Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving!

 Hi, Everyone,

Happy Thanksgiving!

A big thanks to all of you who donated food to the Feeding Westchester and Pleasantville Food Bank Thanksgiving initiatives. Because of you, many of our struggling neighbors will have a hearty traditional meal to commemorate this day of thanks.

We all know that this has been a challenging year; one that has brought the usual rhythm of our lives to a crashing halt. Our celebrations this year might be small, apart from many of those we love, but we do it so next year no one will be missing. And we really do have much to be thankful for. We're here; we've made it this far. And it's been possible, in part, by all those essential workers who cared for the sick, delivered our mail, processed our food, kept our groceries open and our restaurants catering to our take-out needs so we could be safe.

So have a healthy, happy, and safe Thanksgiving. And for a little cheer click the link below.


Monday, November 9, 2020

Update Feeding Westchester Thanksgiving Initiative

 Hi, Everyone,

There was some confusion about who was coordinating the Thanksgiving food donations - my bad. 

Angela Usobiaga, a volunteer with Feeding Westchester and an active IP member, is coordinating this worthwhile effort. The dropoff box is at her home at:

208 Fairview Dr

It would help her plan if you would email her to let her know when you'll be making a dropoff; contact her at 

Your contributions will complete the dinners which will include a chicken, ham or turkey and fresh produce.

Please join me to make this Thanksgiving truly a day of thanks for all of our Westchester neighbors.

In closing, I know there was promising on a covid vaccine, but let's not let our guard down yet. Please stay safe and wear your mask.


Sunday, November 8, 2020

IP Thanksgiving Volunteer Opportunity

 Hi Everyone,

Well, we can all exhale now. It was a tense week and may be a strange two and a half months, but it's beginning to feel more normal. 

Mondaire Jones is going to the House, Tom Abinanti is returning to the NY Assembly, Mimi Rocah is our new county DA. We're still awaiting results on the Astorino - Harckham race, but Pete remains hopeful.

Thank you for all your hard work to get the candidates elected!

Now let's put our efforts into another good cause. Angela Usobiaga has sent information about a worthwhile project for making sure our neighbors have what they need for Thanksgiving dinner. 

Initiative of Feeding WestchesterSee link below for full information

IF YOU’D LIKE TO PARTICIPATE AND DON’T WANT TO TRAVEL TO ELMSFORD TO DELIVER A BAG/SOME BAGS:  I’m setting up a covered plastic bin by my front door where you can deposit bags at any time.  As they accumulate, I’ll deliver them in batches to Elmsford.  IF you’re unable to drive for some reason, I can pick up.
The bags are a great idea.  Saves guess work AND saves sorting time at the food bank warehouse to assemble a complete box for a family.

Again, thanks for your hard work this election season. Celebrate safely and please wear your mask.


Monday, November 2, 2020

ALERT! Change in Poling Site Locations

 Hi Everyone,

Election Day is almost upon us. Mt. Pleasant Community Center saw lines of voters every day of Early Voting in spite of the rain and the cold, a testimony to how committed voters are this year.

If you haven't voted, please check the information below on last minute Polling Site changes to see if you're affected. 

Remember, you can still drop off your mail-in ballot at a polling site or at the Board of Elections at 25 Quarropas in White Plains.

If you have time, please assist friends and neighbors in getting to the polls. Check the candidates websites to see if they're still phone banking and help them out if you can.

Above all, be safe and patient,


From the Town of Mt. Pleasant:

November 3, 2020 Election Day Polling Site Changes

Please see the below polling site changes per the Board of Elections for Tuesday, November 3, 2020:

Election District #1 that normally votes at the Union Hose Firehouse will now vote at the James Galgano Senior Building located at 55 Elm Street, Sleepy Hollow.

Election District #2 that normally votes at the Union Hose Firehouse will now vote at the Rescue Hose Firehouse located at 11 Lawrence Avenue, Sleepy Hollow.

Election District #9 that normally votes at the Pocantico Hills Fire District will now vote at Pocantico Hills Central School located at 599 Bedford Road, Tarrytown.

Election District #18 that normally votes at the Valhalla Fire Department will now vote at Valhalla High School located at 300 Columbus Avenue, Valhalla.

Election District #34 and #35 that normally vote at the Hawthorne Firehouse will now vote at Columbus Elementary School located at 580 Columbus Avenue, Thornwood.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Urgent: Early Voting Hours Extended

 Hi, Everyone,

Those long lines at our early voting locations have caught the attention of the BOE and the County Executive. Voting hours have been extended by 1 hour each day of early voting.

