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LWV Candidates Forum a Success

May 26, 2016 - 07:05
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Rachel Relkin, Vincent Malfetano, Todd Kern, and James O’Toole

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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- On Monday, May 9th, candidates for three New Rochelle Public Library Board of Trustees seats and two New Rochelle Board of Education positions introduced themselves and answered questions from the public at a Candidates Forum sponsored by the League at the New Rochelle Public Library’s Ossie Davis Auditorium.

All three candidates for vacancies on the library Board of Trustees were on hand to introduce themselves and to speak about their experience and goals for the Library. Candidates included an incumbent running for reelection, Gregory T. Varian, and two incumbents appointed to fill out unexpired terms, Deirdre Gray Clark and Yadira Ramos-Herbert. They will fill one full five-year term, an unexpired three-year term and an unexpired one-year term, depending on the number of votes received by each candidate.

All four candidates for two vacancies for a five-year term on the School Board also answered questions from the audience and those prepared by the League. Incumbent Rachel Relkin, Todd Kern (who won the two seats), Vincent J. Malfetano, and James O’Toole, touched on issues ranging from the $106,479,575.00 capital project bond to application of “least restrictive environment” placement for those children with special needs. 

The forum was replayed on Cablevision Channel 77 and Fios Channel 30 until the May 17th election. A summary information sheet of all seven candidates was made available at the forum and on the recently-launched New Rochelle League website (http://www.lwvnewro.org) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/LeagueOfWomenVotersOfNewRochelle).