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Mayor Makes Village Appointments for Coming Year

Mayor Carolyn Stevens issued the Annual Meeting Resolutions for 2010-2011 and named Trustee David Irwin, Deputy Mayor, Trustee Miriam Flisser, Police Commissioner and Trustee Richard Toder to the role of Fire Commissioner. The document outlines the liaison assignments of all the trustees to village boards, committees and neighborhood associations.

In the document Al Gatta, Steve Pappalardo, Donna Conkling, Veronica Regazzi, Mary Lou McClure, Maria Colotti,, Wayne Esannason, Arlene Katz, Eric Rothschild, Merrell Clark and James O’Connor are all re-appointed and meeting dates for the Village Board of Trustees are set. The names of new appointees for all Village Boards and Council are included and the document that can be viewed in its entirety below:

ANNUAL MEETING RESOLUTIONS


The Mayor hereby appoints Trustee David Irwin as Deputy Mayor, Trustee Miriam Levitt Flisser as Police Commissioner and Trustee Richard Toder as Fire Commissioner.

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The Mayor also appoints the following Board of Trustee Committee assignments:

Finance Committee        Land Use Committee          Law Committee
Trustee Irwin CH              Trustee Toder CH                    Trustee Mark CH
Trustee Steves                 Trustee Steves                        Trustee Toder
Trustee Mark                    Trustee Eisenman

Municipal Services        Personnel Committee            Recreation Committee
Committee                      Trustee Eisenman CH             Trustee Steves CH
Trustee Levitt Flisser CH Trustee Irwin                            Trustee Flisser
Trustee Steves                                                                 Trustee Mark
Trustee Toder

Sustainability Committee      Agenda Committee
Trustee Flisser CH                   Mayor Stevens CH
Trustee Irwin                            All Trustees
Trustee Mark

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are ex-officio members of all committees.

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The Mayor announces the following liaison assignments:

Flisser: Council on People with Disabilities; Cable Television; Junior League of Central Westchester; Committee on Historical Preservation

Irwin: Library Board; Advisory Council on Human Relations, Teen Center, and Village
Historian;

Toder: Planning Board; Town Board of Assessment; Board of Ethics; Judicial Qualifications Advisory Council

Steves: Advisory Council on Parks & Recreation; Board of Architectural Review; Scarsdale Edgemont Family Counseling; SCC; Advisory Council on Youth; Advisory Council on Technology

Eisenman: Board of Appeals; Conservation Advisory Council, Friends of the Parks

Mark: Task Force on Drugs & Alcohol; Advisory Council on Seniors; Scarsdale Arts
Council; SVAC

Stevens: Board of Education; Westchester Municipal Officials Association; League of Women Voters; Chamber of Commerce

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The Mayor announces the following Neighborhood Association assignments:

Flisser: Arthur Manor; Fox Meadow, Scarsdale Meadows

Irwin: Old Scarsdale; Colonial Acres, Drake Edgewood

Toder: Berkley in Scarsdale Murray Hill/Middle Heathcote, Sherbrook Park

Steves: Quaker Ridge, West Quaker Ridge;

Eisenman: Overhill, East Heathcote, Sherbrook Park

Mark: Secor Farms; Greenacres; Bramlee Heights

Stevens: SNAP

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RESOLVED, that pursuant to the provisions of Section 57-1 of the Village Code, Alfred A. Gatta is hereby appointed Village Manager for the current official year, and be it further

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RESOLVED, that pursuant to the provisions of Section 57-1 of the Village Code,
Stephen M. Pappalardo is hereby appointed Assistant Village Manager for the current official year.

Pursuant to provisions of Section 57-3 of the Village Code, the Village Manager hereby designates Stephen M. Pappalardo as Deputy Village Manager.

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Pursuant to provisions of Section 3-301 of Village Law, the Mayor hereby appoints Donna M. Conkling as Village Clerk for the statutory term of two years.

RESOLVED, that the appointment of Donna M. Conkling as Village Clerk for the statutory term of two years is hereby approved.

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The Village Clerk states that pursuant to the provisions of Section 4-402 of
Village Law, and the opinion of the State Comptroller 362, 1960, she hereby appoints Veronica Regazzi as Deputy Village Clerk for the current official year.

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Pursuant to the provisions of Section 4-400 of Village Law, the Mayor hereby appoints Marie Louise McClure as Village Treasurer for the statutory term of two years.

