Moving Forward, Despite Village Appeal

Dear Ridgewood Community:

On Tuesday, September 8, the Village Attorney filed an appeal of Judge De La Cruz’s order that our question be put on the November ballot. We are disappointed that the Village chooses to continue fighting to deny citizens their right to vote on this question (at taxpayer expense), but until a court rules otherwise, the Village Clerk is still under an order to include our question on the ballot. As of today the ballots have not been printed and we are concerned about that for many reasons.

While their fight plays out in court, we are shifting our focus and moving forward. We hope to foster a productive, fact-based conversation on the benefits of moving Ridgewood’s local elections to November. Our Village deserves a dialogue that focuses its energy on positive changes for our community.

Watch this space for more details soon.

One Village, One Vote!

Be sure to sign up for emails at www.onevillageonevote.com in order to receive all of the latest information and learn how you can help support this change in our Village. We look forward to connecting with you.

Respectfully,

Bob Fuhrman
Matthew Lindenberg
Stacey Loscalzo
Deborah Steinbaum
Siobhan Crann Winograd

Election consolidation to appear on November 3rd ballot!

Dear Ridgewood Community,

We are pleased to announce that Judge De La Cruz ruled in our favor today to place the question of election consolidation on the November 3rd ballot.

We are incredibly grateful to all our supporters and signers and we look forward to discussing and promoting consolidation in a thoughtful, meaningful way over the next few weeks.

In the meantime, please ensure you and your whole household are registered to vote and if you have not done so, please follow us on our website at www.onevillageonevote.com

Thank you again to the Ridgewood Community. November Ballot here we come!

Bob Fuhrman
Matthew Lindenberg
Stacey Loscalzo
Deborah Steinbaum
Siobhan Crann Winograd

One Village One Vote Important Community Announcement

Dear Ridgewood Community,

Last week, the Village Clerk rejected the One Village One Vote supplemental petition. She did so despite the fact that we corrected the purported deficiencies identified in our first submission and went on to submit 582 signatures (172 more signatures than required) in ten days in pandemic conditions exacerbated by a tropical storm and ensuing power outages. The clerk failed to provide a reason for her rejection, despite being legally obligated to do so. She stated that her reason would be given at the September 2nd Village Council meeting, three days after any changes to the November 2020 ballot must be submitted to the county.

After the clerk’s rejection, our committee explored our options, none of which were attractive. Essentially, given the August 31st deadline for ballot changes, we were presented with two choices. We could walk away or engage legal counsel. After much debate and discussion, we have filed for emergency relief and are requesting that the court place our question on the November 2020 ballot.

We do not take this step lightly. We began this journey as citizens believing that a citizen’s petition should be accessible and executable without legal counsel. Sadly, this has proven impossible and if we wish to achieve our initial mission (giving the Ridgewood electorate the opportunity to vote in November 2020 on the issue of election consolidation), seeking professional legal assistance is now necessary.

We are forever grateful to the Ridgewood Community for their thoughtful discussion on this topic.

Thank you Ridgewood and stay tuned!

Bob Fuhrman
Matthew Lindenberg
Stacey Loscalzo
Deborah Steinbaum
Siobhan Crann Winograd