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October 2, 2015


CNC needs you!

People of Scarsdale, we know you are busy, perhaps even overwhelmed at times, but as the leaves turn and the air grows crisper and cooler, we ask you to think about why you moved to this special place, what you like about the village and how you might contribute to the local quality of life.

Or even what you don’t like and would like to see changed.

We’re hoping such reflections will lead you to volunteer to run to represent your elementary school area on the nonpartisan Citizens Nominating Committee. The election will be held Nov. 10.

The nonpartisan resolution that governs Scarsdale, painstakingly developed and modified over the last century, requires contested elections for the nominating committee. Running for election reinforces the concept that serving is a privilege, and gives the election system a democratic, grassroots foundation.

Under the nonpartisan resolution that governs Scarsdale’s nonpartisan system of government (www.scarsdaleprocedurecommittee.org), the CNC considers potential candidates for open positions in the offices of mayor, village trustee and village justice. From this pool, a slate representing the Scarsdale Citizens Nonpartisan Party is selected to run in the village and town election in March of each year. This year’s CNC will select candidates for the three open trustee positions and village justice. 

So what’s involved?

We’re not talking about arduous self-sacrifice, but rather a couple of afternoons spent meeting with 29 other civic-minded volunteers to vet candidates for village office. It’s not an open-ended commitment; it’s limited to four Sunday afternoons in December and January for three years, plus one year on the Procedure Committee. Most of the year you’re off duty.

Each year, 10 new members are elected from the five elementary school neighborhoods. Campaigning is not necessary. Winning is great, but losing is nothing to be embarrassed about. Many active volunteers in the community, even people who have already held and retired from trustee positions, have run in the CNC election and lost. They do it to show respect for the system and encourage others to participate.

All that’s needed is to fill out a biographical form, available on the Procedure Committee website. Candidates must file a short biographical sketch. The nominating petition with 10 signatures of registered voters from their elementary school area has been waived at this time. Forms are available as downloads at: www.scarsdaleprocedurecommittee.org. Hard copies may be obtained at village hall and the Scarsdale Library as well. Filing instructions can be found on the forms.

The deadline for filing forms was today, Friday, Oct. 2; but after deadline, additional candidates for any school district will be accepted only if there are fewer than two candidates for each position in that school area.

The nonpartisan resolution requires people to have lived in Scarsdale two years before serving on the committee. A broad acquaintance with village volunteers used to be critical for service on the committee. Members were expected to know enough people to make meaningful contributions to the discussion, back in the days when the prospective candidates did not know they were being discussed. However, now that candidates the CNC is considering for the village board must sign off on their bios, affirming a willingness to serve, and now that they are interviewed by the nominating committee, committee members can make judgments based on their own observations. This opens the door for more relative newcomers to run for the CNC.

Every year at the Scarsdale Bowl Award dinner celebrating service to the community, the honoree speaks about the deep satisfactions and lifelong friendships made though volunteer work in Scarsdale. Often they say they have gotten back more than they have given.

The nonpartisan system and the good government it continues to provide have served Scarsdale well over the years. But if you aren’t motivated to volunteer for the community, do it for yourself.

Read more local coverage of your hometown in this week’s issue of The Scarsdale Inquirer. Newsstand copies are available at several locations listed above, or subscribe today for convenient home delivery.

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