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Letter to the Editor: Betsy Harding on Recent Village Campaign PDF Print Email


To the Editor:

Mar. 28, 2018:  I wish to congratulate Bill Primps on his election to the position of Bronxville village justice.

I also wish to congratulate Natasha Nordahl on her hard work and dedication to the village. Ms. Nordahl conducted an irreproachable campaign for village justice. She refused to accept any campaign donations. She also committed to not spending more than $1,000 on her campaign and, in fact, spent considerably less.

On election night, the Bronxville Republican Committee chair sent out an email claiming:

“Bill Primps is being severely challenged by Indivisible Westchester, who [sic] has reportedly poured thousands into what was supposed to be a village race.”

This is completely false. The email concludes by asking for donations, “large or small,” to “Bill Primps for village justice.”

More than an effort to herd last-minute voters to the polls, this email attempts to solicit campaign contributions using false and misleading non-information. While Mr. Primps may not have known that this was being done on his behalf, it is regrettable that his term as village justice is starting in these circumstances.

Betsy Harding

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#6 Hilltopper DATE_FORMAT_LC1
I also received the mentioned email and found its tone slapdash and substance distasteful. I for one am sorry for any trouble it has caused Ms. Nordhal and her family. I must also admit I found it curious that a prospective justice would solicit campaign funds to his home address. Does this not create the appearance of, if not an actual, conflict for him and those donors? A surprising amount of bad judgement exhibited for one campaign.
#5 Stephen Nordahl DATE_FORMAT_LC1
In full disclosure, I have always affiliated with the Republican party. To me, Ms. Atayan's email echoes what we see on a daily basis from the top of my party. This unprincipled behavior needs to stop and people need to be held accountable for their actions. If accountability is not going to start at the top, we owe it to each other to demand it locally.

To that end, the honorable action would be for the Primps campaign to issue several apologies: one to Indivisible Westchester, one to duped Republicans and one to Natasha. To date, they have refused to offer any. Perhaps they think they have done nothing wrong….
#4 Stephen Nordahl DATE_FORMAT_LC1
The only reasonable conclusion to be drawn is that Ms. Atayan either fabricated the claims in the email or published a rumor (started where?) with reckless disregard for the truth. As a result, not only has Ms. Atayan, on behalf of the Primps campaign, breached the public trust with her fabrication, but she may also have breached something else; please Google "NY Judicial Campaign Ethics Handbook", review Section 5.3.1 on Truthfulness and judge for yourself. (con't)
#3 Stephen Nordahl DATE_FORMAT_LC1
In response, the truth:

1) Neither Indivisible Westchester nor its local Bronxville affiliate endorsed, had any affiliation with, or spent a dime in support of, Natasha's campaign. While I already knew this, it was easily confirmed through a couple of emails and phone calls – steps Ms. Atayan could also easily have taken (particularly since members of the Bronxville affiliate are friends with Mr. Primps).

2) Natasha did not solicit or accept any third party funds for her campaign. Instead, she self-funded and spent around $800. This information was publicly available to Ms. Atayan in Village Hall. Ms. Atayan could also have simply have called and asked Natasha directly. (con't)
#2 Stephen Nordahl DATE_FORMAT_LC1
Thank you Ms. Harding for bring this to the attention of the Village.

I am profoundly disturbed by Ms. Atayan's email on many levels. One does not expect, in a close-knit village like Bronxville, a blatant lie to be published to the community by the head of one of the political parties to seek votes and solicit money for her party's candidate – particularly in a judicial election. The ramifications of this falsehood, unfortunately, have gone beyond the election and have caused village residents to question Natasha and me, and, worse yet, my children's classmates to question them, about Natasha's campaign fund raising – this is intolerable and a bridge too far for me as a husband and father. (con't)
Could not agree more. Why did the Bronxville Republican Committee feel it was necessary to lie? Is this what this party believes in and teaches its children? That lying is OK? That smearing opponents is OK? That winning is all that matters? Looks like Donald Trump's values have taken hold in the Bronxville Republican Committee. Sad. It has become embarassing to be a Republican.


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