Port Chester continues its preparations for the long-anticipated 2013 village government election with forum tonight on qualifying candidates for the election.
The session, one in a series of information sessions about the March 19 election, is set for 6 p.m. at the Carver Center, 400 Westchester Ave., Port Chester.
The election will decide the entire village Board of Trustees, including the mayor's position and six trustee posts. The election, organized under a federal court order, includes a week of advance voting.
The original court-approved plan only included voting for the trustee seats in the advance voting. However, officials said Tuesday that the court has approved a mofication of the plan so that the advance voting will also include the mayor's position.
Village Clerk Janusz R. Richards said preparations are in progress for the election.
He said 77 elections inspectors have been identified for the election and the village has contracted with Nassau County to obtain 30 pull-lever voting machines that will be used in the election.
Janusz said the machines include extra machines to serve as back ups. Additionally, he said Nassau County as part of the machine lease arrangement is handling the printing of the ballots to be displayed on the voting machines.
In case of problems with the voting machines, Janusz said the village has contracted with two voting machine mechanics - one a Democrat, the other a Republican - to be on-call to make any necessary repairs to machines.
Janusz said he also also undergone training on the machines so he can resolve basic problems.
To get the voting machines from Nassau County to Port Chester, Janusz said a moving company has been contracted. In Port Chester, the machines will be stored at a village building and locked up - with Janusz having the only key.
Janusz said the village is also in the process of putting together radio and cable television ads that will air to promote the election. The advertising is required as part of the court-approved measures for the 2013 election.
On Tuesday, the village Board of Trustees approved the hire of elections inspectors for the voting. The inspectors are:
TERESA ACUNA, CLOTILDE AGUILAR, HELEN ALBERT, DOLORES M ANSELMO-ISANBERG, INGRID M AREVALO, MICHELLE E BARNETT, ROSEMARIE BARONE, PATRICIA BARR, IGNATIUS J BONANNO, JEFFERY BONDS, WILLIAM R BRESSON, SILVIO V BUCCIERI, LUCY M CABRERA, PATRICIA M CABRERA, JORGE E CACERES SR, CARRIE E CHATMAN, RUTH A COHEN, BEATRICE T CONETTA, BETTY J CRAFT, GLENFORD DAVIS, ANN ROSE DECARLO, ADELE S DIENSTAG, GERALD E DONAHUE, JENNIFER P DOOLEY, ANTOINETTE R FARELLA, FRANCES G FERRETTI, ANNE M GALLETTA, GREGORIA R GAMARRA, ZAKID GAMARRA, THERESA M GENTILE, JOSEPH V GIANDURCO, ALEXANDER J GLENNON JR, FRANCISCO GOMEZ, MARIA D GOMEZ-BARRIGA, BLANCA R HANDAL, WILLIAM HEGEDUS, ANNETTE JAMES, DIANA M KING, LINDA L KOCHANOWICZ, RICHARD B KOCHANOWICZ, GERALDINE KOLOK, JAMES P KOLOK, MARILYN J KOWALCYK, STACEY LEWIN, ETHEL LIVINGSTON, MELORA LUCAS, PAUL R LUCAS, CATHERINE MACKIN, MARIE MALPELLI, ANN MARIE MARINO, COURTNEY MARINO, CONSIGLIA MARSILI, DANIEL MCCOURT, JESSIE MCDUFFIE, MARLENE E MEDINA, NANCY D MEMALE- PEREZ, ANTONIO A MORAN, DOMENICK MORLINO, NINO PALLOTTI, DORIS PEET, JOSE RIOS, THERESA RODRIGUEZ, JOANN ROMANELLO, ELAINE RUSSO, JOYCE S RYTELEWSKI, TERESA SABATINO, DANIEL G STUART, ADRIENNE TROUPE, JOSE R TRUJILLO, ESTHER TURNER, CAROLINE VEINTIMILLA, MARIO VELASQUEZ, JORGE L VIDES, JOYCEMARIE WASHBURN, DANIEL L WILLIAMS, MARY R YOUNG, HANNAH A ZACCAGNINO, ESPERANZA ZARATE.
About the election:
- On March 19, Port Chester residents will elect the Mayor and every member of the Board of Trustees. Voters will elect all six trustees and the mayor.
- In this upcoming election, we will also have candidates running for Mayor.
- Election Day is March 19.
- Port Chester residents can vote up to a week before Election Day for the Board of Trustees and mayor: Residents can vote at Port Chester Village Hall from 9 am to 8 pm on Tuesday through Friday and from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday from March 12 until March 16.
- Port Chester voters have the power to award their six votes for the Board of Trustees as they wish. In the past, voters cast as many votes as there were seats up for election, but voters could only give one vote to each candidate. With the new cumulative voting system, voters have the power to cast their ballots exactly as they wish, including casting more than one vote for a candidate.