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Letter to the Editor: Ellen Blais of Greater Bronxville Indivisible on the Recent Village Election PDF Print Email

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To the Editor:


Apr. 11, 2018:  Just before the recent election for Bronxville village justice, the Bronxville Republican Party issued a statement to its members that read, in part, "Bill Primps is being severely challenged by Indivisible Westchester, who has reportedly poured thousands into what was supposed to be a village race."

Greater Bronxville Indivisible ("GBI"), would like to correct the record. Contrary to the Bronxville Republican Party's assertion, neither Indivisible Westchester nor any other Indivisible chapter played any role whatsoever in Bronxville’s recent village election. Indivisible Westchester, to which the Bronxville Republican Party’s statement referred, is based in Larchmont and is one of about 15 independent Indivisible chapters in Westchester County.

Although many Indivisible chapters are aligned with the Democratic party, Greater Bronxville Indivisible is not aligned with any party. Our goals are to promote civility and integrity in public discourse, to preserve civil liberties, and to pursue a progressive political agenda. In fact, many GBI members supported and voted for Bill Primps for village justice precisely because they believe that Bill embodies the values we seek to protect; others supported Natasha Nordahl for the same reason.

We wish Bill Primps the best of success in his newest leadership role in Bronxville. We also encourage voters to treat with healthy skepticism the unfounded and, in many cases, plainly false statements currently being proffered regarding the upcoming special election on April 24 and other elections.

Indivisible is a movement of more than 6,000 chapters across the country. Each Indivisible chapter is independent. We share in common a strong attachment to democratic values and a determination to protect those values through political action as outlined in the Indivisible Guide, an online pamphlet published soon after the 2016 election.

Ellen Blais 
Member, Steering Committee, Greater Bronxville Indivisible

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Shelley Mayer is a longtime Albany hack who repeatedly turned her back on women who went to her for help. Her excuse? She didn’t have the authority to do anything about it.

I would encourage readers to seek out the story in the NY Daily News from April 13th that outlines Ms. Mayer’s abject failure to help two women who fell prey to sexual harassment and worse in Albany.
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All elections should be contested. Not the norm in Bronxville unfortunately. Everytime there is one it gets nasty. The last contested Village Trustee election was shocking how awful the challenger was treated by the Republican leadership of this village. Same for the recent County Legislator contest. Rather than debating ideas with points and counter points the attacks are personal and/or baseless non-truths. Yes this is the state of politics today but can’t our village be different? Be better? Lead by example? Our forefathers established the NPC in 1936 for nominating school board candidates which mostly eliminates ugly election campaigns but also eliminates the the voters right to choose and the opportunity for public discussion of important issues. We seem to have a long history of prefering uncontested elections—also preferred by Mr. Putin etc—not a good thing for a vital democracy. Bravo Indivisble!! We need what you stand for—especially civility.
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