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Save Scarsdale Public Television

cabletvThis letter was sent to Scarsdale10583 by Andrew Sereysky of Walworth Avenue: The Scarsdale Village Manager's office has proposed merging the Village's Cable Television operations (Cablevision channels 75 and 76 / Verizon channels 42 and 43) with the City of New Rochelle. The Board of Trustees will consider this proposal on Tuesday, September 23 at 6 pm.

The proposal is opposed by the Scarsdale Cable Television Commission, a group of Scarsdale residents appointed by the Village Board of Trustees to advise them with regard to cable policy and The Scarsdale Inquirer.

The Commission opposes this merger proposal because:

  • It will severely limit the availability and flexibility of the Village's Cable Television office to meet the needs of our Village and residents.
  • One of Scarsdale's current Cable Television contractors would become a full-time New Rochelle employee (with benefits) who would be shared with Scarsdale, but Scarsdale would be required to split the cost equally with New Rochelle, despite the fact that New Rochelle's population is more than four times as large.
  • More importantly, the proposal does nothing to address the lack of locally relevant programming for Scarsdale residents and community organizations. Despite ample existing resources, Scarsdale residents and community organizations currently are not able to receive training, equipment or assistance from the Village to produce local programming or to cover local events (yet many of our neighboring towns offer this and more with similar resources).

The Commission has its own proposal to increase efficiency and deliver significantly improved cable television services to  the Scarsdale community using currently available resources, including:

  • Providing interested Scarsdale residents and community organizations with access to training, equipment and assistance  o produce and air programs highlighting issues of local importance.
  • Making programming and meetings accessible to residents via the Internet or mobile device.
  • Partnering with the Scarsdale Public Library to provide enhanced resident access to their events and programming.

The Commission urges all concerned Scarsdale residents to contact Mayor Steves and the Board of Trustees to express their opposition to the New Rochelle merger proposal and register their support for the Commission's alternative plan. The Mayor's e-mail address is: mayor@scarsdale.com.

Andrew Sereysky
57 Walworth Avenue
Scarsdale, NY 10583-1422

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+12 #4 re: Looking at the Numbers 2014-09-22 09:02
In response to "Look at the Numbers," your cable bill each month includes a franchise fee that gets paid to whatever town/village you live in. So if you live in White Plains, it would go to the City of White Plains. If you live in Scarsdale, it goes to the Village of Scarsdale. That money is restricted and goes toward equipment and is "use it or lose it." The Commission is saying equipment and training should be made available to local citizens (who pay the franchise fee in the first place!) to create their own original TV programming that can air on the public access channel and be streamed on TV. That's all. If Scarsdale doesn't use it, then the cable companies will just keep it.
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-13 #3 Look at the Numbers 2014-09-21 21:30
Does Optimium have any statistics as to the number of viewers? We all have digital cable boxes, they must be capturing that.

What type of programming would the Village develop? It is all so vague. Sounds like if we build they will come. Not on my tax nickel.
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+12 #2 Public TV Supporter 2014-09-21 01:55
You're missing the point. In this age of 1,000 channels, a municipal cable station isn't going to win the ratings race against much larger networks. But one look at what other Westchester stations like Larchmont or Rye offer their communities shows what Scarsdale is missing out on. Check out their websites. If the Village changes its policy to enable the production of programming by and for Scarsdale residents, there will be many reasons to watch, both on TV and on the Internet. But a merger with New Rochelle will block reform and leave Scarsdale residents with more of the same.
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-13 #1 michael lubarsky 2014-09-20 21:30
who even watches this channel. 10 people?
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