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Platinum Drive Realty To Host Debut Novelist Stacey Lender

citymousePlatinum Drive Realty to host author Stacey Lender at their Golden Horseshoe office on Wednesday, August 9th, 7-9pm in Scarsdale. 

Calling all suburban moms who made the difficult decision to leave the city for a life in the suburbs! Just in time for beach getaways and summer vacations, Platinum Drive Realty is hosting an evening book signing with "City Mouse" author, Stacey Lender.

Looking for an awesome beach read? Look no further than City Mouse, the summer's hottest book by debut author, Stacey Lender.

Priced out of their Manhattan neighborhood, Jessica and Aaron move with their young daughters to the one place Jessica swore she'd never go: the suburbs. But to Jessica's surprise, life in the commuter belt makes a great first impression. She quickly falls in with a clique of helpful mom friends who welcome her with pitchers of margaritas, neighborhood secrets, and a pair of hot jeans that actually fit.

Platinum Drive Realty understands that leaving the city-life behind is not easy and has been helping young families transition from the city to the suburbs since the very beginning. Additionally, many of the firm's own real estate agents experienced the challenging city vs. suburbs decision themselves!

It's through this shared connection with potential buyers that inspired Platinum Drive to create a real estate experience tailored around "the great divide" between moving to the suburbs to raise a family or remain in the city.

Scarsdale10583's Greatest Hits

ipicseatEver wondered what articles get the most hits on Scarsdale10583? Wonder no longer, because listed below are Scarsdale10583's greatest and lowest hits of the past three months. While police reports tend to be a crowd favorite, Scarsdale residents are clearly also interested in town events and policy discussions about the community. Lately there has been keen attention to a decision about facilities planning at the schools. On the other hand, community notifications, which are essential to our readers, don't typically draw as many hits. 

Top Hits

Photos from the Red Carpet: 7776

Scarsdale Mom Arrested for DWI with Child in Car: 6683

Luxury Movie Theater to Open in Dobbs Ferry5726

Greenacres Parents – the School Board Needs to Hear your Concerns5483

Architects Present Plans to Add Learning Commons to Five Scarsdale Schools: 5,241

School Board Gives Administration Approval to Move Forward With a Massive Addition to Greenacres School: 5024

ML Perlman: Breaking the Mold for Village Volunteer3538

Woman Arrested for Shoplifting Groceries3367

Fight at Boulder Brook Equestrian Center: 3323

School Board to consider changes to residency requirements: 3312

Eight Local Students Named National Merit Semi Finalists: 3151

Police Arrest Two in Connection with Berwick Road Burglary: 2641

The Centennial Graduation at Scarsdale High School2562

Same Sex Parenting in Westchester2336

Real Estate: 725 Residents File Tax Grievances Plus Sales, Featured Listings and Open Houses: 2312

Low Hits

From the Library: Used NYSSMA Books Wanted Plus Help for the Book Sale722

Back by Popular Demand: Free Food Scrap Compost and Rain Barrels637

Summer Mandarin Classes at the Teen Center: 588

12 Upholstered Dining Chairs for Sale: Best Offer!: 507

Former SHS Principal Norman Bussiere Passes Away at Age 91487

Charlotte Byers and Claudia Uribe Win the Barbara Williams Cup: 474

Volunteers Needed for Young Writers Workshop281

What do you look at first? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Uber Now Operating in Scarsdale: What Do You Think?

uberAs of June 29, ride sharing services Uber and Lyft are now operating legally in Westchester County. In order to safeguard passengers, the county has announced a voluntary fingerprinting program for drivers called "Thumbs Up." The fingerprint test will cost drivers $90 and will serve as a background check. After fingerprinting, the driver will receive a certified decal from the County Department of Public Safety to place on their cars and their names will be entered in a database that will be shared with employers. Fingerprinting is currently mandated for drivers of ride sharing services in New York City though it is not required by the state. The county will not receive any share of the proceeds from the fares - but 4% goes to the state.

Though local taxi and limousine companies lobbied to prevent the ride sharing companies from entering the county, ultimately the Westchester County Board of Legislators did not vote to opt-out of the service. Uber lobbied hard for access, with a program of robo calls and mailers pressing residents to support ride-sharing.

County Legislator Ben Boykin, who chairs the Public Safety and Social Service Committee sees many benefits to allowing ride sharing in Westchester. In an email to constituents he said, "Across the country, ride-sharing has proven to be a significant driver of economic opportunity, a safe and affordable transportation option, and a means of reducing traffic and pollution. Not only will consumers benefit from ride-sharing services, but Uber and Lyft have thousands of potential drivers interested in signing up. Ride-sharing companies provide a flexible and innovative way to provide jobs for people across all communities, including students and retirees. The benefits to ride-sharing far outweigh the potential downside."

