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:
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:
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:
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:

To submit questions for the candidates, please do so in advance at:

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.


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:
---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.


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 . #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 now to respond! #shapeyourfuture 

○ The #2020Census counts everyone who lives in the United States. No matter who you are, we all count! Go to 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 

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

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

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

○ 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

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

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

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!

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick note to remind all of you of how much we accomplished in 2019.

Political efforts:
--we collected signatures to get candidates on the ballot
--we knocked on doors, made phone calls, and wrote postcards to support our candidates
--we worked as Election Inspectors and Poll Watchers to assure fair elections

And a special thank you to Francesca, Laura, and Liz for running for office. You did us all proud – thank you!

Community service:
Justine and Angela found worthwhile volunteer opportunities for us and for
--legal service luncheon for immigrants
--Open Door clients
--Pleasantville Food Bank recipients
--Pleasantville Cottage School residents

2020 promises to be a year of even greater challenges and we’ll need everyone’s help. The political efforts listed above will be on steroids because so much is at stake, but we can do our part.

Wishing everyone a New Year of health, happiness, and political activism.