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Independence Party Endorses Parsons for Supervisor

LEWISBORO - The Independence Party of Westchester endorsed Peter Parsons for supervisor and also made picks for other positions in the upcoming municipal elections.

“We are pleased to endorse Peter Parsons and his entire Lewisboro 2011 team,” said Giulio Cavallo, Westchester Independence Party chair. “The Independence Party reflects the frustration of voters who are tired of politics as usual and we were impressed by the refreshing candor and straight talk of Mr. Parsons. He does not fit the mold of the typical politician. He and his running mates for town board have experienced real world success. They are doers, not just talkers.”

In addition to Parsons, the Independence Party endorsed Peter Gross and Dan Welsh for town board, Peter Ripperger for highway superintendent and Judge Susan Simon for town justice.

The Independence Party endorsed current Lewisboro Supervisor Charles Duffy when he ran two years ago, as well as other Republican candidates. The party selected Duffy because of his background as a certified public accountant, which it felt would help the town cope with the fiscal issues it faces.

“Unfortunately, we have not seen them follow through. It is evident to us now that Mr. Parsons and his team are much more likely to do the work needed to bring about real change,” Cavallo said. “We were impressed by the passion shown by Mr. Parsons, Mr. Gross and Mr. Welsh. It is clear that the town needs a change of direction and that can only happen by electing all three to provide leadership as a majority on the board.”

Duffy said he was not surprised he didn't receive the party's endorsement this time around, saying circumstances have changed with the Independence Party that go beyond the realm of Lewisboro.

"I somewhat expected not to receive their endorsement, though I did when I first ran for office two years ago," he said. "Unfortunately, their decision was not based on my accomplishments or the qualifications of our team, but rather based upon decisions at the county level that have nothing to do with the best interests of the town of Lewisboro."

Cavallo lauded Ripperger, saying he did an impressive job of making the highway department "run more efficiently with less” and deserved to be reelected. He added that Judge Simon has earned high marks for the way she runs the town court.

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