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Chair Message, Eastchester Democratic Committee, Saturday, July 17th 2021

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Jul 17 2021

For the first time in almost 30 years, the Eastchester Democratic Committee will be running a full slate of candidates for Eastchester Supervisor and Town  Council in November. The Eastchester Now team of John Eickemeyer, candidate for Town Supervisor, Eileen DeLucia and Niamh Hartnett Merluccio, candidates for Town Council, launched their campaign recently and are off to fast start building their campaign team, introducing themselves to residents in person and online via Zoom, and attending events.

John, Eileen, and Niamh are the “Fresh Team for Eastchester Now,” and will bring fresh and bold ideas to the table for a Town that works for all of its citizens:

  • Saving tax dollars by sharing services between the Town and the Villages.
  • Supporting local businesses and revitalizing our town and village centers.
  • Promoting community policing to keep our homes and families safe.
  • Launching green initiatives and improving our green spaces.
  • Fostering government transparency and more citizen participation.

“Government for the people requires listening to ALL the people. No single group should make all the decisions in Town government. Every Eastchester voter deserves a choice and a voice in the future of our community.”

Eastchester has changed dramatically over the last 22 years, since the turn of the century when Republicans outnumbered Democrats by over 3,000 voters, but our Town Government seems to desperately want to live in the past. Today, the number of registered Eastchester Democrats has surged past registered Republicans, but you will be hard-pressed to find Democratic voters working for the Town or as members of Town Committees.

Over the last 16 months, while Westchester municipalities have opened their meetings to their residents by embracing and utilizing online meeting tools like Webex and Zoom, the Eastchester Town Board has rushed through their meetings under the cover of darkness. We have been paying attention and we believe that Eastchester residents want to be included on the discussions regarding the Lord & Taylor property, the Lake Isle Dam, the discrimination lawsuits that have been filed against the Eastchester Police Department, and the lack of any comprehensive plans for making Eastchester greener and for our recreational spaces.

We hope this news has you feeling a little better, and we encourage you to reach out to us so that we can talk about how you can help us reach your Democratic friends and neighbors on your block or in your building. We’re also holding focus groups with residents of the community and the candidates. If you want to be a part of one, or if you have an issue in your neighborhood that you and some of your neighbors want to discuss with the candidates, let us know by sending us an email – campaign@eastchesterdems.org.

If you are on Facebook, like our page, https://www.facebook.com/EastchesterDemocraticCommittee, and follow us on Twitter, https://twitter.com/EastchesterDems. You can also follow our candidates at www.eastchesternow.com and www.facebook.com/EastchesterNow.

Remember that we need you in order to be as strong as we can be. Help us spread the word by signing up to help at https://www.eastchesterdems.org/volunteer or simply by dropping us an email (campaign@eastchesterdems.org) or give us a call at (914.484.6520) for more information on how to get involved on the Eastchester, Bronxville or Tuckahoe committees.

If you can help us financially, that would be extremely helpful as we expect this campaign to cost over $75,000 if we are to reach every Eastchester voter. Click here to donate: (https://secure.actblue.com/donate/edcfullslate).

No volunteer effort or donation is ever too small, and every new voter we reach will help lead us to victory in November.

John V. Filiberti - Chair                            Marianne Bateman - Vice Chair

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