Lifelong Yorktown resident Thomas Diana, a candidate for the position of Yorktown highway superintendent, has secured the Democratic Party Line following the Primary Election on Sept. 10.
This is his first time Diana – a 1975 Lakeland High School graduate – is running for public office.
Following the results last week, Diana issued the following statement:
"I would like to take this opportunity, to thank everyone who believed and trusted in me throughout the Democratic Primary. First and foremost – the voters who were paramount to my success. The Democratic, Independence, and Working Families Parties for nominating me.
Finally, the many folks who worked on my campaign, from my family, friends, neighbors, volunteers, and supporters alike. I'm humbled to be given the opportunity to possibly serve the community again. Yorktown has been my life long home and I promise to do my best for my community. Again, 'Thank you' to everyone."
Diana has more than 25 years of experience as a law enforcement officer in Yorktown and Westchester County. He first entered the public safety field in 1980 as a K9 officer for the Yorktown Police Department.
He later worked for the town of Cortlandt's police department for 14 years where he was a patrol division commander until the town board closed down the department. Diana also worked as a police officer at the Westchester County Police Department.
Diana is now the owner of Comfort Heating Inc., a fuel oil company in Shrub Oak. He runs his business along with his wife Donna and two other employees.
His opponent in the election is Yorktown Councilman Dave Paganelli who has secured the Republican Party Line for the position of Yorktown highway superintendent.
Paganelli, a Yorktown resident since 1982, was elected to his four-year term on the town board in 2011. He ran Travelers' Rest Restaurant on Route 100 for the last 10 years, but decided not the renew his lease in July 2012. He has been in the food and service industry from 32 years – he started working as a waiter in 1979 and worked his way up to manager and operator of the restaurant.
Since he left the food industry, he has been doing towing work and driving heavy construction equipment.
Paganelli won the Republican Party Line despite not being endorsed by the Yorktown Republican Party committee.