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Neighbors Voice Support for SCNPP Candidates in Advance of Election on Tuesday

candidatesThe Village election for Mayor and three Village Trustees will be held on Tuesday March 16 at the Scarsdale Congregational Church on Heathcote Road in Scarsdale. Polls are open from 6 am to 9 pm and the Scarsdale Citizens Non Partisan Party encourages everyone to come out to vote to support the party slate:

Mayor: Jane Veron

Village Trustees: Sameer Ahuja
Karen Brew
Jonathan Lewis

These candidates were vetted and interviewed by the elected representatives of the Citizens Nominating Committee who sought out the best candidates for the jobs.

Below find letters in support of the candidates on the ballot from your neighbors:

Jane Veron

We are submitting this letter in support of Jane Veron’s candidacy for Mayor of Scarsdale Village. The three of us have had the privilege of knowing Jane collectively for some 30-plus years as a friend and colleague, and have always marveled at her ability to seamlessly balance her professional, personal and community service responsibilities. Please note that we are writing as private citizens, so what follows are our personal views.Veron2021

As the current and immediate past presidents of the Scarsdale Public Library Board, we have had the good fortune to work with Jane in her role as the Village’s liaison to the Board. Jane’s commitment to the recently-completed Library renovation was critical. She asked hard questions and pushed us to make an airtight case to gain support for the project. It is in no small part thanks to Jane’s attention to detail, and her good judgment, that the new building will be enjoyed by community members for generations to come.

We have seen Jane’s work ethic come into play in every part of her multifaceted life. Her determination is epic. She is reliable, thoughtful and enthusiastic, arriving at meetings ready to engage, then never letting anything she’s agreed to do fall through the cracks. One of Jane’s many strengths is her ability to collaborate, always keeping an open mind and listening to other perspectives. A gracious leader, she is quick to credit those around her for their contributions. Jane is civility personified.

As the liaison to the Library Board for three years, Jane balanced being an advocate for the Library with making sure that Scarsdale’s overall needs always came first. We have no doubt that as Mayor, she will continue to work hard for all the people of our Village, and to represent everyone fairly, honestly and diligently. We are thrilled that Jane is running, and that she will be joined by a panel of smart, dedicated Trustees, including the two newest, Sameer Ahuja and Karen Brew, along with the seasoned Jonathan Lewis. Please remember to cast your vote for this outstanding group on Tuesday, March 16th at the Scarsdale Congregational Church.

Very truly yours,

Diane Greenwald
Elyse Klayman
Margot Milberg

Why I Am Voting for Jane Veron for Mayor of Scarsdale

Jane Veron is one of the most brilliant, amazing, hardworking and selfless public servants I have ever met. Both of us served together on the board of trustees but Jane proved to be a person of almost unbounded energy, and dedication who in a short period of time made countless contributions to Scarsdale for the betterment of its stakeholders.

Jane took charge and overhauled an antiquated communications system and brought it up to the digital age. She guided the library board as trustee liaison thru the expansion and renovation of its facility. Jane has served on almost every key committee on the village board including being deputy mayor and made sure that all residents points of view on controversial issues were listened to and respected.

Jane is a winner of many awards of recognition for public service.

As if her brilliant insight into issues and hard work for the village was not enough Jane is cofounder of The Acceleration Project (TAP) which mentors and empowers women to succeed and excel in business ventures. Under Janes guidance and drive TAP has grown into a powerful force for women who would normally be side lined in today’s society.

Fair minded, sympathetic, brilliant and sensitive to different points of view Jane is the perfect choice to lead Scarsdale as mayor in these unusual and unsettled times.

Please show your support and vote the CNC slate: Jane Veron for mayor and for trustee candidates Sameer Ahuja, Karen Brew and Jonathan Lewis. Vote on Tuesday, March 16 in person at the Scarsdale Congregational Church, 1 Heathcote Road, from 6AM to 9PM or by mail in ballot available from Village Hall. Every vote counts and we need your support at the ballot box.