The following is from the League of Women Voters of Westchester:

Due to the overwhelming turnout for this year's General Election, the Board of Elections is extending ALL early voting hours as follows:
Tuesday, October 27: 12pm to 9pm
Wednesday, October 28: 8am to 5pm
Thursday, October 29: 12pm to 9pm
Friday, October 30: 8am to 5pm
Saturday, October 31: 12pm to 6pm (except Mt. Kisco Memorial Complex Special hours: 11am to 4pm)
Sunday, November 1, 12pm to 6pm
There is NO EARLY VOTING on November 2
Voting on Election Day, November 3 is from 6am to 9pm. You must vote at your assigned polling place on November 3.

Most of the people I've talked to have waited 1 - 2.5 hours; my wait was a little more than an hour. But all-in-all, the process ran smoothly. Remember, you can drop off your mail-in ballot and you don't have to wait in line - the dropbox for Mt. Pleasant is just a few steps inside the community center and there is a poll worker 'guarding' it who can help you.

Please be prepared. The rest of the week is forecast to be rainy and Friday is projected to be cold, so dress accordingly.

Please stay safe, be patient, wear your mask, make some in-line friends as you wait, and VOTE!


Sunday, October 25, 2020

The Final Stretch

 Hi, All,

We're into the final stretch; early voting has started and election day is just a week away. The turnout at the Mt. Pleasant community center has been outstanding and countywide, more than 10,000 votes were cast on Saturday. 

Candidates still need our help:

o For Pete Harckham:
o Zoom fundraiser on 10/28 with Hillary Clinton -- see flyer below


If you're using a mail-in ballot please get it into the mail on Monday. Remember, you can drop off your ballot at any of the early voting sites. In case you haven't reviewed your options, here's the list:

General Election, Nov. 3, 2020

Early Voting Times and Dates

  • Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 from noon until 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct.. 25, 2020 from noon until 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct.. 26, 2020 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct.. 27, 2020 from noon until 8p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct.. 28, 2020 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct.. 29, 2020 from noon until 8 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct.. 30, 2020 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct.. 31, 2020 from noon until 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020 from noon until 5 p.m.

Westchester County Early Voting Centers

  • Eastchester Public Library, 11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester, NY 10709
  • Dobbs Ferry Village Hall, 112 Main Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
  • Greenburgh Town Hall, 177 Hillside Avenue, White Plains, NY 10607
  • Veterans Memorial Building, 210 Halstead Avenue, Harrison, NY 10528
  • Pound Ridge Town House, 179 Westchester Avenue, Pound Ridge, NY 10576
  • Mamaroneck Town Center, 740 W. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck, NY 10543
  • Mt. Kisco Memorial Complex at Leonard Park, 1 Wallace Drive, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549
  • Mt. Pleasant Community Center, 125 Lozza Drive, Valhalla, NY 10595
  • Mt. Vernon City Hall, 1 Roosevelt Square, Mt. Vernon, NY 10550
  • New Rochelle City Hall Annex – 90 Beaufort Place, 90 Beaufort Place, New Rochelle, NY 10801
  • Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562
  • Peekskill Nutrition Center – Neighborhood Center, 4 Nelson Avenue, Peekskill, NY 10566
  • Somers Town House, 335 Route 202, Somers, NY 10589
  • Westchester County Board of Elections, 25 Quarropas Street, White Plains, NY 10601
  • Grinton I. Will Library, 1500 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10710
  • Riverfront Library, One Larkin Center, Yonkers, NY 10701
  • Yorktown Cultural Center, 1974 Commerce Street, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Now, Get Out the Vote!

The lines may be long, so take a friend if you can...and water and a snack. 
Offer rides to people you know will need them. 
Dress warmly, you may be outside for some time.

As you wait in line to vote, please be warm, be patient, be safe, and please wear your mask.


Friday, October 2, 2020

Get your Pete Harckham signs!

Hi, All,

Meg has Pete Harckham signs, preferably for high traffic areas.

Drop her a request at!

Stay safe,


Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Phonebanking September 22 - 27

 Hi Everyone,

Here are phonebanking opportunities for this week:

Sign-up with this link:

We still have lots of work to do - please pitch in if you can.

Thanks, stay safe and wear your mask (but not when you're phonebanking),


Monday, September 14, 2020

IP Zoom Meeting Follow-Up


From Meg:

Thank you to everyone who attended yesterdays Indivisible Pleasantville meeting. It was great to hear from so many of our local leaders and to get focused for the next 49 DAYS until the election.

