Wednesday, June 24, 2020

IP Members, The Neighbors' Fund Could Use Our Help

Hi, Everyone,

The primary is finally over. Now we wait. It may take a week of more to get final election results, but thank you all for voting. 

And while we're waiting for final results, here's an opportunity to make a difference. 

From Meg:

Indivisible Pleasantville please help if you can.
The Neighbors' Fund has given out close to $20,000 in rent and food assistance.
We currently have $2,400 in assistance that has been requested that we don't have the funds to cover. We really want to be able to help everyone who has applied. (All money donated goes directly to food and housing grants)
Even a small donation will help and a large donation would help even more!
Thanks all.
Here's the link to make a donation:

Please wear your mask - COVID is still with us.


Karin

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Primary Election

Hi, All,

We're in the home stretch of this year's primary. 

Early Voting is still an option for Sunday, June 21, noon - 5 pm at the Mt. Pleasant Community Center, 125 Lozza Drive, Valhalla.

Primary Day, June 23, 6 am - 9 pm at 3 locations:
-- Pleasantville: Pleasantville High School
-- Sleepy Hollow: Galgano Senior Center
-- The Hamlets: Mt. Pleasant Community Center

Briarcliff residents - I'm really not sure. Please check the cards the Board of Elections sent.

Absentee Ballots must be postmarked by midnight, June 22. So if you're still hanging on to yours, please move it along. I really do know how challenging it's been to select one from all the terrific candidates we have for Nita Lowey's seat, but the end is nigh.....

So, as usual...Stay Safe!...Wear Your Mask!...Vote!

Karin

Friday, June 12, 2020

The Primary is Here!

Hi Everyone,

The Primary is upon us and Early Voting begins on Saturday, June 13.
Here in Mt Pleasant the voting location is the Mt. Pleasant Community Center at 125 Lozza Drive in Valhalla. 

Lozza Drive is off Columbus Ave, 1 traffic light north of Stevens and Mt. Pleasant Town Hall. Once on Lozza, look for the MPCC sign that will direct you to the area of the Community Center and Water Dept. The Community Center will be to your right. There is plenty of parking.

Early Voting Days and Hours are: 
Saturday, June 13th: 12 pm to 5 pm 
Sunday, June 14th: 12 pm to 5 pm 
Monday, June 15th: 8 am to 4 pm 
Tuesday, June 16th: 12 pm to 8 pm 
Wednesday, June 17th: 8 am to 4 pm 
Thursday, June 18th: 12 pm to 8 pm 
Friday, June 19th : 8 am to 4 pm 
Saturday, June 20th: 12 pm to 5 pm 
Sunday, June 21st: 12 pm to 5 pm  

Tuesday, June 23, 6 am - 9 pm is the Primary Election.
If you haven't received a card from the Board of Elections telling you where to vote, please check with them. They have consolidated some voting sites so your usual location may not be operational. You can check using the link on the BOE website https://citizenparticipation.westchestergov.com/find-polling-place. (This may not work. I tried it and it couldn't find my polling site.) Or you can call them at: 914-995-5700. Or you can use the League of Women Voters polling site finder at:https://www.vote411.org/search-by-topic?tid_1%5B0%5D=12 

Absentee Ballots
My understanding is that we can still request Absentee Ballots, even if we didn't respond to the request application sent out a few weeks ago. Check out this Board of Elections page for more information: https://citizenparticipation.westchestergov.com/voting/absentee-ballots

If you've received an Absentee Ballot, please complete it and put it in the mail. You may also hand deliver it to the Early Voting site. Must be postmarked by June 22.

I know this can feel overwhelming, but we're learning a new system during a pandemic. I have every confidence that we're gonna do this!

Stay safe. Wear a mask - they're required to enter a polling place. Otherwise they're just a really good and responsible idea.

Karin

2020 Census Job Opportunities

Owen Borda, who gave a 2020 Census presentation to IP last fall, has asked that I share the following information with you. So if you know of someone looking for a summer job - or if you'd like one, you can get more information on June 16 at 2 pm through a webcast. You have 4 links to choose from. So.... 

Upcoming Live Video Chat: Immediate Job Opportunities with 2020 U.S. Census


Description:  
Know of someone who is looking for an immediate job opportunity? Please join Asaph Boldgett, supervisory recruiter with the New York Regional Census Center, when he joins Zachary Lange, a census response representative, and Jason Chapin, director of workforce development with the Westchester County Association, to chat about immediate job opportunities with the U.S. Census and how you can apply. The job pays $23 an hour, the hours are flexible, and 1,900 additional workers are needed between now and December! Learn how you can help ensure everyone is counted, which helps to determine how much federal money Westchester receives for healthcare, housing, education, and transportation. The live chat is on Tuesday, June 16th at 2 p.m. Please share this with others who might be interested and bring your questions!  

Links:
Promotional Video Link:  https://youtu.be/m9xwbWfehz8

YouTube Live Link: https://youtu.be/qIBIHYa9vyg
  
Please direct any questions to:

Jason C. Chapin
Director of Workforce Development
Westchester County Association
1133 Westchester Ave. – Suite S-217
White Plains, NY 10604
914-948-4144

Let's get a complete count for Mt. Pleasant!

Stay safe.

