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What To Do When a Cement Truck is Blocking Your Driveway

Concrete Mixer TruckThis letter was sent to Village Planner Elizabeth Marrinan by Roger Maldonado of Claremont Road, where a new house is going up on the neighboring lot which has been subdivided to allow for the construction of two homes.

Thursday September 29, 2016
Dear Liz: I am writing to register a complaint against the work done today at 20 Claremont Road under the supervision of Paul Diamond, who was present at all relevant times. I would have copied Mr. Diamond on this email, but I do not have his email address.

The workers who were pouring cement at the site blocked our driveway with a cement truck without seeking our permission and without giving us advance notice. We have guests staying with us who needed to make a train for which they were running late. When my wife told the workers that they needed to get the truck out of the way immediately, the workers were not responsive. They eventually moved the truck and my wife drove our guests to the train station. When she returned, the workers had again blocked our driveway with the cement truck. When my wife, who by this point was understandably very upset, insisted on having the truck moved immediately, the workers again treated her disrespectfully. Mr. Diamond, rather than intervening to correct the workers' behavior, tried to explain that he could not get the workers to not block our driveway.

Liz, please let me know to whom I should direct this complaint to ensure that no such incident again occurs.

Thank you for your assistance.
Roger Juan Maldonado

(Response from Elizabeth Marrinan from Scarsdale Village)
Hi Mr. Maldonado -

I'm sorry to read this. I forwarded your email to Frank Diodati, the Building Inspector. He spoke with Mr. Diamond who agreed to instruct all of his workers/deliveries not to block your driveway or any other driveways. Should this occur again, you should contact the Police Department. FYI - Mr. Diamond's email is
Liz M.

Elizabeth Talley Weds James King in Amagansett

Elizabeth and Jim after the ceremony1Elizabeth Mae Talley was married to James King Saturday Sept 10 in Amagansett, NY. The Rev. Steven Howarth, a Presbyterian minister, performed the ceremony at the First Presbyterian Church of Amagansett. A reception was held at Gansett Green Manor in Amagansett with dinner and dancing under the stars. The following morning family and friends celebrated the newly married couple at the home of Ms. Talley's father and stepmother along with the bride's mother. The bride's father, Thomas N. Talley, Sr. is an attorney in private practice in Amagansett, the bride's mother Paulette Talley is a Realtor with Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate in Scarsdale. The couple will live in New York City. Ms. Talley is a graduate of Scarsdale High School.

Swim for My Sisters' Place

sternOn Friday, September 23, 2016, local resident Amy Stern will embark on a 5K swim challenge to raise money for the Westchester-based not-for-profit, My Sisters' Place.
My Sisters' Place supports victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and human trafficking, in seeking safety, self-determination, and justice. The organization provides direct support services such as temporary housing, counseling, and legal support to victims and their children. My Sisters' Place also promotes prevention with a special emphasis on youth.

Ms. Stern, who is a semi-retired telecommunications consultant, has done 5K swim challenges 5 other times, including three times across the Hudson River. This year's 5K swim challenge will take place in the pool of the JCC Mid-Westchester.

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Volunteers Needed to Plant Village Field

Secor Palmer photorama3The Village of Scarsdale, its Conservation Advisory Council and the Friends of Scarsdale Parks are working to transform an unused grass field at Palmer and Secor into a beautiful native landscape. The field will be planted as a meadow next spring, which will support butterflies, bees and other pollinators. Plans also call for a path along the meadow to appreciate the resulting natural wonderland.

This fall they will restore the area next to the field into a healthy native woodland with trees, shrubs and perennials, which will also provide important habitat to many creatures including birds. This is an important environmental project that will benefit the community for many years to come. Volunteer just a few hours of your time and take pride in having helped accomplish this important natural project.

They need your help with planting on Saturday October 8th and Sunday October 9th. Bring your own gloves, trowels and shovels, or we will provide them. Volunteers are needed for these time slots:

Saturday, October 8
10 am - 1:30 pm
1:30 pm - 5 pm

Sunday, October 9
10 am - 1:30 pm
1:30 pm - 5 pm

To get this community project accomplished we need your help! Sign up here or email

This is a wonderful parent and child activity. Please share this information with anyone else who you think might be interested. Volunteers under 16 years old should be accompanied by an adult who's ready to dig! Please bring your own trowel if you own one.

Letter to the Editor: Legislators Should Rollback the Reval

letter-to-the-editorWakefield Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583
September 8, 2016

To the Editor of Scarsdale 10583:

Scarsdale residents have just lived through a long and frustrating summer of outrage, challenge, exploration, and learning with regard to the Village's 2016 property tax revaluation. Through many public meetings, FOIL requests, news articles, and social media, we have learned a lot about the poor quality of preparation and execution of the reassessment process. Now it is September, final property evaluation numbers are due to New York State authorities, and we still have no remedy in sight.

Many of us have urged Village leaders to roll back the assessment to that used for the 2015 assessments, which would undo the disastrous 2016 revaluation. As far as I can tell, while New York State laws do not specifically provide for rollback of evaluations, they also do not forbid it. The immediate problem is one of time—to agree on a remedy and for the Assessor's office to correct the tax records—before filing completed reports with the New York State Office of Real Property Tax Services.

Accordingly, I ask Scarsdale Village tax payers to join me in asking our State legislators—Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Representative Amy Paulin—to very quickly introduce and pursue emergency legislation authorizing the rollback and authorizing Scarsdale Village to provide final assessment numbers 90 or 120 days after the typical September date such data are due to NYS Office of Taxation and Finance. This would give the breathing room for the action that is needed: the rollback.


Michele Braun