RESOLVED, that the appointment of Marie Louise McClure as Village Treasurer for the statutory term of two years is hereby approved.

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Pursuant to the provisions of Section 4-400 of the Village Law, the Mayor
hereby appoints Maria Colotti as Deputy Village Treasurer for the current official
year.

RESOLVED, that the appointment of Maria Colotti as Deputy Village Treasurer for the current official year is hereby approved.

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Pursuant to the provisions of Section 4-400 of the Village Law, the Mayor
hereby appoints Wayne Esannason as Village Attorney for the current official year.

RESOLVED, that the appointment of Wayne Esannason as Village Attorney for the current official year is hereby approved.

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Pursuant to the provisions of Section 3-301 and 4-400 of the Village Law, the
Mayor hereby appoints Arlene Katz as Acting Village Justice for the current official year.

RESOLVED, that the re-appointment of Arlene Katz as Acting Village Justice for the current official year is hereby approved.

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The Mayor hereby appoints Eric Rothschild pursuant to Section 4-400 of the Village Law, to serve as Village Historian for the current official year.

RESOLVED, that the appointment of Eric Rothschild to serve as Village Historian for a term ending April 4, 2011 or until such time as a successor is appointed, is hereby approved.

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The Mayor hereby appoints Merrell Clark as Chair of said Council for a term ending April 4, 2011 or until such time as a successor is appointed.

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The Mayor hereby re-appoints James O’Connor as Chair of the Judicial
Qualifications Advisory Committee for a term ending April 30, 2010 or until such time as a successor is appointed.

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Trustee Irwin:

RESOLVED, that the regular meetings of the Board of Trustees of the Village of
Scarsdale for 2010-11 be held in Rutherford Hall in Village Hall, located on Post Road, between Crane and Popham Roads, on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 8:00 p.m. except during the months of March, July, August, October, and December, and that special meetings may be called by the Mayor as necessary, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the meetings for the months of July, August, October, December 2010, and March 2011 will be as follows:

July 13, 2010 8:00 P.M.

July 27, 2010 8:30 A.M. (Limited Agenda)

August 10, 2010 8:00 P.M.

August 24, 2010 8:30 A.M. (Limited Agenda)

October 5, 2010 8:00 P.M.

October 26, 2010 8:00 P.M.

December 14, 2010 8:00 P.M.

December 28, 2010 8:30 A.M. (Limited Agenda)

March 8, 2011 8:00 P.M.

March 22, 2011 8:30 P.M.

and be it further
RESOLVED, that the Agenda Committee of the Board of Trustees shall meet 15 minutes prior to every scheduled meeting of the Board, and be it further

RESOLVED, that The Scarsdale Inquirer is hereby designated the official Village newspaper, and be it further

RESOLVED, that Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, HSBC Bank and the Cooperative Liquid Assets Security System (CLASS administered by Cutwater (formerly MBIA-Municipal Investors Service Corporation) are hereby designated as official depositories of the funds of the Village of Scarsdale.

RESOLVED, that pursuant to Section 10 of the General Municipal Law, the maximum amount which may be kept on deposit at each bank be set at $60 million, and the maximum amount which may be invested in CLASS and any other secured money market investment fund is set at $15 million.

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Trustee Levitt Flisser:

COUNCIL ON PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

RESOLVED, that Beatrice Cremieux is hereby appointed to serve as a member of the Council on People with Disabilities for a term ending April 2, 2012, or until such time as a successor is appointed, and be it further

RESOLVED, that Carol Kadanoff, Barrie Mabie, and Elihu Massel are hereby re-appointed to serve as members of said Council for terms ending April 2, 2012, or until such time as a successor is appointed, and be it further

RESOLVED, that Alexis Kashar is hereby re-appointed to serve as Chair of said
Council for a term ending April 4, 2011 or until such time a successor is appointed.

RESOLVED, that the purpose and existence of the Council on People with Disabilities in accordance with its Constitution is hereby affirmed by the Village Board.

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CABLE TELEVISION COMMISSION

RESOLVED, that William Jacobs is hereby re-appointed to serve as a member of the Cable Television Commission for a term ending April 6, 2015, or until such time as a successor is appointed, and be it further

RESOLVED, that Andrew Sereysky is hereby re-appointed to serve as Chair of said Commission for a term ending April 4, 2011, or until such time as a successor is appointed.

