Stavisky Picked for Board of Elections Commissioner (VIDEO)

No one else was nominated from the floor. She hopes to modernize the board of elections and increase voter turnout


At the Rockland County Democrats convention on Monday night, they voted on who to nominate for county's Democratic Board of Elections Commissioner. County Democratic Committee Chair Kristen Stavisky was nominated unchallenged and voted in. 

"On Oct. 24 the executive committee met (and a resolution was made) regarding the recommendation for a democratic commissioner for board of elections," said the committee's First Vice Chair Chris Sampson. "A vote was taken and it was resolved by the Rockland County Democratic Committee that said executive committee hereby approves and recommends that Kristen Zebrowski Stavisky be appointed as Democratic Commissioner of Elections for Rockland County for a term beginning Jan. 1, 2013." 

O. Fred Miller, chair of the Haverstraw Democratic Committee, made the nomination and Nicole Doliner, chair of the Clarkstown Democratic Committee, seconded it. There were no other nominations from the floor and no objections during the vote. 

The county legislature still needs to approve the vote to make it official. Stavisky will succeed Ann Marie Kelly, who is retiring. Stavisky said she would remain in her post as county Democratic chair, a position she was elected to in February 2011.

She said a lot has changed over the past 15 years and the office should be modernized to be more proactive.

Her thoughts for changing the office include more training for inspectors and poll watchers and other steps to make voting more accessible. Stavisky said people staffing the polling locations must be able to speak different languages so they can assist voters.  She noted some people encountered problems when they went to vote on November 6 but acknowledged that is not unusual. 

“I think every Election Day there are difficulties,” she said.

She noted Election Day this year came on the heels of Hurricane Sandy and that poll workers also had to be deal with Gov. Cuomo’s Executive Order allowing registered voters displaced by the hurricane to vote anywhere in the state. 

Stavisky would use social media to promote the board of elections and encourage people to register and vote.  She pointed out that Rockland Community College ran a very effective outreach campaign to register voters and may have registered the most of any community college in the state.

“My goal is to make sure everyone who is eligible to vote can vote,” said Stavisky.

Neill November 27, 2012 at 01:57 PM
I would like to raise the same issue that I mentioned in a different post yesterday. Why will voters participate when the Rockland County Times reported that Democrats Gromack, Hausner, and Lasker attended a meeting called by town employee, Ed Lettre, who runs the Conservative Party to help him keep that party’s leadership which he did by holding his election on Yom Kippur when his Jewish opponent couldn’t attend. http://www.rocklandtimes.com/2012/08/09/house-of-horrors/ Democrat Lasker said she was happy to have Lettre’s endorsement. Why? Let the Conservative party find its own candidates. Why do Democrats appear to be kow-towing to him? Also attending the meeting was Democrat Justin Sweet, the town clerk. Why? Democratic supervisor, Gromack, gave a job paying $87,000 per year to the head of the Republican party in the Bronx, Jay Savino. Why? He created a position for Wayne Ballard to give a part timer position to the guy who can influence the Independence Party nomination and Gromack ran on this line in the past. That is Frank Sparaco who is a county legislator and leads the republicans there. Why is the party not conducting a primary against Gromack for this behavior? What is going on here? Why is the Democratic Party behaving in this way under Stavisky’s leadership? Rockland County and NY State are Democratic. Why are local Democrats getting involved in cross-endorsements which kill the democratic process? Are you Democrats in name only?


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