The Bryant Library of Roslyn is proposing a major expansion project. On Tuesday, March 23, residents of Roslyn had the opportunity to vote "yes" or "no" on this referendum. My neighbor of 24 years who is the most concerned, involved and caring member of our community was denied his right to vote on this local issue.
In order to be informed before casting my own vote, I looked at every article, notice and flier about the library extension that I could find. Not once did I read that only those who were previously registered to vote in political elections would be permitted to vote. The issue of the library is not (or should not be) political, but one that concerns local taxpayers and it seems to me that if a resident can prove that he is a taxpaying homeowner he has every right to express his view. If my memory serves correctly, wasn't there a revolution in this country based on taxation without representation?
It is too late to right this grievous wrong, but if indeed it is true that one is required to be registered to vote in governmental elections in order to have a say in their own community then:
(a) that law should be revisited and
(b) it should be made public in cases like this so that a good citizen is not put in such a frustrating and embarrassing situation.