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candidates for Town Clerk, Town Board primary debate on Thursday
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Greenburgh Town Hall
(177 Hillside Ave.)
Meet the Candidates
Hear their Views
Town Clerk Town Council
Judith Beville Gina Jackson
Maria Portilla Ken Jones
Aired Live & Rebroadcast on Cable TV
Optimum - Channel 76
Verizon - Channel 35
Refreshments will be served
The Council of Greenburgh Civic Associations
THE COUNCIL OF GREENBURGH CIVIC ASSOCIATIONS IS A NONPARTISON, UMBRELLA ORGANIZATION. OUR PURPOSE IS TO PROVIDE INFORMATION AND ADVANCE THE COMMON INTERESTS OF MEMBER CIVIC GROUPS IN IMPORTANT TOWN AFFAIRS.
GREENBURGH TOWN HALL
THE COUNCIL OF GREENBURGH CIVIC ASSOCIATIONS
The Council of Greenburgh Civic Associations discussed and agreed on May 21, 2019 to sponsor a forum among candidates running for local offices in the June 25, 2019 Greenburgh primary races.
GOAL: To encourage and assist in the formation of enlightened public opinion by educating voters about candidates’ view on issues.
CRITERIA: All candidates whose names will appear on the ballot for the June 25, 2019 primary, as certified by the Westchester County Board of Elections, will be invited to participate in the forums. Invitations to participate have been extended to the following candidates:
Democratic Party Town Clerk Race – 2-year term (1 seat)
Judith Beville and Maria Portilla
Democratic Party Town Council Race – 4-year term (2 seats)
Gina Jackson, Ken Jones and Eric Zinger
TELEVISION COVERAGE: The forum will be cablecast live on public access cable television and rebroadcast along with candidates’ promotional tapes in a continuous, uninterrupted 24-hour political programming loop during the weekends of June 15 & 16, 2019 and June 22 & 23, 2019. Pursuant to Federal Communications Commission Regulations, which apply to all cablecasters, the forum will not be designed to promote or disadvantage any candidate; will not be edited; and will be broadcast and rebroadcast in its entirety.
INTERNET COVERAGE: The forum will be streamed on the Greenburgh Web Site.
PUBLICITY: Press releases will be issued to local news media.
NOTICE TO CANDIDATES: Candidates were issued an invitation to participate in the forum by notice at the CGCA meetings in April and May 2019. This document along with the “Forum Ground Rules” will be emailed to the candidates.
Discussed at the May 21, 2019 CGCA Meeting
FORUM GROUND RULES:
A. The forum will adhere strictly to League of Women Voters guidelines.
B. Sheila Miller Bernson, from the League of Women Voters, will moderate the forum.
C. The forum will be divided into two segments, with one segment devoted to each primary race – i.e.,
(1) Town Clerk race (two candidates – one seat)
(2) Town Council race (three candidates – two seats)
D. If an invited candidate does not participate in a segment, the moderator will announce that the
absent person is a candidate for that office. No substitute may take the place of the candidate.
E. A traditional, formal forum format will be used for each segment.
F. Equal time will be given the candidates during a segment.
G. Time limits will be strictly enforced.
H. All decisions by the moderator – regarding time, appropriate discussion or anything else – are final.
I. Order of speaking for each segment will be determined by lot for opening statements and rotated for
subsequent questions and statements.
J. Each candidate will be allotted two (2) minutes for an opening statement.
K. Audience questions must be in writing on “question slips” provided.
L. The moderator will draw written questions from a box.
M. The moderator will have the authority to re-phrase questions.
N. Each candidate will be allotted two (2) minutes to respond to a question.
O. Candidates will be allowed to respond to all questions, even those questions addressed to one
P. Rebuttals to the statements of the other candidate should be worked into answers to subsequent
questions or included in closing statements.
Q. Each candidate will be allotted two (2) minutes for a closing statement in reverse order of the
R. The moderator will close each segment with a brief statement encouraging voters to participate in
the primary election on June 25, 2019.
NOTE: Campaign literature, signs, buttons, stickers or other campaign paraphernalia cannot be displayed or distributed in the auditorium. A table will be set up for campaign literature in the lobby.
Rules discussed at the May 21, 2019 CGCA meeting.