Sincerely,
William Stern
20 Rural Drive

Letter to the Editor

During my almost fifty one years as a Scarsdale resident, I have been impressed by our non-partisan system and the outstanding candidates it has provided and the good government we have. Jane Veron, the candidate this year for Mayor, is clearly outstanding and then some. In reading the list of her activities during her 23 years in Scarsdale, one would think it is a list of all activities the community offers, not just what one person actually did. I can’t imagine how she found the time while raising three daughters to do everything well, to identify and analyze problems, devise and promote solutions; in short, to make a difference in the community, always with a ready smile.

Her ability to make the time to prepare for and attend the multitude of meetings each year is a testament to her organizational ability, commitment and drive.

Jane completed four and a half years as a Village Trustee in September (her term extended due to the postponement of last year’s Village election due to the COVID19
pandemic lockdown). Those years were filled with numerous important Village matters requiring focus and, in her “spare” time, she oversaw the provisions of consulting services through the company she founded, The Acceleration Project. I had the privilege of working closely with Jane on the Scarsdale Foundation board where, there too, she played a significant role, always a pleasure to work with. Considering all Jane has already done, I am looking forward with great anticipation to the Veron administration.

One final request. Your vote is important. It shows you support not only the candidates but you support and appreciate the non-partisan system. So please remember to vote on March 16.

Evelyn Stock
Catherine Road

Letter to the Editor:

I feel compelled to write in support of Jane Veron for the position of Scarsdale Village Mayor. I am strongly vested in Scarsdale’s future. As a child I grew up here in a very civic-minded family, and I have made this community my home for the past 20 years. Jane has an unparalleled civic resume and possesses the dedication, drive, and outstanding character that would make her an extraordinary Mayor. As her colleague on the Fox Meadow Neighborhood Association Board and the Fox Meadow PTA Executive Board, I saw first-hand Jane's commitment to her constituents, to the fair and balanced assessment of the issues, and to the interests of the greater community.

Further, as Co-Founder and CEO of The Acceleration Project, Jane has been my role-model. I have the opportunity to witness and benefit from her strong integrity, analytical and managerial skills, hard work into the wee hours of the night, and true devotion to obtaining consensus. She regularly makes time to listen with compassion and patience to pleas concerning highly-charged issues. Jane demonstrates her strong commitment to the welfare of Scarsdale residents through the truly countless volunteer hours she devotes to strengthening the vibrancy of Scarsdale merchants and our various retail hubs.

The bottom-line: Scarsdale would not only be well-served by electing Jane as our next Mayor but also incredibly fortunate to have her intelligence, fair-mindedness, knowledge of community issues and true dedication once again in the governance of our community. Please come out and vote on March 16: it's vital to maintaining the Scarsdale we all support.

Susan Goldberg Gevertz
Cohawney Road

Karen Brew

In the sixteen years that I have known Karen Brew as a neighbor, she has continually demonstrated an earnest dedication to our community in ways seen and unseen. In addition to her deep and extended involvement in formal community leadership such as PTA, PT Council, and League of Women Voters, Karen has been a conscientious citizen with our greater good in mind. She’s been an advocate to make our streets safer and our community a more pleasant place. I was lucky to serve on a School Board adjunct committee with Karen and was repeatedly impressed by her practical problem solving and her conviction to find balanced solutions. I am confident that she would bring these attributes to the role of Village Trustee and support her enthusiastically in her nomination.KarenBrew

Sincerely,
Ian Marsh
Ferncliff Road

To the Editor:

I am a Scarsdale Village resident writing in strong and proud support of Karen Brew, one of the Scarsdale Citizens' Non-Partisan Party's candidates for election as Village Trustee on Tuesday, March 16th, 2021. I was a member of this year's Citizens Nominating Committee.

I met Karen approximately 11 years ago, shortly after my children started at Edgewood School as we were both involved with the Edgewood PTA. At that time, Karen was the Edgewood School PTA Treasurer and I was chair of the Spring Fair Fundraiser. I immediately observed Karen’s intelligence while working together on the fair budget. Karen asked important and thoughtful questions and clearly understood how to formulate a budget. I also observed Karen’s passion and level of commitment when I worked with Karen when she was PTA President, helping her on various PTA committees. When I became PTA President after Karen, Karen was a crucial mentor to me in navigating the challenges of being a PTA President.

