Letter to the Editor: Don’t Forget to Vote!
Polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
November 1, 2013
by Mary Kirsch, Voter Service Chair
League of Women Voters of New Castle
In 2012, 76% of New Castle voters went to the polls and voted for President and for federal and state officials. In 2011, only 33% turned out to vote for town supervisor, other local officials and a proposition about town government. That’s a big difference!
So, I urge our registered voters: please look over the League’s Voters Guide, visit www.Vote411.org or view our Candidates’ Night video at www.nccmc.com. Local government does matter and there is good information available.
Need to know where your polling place is?
Click the League’s “Smart Voter” website—HERE—to find out.
The Candidates’ Night video is embedded below.
Who Appears When—
Judges’ Statements begin at the 0:07 minute mark
Supervisors’ Statements begin at the 00:20 minutes mark
Town Board Candidates begin at the 01 hour, 32 minutes mark
County Legislator Candidates begin at the 02 hours, 13 minutes mark
Ends: at the 02 hours, 42 minutes mark
LWV Candidates Night 10/24/13 from New Castle Media Center on Vimeo.
TV replay schedule:
The Candidates’ Night will be replayed On Demand at NCCMC.com and on our Public Channels—FIOS 45 and Cablevision 75—until Election Day. Replay schedule:
Monday – 7 am & 7pm
Tuesday – 1pm & 10pm
What the absentee ballot looks like:
I have to go out of town Monday night on business for the rest of the week. Is there any way to get an absentee ballot at this late date?
You can apply in person for an absentee ballot through Monday, November 4. The Bd of elections office in white plains (25 Quarropas Street), is open from 10 -2 on Saturday, Nov 2 and from 9-5 on Monday, Nov 4.)
Thank you Mary Kirsch for this very important information about absentee ballots. Our Town Clerk, Jill Shapiro, is going to send out a CodeRED message to let voters know that they can still vote in White Plains today via an absentee ballot!
Too little, too late.
Mary, thank you and LWV for an excellent and well moderated candidate’s night. I hope turnout sets a new record tomorrow for our town. For me, this election still starts with big issues and I am hopeful that the residents of New Castle will not be distracted by selective quotes or clever pivots from what we have all seen play out over not just the past 5 months, but over the last few years. My vote was up for grabs after the last election, but I required a slate to start by providing satisfactory answers on Conifer and Chappaqua Crossing. Team New Castle clearly gives me the only hope that the town board will be a partner in sending a signal to the county, state and other agencies that are looking to see how this town votes on Tuesday that New castle is not willing to support an unfit place to live to those who are less fortunate while handing out a $2 million development fee to Conifer and a million dollar windfall for the landowner of a contaminated third of an acre. Team New Castle also provides me with the most comfort that a real planning process will take place that looks to take advantage of the strengths of this community, but also acknowledges its geographical limitations. I am not satisfied with key elements of the town board’s process for addressing legitimate concerns about Chappaqua Crossing, especially in the areas traffic, the effects on our existing business districts and the numbers behind the tax analysis. I see a 400,000 square foot hole of unoccupied office space in the tax analysis that is being assumed away. Some amount greater than 85% of us have concerns about traffic. This is not a NIMBY issue for me but this vital artery in our community impacts anyone in the school district. Thank you for reading and please come out and vote.