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Liz GuggeheimerThis statement was sent to Scarsdale10583 by Elizabeth M. Guggenheimer, 2018 SBNC Chair
As the 2018 School Board Nominating Committee (SBNC) has completed its nomination of Woodrow Crouch and Alison Singer for election to the Scarsdale Board of Education, I thank the members of the SBNC for their dedication, thoughtfulness, and diligence in performing this important civic responsibility. I also thank all of the applicants. Scarsdale benefits when many talented citizens are willing to present themselves to the SBNC each year, as well as from the efforts of an engaged SBNC.

Our community created the SBNC to nominate school board candidates who will work to maintain and enhance the quality of education provided by the Scarsdale schools. The SBNC is composed of 30 voting members (six elected from each of the five elementary school areas), a non-voting chair and non-voting vice-chair, and two non-voting appointees from TVCC and SNAP. Pursuant to its governing resolution, it judges and selects candidates “solely on their qualifications to serve the community.”

This year, the SBNC nominated Alison and Woody to fill the two seats that open and begin on July 1, 2018. The SBNC considered many more candidates than could be selected for the two available positions. All current SBNC members signed the nominating petitions.

The Candidates

The SBNC strongly endorses Alison and Woody for election to the School Board. They bring different professional and personal experiences and perspectives to our community. They share a deep commitment to maintaining the excellence of the Scarsdale schools and serving constituents with multiple points of view.

Woodrow Crouch worked at the New York Power Authority (NYPA) for 30 years, where he managed major engineering and WoodyCrouch4Woody Crouchconstruction projects and collaborated with colleagues, residents, politicians and unions, and he continues to work in the industry. He served as president and chaired the construction committee of the US Committee on Large Dams and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He holds a BS from the US Merchant Marine Academy and MS from Columbia University.
Woody and his wife Mary have lived in Scarsdale for 40 years, where he has served as president of the Drake Edgewood Association, chaired SNAP and the Edgewood Athletic Association, coached, and was on the board and treasurer of IHM’s religious school. He currently is a merit badge counselor for Scarsdale Boy Scouts Troop 2 and a board member and past board chair of the Sturge-Weber Foundation. Five of his grandchildren now attend the Scarsdale schools.

Alison Singer is president of the Autism Science Foundation, dedicated to funding innovative autism research and supporting the needs of people with autism. She worked for 15 years in communications, including at NBC, where she engaged in team-oriented work to produce news programs and in business negotiations and personnel matters. Alison holds a BA in Economics from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

AlisonScarsdaleAlison SingerAlison and her husband Dan have lived in Scarsdale for 18 years, and their two daughters attended the Scarsdale schools. She chaired the SBNC Administrative and Joint Committees and the Parent Committee of the high school speech and debate team. She served on the School District’s Committees on Special Education and Preschool Special Education and the search committee for the Director of Special Education and Student Services.

The School Board Nomination Process

The SBNC nomination process involves several stages. In January, the SBNC heard current school board members’ views on the role and responsibilities of board members and the School District’s opportunities and challenges. SBNC members sought potential board candidates. Each interested applicant submitted a biographical form and then presented orally to the SBNC in February or March.
Pursuant to rules of procedure, committee members conducted due diligence by contacting dozens of people outside of SBNC familiar with the applicants, presented confidential due diligence reports, shared relevant factual information and experiences, focused on the many positive attributes of this year’s candidate pool, and listened to one another carefully.

Discussions and deliberations regarding candidates are confidential in order to encourage people to apply, protect the privacy of candidates and references, allow for candid discussion among SBNC members, and select nominees based on their qualifications.

The committee discussed fully and candidly the qualifications of all proposed candidates before there was any vote, and it voted by secret ballot to fill each vacancy. This year’s SBNC members devoted an estimated 1,600 total hours (an average of 50 hours per person) to their charge. The process was serious and deliberate, with respect for differing opinions.

For more information about the SBNC and its procedures, visit the “About Us” and “Join the School Board” pages of

Please Participate

Scarsdale is fortunate to maintain a nonpartisan election process for the Board of Education that selects candidates based solely on their qualifications to serve, not on their campaigning abilities or positions on specific issues. Informed and engaged residents willing to serve on the SBNC and the School Board, along with voter participation, help to ensure the highest quality school board leadership. Please consider serving or suggesting other school district residents to fill future vacancies.

Finally, please remember to vote on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 on the school budget and in the school board election.

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people commentsThe Scarsdale Procedure Committee (PC) Chair Madelaine Eppenstein and Vice Chair Eric Cheng are asking for voters input on how to improve the non-partisan system’s governing document and the Citizen’s Nominating Committee processes.

According to the chairs, “The Scarsdale community’s non-partisan system of electing qualified candidates for village office, which has worked well over its long history, is governed by the Non-Partisan Resolution (NPR) – a living document that has been amended 41 times since its adoption, most recently in November 2012. The system establishes a method for selecting a slate of candidates for Mayor (every two years), Trustees (every two years, staggered terms) and Village Justice (every four years). Periodically, the community is asked to consider proposed changes to improve the system by means of one or more amendments to the NPR, which are ultimately submitted to the electorate for a vote. This is one of those pivotal opportunities for the public to weigh in and share their views as part of the review process.”

The Procedure Committee's mandate is to administer the annual non-partisan procedure for the election of voting members of the Citizen's Nominating Committee (CNC) and to publicly explore potential revisions to the NPR. The CNC in turn nominates a slate of non-partisan candidates to run for election to the positions of mayor, trustee and village justice that may be open in any given year. CNC members are elected by their neighbors to vet and select candidates for Village office as part of the non-partisan system.

