Holy Name School Declines New Rochelle Board of Education Request to Use Building as a Polling Place

Written By: Robert Cox

NEW ROCHELLE, NY — Holy Name School will no longer serve as a polling place for school board elections in New Rochelle. The decision to decline the request of the New Rochelle Board of Education to hold the May 16, 2017 school elections at Halligan Hall came about after Holy Name changed from a parish school to a regional school of the New York Archdiocese.

In a letter dated December 13, 2016, Father Michael Challinor told School District Clerk Liz Saraiva that the Archdiocese’s safety environment policies bar allowing access to the school building during school days.

This policy would apply to all elections not just school elections.

The New Rochelle Board of Education placed the subject of the letter on the agenda for their January 24 Committee of the Whole session.

“The Board discussed plans to relocate the polling site to the Pine Brook Fitness facility at 130 Rhodes Street, which is about two blocks away from Holy Name,” said Saraiva. “At our Regular Meeting on February 7th, we will have a resolution for the Board to vote on the revision of School Election Districts.”

Westchester County Legislator Jim Maisano is seeking to have the New York Archdiocese reverse the decision.