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Letter to the Editor: Betsy Harding on Judicial Campaign Ethics PDF Print Email

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To the Editor:


Apr. 11, 2018:  Bronxville residents may be wondering why the village justice election held on March 20 is still causing so much controversy. Aside from the flaws in the mechanics of the election, the issues stem from an email sent by the Bronxville Republican chair to followers on the night of the election. This email violates rules governing judicial candidates and their campaigns that set a much higher standard of behavior than the rules for other candidates. Not only are the standards higher, the consequences of violating these rules are potentially much more severe.

The additional rules are set out in Rules Governing Judicial Conduct (22 NYCRR Part 100). Explanations and interpretations of these rules are contained in the Judicial Campaign Ethics Handbook, a 65-plus-page document issued by the New York State Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee. Anyone with patience can read the handbook online at https://www.nycourts.gov/reports/judicialcampaignethicshndbk.pdf. The rules are so exacting that all judicial candidates, other than those for village and town justice positions, are required to attend an education program on judicial campaign ethics.

The Republican chair's email has several problems. First, the email claimed that Indivisible Westchester "reportedly poured thousands into" Ms. Nordahl's campaign. While this might seem like a typical campaign falsehood designed to rev up "the base," in a judicial campaign it is a serious allegation particularly against a candidate who is self-funding and spending less than $1,000 on the campaign. The financial reporting requirements are different for such a candidate and accepting the alleged assistance, if it had happened, could lead to serious consequences.

Second, under the rules, judicial candidates and campaigns are not allowed to make false statements about opposing candidates. Campaign statements must be "consistent with the impartiality, integrity, independence and dignity of judicial office." To paraphrase the handbook, this means a judicial candidate and his campaign can't tell lies. The false statement in the email about participation in the election by Westchester Indivisible violates this rule.

Third, under the rules and for obvious reasons, judicial candidates whose campaigns accept contributions are not allowed to know who made the donations. These candidates must form a committee to receive the contributions, submit the required financial filings, and shield the candidate from any knowledge of who donated. The Republican chair's email asked that checks be made out to "Bill Primps for Village Justice" and mailed to Mr. Primps's home address. This is painfully wrong.

I am continuing to assume that Mr. Primps did not know about the email when it was sent out on his behalf. By now, he surely does know and can address the situation.

Betsy Harding

Editor's note:  Betsy Harding is chair of the Bronxville Democratic Party.

Editor's note:  MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements in letters to the editor, and the opinions do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff. Its objective in publishing letters to the editor is to give air to diverse thoughts and opinions of residents in the community.

 
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

Editor's note:  MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements in letters to the editor, and the opinions do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff. Its objective in publishing letters to the editor is to give air to diverse thoughts and opinions of residents in the community.

 
Letter to the Editor: Bill Gaston on the Recent Village Election PDF Print Email

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Apr. 4, 2018:  It has been said that the second-worst idea in American politics--the worst being the balanced budget amendment to the Constitution--is electing our judges. The recent village judicial election, marred by voting irregularities (e.g., ballot shortages, long lines due to only one scanning machine in operation, etc.) proved that in spades.

On the eve of this closely contested race, the Bronxville GOP, in its attempt to aid its candidate Mr. Primps, launched a scurrilous e-mail campaign, designed to smear the reputation of his opponent, Ms. Nordahl, as the recipient of outside funding from Westchester Indivisible. 

These utterly false and fabricated accusations, worthy of Joe McCarthy, demonstrated for all to see how low the local GOP will stoop to win an election. Shame on them for spreading these lies!

To add insult to injury, the 11t11th-hour email also contained an explicit and ethically suspect solicitation for funds for Mr. Primps!

As a supporter of Natasha’s, I would normally be inclined to offer congratulations to Mr. Primps had he won fair and square. But his victory, decided by less than 40 votes (the final tally of absentees may narrow that margin), remains tainted, and the Bronxville GOP has yet to be held to account for its disgraceful tactics waged against an honorable candidate and neighbor, Ms. Nordahl.

At a minimum, Mr. Primps and the local GOP, rather than heading for the tall grass, need to issue immediately an unconditional apology to the voters of Bronxville for these shameful election tactics, lest the judge take office under an ethical cloud. Nothing less than respect for the idea of an independent judiciary remains at stake.

Bill Gaston
Bronxville resident

Editor's note:  MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements in letters to the editor, and the opinions do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff. Its objective in publishing letters to the editor is to give air to diverse thoughts and opinions of residents in the community.

 
Letter to the Editor: Bill Primps on Recent Village Campaign PDF Print Email

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Mar. 28, 2018:  I write to thank Bronxville residents who participated in last week's election that resulted in my succeeding George McKinnis as village justice.

My opponent, Natasha Nordahl, waged an energetic and impressive campaign. For her efforts, she has earned my respect and the admiration of village residents--competition brings out the best in all of us.

I look forward to serving Bronxville for the next four years.

William G. Primps


Editor's note:  MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements in letters to the editor, and the opinions do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff. Its objective in publishing letters to the editor is to give air to diverse thoughts and opinions of residents in the community.

 
Letter to the Editor: Letter from Bronxville Citizens in Support of Natasha Nordahl for Village Justice PDF Print Email

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Mar. 14, 2018:  We write in support of Natasha Nordahl’s candidacy for village justice. As a trial lawyer with twenty-plus years of courtroom experience, Natasha is eminently qualified to serve in this position.

In addition, the undersigned served with Natasha during her term as a director of the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library. Natasha held her position as a director from September 2008 to January 2015 while working as a lawyer and as a mother of three young sons. 

Despite the many demands on her time, Natasha was a committed director who actively served our community by striving to keep the library, one of our greatest assets, vibrant and relevant. 

She attended monthly board meetings offering fair and balanced legal insights with common-sense solutions and recommendations. She was an essential voice on our board. Natasha was also actively involved in our budgeting process, fundraising, and event planning and implementation. Finally, Natasha served as an officer during the last two years of her term. 

Based on our years of serving with her, we believe Natasha Nordahl, who has raised three children in our beautiful village, worked as a trial lawyer, and served as an active, dedicated and invaluable community volunteer, to be the best candidate for the position of village justice. She knows the law. She knows courtroom procedure and etiquette. She knows how to work hard. And she knows our village. 

Please join us in voting for Natasha Nordahl on Tuesday, March 20.

Fern Watters
Tom Rudd
Louis Parks
Sarah Walker
Maggie Monahan Bopp
Darcy Kaye
Jeff Minich


Editor's note:  MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements in letters to the editor, and the opinions do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff. Its objective in publishing letters to the editor is to give air to diverse thoughts and opinions of residents in the community.

 
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