Up to 23 members of the PC include a chair and vice chair, 10 members who are appointed currently by the president of the Town and Village Civic Club (a 501(c)(4) Village civic organization), 2 representatives designated by the chair of the Confederation of Scarsdale Neighborhood Association Presidents (SNAP), and the most recent retiring class of 10 voting members of the CNC.

Procedure Committee chairs Eppenstein and Cheng said, “All comments received from Scarsdale voters and community organizations during the month of April 2018, and any prior recommendations made, will be reviewed by the Procedure Committee during the month of May 2018. By June 1, 2018, the Procedure Committee plans to submit to the community, for public comment, any potential proposals to amend the Non-Partisan Resolution as part of the required 90-day public review period. At the end of this formal public review, the PC will propose amendments that, in the Committee’s judgment, should be presented to the electorate for a vote in the CNC election on November 13, 2018. The entire procedure for the amendment of the Non-Partisan Resolution is contained in Article IX of the NPR here

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The members of the 2018 Procedure Committee are: Charles Baltman; Sarah Bell; David Dembitzer; Eric Cheng; Madelaine Eppenstein; Timothy Foley; Jeff Goodwin; Mayra Kirkendall-Rodríguez; Eli Mattioli; David Peck; Richard Pinto; Pam Rubin; Greg Soldatenko; Jill Spielberg; Eve Steinberg; Nancy Steinberg; Michelle Sterling; and Bruce Wells.
For more information visit the Procedure Committee website at

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Police estimate that over 2,000 people came out for the Westchester County March for our Lives on Saturday March 24, just one of more than 800 events that were organized around the country to protest gun violence.

A portion of the White Plains Post Road was closed to allow the protestors to march from the Post Road elementary school to the plaza between the White Plains Library and the courthouse.

Residents from Scarsdale appeared in force along with a cross section of the young and the old, students, people of all races and local officials, united in their belief that more can be done to control guns and safeguard people. They carried colorful and clever signs, calling for change to protect people against guns.

We spotted local photographer Steven Schnur taking photos and he agreed to share his work with you. Look out for Amy Paulin, Nita Lowey, Andrea Stewart Cousins and Tom Roach in the mix.






Photos by Steven Schnur

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arestcrandallveronNew York State law requires government officials to be sworn in on the first Monday in April so the Village of Scarsdale didn’t let an unexpected snowstorm interrupt the ceremony.

Village Manager Steve Pappalardo and Village Clerk Donna Conkling were at Scarsdale Village Hall at noon on Monday April 2 to swear in the three newly elected Village Trustees. As their families, well-wishers and Village staff looked on, Justin Arest, Lena Crandall and Jane Veron each took the oath of office and vowed to uphold the U.S. Constitution during their two-year terms.

Pappalardo joked, “You get sworn in today, and then you can swear at us for the next two years!”


It was a proud moment after a toughly contested election.

Best of luck to our volunteer trustees.

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cake2For the second year in a row, the Scarsdale Non-Partisan Party slate came out on top in a contested election for three positions on the Scarsdale Village Board of Trustees. The election pitted three candidates chosen by the Citizen’s Nominating Committee against an independent candidate, and spurred a lively campaign.

Polls closed at the Scarsdale Library at 9 pm and after the votes were counted, former Mayor Jon Mark came to the Scarsdale Woman’s Club to announce the results:

Here are the counts:

Jane Veron who will return for a second two- year term as Village Trustee, received 1,361 votes. Justin Arest got 1,243 and Lena Crandall, 1,234. Both will serve their first terms. These were the three candidates on the Scarsdale Non-Partisan Party slate.

Bob Berg, ran independently on the Voter’s Choice ticket and receive 519 votes.

There were 69 absentee ballots and a total of 1,659 votes including the absentee ballots.

Last year, Berg and three candidates ran against the SCNP slate and drove 2,854 residents to the polls. Though they lost 2:1, the turnout was unprecedented. This year about half the number voted but the count still exceeded the normal participation in an uncontested election.

In the weeks before the vote, the campaign was visible all over town.  Robert Berg won the right to place political signs in the Village right-of way and posted them throughout the town.  Candidates and volunteers from both sides handed out materials at both the Scarsdale and Hartsdale train stations, engaging commuters in conversations about the election. Candidates appeared at public events such as the Chinese New Year festival, village board meetings, a meet and greet and the League of Women Voters' Forum. Berg was even spotted campaigning at the recycling center. Though Scarsdale is known for its non-partisan system, the community-wide debate became markedly partisan.

Commenting on the results, Campaign Co-Chair Jon Mark said that this was not the first time the 100 year-old Non-Partisan system had been called into question. He said there had been similar challenges in the 1980’s and 1990’s. He concluded, “Just because something is 100 years-old, it doesn’t mean it can’t work. Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. Let’s help new residents understand how the Non-Partisan system can work and foster a sense of community."

Mayor Dan Hochvert said, “We should give the people in this town credit for the results. They believed in the candidates vetted by the CNC and the Non-Partisan system."

ML Perlman said “I am proud of Scarsdale today. It’s inspiring to see the historic and overwhelming support for our Non-Partisan system."

ArestandMark2Justin Arest and Jon Mark

MLandRonSRon Schulhof and ML Perlman

 sternDeb Pekarek, Bill Stern and Dan Hochvert

BKBK Munguia and Eli Mattioli - Photo by Harvey Flisser

Hochvert Flisser SamwickDan Hochvert, Miriam Flisser and Marc Samwick -- Photo by Harvey Flisser

 trusteepartyPhoto by Harvey Flisser

RublinArt Rublin, Tim Foley, Eli Mattioli and Madelaine Eppenstein - Photo Credit Harvey Flisser


DianeandDaraDiane Greenwald and Dara Gruenberg

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