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COMMITTEE FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION

RESOLVED, that Michael Braun is hereby appointed to serve as a member of the Committee for Historic Preservation for a term ending April 1, 2013, or until such time as a successor is appointed, and be it further

RESOLVED, that Linda Blair-Doescher is hereby re-appointed to serve as a member of said Committee for a term ending April 1, 2013, or until such time as a successor is appointed, and be it further

RESOLVED, that Victor D’Ortona is hereby re-appointed to serve as an alternate member of said Committee for a term ending April 1, 2013, or until such time as a successor is appointed, and be it further

RESOLVED, that Lucas Meyer is hereby re-appointed Chair of said Committee for a term ending April 4, 2011 or until such time as a successor is appointed.

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Trustee Irwin:

ADVISORY COUNCIL ON HUMAN RELATIONS

RESOLVED, that Michael Duncanson, Harvey Kitay, and Kevin Mandel are hereby re-appointed as members of the Advisory Council for on Human Relations for terms ending April 2, 2012 or until such time as a successor is appointed, and be it further

RESOLVED, that Alfredo Gonzalez and Jiyon Lee are hereby re-appointed as Co-Chairs of said Council for a term ending April 4, 2011, or until such time as a successor is appointed.

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Trustee Toder:

PLANNING BOARD

RESOLVED, that Seth Ross is hereby appointed as a member of the Planning Board for a term ending April 6, 2015 or until such time as a successor is appointed, and be it further

RESOLVED, that Beverley Sved is hereby appointed to serve as Chair of said Board for a term ending April 4, 2011, or until such time as a successor is appointed.

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BOARD OF ETHICS

RESOLVED, that Evelyn Stock is hereby appointed to serve as a member of the Board of Ethics for a term ending April 6, 2015, or until such time a successor is appointed, and be it further

RESOLVED, that Irving Picard is hereby appointed to serve as Chair of said
Board for a term ending April 4, 2011, or until such time a successor is appointed.

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Trustee Steves:

BOARD OF ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW

RESOLVED, that Mark Gross is hereby appointed to serve as a member of the Board of Architectural Review for a term ending April 1, 2013 or until such time as a successor is appointed, and be it further

RESOLVED, that Farley Baker is hereby appointed to serve as an alternate member of said Board for a term ending April 1, 2013 or until such time as a successor is appointed, and be it further

RESOLVED, that Georgene Mongarella is hereby re-appointed to serve as an alternate member of said Board for a term ending April 1, 2013 or until such time as a successor is appointed, and be it further

RESOLVED, that David Esterman and Maggie Stern are hereby appointed to serve as Co-Chairs of said Board for a term ending April 4, 2011 or until such time as a successor is appointed.

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ADVISORY COUNCIL ON PARKS AND RECREATION

RESOLVED, that Adam Leader, Matthew Zik, and Louis Vetrone are hereby appointed as members of the Advisory Council on Parks and Recreation for terms ending April 2, 2012, or until such time as a successor is appointed, and be it further

RESOLVED, that David Wald is hereby re-appointed as a member of said Council
for a term ending April 2, 2012, or until such time as a successor is appointed, and be it further

RESOLVED, that William Natbony is hereby re-appointed as Chair of said Council for a term ending April 4, 2011, or until such time as a successor is appointed.

RESOLVED, that the purpose and existence of the Advisory Council on Parks and Recreation in accordance with its Constitution is hereby affirmed by the Village Board.

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ADVISORY COUNCIL ON YOUTH

RESOLVED, that Evan Gross is hereby appointed to serve as a member of the Advisory Council on Youth for a term ending April 2, 2012 or until such time as a successor is appointed, and be it further

RESOLVED, that Lou Mancini is hereby re-appointed to serve as a member of said Council for a term ending April 2, 2012 or until such time as a successor is appointed, and be it further

RESOLVED, that Scott Bookner is hereby re-appointed to serve as Chair of said
Council for a term ending April 4, 2011 or until such time as a successor is appointed.

RESOLVED, that the purpose and existence of the Advisory Council on Youth in accordance with its Constitution is hereby affirmed by the Village Board.

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ADVISORY COUNCIL ON TECHNOLOGY

RESOLVED, that Daniel Finger and Michael Raposa are hereby re-appointed as members of the Advisory Council on Technology for a term ending April 2, 2012, or until such time as a successor is appointed, and be it further

RESOLVED, that Steve Erde and Sunil Subbakrishna are hereby re-appointed as Co-Chairs of said Council for a term ending April 4, 2011 or until such time as a successor is appointed.

