters is more important.

"A lot of people out there will tell you an endorsement won't win or lose you a race," McCormack said.

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Murphy was knocking on residents doors on Yom Kippor, he had no idea. This guy is soooooo clueless.

Yorktown doesn't have that much of a Jewish population (14% in the latest data I've been able to find online). I wouldn't expect him not to campaign today.

There's lots of things to criticize with him, but that's not one of them.

Sorry MisterBill2...I wholeheartedly disagree. The fact that there is a Jewish population should be enough to not campaign. If someone came to my door on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year, I would not be very happy. How would you feel about someone knocking on your door on Easter to secure your vote? If the youth soccer league can take the day off, even though only 14% of the players are Jewish, a candidate should do the same and honor those of the Jewish religion. To say that the Jewish population is only 14% is ridiculous, and can mean the difference between Mr. Murphy winning and not. I would hope Mr. Murphy or his campaign staff see this and actually apologize for their actions, but I don't see that happening.

Can we fine Murphy for littering? His signs are illegally placed all over the place? This guy is a failure when it comes to environmental issues as his plastic signs are not from recycled paper....can he just please drop out of this race and move out of town. I'm so sick of this guy showing up, shaking hands and that's it. Ask him any question about government policy and you get a big DUH!

Has everyone noticed how the chiropractor can't put two sentences together and has Matt Slater doing all his social media, etc? Now, we got this joke of a council member going around to any community activity possible shaking hands and again no substance to his campaign. This is a repeat of Murphy's failed legislator campaigns...Murphy the no substance campaign, no knowledge of any issues, should be a used car sales person instead. Just look at his none existed record as a council member.

Murphy is the biggest hack. First of all in another article he said that he didn't know Ball was not running. Big lie and he had his website all read to go. Murphy is one of the worst candidates you could find. Besides the fact he has done nothing as council member besides go to all the sports games around town and shake hands, and show his face at any event. Murphy has a spokesperson because he can't utter a single comprehensive sentence without it being a sound bite or some cliche remark. Let's not forget he has had two failed runs at county legislator where he got beaten pretty good. He has no qualifications to run for office, and it seems the Republican party of Yorktown must of pulled straws again to find a candidate. Doesn't anyone remember during one of his last runs for office during a debate with Mike Kapowitz he was just so embarrassing. The guy has no knowledge of state laws, zoning, public policy and he's a really crappy town council member.

Why is there no "like" button on this site? And it looks like he got the nomination (just happened last night), and I guess because it's so late there can't be a primary? I found this in the press release "Yorktown Councilman eager to take his record of cutting taxes and economic development to Albany." Now stop laughing.

Murphy running for the state senate is no surprise. As a Yorktown voter that voted for him as a town councilman he should step down from that role while politicking for the state senate. I'm getting tired of people getting elected to one office and then, while in office, seeking another office. Here we go again my fellow Yorktowners. We have a town board comprised of four (we thought) competent men that are more interested in arguing than they are in working to better our town. They can't even agree on how they should replace Paganelli who wasn't any better than the other four. Now Murphy decides to jump ship. What the hell is wrong with us? What the hell is wrong with the Democratic and Republican parties? Why do they allow candidates to change party affiliation just so they can keep their name in the running for an elected office (case in point Susan Siegel and Thomas Diana). Grace, Bianco, Patel... Paganelli and now Murphy. Is this the best we can hope for? What the hell has happened to this town? Goodbye Mr. Murphy... don't let the door hit you in your ass on your way out.

Murphy announced but all the quotes are from his spokesperson. Can he not utter more then a sentence?