Prof. Eric Lane Comments in Newsday Story on Village Elections

Eric Lane, Eric J. Schmertz Distinguished Professor of
Public Law and Public Service, was quoted in the following Newsday article.

Long Islanders set to vote in unique village elections
By Mitchell Freedman
June 15, 2009

Villages from Rockville Centre to Sag Harbor will have contested elections this week – some today and on Friday – and those voters will learn once again that village politics is unlike politics in any other place on Long Island.

There are no Republicans and Democrats to deal with, for one thing. Candidates run on party lines that are rarely seen except in the few weeks before a race. Party names take on a local, even idiosyncratic flavor.

There’s the Concerned Citizens Party and the Sunshine Party (Rockville Centre); the Citizens With Integrity Party (Southampton); the Citizens Party and the Common Good Party (Brightwaters); and the Clean Green party (Sag Harbor).

“Villages are a world unto themselves,” said Eric Lane, who teaches Constitutional Law at Hofstra. Even picking the name of a party is something that can be done on a first come-first served basis. “Unless someone has copyrighted it,” Lane said.