SOMERS, N.Y. – 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. She ran unopposed for the position in 2011 . While she’s not the longest-serving town supervisor, Cortlandt Supervisor Linda Puglisi has held her position for 22 years , Murphy said she will miss serving the Town of Somers when her term officially ends on December 31.
“I certainly love the community here in Somers and I feel very rewarded from some of the major accomplishments so it is not for lack of loving Somers that I’ve made this decision,” Murphy said. “I feel like the skill set I’ve developed her as the supervisor and my administrative skills, as well as my background as an attorney, is a very good fit for the office of County Clerk.”
Murphy acknowledged that a government employee’s work is never done but she feels very proud of the work she’s accomplished for the Town of Somers over the last 15 years.
“There are a number of major accomplishments that stand out to me, including the acquisition of the Angle Fly Preserve and the development of the water district in the Shenorock area of town,” she said, adding that she was also proud of being a part of the group that brought coordinated paramedic service to the area. “We’ve had people come to our town board meetings thanking the paramedics for saving their lives. It’s very rewarding to know that a program you implemented helped save lives.”
Murphy said she has no plans to move out of Somers and that she fully intends to pour everything of herself into her last year as the town’s supervisor.
“There are many things we’re still working on now and the thing about government is that the minute something is finished, there is something else that comes along,” she said. “I’m sure there will be a few things that probably won’t be finished by December. But the town I am sure will continue to thrive and whoever takes the position, if they ever need background information or history I would always be a phone call away.”
Murphy has not considered what she would do if she’s not elected as Westchester County Clerk.
“Right now I’m focused on making that happen,” she said. “My energies need to be focused on doing everything I can to win that seat.”
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