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Trustee Eisenman:

BOARD OF APPEALS

RESOLVED, that George Lindsay is hereby appointed to serve as a member of the
Board of Appeals for a term ending April 6, 2015, or until such time as a successor is appointed, and be it further

RESOLVED, that Pamela Rubin is hereby appointed to serve as an alternate member of
said Board for a term ending April 6, 2015, or until such time as a successor is appointed, and be it further

RESOLVED, that Roseann Underweiser is hereby appointed to serve as Chair of said Board for a term ending April 4, 2011, or until such time as a successor is appointed

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CONSERVATION ADVISORY COUNCIL

RESOLVED, that Cynthia Roberts and David Silberstein are hereby re-appointed to serve as members of the Conservation Advisory Council for terms ending April 2, 2012, or until such time as a successor is appointed, and be it further

RESOLVED, that Bart Hamlin is hereby re-appointed as Chair of said Council for a term ending April 4, 2011, or until such time as a successor is appointed.

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Trustee Mark:

ADVISORY COUNCIL ON SCARSDALE SENIOR CITIZENS

RESOLVED, that Barbra Baum, Joan Gips, Marjorie Spiro, Helen Stempel, and Bob Wax are hereby re-appointed to serve as members of the Advisory Council on Scarsdale Senior Citizens for terms ending April 2, 2012, or until such time as a successor is appointed, and be it further

RESOLVED, that Carol Silverman is hereby re-appointed to serve as Chair of said Council for a term ending April 4, 2011 or until such time as a successor is appointed.

RESOLVED, that the purpose and existence of the Advisory Council on Scarsdale Senior Citizens in accordance with its Constitution is hereby affirmed by the Village Board.

Neighborhood Association News

The Presidents of Scarsdale’s Neighborhood Associations (SNAP) met on Monday night 4/5 and covered lots of ground.  School Board members Linda Chayes and Jill Spieler attended to update the group on the status of the proposed school budget for 2010-2011. The School Board will meet with the community on Thursday night April 8th to get feedback on the budget and on April 19 they will present the proposed budget. They encourage everyone to vote for the budget on May 18.

Here are some highlights of the 2010-2011 School Budget:

  • The current proposed budget would require a 2.88% budget increase for Scarsdale residents and a 6.1% increase for residents of the Mamaroneck Strip. However, due to a recently announced decrease in tax assessments, the Board will need to find another $400,000 by dipping into reserves, raising the tax rate or decreasing the budget. They will make their decision before April 19 when the proposed budget is due.
  • Teachers agreed to forego 1% of their salary increase for the next two years and in the third year to accept a 2% increase. Nine teaching positions, open due to attrition, will not be filled. In exchange for the salary concessions the Board agreed that there would be no layoffs for the next two years, though the number of teachers can be adjusted in response to drops in enrollment. The Board will make every effort to preserve class sizes.
  • A revenue committee is being formed to investigate potential sources of funds for the schools. They will look into the formation of a school foundation, changes in regulations for accepting donations, pay for play for sports programs and other options. The Board is seeking committee members and if you are interested in participating, please email the Board of Education.
  • The administration has proposed a full day kindergarten program, adjusting kindergarten from a 24-hour to a 30-hour week program. The Board supports the decision which will save the district $50,000 in transportation costs.
  • The Board agreed to retain the third Assistant Principal at Scarsdale High School, as she has been effective at student intervention, communication with students and parents and the ninth grade orientation program.
  • State aid to the district remains questionable. Governor Paterson recently proposed a cut of $1.4 billion to state schools and the Board is uncertain how much of the promised funds will come our way.

In other neighborhood business, SNAP welcomed David Bunzel representing the Heathcote Association, a group of 20-30 homes surrounding the Duck Pond in Heathcote.

Mayor Carolyn Stevens announced that the two new Village Trustees, Kay Einsenman and Jon Mark had been sworn in. She also announced trustee liaisons to the neighborhood associations.

Mayor Steves updated the group on the storm and discussed village management, Con Edison, village communications, costs and next steps. Though the storm was costly, if President Barak Obama signs, Scarsdale will receive $350,000 in emergency funds to reimburse us for costs incurred during the storm. She explained how she asked our public officials to intervene to get a response from Con Edison, reviewed the breakdown in Village communications and outlined her next steps to assure better service down the line. She also recommended that residents who wanted to install back-up generators file a permit and use a licensed electrician as a faulty generator had recently caused a house fire on Post Road.

