My Fellow Citizens of North Castle . . .
Pardon this lengthy e-mail but it is, in fact, extremely important!
This coming Thursday, November 13th, our town will be required to hold a special election, initiated and proposed by North White Plains resident Tony Futia, on the adoption of a Ward System. You will be asked to cast a yes or no vote on the following two propositions:
Proposition 1: Shall the ward system be established for the election of Councilmen or Councilwomen in the Town of North Castle?
Proposition 2: Shall the number of Councilmen or Councilwomen of the Town of North Castle be increased from four to six?
I urge you to VOTE NO to BOTH of these propositions and here is why I feel strongly about this . . .
I have had the privilege to live and work in our great town of North Castle for the past 17 years.
Many of you know me from my involvement with The Small Town Theatre Company where we produce summer evening concerts in our park, plays at The Hergenhan Center, and film festivals at Whippoorwill Hall. I have also had the privilege to volunteer time to various town organizations, committees, advisory boards, and task forces including The Art Show, the Cider and Donut Festival, the Road Races, the Frosty Winter Parade, the Communications Committee, the Historical Society, the Landmarks Preservation Committee, and the Chamber of Commerce.
I also take pride as an active participant to our democratic process by attending Town Hall Meetings to ensure that we have a town governed by honorable, capable, and trustworthy public servants.
It’s important to note that I have no self-serving interest in expressing my opinions as I have no financial or family relationship with any real estate developer, commercial property owner, or town employee. Nor am I seeking any political office now or in the future.
Last November you voted in a first class town board that is cohesive yet diverse – 2 republicans, 2 democrats, and 1 independent. You voted to bring back civility, courtesy, and respect. You were given the opportunity to vote for the most qualified candidates to represent the interests of ALL our residents. And, since last November, it has paid off economically, aesthetically, and professionally. Why would we want to change a system that works and allows you to “hire” the most competent candidates?
If you think our U.S. Congress is efficient and effective, then you will love the ward system – it is the same thing! North Castle is too small for such bureaucracy and only a handful of very large cities and towns throughout New York State (Yonkers, Hempstead, Poughkeepsie, etc.) adopted it. New Castle voters rejected such a proposal in 2011.
Click on the following link to locate the polling site for your November 13th vote: Special Town Election.
I thank you for your time to read this very important message and for your consideration.