Friday, Mar 01st
Changing the Paradigm: Let's Seek Innovative Solutions for Stormwater Management in Scarsdale

Changing the Paradigm: Let's Seek Innovative Solutions for Stormwater Management in Scarsdale

(This is the opinion of Scarsdale10583 site founder Joanne Wallenstein)
Sitting i...

Village Investigates Possible Cause of Missing Tax Bills

Village Investigates Possible Cause of Missing Tax Bills

After alerts from surprised residents the Village Board and Village Treasurer ar...

Land Use: Preserving a 200 Year-Old Oak and Rerouting a Waterway

Land Use: Preserving a 200 Year-Old Oak and Rerouting a Waterway

21 Autenreith Road

(Updated February 28, 2024) Despite the imposition of a buil...

Candidate and Current Village Trustee Ken Mazer Looks for the Best and Highest Use of Village Funds

Candidate and Current Village Trustee Ken Mazer Looks for the Best and Highest Use of Village Funds

Current Village Trustee Ken Mazer is running for a second term on the Village Bo...

Statement from Robin Stettnisch

Here is a response from former part time library employee Robin Stettnisch to the statement made by the Scarsdale Public Library Board on Spetember 26, 2022

FAKE NEWS!

1) On 12-15-2017 SPL Director Beth Bermel did indeed give me her word that I would get my job and salary back when the newly renovated library reopened.
And I have texts to prove it.
Lie detector test, shall we Beth?

2) In 2017, before the library closed, I earned $21,156 which averages 9.27 hours per week.

In 2018 the library was open for 6 months and I earned $13,431 which averages 11.77 hours per week.

This is a far cry from the 3.5 hours in the Board statement. And I actually would have loved to work more but seemed to me that employees who were newer and made less money were mostly offered any hours before long time employees who made more money, hmmmm...

3) Why would I formally apply for a job I already had? Beth officially rehired me at the temporary "Loft" quarters in January 2019.
I was one of the chosen few to be offered a job back because we were thought so highly of...
The one caveat, entry level salary at the Loft.
But, I trusted Beth's promise for when the library reopened, so I took it.

4) I was hired at the Chappaqua Library (which I love!) during the SCS library renovation. I worked both at Chappaqua and at the SPL Loft when I was rehired there.
Of course, since I was a new employee of Chappaqua, I had to start at entry level salary.
Which is why my decades of service and salary at Scarsdale is so critical to my family.
Scarsdale forcing long term employees back to entry level salaries is financially devastating in the present and in the future, as retirement earnings are greatly based on "final average salary".

5) SPL Library Board met on 3-14-22 (after 7 months of them still completely ignoring me) and I attended on Zoom. The Library announced they had a $1.8 million dollar surplus and the Board was absolutely ecstatic! They were falling all over themselves congratulating SPL Director Beth Bermel on her wonderful achievement! They were joyously brainstorming ideas about what could be done with all that extra money that Beth saved....

And so, I reminded them that part of the $1.8 million dollar surplus was there because of what was so unethically, immorally and heartlessly done to the staff...
I pointed out that what they saw as "fiscally responsible" was indeed "morally reprehensible".
I pointed out they shouldn't be rejoicing over money saved if it was saved by intentionally hurting long term employees and their families.

That is where the $1.8 million dollar "tongue in cheek" statement came from. And the Board knows that. Just another failed attempt to purposely, deceitfully, mislead the residents of Scarsdale.

As for me, I started out over 1 year ago in August 2021 asking the Library Board, the Mayor, and the Village Board, simply for my job and salary back as promised by Beth.

I simply asked them to stand up and do the right thing.

And they all chose, and still do, to completely ignore me.

Heartless.

Good Work

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Don't Miss Out: Plan to Attend the Scarsdale Library Spelling Bee on March 1

Don't Miss Out: Plan to Attend the Scarsdale Library Spelling Bee on March 1

Scarsdale residents are buzzing with excitement about the return of the ever-popular Spelling Bee, hosted by the Friends of the Scarsdale Library. Thi...

