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Indivisible Westchester on the Recent Village Election PDF Print Email


Staff, Indivisible Westchester

Apr. 11, 2018:  Independent, grassroots activist group Indivisible Westchester, on behalf of the residents of Westchester County, is demanding an apology from the Bronxville Republican Committee for using blatantly false financial claims in Republican campaign messages.

In a recent fundraising email, Bronxville Republican Village Committee Chair Rene Atayan said that the GOP candidate for village justice is “being severely challenged by Indivisible Westchester, who has reportedly poured thousands [original italics] into what was supposed to be a village race.” This is false. Indivisible Westchester did not endorse a candidate in this race and did not contribute anything, much less “thousands,” to any candidate in Bronxville.

Fabricating a story to raise money does a disservice to both candidates in this race, the Westchester voters, and our political discourse in general. Ignoring facts and misleading the American public has become a hallmark of Donald Trump’s Republican Party. And now it is becoming painfully clear that Republicans at every level – village, county, state, and federal – are embracing Trump and the national GOP’s dishonest, win-at-all-costs style instead of standing up for American values that Westchester residents cherish.

“At a time when our country is more divided than ever and outside groups really are pouring money into our local NY races, members of Indivisible Westchester are committed to holding both parties accountable to ensure that Westchester remains a place where we value truth, respect our neighbors, and support candidates that believe in equality and inclusion,” said Shannon Powell, co-founder of Indivisible Westchester. “And we certainly won’t stand for Trump’s GOP, or anyone, frankly, misleading the public.” 

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#9 Bruce Anderson DATE_FORMAT_LC1
Sorry, Rene, but despite your protestations and diversionary tactics to make this about Shelley Mayer, at its root this is about seeking and telling the truth. You didn't.

And now it appears that your sort-of apology has been withdrawn from MHTB, along with accompanying reader commentary. Don't know why, but clearly someone is not comfortable with open, constructive dialogue aimed at getting to the truth.
#8 Persona N. Grata DATE_FORMAT_LC1
The women say Shelley Mayer, a Yonkers Democrat, did little to help despite being asked directly to intervene in their situations.

The two — Julia Lilkendey, who still works for the Senate, and Shana Wittenwyler, who left in 2011 — outlined to the Daily News the harassment they say they endured and how they believe Mayer and other Senate Democratic officials at the time failed them.

Lilkendey said she’d gone to Mayer for help after her male supervisor sexually harassed and stalked her. Wittenwyler said her boss called her offensive names and once tried to hit her.

“Mayer didn’t do anything for me,” Wittenwyler said. “She put me in more danger.”
#7 concerned citizen DATE_FORMAT_LC1
just because an Indivisible member who ran for a recent campaign appears in Leadership photos DOES NOT MEAN THAT INDIVISIBLE IS A PARTISAN organization.

And what does it matter if a recent candidate helps a new candidate? That is normal behavior. It doesn't;t mean that Indivisible gave out campaign funds...
I found Indivisible's McCarthyite attacks most troubling. I supported Natasha because I met her and was impressed. As an independent, I'll continue to choose candidates in a non-partisan manner. Indivisible is quite partisan and that's disappointing.
#5 Inappropriate Reply DATE_FORMAT_LC1
Rene—your reply is a deflection of the serious accusation confronting you as stated here and in Betsy Hardings fact based letter. Another page from the Trump playbook. Your, and Mr Trump’s, tactics are the problem that has given rise to the need for Indivisible. We can only hope the Bronxville GOP finds a new Chairman. One who understands what serves the voters — the truth. Not something Julie Killian subscribes to either. Its embarassing to be a Republican today.
#4 Dale M. Frehse DATE_FORMAT_LC1
Disheartening to read these modestly unfriendly letters. Please write again with calls to come together and build concensus. I’m exhausted by the critical climate surrounding us and do want to hear the facts, but also how we can work together to do better!
I believe this latest statement is simply Indivisible’s way of frothing their base for the upcoming state senate race. We are more straight forward - Shelley Mayer has been a member of a corrupt NY state government for years. The high taxes, rampant corruption, and sexual misconduct in Albany is on those in power.

Our candidate, Julie Killian, will bring a breath of fresh air, reason, integrity, and intelligence to Albany. She has worked in male dominated industries as a Chemical Engineer and on Wall Street. As a mother of five, Julie has been proactively addressing opioid abuse as a trailblazer.

In conclusion, I respectfully disagree with Indivisible’s portrayal of the Bronxville GOP.
This is a mile square village governed primarily by volunteers - Indivisible’s introduction of the current President of the United States is a non sequitur of the highest order. For years the Bronxville GOP has worked with candidates on the election process- there are no costs associated with filing paperwork, and we have not actively funded a campaign in years.
It was disheartening to read Indivisible’s strident accusations regarding a local judicial race in a tiny close-knit Village such as ours.

Self described ‘independent’, Indivisible would not endorse our candidate who ran as both a Republican AND independent, but was certainly eager to endorse a very liberal Democrat, Shelley Mayer, for State Senate, which in the end, is what this all seems to be about.

Many people believed Indivisible was active in the opposition’s judicial campaign. An Indivisible member was/is prominently featured in Indivisible leadership photos; this same member contributed to many aspects of the opposition’s campaign, having just ran her own campaign for County office. Since a judicial race here has never, in anyone’s historical memory, been challenged, and voter turnout was also historically high, a reasonable person would most likely have the same belief as we held.


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