However, understandably Peter Blier, manager of Central Taxi in Scarsdale has another view. He had lobbied for the county to opt out of permitting services like Uber and Lyft to operate here. Commenting on the news he said, "Uber's competitive advantage has historically been to break the law. Breaking the rules is part of their corporate culture." Now that they have won approval to operate here, Blier says he is not sure if and how much these services will cut into Central Taxi's business. He says, "I don't think Scarsdale customers will embrace the idea of any driver, any car. People here want to be safe and comfortable. With Uber you don't know where the cars are coming from or if they are properly inspected and insured. Plus our rates are regulated and theirs change all the time." Blier also pointed out that Uber's minimum rate for a ride within Scarsdale is $7, while Central Taxi charges a $5 minimum.

What else? In order to modernize their service, Central Taxi is now offering riders the ability to text 723-0016 to request a ride. Navigation systems have been installed in all the cabs so that the dispatcher can give customers a more accurate assessment of their drivers' current location and the wait time for pick up. In addition, those with monthly house accounts can now pay their bill online via Quick Pay.

In the end, Blier hopes that the long-term relationships that the company and the drivers have with the community will buffer them from this latest threat to their business. He said, "Scarsdale is the only community we serve and we are here to serve the community."

What do you think? Should Uber and Lyft have been permitted to enter the area? Will you be using them? Comment below:

Walter's Hot Dogs Expands to Stamford and White Plains

waltershotdogsPeople travel far and wide to get a taste of the famous split hot dogs from Walter's in Mamaroneck. A nationally recognized historical landmark, Walter's Hot Dogs is located in a Chinese pagoda on Palmer Avenue and has multiple food trucks that travel to both private and public events. 

Now Walter's is hopping off the truck and into two new restaurants in the area! The new Walter's locations are 186 Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains, and Habor Point in Stamford, Connecticut. The Harbor Point restaurant should open by the end of the summer, and the White Plains restaurant in the fall. Customers can expect all the classic Walter's food items at the new locations, including hot dogs finished with house-made mustard, crispy potato puffs, curly fries, milkshakes, and ice cream. 

waltersstandKatharine Woodward, the 98-year-old family business' PR and Events Manager, commented on the expansion: "We are so excited to be expanding our family business and to bring the Walter's experience to more of Westchester and beyond! It has brought so much happiness to generations and generations of customers and sharing our family tradition, and the food and recipes our great grandfather and grandfather created, make us so proud."

Feiner Says Residents Are At Each Other's Throats, and the EIC Replies

duckpondThis week, Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner continued to do battle with the Edgemont Incorporation Committee over their fight to incorporate as a Village, independent of the Town of Greenburgh. We received the letter below from Feiner objecting to the tone of the debate, and a reply from the Edgemont Incorporation Committee to Feiner's claims.

See below for the latest in the fight for Edgemont:

(From Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner)
As many of you may have experienced, the debate related to Edgemont's proposed incorporation has produced a level and intensity of rhetoric which has inflicted real damage on every segment of the Town's population and staff, as well as the outside world's view of both our Town and its Hamlet of Edgemont.

At this time, the attacks on the Town Board, our staff and on me have become increasingly personal and in many cases cruel and hurtful. I have not reacted previously to the ever-mounting, non-stop barrage of vicious commentary, as I believed that acceptance of criticism comes with the "turf" when you choose to be a public servant. However, this process, which I truly believe is an orchestrated plan by the pro-incorporation group to discredit every aspect of the Town, comes with a severe cost. Residents, both pro and con, are at "each other's throats." Words like racism and elitism are being tossed about outside and within a community which previously had been seen as a bastion of acceptance of diverse opinions. The results of this campaign will clearly live on beyond the Edgemont referendum, both in the form of our residents' perception of each other's values and in the manner in which the Town of Greenburgh and its Villages are viewed by the outside world. In addition, the effect of this nasty rhetoric on our staff, who fear for their jobs and whose spirits are being broken by the constant criticism of their commitment and ability to professionally fulfill their responsibilities, is wrong and unacceptable.

I am the elected Town Supervisor for approximately 90,000 feinerresidents of the incorporated Villages and unincorporated Town of Greenburgh. In conjunction with a Town Board comprised of individuals I trust and respect, we endeavor to do the best job we can, for all residents. The Town Board and I oversee 434 full time and 268 part time Greenburgh employees, who are dedicated to serving Greenburgh's residents and have proven their competence and commitment, over and over again. The Town Board and I have great pride in these individuals and respect for each and every one, on a personal and professional level. They are the best of the best and provide the highest level of service anywhere.

