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LWVS Hosts Winter Fundraiser

LWVS1The League of Wonen Voters Of Scarsdale held its annual winter fundraiser on January 28, 2017. Among the guests were former League president Michelle Lichtenberg, New York State Assemblywoman for the 88th District Amy Paulin , US Representative for the 16th Congressional District Eliot Engel, County Legislator Ben Boykin and Village Trustee Marc Samwick (above) as well as Scarsdale's Mayor Jon Mark, members of the Scarsdale School Board, Village Trustees, members of the LWVS and a spirited group of friends.

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Our Participation in Article 78

letter-to-the-editor(This letter was sent to by Phyllis Finkelstein of Fenimore Road)
To The Editor: In 2014, the assessed value of our 1904 home at 41 Fenimore Road, where we have lived since 1975, rose from $1,000,000 to $1,275,000. After looking around at what other comparables sold for, we hired a company to grieve what we believed was an over assessment. They were able get the village to reduce the assessed valuation to $1,185,000. They were impressed by the village assessor's stubbornness, not her fairness and were apologetic that was the best they could do. Our home is on the corner of Dobbs Terrace, an older street with modest old houses. Our increase was considerably more than these neighbors, but at least one grieved.

The 2016 reevaluation now raised our assessed value to $1,275,000. One neighbor had theirs lowered, and two of our next-door neighbors had minor increases, not anywhere near our increase. The outside appearance of our home since the 2014 reeval is unchanged, as is all of theirs, and they too are older homes, but not as old as ours. We have done no additional work and therefore, filed no building permits since the 2014 reeval. This time around we were late to initiate the grievance process due to the short notice from the Office of the Assessor, dated June 3 with Grievance Day June 17. The firm we previously engaged to grieve did not have time.

We joined the Article 78 action as irregularities began to be made public by the Scarsdale Committee for Fair Assessment. Most shocking is Ryan's complete failure to disclose the mathematical formulas used to determine the increased valuations, or any valuations at all. The hundreds of emails hard fought to obtain (thank goodness for the Freedom of Information Law), including details of the failure of the assessor's office to monitor this travesty, have been shocking. Some emails go so far as to show Assessor Albanese asking JF Ryan to change assessments to benefit trustees and a former mayor (see p. 41-45 of the Petition). It is imperative to void this reassessment as it is founded on the scam of a company too lazy and dishonest to do the job it was paid to do.

I have been told that there is the impression that only a handful of people are involved in trying to invalidate the Ryan reeval. The 150 or so of us who have paid to be part of the action are the tip of the iceberg. Talk is cheap, as they say, and some of my neighbors have not wanted to invest their money to try to win an action that depends on proving "arbitrary and capricious" behavior. There is widespread dissatisfaction with the entire process in the community, if you ask enough of your neighbors. Even some who consider their valuations fair have contributed financially to the action, supporting those who have been unfairly assessed.

We are fortunate in this community to have ethical, moral people with the expertise and experience to critically appraise the work done by Ryan. Additionally, we are lucky that these residents devoted themselves for months to gather the concrete evidence needed to move forward with an Article 78, the damning emails so slowly released by the Village despite the FOIL. I think it is accurate to say a handful of people dedicated themselves to working hard to pull together the material that has been the foundation for the Article 78.

The Mayor and Board of Trustees of the Village of Scarsdale should do the moral, ethical thing and end this travesty before it shames all those involved even further. My tax dollars should not be wasted to defend against the Article 78 that would never have happened if this outrage of a reassessment were properly monitored and supervised.

Phyllis and Frank Finkelstein
41 Fenimore Road
Scarsdale NY

Repairs at Freightway Garage Scheduled: Parking Restricted for Week of January 2nd

noparkingThe Village of Scarsdale has scheduled contractor, Schnell Contracting Inc., to perform concrete repair work at the Freightway Garage beginning the week of January 2, 2017, weather permitting. Select locations on the first and fifth floors will have concrete repair work performed to small areas showing signs of deterioration. While the scope of the maintenance work is relatively limited in nature, there will be impacts to commuters in the form of parking restrictions and access to protected workzones. As repairs are planned for the first and fifth floors, the contractor will restrict certain spaces on these floors and others beneath (ground level and fourth floor) for safety reasons. Village staff will post "no parking" signs adjacent to the work zone to alert commuters. The signs and parking restrictions will be removed accordingly as soon as the construction work allows. They regret any inconvenience this work may cause.

The Village anticipates the work to be completed in 5 -10 working days depending on weather conditions. Village engineering staff will provide construction oversight for the duration of the project. Questions or concerns should be addressed to the Village of Scarsdale Engineering Department by phone at (914)722-1104 or by email at Village office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Free Panel on Alzheimer's at the Scarsdale Woman's Club

alzheimerslogoUnder the auspices of the Scarsdale Forum, the Alzheimer's Association Hudson Valley Chapter will present a program, "What Alzheimer's disease is and what you can do about it," starting at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, at the Scarsdale Women's Club, 37 Drake Road.

Topics to be covered include the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's, the importance of early detection, research trends and clinical trials, getting a diagnosis, treatment options and living with Alzheimer's. Legal and financial issues related to dementia will be discussed, as will innovative free programs and services available from the Alzheimer's Association for families living with dementia.

Barry Meiselman, chairman of the board of directors for the Hudson Valley Chapter, will offer an introduction and introduce the panelists, who will include Alzheimer's Association staff members Jody Addeo, community engagement manager for Westchester and Rockland counties, and Patricia Gaston, a care consultant and director of professional education and research-related activities. The panel will also include Alzheimer's Association board member Moira Laidlaw, an attorney and elder-law expert.

Alzheimer's disease is a public health crisis affecting more than 5 million Americans. The sixth leading cause of death in the United States, it is the only one among the top 10 that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. While advanced age increases the risk of developing Alzheimer's, the disease also strikes people in their 50s and 60s. Alzheimer's requires support from millions of caregivers and is the most expensive disease in the nation. Two thirds of those suffering with the disease are women, and 40,000 individuals in the Hudson Valley have Alzheimer's.
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Its vision is a world without Alzheimer's.

For more information, contact:
Dugan Radwin at


CNC Searches for Candidates for Village Board and Mayor

Board-of-directors-duties-Boad-Room-CircleThe Citizens Nominating Committee ("CNC") is currently searching for potential candidates to run on the Scarsdale Citizens' Non-Partisan Party slate for the office of Scarsdale Village Mayor and three opening Village Trustee positions. Deadline for submitting your name to the CNC is Friday January 13th 2017. The General Village Election is on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

According to Lena Crandall, Chair of CNC (a non-voting position), "The CNC conducts a non-issue based review of potential candidates for office. The cornerstone tenet of Scarsdale's hundred-year nonpartisan tradition is that a candidate's general abilities and character - not their personal position on any Village issue – are held paramount to all other considerations. The objective is to find the best possible individuals to serve the Village no matter what issues the future may bring."

The CNC is a group of 30 elected representatives (6 from each neighborhood) tasked with reaching-out within the Scarsdale community to encourage residents who are ready, willing, and able to volunteer their service as one of three new Trustees or as Mayor of the Village.

CNC representatives are available to answer questions and help candidates through the non-partisan process, which involves the completion of a biographical sketch and a brief presentation. The names of those who come before the CNC are kept confidential to encourage as many qualified individuals as possible to come forward.

If you (or anyone you know) would make a great Mayor or Village Trustee, please contact any member of the CNC listed below. Candidates must be U.S. citizens over the age of 18 and residents of the Village of Scarsdale.

For more information, visit the Procedure Committee Website