BEDFORD, N.Y. -- The Bedford Democratic Committee announced Tuesday that it has endorsed five key candidates for the 2013 town elections to take place on Nov. 5. Running as a Democratic slate, the candidates are:
- Chris Burdick for Supervisor
- Meredith Black and Julie Vulpescu, each for Town Board
- Judy Aydelott for Town Justice
- Simone Shapiro for Town Clerk.
“We’re delighted with the experience, intelligence and caring which these fine candidates would bring to the Town’s government,” said Len Martello, chair of the Bedford Democratic Committee.
Town Board candidate Julie Vulpescu, who has lived in the community since 1976, is also a fundraiser at NYU Langone Medical Center.
“I love Bedford, and want to do everything I can to serve the community,” said Vulpescu.
“I am committed to enhancing communication to improve the effectiveness and accessibility of our government, while focusing on key issues, including the safety, security and well-being of everyone in Bedford,” he added.
Meredith Black, also a Town Board candidate and land-use attorney with Zarin & Steinmetz, is currently serving on Bedford’s Zoning Board of Appeals, and has six years of experience as a member of The Stamford Museum & Nature Center’s Board of Directors.
“As a professional, wife, and mother, I believe strongly in giving back to the depth, and richness that Bedford offers,” said Black. “I am committed to community involvement, focusing on transparency, communication, and effectiveness to establish strong master planning, financial prudence, and protection for our environment.”
Justice candidate, Judy Aydelott, has more than 30 years of experience as a trial attorney in jury and non-jury litigation in New York State and Federal courts.
"Bedford's town court must be a model for integrity, courteousness and fairness. All who come before the court must be treated with respect and know that impartiality will rule,” she said.
Clerk candidate Shapiro is excited over the prospect of creating a friendly Bedford government environment.
"I'm excited about the prospect of making the Town Clerk's office as helpful and friendly as possible," she said. "I would begin to take steps toward providing the community more timely and easier access to the decisions made by their local government.”
Supervisor candidate Burdick, a five-year Town Board member, was first elected in 2007, and re-elected by a wide margin in 2011. He is very eager to work with his peers from now until November—and hopefully more after that.
“We are excited and extremely optimistic about the next several months, looking forward to working closely with the members of this community,” he said.
“We feel this is as a unique opportunity to listen intently to our friends and neighbors to establish a collective view toward improving what Bedford’s Town government can, and should be doing for its residents and businesses,” he said.
Martello added that it is anticipated, at an April 10 meeting, the Committee will endorse County Legislator Pete Harckham for re-election and one of the three Democratic candidates for County Executive.
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