Each year, the SCNP supports only those candidates chosen by an independent and publicly elected 30-member CNC that represents a broad cross-section of Scarsdale residents and neighborhoods. Thereby, the SCNP removes agenda-driven politicking and instead supports candidates based on their volunteer service record, sound judgement, and the ability to represent all Scarsdale Residents on the many issues our community may face.
In January 2019, the Citizens Nominating Committee (CNC) announced that it has officially selected the following residents to be its nominees for elected office in the upcoming Village elections:
Marc Samwick, Mayor
Jonathan Lewis, Trustee
Seth Ross, Trustee
Rochelle Waldman, Trustee
The Village Election will take place on Tuesday March 19, 2019 at Village Hall (1001 Post Road).
“The CNC searched for potential candidates and deliberated over the course of two months, diligently following up with well over one hundred references from throughout the Village. While deliberations and reference conversations are not shared publicly, the CNC considered and researched carefully the background, experience, and qualifications of each candidate,” stated Jon Mark, Chair of the CNC.
Commenting on his nomination, Marc Samwick said, “I am honored and ready to serve our outstanding community. It is an exciting time in Scarsdale's history with, among other things, a new library under construction and active discussions about potentially transforming the Freightway site into a dynamic asset that would bring vitality and connectivity to our village center.
I would like to express my appreciation for the support and confidence of the CNC and am thrilled to share the slate with Jonathan Lewis, Seth Ross and Rochelle Waldman - they are each exemplary community members that, if elected, will serve with intelligence, dedication and integrity.
The non-partisan system has removed money and influence from the Scarsdale election process, encouraging the most qualified and motivated citizens to serve.
If elected, I look forward to continuing to work with our very capable professional village staff and the outstanding volunteers who serve our community selflessly every day. Scarsdale is a great place to live and I will do my best to uphold the high standards of our village."
Commenting on his nomination, Jonathan Lewis said, "I am honored to be nominated by the CNC and look forward to the weeks ahead, listening to my neighbors, and learning how I can best serve so that Scarsdale continues to be the extraordinary place we all call home."
Nominee for Village Trustee Rochelle Waldman said, "I would like to thank the CNC for their support and wish congratulations to my fellow nominees, Marc Samwick, Jonathan Lewis, and Seth Ross. As a 20 year Scarsdale resident, I have been active in numerous committees and charitable organizations within Scarsdale and Westchester and am now very excited and honored to serve our community in the capacity of Village Trustee, if elected. Scarsdale is an exciting place to live and I look forward to using the campaign to hear from friends and neighbors about what is important to them so that Scarsdale continues to be the wonderful community we all love for ourselves and our families."
Per past practice, the candidates are expected to run as a slate under the name "Scarsdale Citizens' Non-Partisan Party." A formal press release containing biographical information and photographs of each candidate will be forthcoming.
Seth Ross has been nominated to serve a second two-year term, while Jonathan Lewis and Rochelle Waldman have been selected as nominees for their first two-year terms. Board members Matthew Callaghan and Carl Finger will have served for four years and will complete their terms of service.
Additionally, this year's CNC became the first to directly select its own Chair and Vice Chair for the following year by a majority vote. Prior this year's amendment, which was ratified on November 13, 2018 in a vote open to all qualified voters in the Village, the Non-Partisan Resolution (NPR) had designated representatives of an external organization to serve as the non-voting Chair and Vice Chair.
The incoming Chair and Vice Chair, who will serve as non-voting members of the CNC, will be responsible for convening the 2019-2020 CNC in November or December 2019.
Marc Greenwald, Chair-elect of the CNC
Ryan Spicer, Vice Chair-elect of the CNC
As a final piece of business, the CNC is required under the amended NPR to elect a Vice Chair for the 2019 Procedure Committee, which the NPR tasks with conducting the elections for next year's incoming class of the CNC, and to perform other duties in support of the non-partisan system. That Vice Chair will serve under Eric Cheng, formerly the Vice Chair of the 2018 Procedure Committee, who will continue on as Chair for the 2019 Procedure Committee.
The CNC elected Sarit Kessel Fuchs, a non-voting member of this year's CNC, to fulfill that duty.
Procedure Committee Website: http://scarsdaleprocedurecommittee.org
Other individuals may be included on the ballot if they file their own petitions in accordance with local election law.
Scarsdale elections for village office are held every March, with new officials taking office at the beginning of April.
It is important to emphasize that the non-partisan system is neither secret nor arcane. Rather, it is representative government in its purest form. The system has removed money and influence from the process, encouraging the most qualified and motivated individuals to serve.