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Scarsdale Voters Asked To OK Resolution Tweaks

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – When Scarsdale voters go to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 15, to elect new members of the Citizen's Nominating Committee , they will also be asked to make some decisions about changes to the Non-Partisan Resolution that governs how village officials are chosen.

Supporters of the amendments have said approval would accomplish the objectives of encouraging broader participation in the election of members of the Citizens Nominating Committee, diversifying the membership of the committee and avoiding the appearance of conflicts of interest on such committee by:

• Prohibiting two persons from the same household from simultaneously serving as a voting member of the CNC.

• Prohibiting a former mayor or trustee of the village from running for election to the CNC unless more than one election cycle – approximately 19 months – has passed since the person last served in such position.

• Allowing residents to vote by mail-in ballot, accompanied by a certification of eligibility to vote.

• Prohibiting any member of the Citizens Nominating Committee from simultaneously being a member of the procedure committee.

• Prohibiting any person from serving as a voting member of the CNC for more than three consecutive years, except under circumstances where a person was elected to fill a one-year vacancy in the CNC.

• Prohibiting any person from serving as a voting member of the CNC who is at the time of the election a member of certain other village committees or boards.

• Allowing the procedure committee to make recommendations on rules of procedure consistent with the purpose and provisions of the Non-Partisan Resolution.

• Providing that any questions of compliance with the provisions of the Resolution shall be ruled on by the chairperson, whose decision can only be overruled by a 2-3 vote of the voting members present.

• Providing that no vote for any nominee for a particular office shall be taken at a meeting at which a committee member has presented new information as to a nominee for such office based upon the committee member's personal experience.

There are seven amendments to the Non-Partisan Resolution on the ballot – complete text and wording found online .

Voting is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Scarsdale Village Hall. Absentee ballots will be available on the procedure committee website. They may be downloaded and mailed to: Procedure Committee, P.O. Box 284, Scarsdale, N.Y. 10583, to be received by 5 p.m. Nov. 14. Runoff election date, if needed, is Nov. 22.

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