ARMONK, N.Y. - A new political party announced support for candidates in the upcoming town elections in an effort to establish what it said would be a more civil political debate.
Alliance North Castle endorsed two Democrats and two Republicans it considered "the best candidates for the positions regardless of party affiliation," according to a press release.
We're hoping people will find this to be an appealing concept," former Town Supervisor Reese Berman said. "If the town government becomes more collaborative, we might not need something like this."
Party officials said the group was established to combat a growing hostile atmosphere that has polluted Armonk's political discourse. Its bi-partisan efforts aim to show voters and lawmakers in its town that collaboration and teamwork is essential in local matters.
"This gives people an option and another place to vote," Berman said. "We hope that more votes across party lines can resonate with time for the public."
The new party announced support for four candidates, two from each side of the political aisle. Those running are also featured on other lines of the ballot, however Alliance North Castle named its choices as Republican Supervisor William Weaver, Democratic Councilman Michael Schiliro, Republican Town Board candidate Stephen DAngelo, and Democratic Town Clerk Anne Curran for election in November.
The Alliance Party is a non-partisan citizens group that intends to establish a new Alliance Party line on the ballot and to wage a dynamic issue-oriented campaign in support of Weaver, Schiliro, DAngelo, and Curran, according to the release.
"With many municipalities under financial stress from national, macro-economic issues, the time has come to look across party lines for the best people to serve in government and efficiently utilize our town resources, the release said.
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