SEA CLIFF CIVIC PROGRESS COMMITTEE TO HOLD NOMINATING CAUCUS ON JANUARY 14; EXPECTED TO TAP INCUMBENTS VILLAFANE AND McGILLOWAY
January 2, 2015 -- The Sea Cliff Civic Progress Committee will hold its 68th Nominating Caucus on January 14th at which it will officially endorse its candidates for the Village Board of Trustees election to be held in March. A Committee press release issued this past Saturday stated that incumbent Trustees Elena Villafane and Kevin McGilloway were expected to once again be tapped. The Caucus will take place downstairs in the Village Court Room at 8:00 pm, anyone wishing to attend is welcome.
Ms. Villafane was first elected to the Village Board of Trustees back in 2003, and served for three terms, before deciding to not seek re-election in 2008. She was returned to the Board by voters in 2014.
Mr. McGilloway is completing his first two-year term on the Board. Previously he had served on the Zoning Board of Appeals from 2005 to 2014, during which time he did a stint as Chairman.
"The Civic Progress Committee was created in 1948 by local residents John Burns, Ward Bell, Bill Barlow and others for the purpose of nominating qualified citizens for positions on the Village Board," reads the Committee's press release. "For 68 years, it has never failed to carry out that mission. We are not Democrat, Republican, Liberal, or Conservative. The Committee uses the many Sea Cliff organizations, groups and committees as a 'farm system' to identify capable, competent, and conscientious people who have demonstrated these qualities in past public service. It then handles the nominating process and tells the community why they are good candidates for the Board. The current members of the Committee are pleased to continue this tradition."
Resident Dan Maddock serves as the Sea Cliff Civic Progress Committee Chairman.
There are five members on the Sea Cliff Village Board. Mayor Bruce Kennedy and Trustees Ed Lieberman and Dina Epstein were each elected to two year terms last March. The three had also been endorsed by Civic Progress.
The Village Board of Trustees election will be held on Tuesday, March 15 with polls this year located at the Stenson Memorial Library on Sea Cliff Avenue rather than at the DPW building as in years past.
Any resident wishing to throw his or her hat in the ring can pick up candidate petition forms at Sea Cliff Village Hall. The deadline for submitting petitions is Monday, February 8. Under state law, petitions in villages with populations numbering between 3,000 and 5,000, require signatures of 75 qualified voters, and for villages with populations greater than 5000, 100 signatures are needed. Sea Cliff's population according to the 2010 census is 4995.
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