FOR QUESTIONS please email:

If you missed our meeting you can watch it here: 

 Passcode: K1uY7.1z



Phonebanking Sunday at 5 PM, Wednesday and Thursday at 6 PM (these phonebooks will involve trainings and be done with a ton of support - please join!)

Relational Organizing (friendbanks) Monday and Thursday at 6 PM

Texting: Mon-Thurs at 1 PM (join our Slack channel)

You can find all of our events here:

Join us on Slack:

Feel free to reach out any time with questions or for more information:


Hi everyone! Thank you for having us on the call. Please Please Please sign up to phone bank for Pete.

We absolutely CANNOT win without indivisible Pleasantville making calls for us.

Please sign up at or reach out to our field director (a mount pleasant native!) at. or by phone at 914-806-1456

Please email for yard signs


The instagram site @justvoteusa is sharing good resources and the videos can be shared too.

Looking for good resources on how to convince the conservatives in your life to vote against Trump:


Local elections on Tuesday:

We're thrilled that W. Paul Alvarez is running uncontested for our Village Board

Friday, September 11, 2020

IP Zoom Meeting 9/13/2020





3pm: Introduction to George Latimer
3:20 Elyse Schupak for Mondaire Jones
3:35 State Senator Pete Harckham
3:50: Charlotte Hill, Pleasantville Talks Change
4pm Local issues, open floor, questions
4:30 Meeting End

Join Zoom Meeting

Sunday, September 6, 2020

IP August Update


Hi Everyone,

Happy Labor Day Weekend! I hope you’re all enjoying the festivities.

Conventions are over, campaigns are heating up, and it’s time to gear up for November 3!


Mark Your Calendars:

Next IP meeting is Sunday September 13 at 3 pm on Zoom.

 More information to follow.


There are on-going issues: campaigning, voting issues, the USPS, so here’s a recap.

The USPS still needs our help. Your continued calls and letters will remind our elected officials that we haven’t forgotten that DeJoy needs to roll back the changes he’s made. The information sent you in the July Update is on the IP Website.

For those of you who have friends and relatives in states with Republican Senators, please encourage them to contact these officials. The House passed a bill to secure the USPS weeks ago; it’s now languishing on Mitch McConnell’s desk and Republican pressure is needed to bring it to a vote.

Voting issues continue and need our attention. The voting rules for NY are beginning to stabilize, but there are two outstanding issues: Will there be secure ballot drop boxes in Westchester? and Will we be able to track receipt and tabulation of our mail-in ballots on-line?  

I will be sending along additional information as I receive it, but for now here are important dates to remember:

Last Date for Voter Registration: This must be done 25 days prior to the election; by my count that is October 9, 2020. Registration forms can be downloaded at:

-- (English)

-- (Spanish)

Dates to Request an Absentee Ballot: You can request them now and until October 27, 2020. The request can be

--by mail or in person (25 Quarropas Street, White Plains, NY 10601),

--by email (,

--by FAX ( (914) 995-7753 or (914) 995-3190),

--by phone ((914) 995-5285 or (914)995-5291),

--or electronically through the NYS Absentee Ballot Portal (

First Day of Early Voting: Saturday, October 24, 2020 at any of the 17 County Election Sites.

General Election Day: Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at your assigned polling place.


Campaign calendar

I continue to need your help on this. Please let me know of events for candidates of local interest. They are:

Mondaire Jones – running for Nita’s seat.

Pete Harckham for State Senate running against Rob Astorino -  need I say more?

Tom Abinanti for State Assembly – does anyone know if he has opponents?

Mimi Rocah for County District Attorney – same for Mimi

And there are some NJ candidates we worked for in 2018 whose events I’m also listing


9/12       Senator Pete Harckham Food Drive; 11 am – 1 pm, United Methodist Church, 70 Bedford Rd, Pleasantville (flyer below)

9/16       Senator Pete Harckham Birthday Fundraiser on Zoom (flyer below)

9/8 and almost every evening, phone banks for Mikie Sherrill, a candidate in NJ whom IP supported in ’18 and is running for reelection.

Surely there are more events. Let me know about them so I can add them to the IP website calendar before the next update.

Pete Harckham yard signs are beginning to show up. If interested in having one, please check with his campaign.


Looking forward to seeing you at our September 13 meeting.

‘Til then, stay safe and wear your mask.


Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Save the USPS Update

 Hi Everyone,

I’m sure you’ve noticed that the USPS is under fire. While IP has been active in candidate support, we’ve been less involved in issues. Well, here is our chance and this is a big one.

