Sustainable Port Chester Alliance is deeply concerned about the Village’s recent hiring of the Virginia-based law firm Holztman Vogel, Josefiak, and Torchinsky (HVJT) to consult on the election reform process in Port Chester.
Associated with Republican and conservative causes and legal cases, HVJT has been implicated by a North Carolina watch dog organization in the filing of false claims of voter fraud following that state’s 2016 gubernatorial election in which the Republican incumbent was narrowly defeated.
While we commend the Village for retaining an election law expert to provide much needed advice, we are at a loss as to why Village leadership – whether due to lack of thorough review or by intent – would retain a partisan law firm that has been alleged to have engaged in election irregularities, which may have violated state and federal laws against harassment and intimidating voters.
As the Resident Voting Advisory Committee completes its work and we near an historic decision on choosing a new voting system for Port Chester, Village leaders must guarantee transparency and trust in this very important process.
We call on Mayor Fritz Falanka, members of the Board of Trustees, and Village Attorney Tony Cerreto to immediately rescind the hiring of HVJT and retain counsel that Port Chester residents can be sure will provide expert, non-partisan legal advice.