Janet Bell of the Heathcote Five Corners Association asked the Mayor to look into the presence of a large “For Rent” sign near Bistro Citron. She thought that it violated Village Code. She also asked the Mayor if there was any new information on development of the Tavern building, and was told that there were no new plans at this time.

The Planning Board approved an 11,000 square foot building at the Five Corners on the site of the gas station. There will be two levels above ground and two levels of parking below. In addition, the village has permitted the developers to include a truck-loading zone on Heathcote Road. Several members of SNAP expressed concern that large trucks would block driver site lines on Heathcote Road and cause a hazard. However, the site plan has already been approved.

Neighborhood Associations were asked to complete an inventory of homes in their area for the Committee on Historic Preservation. The survey includes questions about neighborhood character, age of homes etc. The Committee will use the survey data in their work to establish new criteria for historic preservation in Scarsdale.

The Garden Conservancy Announces Spring Garden Tours

The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program for 2010 begins on Sunday, April 25 in Westchester County, at the White Garden, 199 Elmwood Road, Lewisboro, open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Additional Westchester County Open Days include a total of eighteen private gardens and take place on the following dates: May 2 in Mount Kisco, May 8 in Chappaqua and Mount Kisco, May 23 in Bedford Hills, May 29 in Mount Kisco, June 5 in Briarcliff Manor, Bedford, and Tarrytown, June 6 in North Salem, June 20 in Bedford Hills, Bedford, and Yorktown, July 25 in Cortlandt Manor, Bedford Hills, and New Rochelle, September 12 in Lewisboro and Waccabuc, and October 30 in Mount Kisco. Admission to each private garden is $5, Open Days are rain or shine, and no reservations are required. Call 1-888-842-2442, or visit www.opendaysprogram.org for more information.

At the White Garden on April 25th, visitors will delight in the woodland plantings of more than 200,000 daffodils. Walking paths throughout the woods weave over a meandering brook and through a shady dell. Several glass houses can be seen, including a new state-of-the-art greenhouse that supports the gardens. Nearest the house the gardens are classically inspired, including a nymphaeum, pergola garden, labyrinth, and theater court, and additional hidden gardens include a perennial ellipse and “annual” garden, a conservatory “jungle” garden, and an Asian-inspired moss garden. Several water features accent the landscape, and native plantings dominate in areas outside the central gardens. Many sculptures enrich this landscape and swans guard the Temple of Apollo on an island in the main pond. The White Garden will also open to the public on Sunday, September 12th.

Additional area gardens open in 2010 include Lulu Farm in Bedford, a hilltop property that contains ten acres of garden and ninety acres of field and woodland intersected by old stone walls. Special features include a dwarf conifer garden, terraces of mixed herbaceous and woody plants, a formal herb garden, a woodland garden walk, a large vegetable garden, orchards, and a diverse selection of mature trees. In Yorktown, the garden of Barbara & John Schumacher boasts a large rose garden below the house with 400 roses. A perennial garden features hostas, tree peonies, and sweeps of Asiatic lilies, and other attractions include beautiful stonework, a fern garden and a generous and varied collection of hydrangeas.

These Open Days gardens are featured in the 2010 Open Days Directory; a soft-cover book that includes detailed driving directions and vivid descriptions written by their owners. The directory includes garden listings in 21 states and costs $21.95 including shipping. Visit www.opendaysprogram.org or call the Garden Conservancy toll-free at 1-888-842-2442 to order with a Visa, MasterCard or American Express, or send a check or money order to: the Garden Conservancy, P.O. Box 219, Cold Spring, NY 10516. Discount admission tickets are available as well through advanced mail order.

The 2010 Open Days Program is generously sponsored by Garden Design Magazine as its National Media Sponsor.

The Garden Conservancy introduced the Open Days Program in 1995 as a means of introducing the public to gardening, providing easy access to outstanding examples of design and horticultural practice, and proving that exceptional American gardens are still being created. The Open Days Program is America’s only national private garden-visiting program, and is made possible by the work of hundreds of volunteers nationwide. Visit the Garden Conservancy and its Open Days Program online at www.opendaysprogram.org.

Report from the Greenacres Town Meeting

Scarsdale’s leaders gathered on March 11th to greet Greenacres residents, review town matters and answer questions. The turn out was terrific, and before the start of the program neighbors had the chance to get acquainted, snack, purchase Girl Scout cookies and renew their Greenacres Association memberships.