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has brought new meaning to “snail mail.” On Tuesday, he agreed to suspend the changes he’d made to the USPS. However, he did not commit to returning and unlocking mailboxes, returning high-speed sorting machines in working order, allowing overtime, and processing and delivering the huge backlog of mail that has accumulated.

I’ve been listening to Postal Service union reps on the news and searching the net for ways we can get involved that may actually have an impact.  What follows are concrete ways we can put pressure on Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, the USPS Governing Board, and the Trump administration. I’ve also included ‘talking points’ I’ve gathered.

Talking Points:

The mail slowdown is keeping Vets and Seniors from receiving prescriptions in a timely manner. (The VA sends meds to more than 300K Vets every day.)

The mail slowdown is slowing delivery of Social Security checks to Seniors and payment checks to businesses; small businesses are especially affected.

(The PG has notified 46 states that mail-in ballots may not arrive in time for the counting deadline.) How can 100 million or so ballots overwhelm the postal service when it manages to deliver, on time, more than 1 billion holiday cards each year without a problem?

The USPS is NOT a business. It is a service that reaches every address in the US, urban, suburban, and rural. In many rural areas it is the ONLY reliable delivery service.

The USPS is a lifeline for active-duty troops abroad, keeping them connected with home and enabling them to vote safely and securely.


What Can We Do?

Financial Help

Buy Stamps

If each adult buys just one sheet ($11) of stamps, more than $2 billion of revenue is generated. So drop by your PO – they have a great selection of commemoratives. Surprise someone with a real card or put them on something you mail that has “no postage if mailed in the US” on it.

Buy Postcards

It’s postcard party time – send them around this issue or in support of a candidate.


Seems like almost every non-profit is seeking donations around this issue. If there are ones you know and trust, you could donate to help them keep this issue alive.

Make Your Voice Heard

Sign Petitions has links to petitions from major activist organizations. If like me, you subscribe to news from activist organizations, you’re already seeing petitions in your email. So, sign them.

Message with Social Media

Facebook, Twitter, and other social media can help us educate and engage. If you find something good, something accurate (do your fact-checking), repost, retweet, etc. Post your own take on this situation; sometimes useful conversations can occur.

Write or Phone (contact list at the bottom)

Here are the people to start with:

Our Federal Senators and Representatives

Our State Governor (Andrew Cuomo) and Attorney General (Letitia James)

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy

USPS Governing Board

President Trump

Perform an Act of Kindness

Thank your Postal workers. Leave a Thank You card in your mailbox for your carrier. (Drop in a tenner if you can; I can’t think of anyone who needs a drink more than they do.)

Contact list:

Senator Chuck Schumer

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Representative Nita Lowey (contact info, no email)

Governor Cuomo

Attorney General Letiticia James

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy

USPS Governing Board













President Donald Trump (you could also try Twitter)

1600 Black Lives Matter Plaza

Washington, DC 20500


Please help save the USPS. Its function or dysfunction affects our lives every day and is critical for the November election. We must be vigilant and vocal to secure the USPS.

Stay safe --- wear your mask,


Monday, August 17, 2020

Update: Democratic Nation Convention; Save the Post Office

 Hi Everyone,

Just a quick update in this challenging time.

The Mt Pleasant Democratic Committee has asked us to share this with you:



Join the "Convention Across America!"

Mon.-Thu. August 17-20, coverage 9-11 PM


On Thursday the 20th, join Westchester Democrats

as Joe Biden accepts the nomination


Suzanne Berger of Greenburgh is inviting

all Democratic Committees to a Watch Party


Click this link to register:


Also upcoming, 

MOVEON is spearheading #SaveThePostOfficeSaturday on August 22, 2020 at 11 am local time. They are encouraging people to show up to their post offices with signs of support. Can someone organize this for Pleasantville? For more information go to:,know%20you'll%20be%20there.

In the next day or so, I’ll be sending you more detailed information about how to Save USPS.

Reminder: please send me information about candidate activities so I can share it with the group. We still have elections to win.

Stay safe and wear your mask,


Saturday, August 8, 2020

IP July Update

 Hi Everyone,

Hope you are all doing well and survived the storm. I apologize for the delay, but the July update requires electricity and internet access and…well, you know the rest.

First, for those of you who don’t use the Indivisible Facebook page, here’s a message from Meg about out next meeting:


After months of turning our attention in so many different directions I am hoping we can come together 400-strong to work together on defeating Donald Trump and flipping the Senate.

