Manor board names firehouse as March polling place, sets hearing for law on residency requirements for village officials

The Pelham Manor Board of Trustees voted Monday to designate the firehouse as the polling place for the village elections in March and set a public hearing for Local Law A on residency requirements for village officials.

The firehouse is located at 4 Penfield Place. Manor residents will be able to cast their ballots from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“I think we do a wonderful job of making the polling place accessible to our citizens,” said Mayor Jennifer Monachino Lapey. “We hope that the increase of time to cast citizens’ ballots will help voters come to vote.”

The board also set a Jan. 9 public hearing for Local Law A. The law states that most public officials who work in the village must live in the village.

“This is necessary because New York State wants all public officials to live in their towns,” said Village Manager John Pierpont. “With this local law, we will extend the eligibility to give the board and the village the most latitude to select the right people for given positions now and in the future.”

Specifically, with the law in place, it will help board members choose a replacement for Pierpont, who announced his retirement.

“We have some finalist candidates for John Pierpont’s job, but they do not live in the region, so we are covering with this law,” said Monachino Lapey. “We want to make sure we have our bases covered.”