YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Vedat Gashi (D-Yorktown) is running for a spot on the Westchester County Board of Legislators, he told Yorktown News.

His announcement comes about three weeks after County Legislator Mike Kaplowitz (D-Somers) said he would not seek re-election after 22 years of representing District 4, which includes New Castle and portions of Somers and Yorktown.

“Mr. Kaplowitz has had a long, distinguished career serving the people of Westchester, and as one of his constituents, I’m grateful for his service,” Gashi said.

“I am honored for the opportunity to run at a time when we face such difficult questions that require tough decisions to be made. Mr. Kaplowitz’s departure leaves a void and I hope to honor his service,” he continued. “I look forward to the opportunity to serve my fellow neighbors and community members to address the issues that concern Westchester County.”

He said some of the top issues facing Westchester are high taxes, the need for economic development, and protection of the environment.

Gashi, a local businessman and real estate attorney, is a long-time resident of Yorktown, where he lives with his wife and their two young children. He is a graduate of Lakeland High School, Connecticut College, and Seton Hall Law School.

Last year, Gashi ran for the 94th Assembly District against incumbent Kevin Byrne (R-Mahopac).

State Sen. Peter Harckham (D-South Salem) and Yorktown Supervisor Ilan Gilbert have already thrown their support behind Gashi.

“Vedat Gashi is smart, tough, compassionate and forward-thinking—all the qualities of a good legislator,” Harckham said. “Vedat will serve the people of the 4th Legislative District with distinction.”

Gilbert added, “Vedat Gashi is a real upcoming talent, demonstrating great knowledge of our town, county and state. He’s a sincere family man and cares deeply about his community. I’m excited to see him focusing his efforts on the people of Westchester and have no doubt he’ll accomplish a great deal.”

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