On November 8th, Village of Mamaroneck residents will not only have to vote for the new president of the US, but they also have to vote for two critical referendums that will affect the Village. The referendums which were passed during the September 6th Board of Trustees and were introduced by the Democratic majority. Now it is now up to residents of the Village to either vote Yes or No for each of the referendums. For more information on both referendums, go to http://www.mamaroneckdems.org/referendum.
Election Day is only a few days, so it’s important to keep up to date on the local debates that have happened locally. On October 26th, the League of Women Voters of Mamaroneck and Larchmont hosted a debate with several local and state officials. The candidates discussed various issues that are affecting our community. Assemblyman Steve Otis, a Democrat from New York District 91, is running unopposed, spoke about the clean water project, finding ways to upgrade the 911 emergency response system, improving the local economy, and education as well as several other issues. Democratic State Senator George Latimer debated Republican Julie Killian on the amounts of lead in our drinking water, climate change, and the Army Corps of Engineers project in the Village of Mamaroneck. In the Village of Mamaroneck, there are six candidates competing for three spots on the Board of Trustees. Incumbent Democratic Trustee Leon Potok, and Democrats Victor Tafur and Keith Waitt spoke in favor for the controversial referendums, while the Republican candidates Dennis Cucinella, Maria DeRose and J. Malte Schtoeckhert spoke against the referendums. Other topics discussed were Ralph’s Ice Cream, land development, and opioid abuse in our community. On Wednesday, November 2nd, the trustee candidates debated again in an event that was sponsored by the Orienta Point Association. Michael Gargiulo, the anchor for WNBC’s Today in New York was the moderator of the event. Both debates are available on our website, www.lmctv.org. Tune into LMC on Election Night for results and interviews from the headquarters of both parties. There will be special guests throughout the night, including Assemblyman Steve Otis.
Students from Mamaroneck High are traveling again to be a part of the election process. Earlier this year, teachers Joe Liberti and Evan Madin took their students to New Hampshire to cover the primaries and some students went to the Democratic National Convention. This time they are heading to three of Pennsylvania’s most competitive counties to report and volunteer for the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Eighty-three AP Government and Politics students will be calling residents and going door-to-door for both candidates while fifty-six Journalism students will report from the field; produce audio, print and photo stories that will appear on their website. In a media advisory that was sent by the Mamaroneck School District, Evan Madin said, “Mr. Liberti and I cannot think of a more productive real-life experience than this. These are the exact skills we want our students entering the world with.” The students will be tweeting updates from the handle @MAMK_Pres16.
In our Round Table discussion, Maura Carlin and Mike Witsch spoke with Dr. Jeanne Zaino, Iona College Professor of Political Science; Tom Murphy, Town of Mamaroneck Councilman and Hillary Clinton Supporter; and John Nadler, Donald Trump Supporter about the election and why they support their candidates.
In our Local Live Varsity Sports segment, Ken Reischmann and Steve Anastas discuss local highlights and the playoff picture for our local teams.
Our Pet of the Week is Krissy, a five-year-old Maine Coon mix. She is a no-nonsense cat who isn’t much of a cuddler. She would be a perfect house mate for any adult who will let her be herself. For more information on Krissy and other adorable pets, go to www.ny-petrescue.org.
During our broadcast, eight students from Iona College dropped by to watch the show and to see how a local news show is produced.
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