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Around Town

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Eight Ideas for Inspired Date Nights

Eight Ideas for Inspired Date Nights

Yes, Valentine’s Day has come and gone but that doesn’t mean that the romance has to go away with it! While gifting your loved one with flowers and ch...

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Neighborhood News

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Gas, Water and Sewer Lines to Be Replaced: Traffic Diversions Ahead

Gas, Water and Sewer Lines to Be Replaced: Traffic Diversions Ahead

Gas and stormwater pipe replacements will continue to cause traffic woes in the year to come. This week the Village announced more plans to replace ga...

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On Our Minds

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Scarsdale Treasurer Answers Questions About the Tax Billing Process

Scarsdale Treasurer Answers Questions About the Tax Billing Process

In the wake of the mystery of the missing school tax bills in September, 2023, we asked Scarsdale Village Treasurer Ann Scaglione some questions about...

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On Our Radar

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Land Use: Preserving a 200 Year-Old Oak and Rerouting a Waterway

Land Use: Preserving a 200 Year-Old Oak and Rerouting a Waterway

21 Autenreith Road

(Updated February 28, 2024) Despite the imposition of a building moratorium in Scarsdale, land use boards appear to be as busy as ...

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Parenting

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Summer Programming for Tots Through Teens

Summer Programming for Tots Through Teens

Are gray skies and icy streets making you pine for summertime? Better weather will be here before you know it and now’s the time to consider summer pr...

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Village Voices

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Village Investigates Possible Cause of Missing Tax Bills

Village Investigates Possible Cause of Missing Tax Bills

After alerts from surprised residents the Village Board and Village Treasurer are now investigating why there were so many late tax payments resulting...

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Shout it Out

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Changing the Paradigm: Let's Seek Innovative Solutions for Stormwater Management in Scarsdale

Changing the Paradigm: Let's Seek Innovative Solutions for Stormwater Management in Scarsdale

(This is the opinion of Scarsdale10583 site founder Joanne Wallenstein)
Sitting in Village Hall for too many nights this month I heard repeated stories...

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School News

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The Sports Swap is Coming on Saturday March 16

The Sports Swap is Coming on Saturday March 16

The annual PT Council Sports Swap returns this year on Saturday, March 16, 2024, from 9:30am to 11:30am at Scarsdale Middle School! The best deals on ...

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The Goods

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Candidate and Current Village Trustee Ken Mazer Looks for the Best and Highest Use of Village Funds

Candidate and Current Village Trustee Ken Mazer Looks for the Best and Highest Use of Village Funds

Current Village Trustee Ken Mazer is running for a second term on the Village Board. In advance of the election on March 19, 2024 we asked him about h...

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Real Estate

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Grass Roots Campaign Saves 27 Woods Lane Plus this Week's Home Sales

Grass Roots Campaign Saves 27 Woods Lane Plus this Week's Home Sales

Ending months of controversy about an application to demolish a treasured 1920’s home at 27 Woods Lane in “The Woods,” in Scarsdale, on February 27, 2...

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Today's News

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Police Report: Alfa Romeo Stolen From Park Road Garage

Police Report: Alfa Romeo Stolen From Park Road Garage

Car theft: A burglar alarm alerted police to a Park Road house from which a $20,000 Alfa Romeo car and key fob had just been stolen Feb. 20.

Identity...

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Arts and Entertainment

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Student Artist's Work on Exhibit at the Katonah Museum of Art

Student Artist's Work on Exhibit at the Katonah Museum of Art

Olivia GaoScarsdale High School artists continue to shine! Just on the heels of being celebrated as “Artists of the Month” by Friends of Music & t...

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People

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Health

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Healthy Teeth, Healthy Heart: The Link Between Dental Health and Heart Disease

Healthy Teeth, Healthy Heart: The Link Between Dental Health and Heart Disease

If you are taking care of your dental health, you could be doing more than just guaranteeing a great smile — you could also be protecting your heart. ...

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Photo Opps

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Vine Cutters Attack Invasive Vines

Vine Cutters Attack Invasive Vines

Vine cutters had a very productive day at the Weinberg Nature Center on Sunday February 25 and plan to continue their work in Scarsdale public spaces ...

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