Gazette Ceases Publication: Donates Archives to LHS

In 2010, the Larchmont Gazette ceased publication. In 2011 the publishers donated all contents to the Larchmont Historical Society, which will continue to make the Gazette archives available online.

All inquiries should be addressed to the Larchmont Historical Society.

5 comments - (Comments closed)

LWV Dismayed at the Lack of Contested Elections

We are once again in the election season.

The League of Women Voters has a long history of sponsoring non-partisan candidate debates on both a national and local level. Our local League continues that tradition by sponsoring debates in local election races. This year, the LWV of Larchmont/Mamaroneck sponsored debates between the two candidates for Mayor of the Village of Mamaroneck, and also for the candidates vying for the two open positions on the Mamaroneck Village Board of Trustees.

In a departure from prior practices, we took an additional step this year and also invited those candidates in uncontested races to respond in a public forum to questions from our League and the community. The candidates for Town of Mamaroneck Supervisor and Town Council, as well as for the County Board of Legislators, accepted our invitation and had an opportunity to respond to questions raised by the League and members of the community.

The LWV forum is available on demand from LMC-TV for viewing on a computer.  Click on the image to get to the LMC-TV website.

The LWV forum is available on demand from LMC-TV for viewing on a computer. Click on the image to get to the LMC-TV website.

The decision to invite candidates in uncontested elections to participate in a public question-and-answer period stems from our dismay over the lack of contested elections in our community, a situation which we believe results in a diminution of civic dialog and participation by voters.

Our concern is not intended to disparage the hard work and commitment of those who serve in public office. Rather, it is an acknowledgment of the importance contested elections have in stimulating debate and conversation within a community. Election season affords a community the opportunity to explore the diverse and changing needs of the various segments of the population and to consider how best to utilize limited funds and resources.

Also, and not insignificantly, contested elections encourage participation by the community in the most cherished civic right of voting.

While the League cannot manufacture candidates, we have attempted to provide a forum for all candidates, including those running in uncontested elections, to exchange ideas with the voters. We encourage our community to participate, engage and, most important, vote!

Nina Cuddy and Jerri Lynn
Co-presidents of the Larchmont/Mamaroneck League of Women Voters

PrintFriendlyTwitterGoogle GmailYahoo MailShare

Related Articles:

5 comments to LWV Dismayed at the Lack of Contested Elections

  • Anon E Mous

    The LWV is to be commended for its actions and its letter.

    It is to us to consider and respond. Are there too many elected positions to fill? Are the actions and responsibilities of some positions too hidden from the public to gain its interest? Are there too significant barriers to candidacy in some positions?

    Whatever the answer for now, it is our responsibility to vote on Tuesday. And as the political parties have not proposed opposing candidates for some positions, then we at least need remember the option of write-in voting if the existing candidates are not satisfactory.

    Louis Brandeis said that ‘the most important political office is that of the private citizen’. Our responsibility is ahead of us.

  • 10538er

    Maybe the lack of candidates has to do with people not getting actively involved, but rather blathering on anonymously on websites. Years ago, people would actually attend Town or Village board meetings, state their name, and tell them how they felt. Too many people today feel that boards should adjust their schedules to them rather than the people adjusting their schedule to the board. While technology has certainly enhanced our ability to communicate with the public, it has also acted as a double edged sword. Their is no more open public debate where people know who they are debating against. I am still waiting for you to show up at a Town or Village board meeting to speak your mind and state Anon E mous when they ask for your name.
    I await your as usual long winded response not answering any questions but bringing up others.

  • Marley & Me

    That’s what I like so much about Larchmont. It has always been inhabited by very strong minded, highly opinionated, funny, sarcastic, albeit intelligent folks who love to tell people where to go. It’s liberating to say the least to be able to do so yet it doesn’t win us any shrinking violet awards out in the real world. Not an accolade to strive for but nevertheless; taciturn, we ain’t!

    Apathy abounds all over suburban America. People don’t have time as they used to and we have many other priorities. What has fundamentally changed (for better or worse, the jury is still out) is that kids now come first and foremost all across America. This is very different from the 20th century mentality where “Children should be seen and not heard”. Work and local obligations came before kids and family back then. I’m not saying one is right and the other is wrong. But a work life balance shift is probably a good thing. It can save marriages and make us better people overall. Participating in local Boards and Politics is only good if you truly have the time to commit. If your family is falling apart at the seams and you need to be there as a first priority, then that is a very individual choice that should be respected by all.

    Commenting anonymously is an end user’s right on this Board and any message board of blog out there today. Why does 10538′er or anyone else feel they need to know who is posting a comment? Would that really change the outcome or the opinion of the post? It shouldn’t. People are more at the liberty to say what they really feel and what they really mean by posting anonymously. And the moderators are standing by as gate keepers to ensure that nothing offensive slips by.

    My 5 cents. Take it or leave it. But it will remain anonymous. Privacy rights are my constitutional rights. Something that still exists in America today.

    Ruff, ruff!

  • Ernie Odierna T.O.M. Councilman

    I for one very much appreciated the opportunity the LWV afforded us to answer questions and share with the voters what is on our minds and our goals for the future. I personally wish that more community organizations would invite their elected officials to appear at their meetings to talk about what they are doing and the decisions they may be faced with.

    I recently put up a blog to encourage dialog with constituents about local issues and ways we, as a Town Council, can be more transparent in our deliberations. To access the blog, interested parties can go to

    I feel we have a really smart constituency and that the more they know, the better chance we have of increasing their participation in government. I miss hearing from folks at our Town Board Meetings. We should, I feel, make it easier for them to address us at the beginning of our meetings, rather than, as we do now, at the conclusion.

    Ernie Odierna, Councilman, T.O.M.

  • Anon E Mous

    Sorry for the delayed response, but didn’t see anybody at recent meetings with a 10538er name badge. Perhaps you were there in the past. Some remain there. Some however live in the present and think to the future. Seems by your comment here that even you have tripped over the internet.

    BTW, will 10538er be signing the voting log on Tuesday? I’ll be voting, in person.

    Lewis Mumford said that ‘The way people in democracies think of the government as something different from themselves is a real handicap. And, of course, sometimes the government confirms their opinion.’

    Yes, the purpose of government is to serve the people. Decisions made with the voices and votes of only those who can be physically present at the end of a meeting are often far from the best. And often better results come from debating ideas than debating personalities.

    The future is ours to lose if we cling too long to the past.