Yonkers’ Crotty says he’ll stay in race

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Yonkers resident Joe Crotty, a Republican candidate for the City Council’s Fifth District, says he’ll continue his quest for a line on a ballot for the Republican primary on Sept. 13.

Crotty did not receive the city Republicans’ endorsement on Friday night for the Fifth District, which went to Mike Breen. Current, term-limited Councilman John Murtagh is running for mayor.

Crotty and Stephen Cerrato both sought the nomination unsuccessfully. Cerrato said today that he’ll continue his efforts to get on the primary ballot  and on Saturday Crotty released the following statement:

“The Yonkers Republican Party does not belong solely to the small number of people who are members of the party’s official apparatus.  It belongs to the people outside of the organization–the Republican voters–who are looking to support Republican candidates that will bring energy and a fresh approach to representing their values on the City Council.”

Here is the full version of his press release:JOE CROTTY COMMITTED TO YONKERS’ 5th COUNCIL RACE

REPUBLICAN VOTERS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CHOOSE PARTY STANDARD-BEARER IN SEPTEMBER PRIMARY
Yonkers, New York–Despite not obtaining official support from party insiders at the Yonkers Republican City Committee Convention last night, Republican Joe Crotty vowed to take his message to the streets and prevail in the September 13th primary for Yonkers’ 5th City Council seat.

“The Yonkers Republican Party does not belong solely to the small number of people who are members of the party’s official apparatus.  It belongs to the people outside of the organization–the Republican voters–who are looking to support Republican candidates that will bring energy and a fresh approach to representing their values on the City Council”, Mr. Crotty said.

The convention held last night was comprised of a very small number of Republican Party activists when compared to the much higher number of GOP registered voters in the 5th Council district.  New York State Election Law allows for candidates not selected at local party conventions to gather signatures on designating petitions in order to be placed on that party’s primary ballot.

“As a District Leader myself, I certainly respect the nominating process and those that participate in it. However, the stakes of this election are too high to not give voters a chance to select the strongest Republican candidate to represent the 5th City Council district.  Many of those who had to publicly vote for the now designated candidate tonight have urged me to stay in the race.  I intend to do just that,” Crotty said.

Joe Crotty is seeking to replace the term-limited and announced Republican Mayoral candidate John Murtagh as the member of the Yonkers City Council representing the 5th Council District. The 5th Council district includes the Crestwood, Colonial Heights, Garrett Park, Lawrence Park West, Mohegan Heights, Seminary Heights, Armour Villa, Sunnybrook, Cedar Knolls, Longvale, Sunnyside, and Bronx River Road neighborhoods of East Yonkers.  For more information about Joe Crotty, please go to his website www.josephcrotty.com.

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