The voting has closed in the Yorktown-Somers Person of the Year poll and the majority have selected Yorktown Councilman Vishnu Patel as the 2012 person of the year.
Patel is a retired IBM scientist who actively supports high school Science Research projects. He is often a guest teacher at science classes throughout the Yorktown and Lakeland schools.
He also makes multiple donations around town including computer equipment to the schools and the Senior Center computer facility. Patel also attends student award ceremonies and Boy Scout Eagle ceremonies and organizes Boy Scouts to do public service projects.
Patel, who was nominated along with Beatrice 'Tricy' Cushner, was selected through an unscientific poll on Yorktown-Somers Patch.
"Live your life as such that no one has to lie at your funeral," Patel said. "That is my motto."
The man said volunteering is what makes Yorktown great and commended Cushner for being involved with various organizations within the community.
Congratulations to those who were nominated and thank you to the locals who voted.