Karin

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

IP Update

Hi All,
We’ve made it through three months of self-isolation and now things are beginning to heat up, both weather-wise and politically.
So just a few reminders:
1.       David sent out a reminder to send in your school board ballots. You still have a few days, so Pleasantville, Mt. Pleasant, Briarcliff, please fill them out and put them in the mail if you haven’t already.
2.       For Presidential and local primaries you should have received an application for an Absentee Ballot. If you haven’t already requested one and wish to, you can send in your application until June 16.
3.       Please consider using Absentee Ballots – for your safety and for the safety of the nice people who work the elections.
Now for the primary for Nita Lowey’s seat. We have a plethora of candidates and, unfortunately, no public debates. But there are virtual forums (listed below) including one scheduled for June 4. The candidates are: David Buchwald, David Carlucci, Asha Castleberry-Hernandez, Evelyn Farkas, Allison Fine, Mondaire Jones, Catherine Parker, Adam Schleifer.
On May 21, 2020 LWV held a virtual forum for the candidates running for the Democratic nomination for Congressional District 17. You can view it here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cdyWWlR-VaWy5Gp-K1U0blYbuUtpDr7B/view
On June 4 at 2 pm the Journal News (lohud) will stream a forum for the Democratic candidates for Congressional District 17. You can view it here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nK52MhOsifU
For County District Attorney the candidates are Anthony Scarpino (incumbent) and Mimi Rocah.
On May 28, 2020 LWVW held a virtual forum for the candidates running in the June 23rd Democratic primary for Westchester County District Attorney. You can view it here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VE2GzGUx6tKs-kU_QMyy2Pfpws5BVfj4/view
And for NYS Assembly District 92 
On June 7 at 1 pm, the League of Women Voters of the Rivertowns will moderate a New York State Assembly District 92 Democratic virtual Candidates Forum. The district consists of the Towns of Greenburgh and Mount Pleasant. 
The candidates include Thomas J. Abinati and Jennifer Williams. 

Please register in advance at: https://bit.ly/Assembly92reg

To submit questions for the candidates, please do so in advance at: https://bit.ly/Assembly92ques

Oh, there's also a Presidential Primary - so vote!

Now for the 2020 Census. Mt. Pleasant is still lagging behind the percent of residents completing the census. In 2010 it was 73.4%; so far this year, we’ve only hit 69.3%. Remember, each person counted brings about $2,500 each year to NY state. We get that back through property tax relief, the STAR program, infrastructure grants and a myriad of other programs that benefit Mt. Pleasant. So, please, please, please complete the 2020 Census and encourage others to join you.

And finally, your public health message. Wear your mask! As our Covid case numbers drop and our favorite haunts begin to reopen, we might be tempted to think the threat is over. Well, it isn’t. It’s just contained because of all the responsible things we’ve done for the last three months. We don’t want to go back to self-quarantine, so please wear your mask, wash your hands, maintain social distancing. We’ve been a model for the rest of the nation – let’s keep it up!

Stay safe, stay well, and stay politically engaged.

Karin

Friday, May 1, 2020

2020 Census Needs Our Help

Hi All,

This weekend there's a big push to get everyone to complete the census. We're being asked to help by posting encouraging messages on social media - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, whichever you ones you use.

So why should we do this?

First, a lot of us have time on our hands right now. But more important, historically NY has been under counted on the Census and that affects each and every one of us. The Census is used to distribute Federal funding to the states for:
---Education
---Healthcare
---Infrastructure
---Human Services
It determines Federal representation (# of Representatives).
It's data is used by the state and localities for planning and distribution of funds.

What can we do?

Message on social media!

It can be a simple Facebook or Twitter message like "I'm Counted! #2020Census" or "We're Counted! #2020Census" to more substantive messages about Education, Healthcare, etc. Below are some examples from the 2020Census Team. You can get out your message as a text, a meme, a video, or any other expression that strikes you. If you're bilingual, please post in all the languages you know.

Let's do this. Let's make it happen for Mt. Pleasant, Pleasantville, Westchester County and NY State. The success of our count benefits us for the next decade.

Karin

Sample posts (just copy and paste):

--In our country, everyone counts—no matter who you are, what you do, how you worship, or whom you love. I’m proud to support the
@USCensusBureau and the #2020Census . Respond to the census now at 2020Census.gov . #shapeyourfuture

○ Why do I support the #2020Census ? The census informs where federal funds go every year for things like our healthcare workers, EMTs and firefighters. Go to 2020Census.gov now to respond! #shapeyourfuture 

○ The #2020Census counts everyone who lives in the United States. No matter who you are, we all count! Go to 2020Census.gov now to be counted. @USCensusBureau. #shapeyourfuture

○ There’s still time to shape the future for your community. You can complete the #2020Census now online, by phone, or by mail. Visit 2020Census.gov 

-- No matter where you call home, the #2020Census is your chance to shape the future of your community. Complete the census today!
2020Census.gov

○ Complete the #2020Census to help shape the next 10 years for health care and infrastructure. There’s still time to respond! Visit 2020Census.gov

○ The #2020Census helps direct billions of dollars of funding for things that your community needs, including roads. Complete the census today. Visit 2020Census.gov

○ Help the schools in our communities when their doors reopen and for the next 10 years by responding to the #2020Census now. You can answer online, by phone, or by mail. Visit 2020Census.gov

○ The #2020Census informs funding for the services that keep your
community safe and prepared. Complete the census today!
2020Census.gov

○ Your answers to the #2020Census are safe, secure, and used only toproduce statistics. Learn more at 2020Census.gov .

Please Help the Neighbors' Fund

Hey, IP!
So far the fund has raised over $10,000!!!! Thanks so much to all who have donated. If you have not donated please consider making a donation this weekend as we'll start taking applications for housing assistance grants on May 5th (TUESDAY).
Applications for housing assistance funds can be accessed on the website
as of Tuesday (and donations accepted at the same address!)
Also - PLEASE HELP us spread the word - please share about the fund on your social media and help us continue to raise funds to help the Pleasantville Food Pantry and our neighbors!