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School Lunch Program Debuts to Mixed Reviews

School Lunch Program Debuts to Mixed Reviews

Despite months of planning, collaboration with parents and teachers...

Bronx River Books: Now Open in Scarsdale Village

Bronx River Books: Now Open in Scarsdale Village

Jessica Kaplan and Mark Fowler of Bronx River Books Like many of you...

Hamilton Author Ron Chernow Coming to a Town Near You

Hamilton Author Ron Chernow Coming to a Town Near You

With the construction at the Scarsdale Library, many Scarsdale resi...

New Additions Open at Edgewood and Heathcote Elementary Schools

New Additions Open at Edgewood and Heathcote Elementary Schools

Edgewood and Heathcote Elementary School staffers and students retu...

Create Culinary Memories At Donjito Tacos And Tapas

Create Culinary Memories At Donjito Tacos And Tapas

As new restaurants pop up frequently in Mamaroneck, I seem to be vi...

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Governor Richard Ravitch Now More Than Ever

With the political implosion of Governor Paterson; with New York economy reeling; with a State budget deficit of $8.2 billion; with a State where no one has confidence in our government's ability to get anything done or get anything done right, it's time to call for a time out. David Paterson should cede the gubernatorial reigns to Richard Ravitch. And then, both the Democratic and Republicans parties should right now announce that they will cross-endorse Richard Ravitch to be Governor of New York State -- not just through the end of this year -- but for the following four. At 77 years old, Ravitch doesn’t want or need this. But we need Governor Ravitch now. He's the adult in the room. Ravitch has the gravitas, trust and respect of elected officials from both parties. And we need him to pony up for one term for the next four years to salvage the New York ship of state which is in a state of crisis, economically, structurally and politically. He should be a nonpartisan governor, and immediately call for a nonpartisan constitutional convention. The convention’s primary piece of business should be to discard our bicameral legislature, and in lieu, adopt and construct a one-house nonpartisan state legislative body. This can no longer be viewed as some absurd pie in the sky notion -- but the beginning of a path to restore trust in New York State government. There's no rational reason to have two legislative houses in New York State government.

Richard Ravitch has a storied and serious background. In many ways he was responsible for seeding the rebirth of New York City in the 1970s and 1980s that bore fruit. Heading and revitalizing the Urban Development Corporation and then the MTA -- Ravitch had almost as much of an impact on the physical and fiscal revitalization of New York as Robert Caro had earlier last century -- but without the arrogance of power. He's a realist -- and we're already hearing bipartisan calls for Governor Paterson to hand off the budget football to Ravitch now. The other announced pretenders for Governor, Andrew Cuomo and Rick Lazio are dwarfed by Ravitch. And even better, Ravitch doesn't want the job or need it. That's why we need Governor Ravitch now more than ever.

David A. Singer is a former political consultant/campaign professional and political junkie currently toiling as a lawyer in Westchester and managing real estate and media investments.

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Understanding Scarsdale's Non-Partisan System

Understanding Scarsdale's Non-Partisan System


Confused about Scarsdale's unique form of government? Why do we elect a nominating committee and what does it mean to be non-partisan? He...

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Around Town

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Dining in the Gilded Age at the Scarsdale Woman's Club

Dining in the Gilded Age at the Scarsdale Woman's Club

Francine Segan will speak on “100 Years Ago: Elegant Dining and Entertaining in the Gilded Age” at the opening program of the Scarsdale W...

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Bronx River Books: Now Open in Scarsdale Village

Bronx River Books: Now Open in Scarsdale Village

Jessica Kaplan and Mark Fowler of Bronx River Books Like many of you, we were so excited to find that Scarsdale’s new independent bookstor...

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Scarsdale Couple Convicted for Running Pill Mill, Mamaroneck Woman Indicted for Murder of Baby Daughter

Scarsdale Couple Convicted for Running Pill Mill, Mamaroneck Woman Indicted for Murder of Baby Daughter

On September 6, 2018 Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, announced that a Manhattan Supreme Court jury retu...

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Hamilton Author Ron Chernow Coming to a Town Near You

Hamilton Author Ron Chernow Coming to a Town Near You

With the construction at the Scarsdale Library, many Scarsdale residents are heading over to the White Plains Public Library to access re...

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Parenting

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Ava Mae Levy Born September 1st

Ava Mae Levy Born September 1st

Ashley, Alex and Ava Mae Levy Janet and Alan Levy of Scarsdale are proud to announce the birth of their granddaughter, Ava Mae Levy, born ...

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Village Voices

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Trustees Ask for More Revisions to Proposed Clear-Cutting Code

Trustees Ask for More Revisions to Proposed Clear-Cutting Code

Scarsdale Trustees considered, but failed to agree on new provisions to prevent the clear cutting of trees on Scarsdale properties at the...

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Board of Trustees Report Repaving, New Gas Lines and New Stores in the Village

Board of Trustees Report Repaving, New Gas Lines and New Stores in the Village

This week’s Scarsdale Board of Trustees’ meeting was largely positive and brief, in contrast to the miserable weather that has taken hold...

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School News

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Scarsdale Students Recognize 9/11, 17 Years Later

Scarsdale Students Recognize 9/11, 17 Years Later

Tuesday September 11 marked the 17th anniversary of the attacks at the World Trade Center. A day that will live in infamy, 9/11 is typica...

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Schools

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School Lunch Program Debuts to Mixed Reviews

School Lunch Program Debuts to Mixed Reviews

Despite months of planning, collaboration with parents and teachers and the best of intentions, the Scarsdale School administration found...

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The Goods

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Scarsdalians Steal the Show at the 2018 Emmy Awards

Scarsdalians Steal the Show at the 2018 Emmy Awards

Phones all over Scarsdale lit up at 9:33 pm on Monday night 9-17, when a former resident became the surprise star of the Emmy Awards show...

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Real Estate

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Committee for Historic Preservation to Consider More Demolitions Plus Home Sales and Weekend Open Houses

Committee for Historic Preservation to Consider More Demolitions Plus Home Sales and Weekend Open Houses

96 Walworth Avenue Applications to raze the following homes will be considered at the meeting of the Committee for Historic Preservation o...

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Police Report: Graham Road Burglary, Car Break-in Bandit Spotted in Greenacres

Police Report: Graham Road Burglary, Car Break-in Bandit Spotted in Greenacres

Burglary: A Graham Road woman reported finding her house broken into and items stolen, upon arriving home from a trip Sept. 3. Stolen ite...

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Arts and Entertainment

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Create Culinary Memories At Donjito Tacos And Tapas

Create Culinary Memories At Donjito Tacos And Tapas

As new restaurants pop up frequently in Mamaroneck, I seem to be visiting this diverse community frequently. Most recently, there was Sof...

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People

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Scarsdale Edgemont Family Counseling Service Receives National Accreditation

Scarsdale Edgemont Family Counseling Service Receives National Accreditation

Scarsdale Edgemont Family Counseling Service (SFCS) announced today that it has received national accreditation as a provider of professi...

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