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

One Village One Vote Supplemental Petition Rejected

Yesterday, August 18th, the Ridgewood Village Clerk notified us via email that our petition again was rejected. This occurred despite our rapid resubmission of a revised petition that addressed the Clerk’s stated reasons for her initial rejection. The clerk did not share reasons for the new rejection; rather, she stated that more information will be provided at the next Village Council meeting, September 2nd (still 2 weeks away). One of us visited her office in person today to obtain more information but was referred back to the email noted above.

Given that we resubmitted a petition that fully addressed the Clerk’s initial concerns, we are stumped. As Village residents who hope to improve the rate of civic participation here in Ridgewood, we deserve a courteous, complete, and timely explanation as to why our petition, signed by a substantial portion of the electorate, was rejected.

We have been advised that the Clerk’s office is not complying with the relevant state statute, that states “…if the petition be still insufficient, (s)he shall file his (her) certificate to that effect in his (her) office and notify the Committee of the Petitioners of his (her) findings….”

We will be meeting as a group to determine next steps. We are especially concerned that we have minimal time before ballots are finalized for the upcoming election, and hope to update you in the near future.

Finally, we would like to say a warm thank you to the Ridgewood community for all your support and help.

Bob Fuhrman
Matthew Lindenberg
Stacey Loscalzo
Deborah Steinbaum
Siobhan Crann Winograd