Mary Capoccia, a familiar face in town, has been named as Yorktown supervisor-elect Michael Grace's executive secretary. She will fill the position when Grace takes office Jan. 1, 2012.
"I’ve known Mary long enough and well enough to have total confidence and trust in her administrative skills, plus she brings to Town Hall an enthusiastic attitude that is positively professional and personable," Grace said in a press release. "She is the ideal choice to help me stay focused on the job at hand. We have a lot of hard, productive work ahead of us to properly nurture Yorktown with participatory government and ‘smart growth,’ to borrow a phrase from one of our newest citizen groups."
Capoccia, a resident of Yorktown for 17 years, has worked for the past decade as the legal secretary in the law offices of Albert A. Capellini, a past supervisor of Yorktown whose practice represents several developers in the region, as well as various other clients involved in transactions with the town. During that period, she also was a broker for Hanover Hudson Realty.
Prior to her paralegal work, Capoccia was executive secretary to a division president at McGraw-Hill in Manhattan for 12 years.
"It’s very bittersweet to leave Al because we work as a family," Capoccia of her transition. "At the same time, I’m very excited to be starting with Mike, who I see not only making changes but bringing Yorktown back to greatness. He’s very approachable. You can talk to him about anything."
Capoccia's husband Rocco works for a financial services firm. Their eldest son Nicholas, 23, a graduate of Sacred Heart College, is currently serving an internship at a financial services firm. Christopher, 20, is a student at SUNY Albany. Both sons have worked as Yorktown volunteer firefighters, with Nick being a charter member of Yorktown Heights Engine Co. No. 1’s Junior Corps.
Capoccia said she is ready to take on the challenges at Town Hall.
"I don't think it's any more stressful than what I do," she said. "The Town Hall staff in place is highly competent. Michael has been meeting with all the department heads since he won election. I know they will be very helpful."