At some point Edgemont voters may cast ballots in a referendum to determine whether Edgemont will become a Village. Let us be clear, the potential loss of nearly $17,000,000 in revenue will absolutely have a devastating effect on many of the more than 42,000 residents of unincorporated Greenburgh. As Supervisor of "The Town of Greenburgh," not just any single entity, I will do my best to ensure the fairest outcome for my entire constituency.

I appeal to those Greenburgh residents on both sides of this debate, to our local newspapers and media outlets, to pursue their objectives, as is their right and responsibility, to their fullest, but to utilize restraint in their tone and presentation. Our community and our children are watching, and regardless of the outcome, it is my fervent hope that Greenburgh's reputation for civility and acceptance can remain intact.

Paul Feiner
Greenburgh Town Supervisor

(From the Edgemont Incorporation Committee)

Dear Supervisor Feiner:

The EIC completely agrees that the discussion on Edgemont's incorporation should be civil and respectful.

Since it began, the Edgemont Incorporation Committee has conducted a fair, open, information-based, transparent process. The thousands of Edgemont residents who have attended the dozens of meetings, forums, open houses and petition-signing events over the past year can attest to the depth of the discussion, the sincerity of the views held (on all sides), and the genuine spirit of civic engagement that has animated the entire process. Thousands of visitors have examined, analyzed and debated the detailed information assembled by Edgemont volunteers and experts on our website.

Edgemont's residents are not "at each other's throats" -- we are discussing, debating and challenging each other to build a better community. What we are attempting -- with no help from you and your regime -- is to exercise our rights under state law and under the constitution.

But let's be clear about what Edgemont has gotten in return from you, your board, your hired investigators and some of your anti-incorporation supporters:

- a consistent pattern of obstruction, deception, and delay at every step in the process.
- a secret and outrageous scheme (revealed through emails to which you were a party) to organize and support an opposition campaign, including false allegations of intimidation.
- vulgar gestures directed at Edgemont residents in a public meeting
- the active solicitation of false objections to Edgemont's legitimate petition.
- the use of Town funds for private investigators to deceive petition signers into disowning their signatures.
- and most recently, an attempt to thwart democracy with an unconstitutional home-rule bill.

The EIC endorses any call for civility in this process. But even more importantly:

We call for DEMOCRACY. After months of assurances that you were merely trying to follow the law, it turns out you could only pretend to care about the law as long as you were winning. So last week, you decided if you couldn't win an Edgemont vote, you would try to have Edgemont's right to vote taken away altogether - by ramming a "home-rule" request through the legislature in Albany on the last few days of the legislative session. With no notice, no debate, and then a sham last-minute meeting on Father's Day, you had your Board of Supervisors rubber stamp your anti-democratic end-run in Albany. It was only thanks to the very civil appeals of hundreds of Edgemont residents to their legislators in Albany that your scheme was halted.

We call for HONESTY. Don't hide behind your hired guns to disclaim responsibility for the private investigator fiasco. It was your responsibility and your decision. Don't tell us, with a straight face, that the home-rule legislation you tried to ram through the legislature had nothing to do with the Edgemont incorporation effort.

We call for RESPECT. The Edgemont community has expressed its clear will to hold a vote on incorporation. The EIC has expressed its clear intention to promote a fair and cooperative process between the Village of Edgemont and the Town of Greenburgh. You have rejected the community's petition based on fabricated technicalities and outright falsehoods, and you have rejected any possibility of a constructive, cooperative dialogue with the Village of Edgemont.

The Scarsdale Inquirer's editorial page this week called you "a desperate man" and said your latest attempt to stop Edgemont was "manifestly desperate," seeking "new, totalitarian authority to keep [Edgemont] and their money right where they are." This week's Lohud article calls your "failed effort to change the rules in the middle of the game seems desperate, if not vindictive."

We agree.

Mr. Feiner - the CIVIL thing to do would be to honor the will and the right of Edgemont's citizens to hold a vote on incorporation and to accept the outcome. If you insist on fighting, do so on the facts. Argue the merits. Accept the voters' will. That's civility.

One more thing:

It is not a fact (as you continue to state) that Greenburgh will lose $17-million in revenue when Edgemont incorporates. The EIC has consistently, repeatedly, emphatically laid out many scenarios in which the Village of Edgemont might find it advantageous to contract with the Town of Greenburgh for a variety of services. What is a fact is that after Edgemont incorporates, you - Paul Feiner -- will lose your personal control over that $17 million in revenue. You will no longer be free to use that money, among other things, to pay multi-million court judgments for your unconstitutional actions (Fortress Bible) or to hire private investigators to come into our homes and trick us into surrendering our constitutional rights.

Sincerely,
The EIC

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