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: 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.