On July 27, August 20 and September 24, Philipstown residents gathered for the Philipstown Community Congress.
Please read Philipstown residents' ideas for moving our community forward.
NOW IT'S TIME TO VOTE!
Please vote for your top 3 priorities!
By postal mail: Philipstown residents will be mailed a ballot.
By ballot box: The Desmond Fish and Butterfield Libraries will have ballot boxes available for ballot drop-off.
The United States Constitution proclaims that our government is "we the people," but most citizens lack a real voice in the decisions that affect their communities and lives.
Philipstown neighbors have joined together to organize the Philipstown Community Congress (PCC), a series of public forums to help guide the future direction of the community. The group’s focus is the development of broad citizen engagement to develop proposals to present to elected officials, community decision-makers and members of the public for action.
Each forum is open to any Philipstown resident and provides participants an opportunity to address the question, “what do you think should be our top priorities to preserve and promote a strong community.” The Community Congress is unaffiliated with any political party or local government; any agenda will arise from the consensus of participants.
Here's how the forums work:
- Philipstown residents submit their name, village/town of residence, and a 100-word summary of their actionable priority in order to speak at the forum in front of the community audience. Fill out the form below or email your proposal to email@example.com.
- At the forum, speakers have 3 minutes (strictly enforced!) to make their case for their actionable priority.
- Can't make the forums? Submit the same personal information and summary of your priority via email and your voice will still be heard!
Here's how the voting will work:
All residents of Philipstown age 13 and older are eligible to cast their vote for the top 3 proposals that were presented at the 2017 forums that they'd like to see the community support and work toward.
People can vote in the following ways; one vote per person:
By postal mail: All Philipstown households will be mailed a ballot card. Residents can complete the ballot and mail back to the PO Box indicated.
Online: Philipstown residents can vote online HERE.
By ballot box: The Desmond Fish and Butterfield Libraries will have ballot boxes on site to drop off your ballot.
The vote closes on October 31.
What happens after the vote:
- The PCC volunteers will compile and publicize the results.
- The PCC volunteers will present the shared priorities to community leaders.
- For those initiatives that generated the greatest community support, PCC volunteers will work with community volunteers to promote continued civic engagement.
Share Your Idea!
Email your idea or proposal to preserve and promote a stronger Philipstown.