Running for Hastings-on-Hudson Village Office on the Democratic Party Line

How the Process Works:

 

  1. Elected Offices

    There are six elected offices in Hastings-on-Hudson: Mayor (1), Trustee (4), and Village Justice (1). The Mayor and Trustees serve two-year terms. The Village Justice serves a four-year term.
     

  2. Call for Submissions

    Each November, the Hastings Democratic Committee (HDC) publicly announces which offices will be up for re/election in the next Village Election in March. Individuals seeking HDC’s endorsement are asked to supply a current résumé and letter of introduction stating qualifications, goals, and reasons for running.
     

  3. Endorsing Nominees

    In December, HDC convenes a special meeting for its District Leaders to hear from the candidates and ask questions. The district leaders then vote to make their endorsements.
     

  4. Deciding on Candidates

    In January, HDC convenes a Caucus to officially decide the Democratic Party candidates, with participation open to all registered Democrats residing in the Village. At the Caucus, HDC’s endorsed nominees are presented via nominating speeches from two supporters. Challengers may be similarly presented at this time via nominations from the floor. All nominees have the opportunity to address the Caucus. The nominees who receive the most votes from the Caucus participants become the Democratic Party candidates for the Village Election.

    For more information on HDC's Caucus Procedure, click here.
     

  5. Running for Office

    HDC supports the Democratic Party candidates through a Campaign Subcommittee, and seeks to coordinate its efforts with the Democratic candidates. Candidates are highly encouraged to campaign actively, whether or not they are opposed, in order to present themselves and their positions to the community at large. Recommended activities include distributing printed literature, meeting with residents, and participating in a public forum hosted by HDC.
     

  6. General Election

    Hastings Village Elections are held on the third Tuesday in March, from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM, at the James V. Harmon Community Center. (If the third Tuesday is March 17, the election is held on Wednesday, March 18, of that year.) Hastings Village Elections are administered and certified by the Westchester County Board of Elections.

 

Note: The specific dates for opening submissions, holding the Caucus, and conducting the Village Election are set each year pursuant to New York State Election Law  § 6-200 to § 6-212, and will be posted in accordance with the Law’s requirements for public notice.

 

 

What the Committee Looks for in a Mayor or Trustee Candidate:

 

  • Professional skills or other experience relevant to serving in Village government

  • Demonstrated commitment to the community, preferably on one of the Village’s volunteer boards or committees

  • Basic understanding of the structure of Village government

  • Basic understanding of the different roles of Village, Town, County, and State government

  • Familiarity with longstanding and current issues before the Hastings Board of Trustees

  • Clearly stated ideas about what the nominee hopes to contribute and/or accomplish in office

  • Good communication skills and a respectful approach to interacting with others

  • Commitment to fundamental Democratic Party values and goals, such as diversity and inclusion; affordable, quality health care for all; and curbing the effects of climate change

  • Democratic Party registration, with a record of consistent voting

 

 

What the Committee Looks for in a Village Justice Candidate:

 

  • Legal training and experience relevant to the issues and cases under the jurisdiction of the Village Justice (e.g., allegations of violations of the Penal Code, Vehicle and Traffic Law, and Village Code)*

  • Demonstrated commitment to the community, preferably on one of the Village’s volunteer boards or committees

  • Administrative skills/experience to ensure effective management of the Village Court caseload

  • Good communication skills, including strong writing skills, and a respectful approach to interacting with others

  • Commitment to fundamental Democratic Party values and goals, and a willingness to consider cases before the Village Court with a capacity for empathy and fairness

  • Democratic Party registration, with a record of consistent voting

 

* It is not a requirement in New York State that persons elected as town and village-level justices hold a law license, though it is a preferred criterion for this Committee. Candidates will be evaluated comprehensively on their qualifications and presentation.