Panelists included the Police and Fire Chiefs, Al Gatta and Suzanna Busby from Village Hall, Greenacres Principal Gerry Young, School Board President Barbara Kemp, School Superintendant Mike McGill, Gary Sastow for SVAC, Jim Buck for the Volunteer Fire Company and Deputy Mayor Sharon Lindsay. Each was asked to give a two-minute update, with timing strictly enforced with a bell.


Police Chief John Brogan reported that construction on the new Police Headquarters building is now a few months behind schedule but assured the group that an efficient though temporary command center has been set up and that they can book, fingerprint and even hold suspects in the Police Trailer on Tompkins Road.

Jim Buck Volunteer Firefighter encouraged residents to join, saying that fighting fires “is the most fun you can have with your clothes on.” The firefighters work together as a team and the company will train volunteers to fight fires respond in an emergency and promote safety.

The Recreation Department is now enrolling residents for Day Camp, Tennis programs and pool permits, according to Recreation Department Superintendent Suzanne Busby. Enrollment at the Day Camp was up 25% last year and the return rate for staff for this coming summer is at an all time high. This year, they will be offering a film making program and an extended day at Camp Pathunke for children in grades 3 through 8. Sign up for camp by April 1st, to get an early bird discount.

It is increasingly challenging to finance Village government and services as costs are rising and residents are challenging their tax assessments. Village Manager Al Gatta told the group that the Village had received an unprecedented number of appeals to lower property taxes this year. At the same time, residents called for road repairs, tree removal and maintenance and the Village’s ability to self-govern is running into conflict with our ability to fund these activities.

All’s well at Greenacres School, where Principal Gerry Young has started a Haiti Relief Fund. He is calling on students to bring in their loose pennies and is hoping to collect a million pennies for the fund. Also under consideration at the school is the closing of Huntington Avenue during school hours to give children access to the playground and eliminate the need for staff to serve as crossing guards during the school day.

School Board President Barbara Kemp was pleased to report that the proposed tax increase to fund the school budget would be just under 3% and that Scarsdale Teacher’s had reopened their contract and agreed to forgo 1% in contracted salary increases for the next two years. This will mean a savings of $1,900,000 to the Scarsdale Schools. She encouraged everyone to vote for the budget on May 18th and hoped that we could improve on last year’s voter turnout, which was only 7%.

The Scarsdale Schools just celebrated their 225th Anniversary with a concert and lecture by residents Nicolas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, according to Superintendant Mike McGill. He told the group that our schools are nationally recognized and reports that the district is now doing exploratory work on what our schools should look like in 2050.

The Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps provides emergency services 24 hours a day using both paid paramedics and volunteers. They begin the life-saving process as soon as they arrive. Sadly, their appeals to the community for funding are not getting the response they need to meet their budget and they will have to dip into their reserve funds. Sastow asked the community to give to ensure that we continue to have this wonderful service available to the community.

Deputy Mayor Sharon Lindsay addressed community concerns about flooding. After the storm in April 2007, consultants were hired to investigate, and Scarsdale applied for grants to ameliorate the situation. The County has given us $1,450,000 and we will issue bonds to raise the balance of the funds needed to build a detention basic at George Field Park that will hold three million gallons of water and to clear the watercourse downstream. In the meantime, our public works department has dredged the watercourse and taken temporary steps to alleviate flooding until the bigger project can be started.

The session was then opened for questions. One resident asked if it would be possible to bury the power lines and Gatta responded that the cost would be millions of dollars and that it was not likely at this time. When discussing recycling, it was revealed that Village solid waste has decreased 30% in the past five years, indicating that residents are cooperating with recycling programs. Another resident complained about “uncivilized dog walkers" who constantly leave waste on her property and the police offered to help.

A Windmill Road homeowner told the group that there was a Village tree down on her property and just one day later we learned it had already been removed.

Strong work by Deborah Pekarek and the Greenacres Association, and thanks so much to all of the panelists for their time.

Artistic Exploration at HB Preschool

The Hoff-Barthelson Preschool features a daily program for three and four year-olds with a curriculum that includes a special emphasis on music and art. This winter the children had a delightful time “studying” the artwork of three famous painters – Matisse, Pollack and Van Gogh! The accompanying pictures illustrate the artistic reflections of the students who went on to create their own artwork in the image of the three artists. The Jackson Pollack is a collaborative effort; dribbling paint to create their large canvas was a highlight of the HBMS Preschool year.

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