SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. Changes to the village's election districts have Sleepy Hollow officials concerned for March elections.
There will be a lot of confusion this first election, Village Attorney Janet Gandolfo said. I think the village should make the extra effort as well to get the word out.
The Westchester County Board of Elections has re-drawn districts based on the 2010 Census. Trustees approved the changes at the recent Board of Trustees meeting. Gandolfo noted there were some significant changes in the voting districts.
Districts One, Two, Three and Four will remain the same, Gandolfo said. District Five, which incorporates the areas around Elm Street, Andrews Lane and the James Galgano Senior Center, will now also include the Van Tassel apartments.
District Six, which previously included the northern part of Philipse Manor from Hunter to the north side of Palmer Avenue, now includes the entire Philipse Manor neighborhood.
District Eight, which included the Briggsville area and the east side of New Broadway, has merged with Webber Park's District Seven. The new District Seven includes all of Webber Park.
The newer homes constructed around the high school, which Gandolfo described as the McMansions, are now located in District Three after having been previously split into Districts Three and Eight.
The Sleepy Hollow Manor neighborhood remains in District 10 and Kendal-on-Hudson remains in District 11.
Districts Eight and Nine have been eliminated completely.
Gandolfo said the village was especially pleased with the change for Philipse Manor voters, calling it the natural order of things.
It really should be, she said. We've been fighting for that for years.
Most of the polling places remain the same, although the Rescue Hose Firehouse on Lawrence Avenue has been added. Trustees were concerned the building was not handicap-accessible.
Gandolfo assured the board that all polling places are chosen by the Board of Elections, which ensures that they are acceptable for voters. Rescue Hose firefighter and Public Works Foreman Richard Gross confirmed the building would be able to accommodate all types of voters.
The following is a list of polling places for village elections taking place on March 20:
Districts One and Two: Union Hose Co. Firehouse at 129 Cortlandt St.
District Three: Fire Headquarters at Village Hall at 29 Beekman Ave.
District Four: Rescue Hose Firehouse at 11 Lawrence Ave.
District Five: James Galgano Senior Center at 55 Elm St.
District Six and 10: Hudson Valley Writers' Center at 300 Riverside Drive
District Seven: Fraternal Order of Eagles at 322 North Broadway
District 11: The Commons Building at Kendal-on-Hudson at 1010 Kendal Way
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