Yonkers candidate Joe Crotty discusses run

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Joe Crotty kicked off his campaign to win the Republican nomination for the Yonkers City Council’s Fifth District last month.

We recently sat down with him to discuss his background and reasons for running to replace outgoing Councilman John Murtagh, who is term limited and preparing for a mayoral run.

Crotty, 25, a financial services advisor for a small investment bank, grew up in Yonkers and he attended the Eastchester public schools, where his mother is a teacher.

He’s single with no kids and a member of the Garrett Park Neighborhood Association, the Yorkshire Tenants Association and the Westchester Young Republicans, among other groups.

Crotty said that voters should view his youth as an advantage.

“I think I bring a new perspective, a fresh set of eyes and some energy,” said Crotty. “I’m not into politics for the glory of it….I really care deeply about my community.”

Crotty said that the Fifth District has a high standard of living that could nonetheless improve.

“It would be my job on the council that this standard of living always increase in the Fifth District,” he said.

Although he did not attend the Yonkers Public Schools, Crotty said that his campaign is not about slashing spending in the district, which with the city is facing a combined $96 million deficit in the 2012 fiscal year beginning July 1.

“I think having the proper funding for our teachers and students is certainly for the good of the city,” he said.

Voters can reach Crotty on the Internet through his Facebook page, www.josephcrotty.com or by email crottyforcouncil@gmail.com

So far, the only other Republican that has announced a candidacy in the Fifth District is Mike Breen; more on Breen tomorrow.

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  1. Good guy, great candidate. Nice to see a young, smart, community guy get involved.