WHITE PLAIN, NY — August 1, 2017 — In a desperate attempt to disqualify his democratic challenger, mayor Roach has brought an action in NY Supreme Court challenging his democratic rival Milagros Lecuona’s petitions on the basis of misspellings in the address box including the lack of the letter H in the name White Plains.
In a city of 57,000 inhabitants which include 30% of Hispanic origin, most of whom are immigrants, the mayor’s attempt to disenfranchise this segment of the White Plains community is shameful.
Robin Bikkal, co-chair of the Hispanic Democrats of Westchester stated that “Our community has had to overcome obstacles which most US born citizens cannot even fathom, to be able to fully participate in our electoral system. As a democrat, Mayor Roach’s attempt to disqualify their signatures and thereby prevent them from participating in this important election, is disgraceful. It is a move directly targeted against immigrants which goes totally against democratic values of inclusion and multiculturalism.
Roach has shown that he does not represent all the voters of White Plains. He has exposed his disdain for the immigrant community and I urge foreign born voters and all other concerned citizens of White Plains to say’ “NO” to Roach.”
ROBIN BIKKAL and XIMENA FRANCELLA are co-chairs of Hispanic Democrats of Westchester.