SCARSDALE, N.Y. – If you want to have a say in selecting candidates for public office in town, now's your chance. The Scarsdale Procedure Committee is still looking for residents to run for election to the Citizens Nominating Committee (CNC), the non-partisan panel that chooses candidates for major village offices.
The CNC is one of two committees through which citizens can participate in the electoral process. Ten new members will join 20 incumbents at several meetings during the year to propose and select individuals to run in village elections in March. The CNC will be responsible for selecting three trustees and the mayor this year.
“These candidates run under the banner of the Scarsdale Non-Partisan Party,” a release from Procedure Committee Chair David Brodsky said. “Since they often run unopposed, by choosing them, the CNC effectively chooses the village government.”
The election for CNC members will occur on Nov. 14. Candidates are expected to attend as many as five meetings and will serve three-year terms. To be eligible, residents must be registered voters who have lived in Scarsdale for more than two years. CNC candidates cannot be members of the School Board Nominating or Administrative committees, the Board of Education, Board of Trustees or the Procedure Committee.
“Candidates run for one of two CNC positions in their elementary school district,” the release said. “A minimum of two candidates are needed per position, four candidates per school district and a minimum of 20 candidates to run for 10 CNC positions this year.”
To run for the CNC, candidates must file a nominating petition with 10 signatures from registered voters within their elementary school district. They must also submit a short biographical sketch. Forms are available at the Procedure Committee website, or can be obtained at the Scarsdale Public Library. They are also available from Brodsky – firstname.lastname@example.org or 914-725-8437 – or Vice Chair Eli Mattioli – email@example.com.
The deadline to file is Sept. 30. After that date, candidates for any school district will only be accepted if there are fewer than two candidates for that particular district. A hard copy of the nominating petitions must be filed with the signatures, while biographical sketches should be filed as e-mail attachments.