The Alliance was in the house on Monday, December 18, at the Port Chester Board of Trustees’ last meeting of the year. While voting rights and the future of Village elections was not on the agenda, after five Alliance members gave testimony during the public comments period, voting was on the map!
First we rallied outside of the Village Courthouse chanting, “Make it fair. Make it clear. Put it in writing,” while the mayor and the trustees filed in. Then we marched into the courtroom, signed up to make comments, and proceeded to lay out why we were there.
We were there to ensure a transparent process was followed with meaningful public engagement while the trustees consider adopting a new voting method for Village elections.
Our goal is to get the mayor and trustees to adopt a resolution to conduct several open meetings so the public can engage them, and the expert they hired to assist them, in determining a new voting method. We want simultaneous Spanish translation at the meetings, and we want them to be held in the evenings when most people can participate.
Trustee Daniel Brakewood took a thoughtful approach, saying our demands were both reasonable and achievable. Village attorney Tony Cerreto said he would draw up a resolution that would be presented at the next trustee meeting on January 2, when the expert will deliver her report on adopting a new electoral system for the Village.
We encourage everyone to attend January 2nd trustees meeting to hear what the expert has to say and what the trustees will do next: Tuesday, Jan. 2, 7:00pm at the Village Courthouse, 350 North Main Street.