Our next meeting will be held virtually on SEPTEMBER 13th at 3pm. Zoom link will follow.

In advance of the meeting you will be hearing from Karin Rhines with an update from the primaries and plans for a calendar of events and volunteer opportunities.


Lots to do and we've got September and October to do it! I hope you'll join us!


Now for the Update:

We asked how you voted in the Primary and got these responses: 18 Absentee, 2 Early, 3 on Primary Day. A big “Thank You!” to everyone who responded; your feedback is helpful.

Democratic Primary.

It took more than 2 weeks, but we finally got results.

Joe Biden for President.
Mondaire Jones for Nita Lowey’s seat.
Tom Abinanti for State Assembly.
Mimi Rocah for County District Attorney.

State Senator Pete Harckham didn’t have a Primary, but is running against Rob Astorino.

I haven’t found opponents for our other local candidates for November, so if anyone knows who is running against them, please share.

Get Out the Vote

As you know, Indivisible Pleasantville does not endorse candidates; however, we do encourage members to support the candidates of their choice. That being said, we have lots of work to do in the upcoming months.

I need your help. I’m trying to put together a calendar of volunteer opportunities to help candidates and information about their online events. Please send me information about phone banks, postcard parties, door knocking, online and real world appearances. This information will be placed on the calendar on the IP website and emailed every 2 weeks.

Primary Problems

Now for safe and fair elections. All of us living in Mt. Something got misinformation on our early voting site from the Board of Elections mailing. Some of us had problems receiving our Absentee Ballots.  Sleepy Hollow voters who wanted to vote early had a 45 minute drive each way and then were challenged to actually find the Mt. Pleasant Community Center. As a long time Election Inspector, I’m still frustrated with how poorly managed the Primary was. The County Board of Legislators (BOL) is working with the Board of Elections (BOE) to make things better, but they can still benefit from our experiences and suggestions.

Here are some ways we might engage:

Write to Margaret Cunzio ( our legislator, to request that the BOL monitor the situation and give the BOE all the assistance it needs to resolve past problems. Please be sure to cc:
Benjamin Boykin ( Chair of the BOL, 

Reginald LaFayette (, Democratic Commissioner, BOE, 

Douglas Colety (, Republican Commissioner, BOE

George Latimer (, County Executive

Write to the two BOE Commissioners encouraging them to advocate for all the resources they will need to run a smooth November election. CC: the others above.

Write to Governor Cuomo ( requesting him to allow no-excuse Absentee Ballots for November.

Election Inspectors

The majority of Election Inspectors (EIs) are seniors and many were unwilling to work the Primary – for good reason. (In addition, many of the usual polling places were unwilling to host a possible swarm of people.) To try to recruit more – and younger – EIs, the BOE is offering $350 for working the November 3 election. I received notice that training may be done online, but have not heard a final decision yet. In the past, prospective EIs were paid $25 for each of the 2 required training sessions.

If you know anyone who is interested in becoming an EI, they can sign up at the BOE website as either a Democratic EI or a Republican EI.

As for my fellow seniors who sat out the Primary, but would kind of like to work November 3, if you have reservations, please talk it over with your physician. I did this before the Primary and got the go-ahead, but with the usual caveats of mask, hand sanitizer, good ventilation.

Save the USPS

All our hard work could be for naught if the Post Office can’t deliver ballots to voters and return them to BOEs in a timely manner. Newly installed Postmaster General DeJoy has eliminated overtime, ostensibly as a cost-saving measure to the financially fragile UPSP. This is resulting in reports of a backlog of unprocessed and undelivered mail. This could be a disaster for mail-in voting.

Here are some things we can do:

Write our Federal representatives urging them to provide funding for the USPS.

Senator Chuck Schumer

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Representative Nita Lowey (contact info, no email)

Write Governor Cuomo, newly elected Chair of the National Governors Association, to use his influence to get Congress to fund the USPS and assure timely processing and delivery of mail-in ballots.

The same message can go to Attorney General Letiticia James (

2020 Census

The 2020 Census is being cut short for no clear reason. Mt. Pleasant is still short of its 2010 participation and counting every person is important. Remember, each person counted brings about $2,500 a year to NY State for 10 years and those dollars come back to us in aid to schools, infrastructure grants, Medicaid for our residents and on and on. Please remind everyone you know to complete the 2020 Census if they haven’t already.

I know this is long, but July was an eventful month. Please choose a candidate and choose an issue and let’s make this happen!

Stay safe and wear your mask.


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.