County Clerk candidate Mary Beth Murphy
(R, C, I - Somers) sewed up her
third majory party endorsement today after announcing the endorsement of the Westchester County Independence Party
The support of the Independence Party puts Murphy
in a strong position on the November ballot.
"The people of Westchester County deserve a County Clerk who is independent and will stand up for open government while protecting people's right to privacy," Murphy
"It is an honor to be recognized as an independent voice who is beholden only to the taxpayers of Westchester County."
By gaining the party's endorsement, Murphy
is being recognized for her
commitment to doing away with the recent partisanship that has troubled County Government.
Dr. Giulio Cavallo, chairman of the Westchester County Independence Party, lauded his party's endorsement of Murphy.
"I strongly believe that Mary Beth Murphy will be our next county clerk.
The Independence Party strongly supports her
message of fighting against unfunded mandates, modernizing the clerk's office through increased use of electronic filings and saving taxpayer dollars through shared services, something that has been severly lacking in the current administration," he
Having the support of the Independence party is often considered critical to a candidate's chances at success in November.
Cavallo said Murphy
has a proven track-record of independent leadership in her seven terms as Somers Town Supervisor.
"Mary Beth Murphy
is the type of honest, effective manager Westchester County needs in the Clerk's office," Cavallo said.
SOMERS, N.Y. â€" After holding the position for the last 15 years, Somers Supervisor Mary Beth Murphy has announced that she will not seek re-election and instead will vie for the Westchester County Clerk position this November.
Murphy is serving her seventh term as supervisor after first being elected to the position in 1998.
ran unopposed for the position in 2011.
Republican Somers Supervisor Mary Beth Murphy has announced she will run for county clerk against incumbent Democrat Tim Idoni in November.
kicked off her
campaign Tuesday at Le Fontane restaurant in Katonah.
Greg Ball (R,Câ€"Patterson) and Somers Supervisor Mary Beth Murphy for backing an initiative to extend parole hearings from two to five years.
Brooks Prouty, grandson of Eleanor and Norman Prouty, recently praised and thanked Ball and Murphy
for supporting the bill.
â€œAlthough we reached out to other politicians in New York and Westchester County, only Senator Ball and Somers Supervisor Mary Beth Murphy took up the call,â€ Prouty said in an emailed statement
Somers Supervisor Mary Beth Murphy, who was elected to her position in 1998, has announced she will not seek re-election and will instead be running for Westchester County Clerk this November.
"I really love my role as supervisor here, but I feel it's time to explore new responsibilities," Murphy
Somers Supervisor Mary Beth Murphy confirmed Monday she will not be seeking reelection to the seat she has held for the last 15 years.
Instead, Murphy will be running for Westchester County Clerk in November against Democratic incumbent Tim Idoni.
Their challenger, Somers Town Supervisor Mary Beth Murphy, launched her campaign yesterday in Katonah, where she was joined by a throng of supporters.
â€œAs an elected officials we can never forget that our decisions and actions effect real peopleâ€™s lives,â€ Murphy said. â€œAs Supervisor I have remained in close touch with the people that I represent and I will continue to do so as Westchester County Clerk.â€
says that as County Clerk, she
will combine her
skills as a competent town administrator and an attorney fully familiar with the workings of the Court.
says that she
is committed to thoughtful judgment in decisions to protect the publicâ€™s interest and privacy.
Murphy was elected as the first female Supervisor of Somers in 1998.
The town of Somers
enjoys the lowest municipal tax rate in Westchester County, an accomplishment Murphy highlighted to the group at Le Fontaine Restaurant where the event took place.
Mary Beth has been a strong and effective leader for the residents of Somers over the last fifteen years," County Executive Rob Astorino said.
Westchester would be fortunate to have a smart, dynamic woman like Mary Beth as its county clerk."
Murphy is active in numerous civic organizations such as the International Lions, and plays a leadership role in several municipal organizations such as the East of Hudson Watershed Corporation.
She has years of experience working in both government and the private sector.
Born and raised in Yonkers, Murphy attended the Fordham University School of Law, graduating with a J.D. cum laude.
practiced law in the private sector for 15 years.
moved with her
husband to Somers
They have three children.
â€œAs Supervisor, I have proven my commitment to fiscal responsibility, standing up for taxpayers and fighting against unfunded mandates,â€ Murphy said. â€œI pledge to bring my years of experience with annual budgeting, capital project oversight, policy and ordinance formulation and implementation, personnel management and effective constituent communication to the Clerkâ€™s office.â€
questioned whether the incumbent had become complacent after years in office and said more needs to be done to stand up to unfunded mandates, trim costs and increase efficiency.
was critical of the eight-year incumbentâ€™s handling of pistol licensee disclosure and said she
understands the risks of unwarranted disclosure of personal information and would protect taxpayers from the release of private individual information by making thoughtful decisions, which will protect their personal privacy.
â€œWe can do a lot better in our County Clerkâ€™s office,â€ she
added. â€œWe need leadership and someone who can collaborate effectively with all levels of government.