I also worked with Karen when she was the Chair of the Scarsdale High School (SHS) Scholarship Fund which provides grants to seniors who wish to attend college but need financial assistance. Again, I witnessed Karen’s meticulous and trustworthy nature that allowed her to lead the scholarship fund committee with great integrity. Through both of my PTA experiences working with Karen, I am most impressed by Karen’s collaborative approach, her ability to ask thoughtful questions, and her problem solving capability.

Karen’s experience studying the Scarsdale Village budget as a member of the League of Women Voters of Scarsdale (LWVS) is crucial knowledge to have as a Village Trustee. Karen has gained a deep understanding of and developed good insight to the village budget process through the LWVS meetings. With the recent retirement of Village Manager, Steve Pappalardo, Karen’s experience working as a recruiter and her knowledge to help the board conduct a comprehensive search process for a new Village Manager will be critical.

Karen will be a strong asset to the Scarsdale village through her ability to gather and synthesize the appropriate facts, garner community feedback, and come to consensus. From serving on boards and volunteering, to being an active participant in community discussions, she has proven her eagerness to work hard for Scarsdale. Karen is rational, thoughtful, and conscientious. She can debate issues with fairness and keep an open-mind to all sides and exercises mature judgment. Karen also recently became an empty nester with both of her daughters in college and has the time to dedicate to being a village trustee.

I can't think of a better candidate to entrust with the position of Scarsdale Village Trustee. I know Karen will have the community's best interests in mind and residents will respect her values, judgment, overall character, and commitment to the Scarsdale community. I strongly urge all eligible Scarsdale residents to vote for Karen on the Tuesday, March 16th election.

Laurie Medvinsky
54 Taunton Road

Jonathan Lewis

We write this letter in support of the candidacy for re-election of Trustee Jonathan Lewis. We have known Jonathan for many years and have seen the energy, imagination, and commitment he brings to the volunteer projects he undertakes. As a long-time resident of Scarsdale, with a long history of civic involvement, he has an intimate understanding of the nature and character of the Village, and a clear vision of measures needed to maintain the vibrancy of our community.

As a trustee of the Village of Scarsdale, Jonathan has been an advocate for conservative financial policies and sound financial and strategic planning, while at the same time championing projects that promise to be solid investments in the future of our community. Specifically, he has led efforts to strengthen the Village's cybersecurity defenses, modernize its technological capabilities, and has represented the village in the Countywide task force response to tropical storm Isaias, known as United Westchester, chaired by County Executive Latimer and Assemblywoman JonathanLewisPaulin.

We can think of no more highly qualified candidate for Village Trustee than Jonathan and strongly endorse him for another term on the Board.

Sincerely,

Laura and John Cromwell
Nelson Road

I have known Jonathan Lewis for over a decade as a friend, a caring family man, financial entrepreneur, and a dedicated community volunteer.

He volunteered for years at the July 4th Celebrations in Davis Park where I first met him, and for several years served as the MC for the games, leading families through favorites like the potato sack race, or egg toss. He was a little league coach for his son's and daughter's teams. When his children were diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, he became actively involved in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Westchester, serving on its board and as President. He raised money for a cure through a series of one-mile swims in the Sound and the Hudson. Jonathan’s daughter is now in college and his son in medical school. When I asked him what he missed about having them around, he said, “My daughter’s a cappella practices at our home, and listening to her sing anytime; going for long walks with my son and listening to him talk about science.”

Wanting to be involved in his kids’ educational experiences, Jonathan volunteered for the School Board Nominating Committee and eventually as a Trustee of the Scarsdale Board of Education. While on the BoE, Jonathan supported forward looking initiatives like the Scarsdale Center for Innovation, and he was an advocate for the arts. He was a voice for cost effectiveness and conservative budgeting.

Because his belief that all children deserve access to an excellent education regardless of zip code, he also currently serves as a trustee of Yonkers Partners in Education, helping students in that school district benefit from many of the kinds of programs that are a part of a Scarsdale education.

As a knowledgeable expert in public policy and public finance, Jonathan has the technical skills to understand the nuances of our Village budget, the challenges that lie ahead, and the careful process of effective resource allocation to maintain and expand our Village amenities. He is a strategic thinker and visionary who evaluates the current state of resources and conditions and plans for future benefits while preserving our unique character. As a Village Trustee for the past 2 years, Jonathan has served our residents admirably. He has proven himself to be an open-minded, inclusive listener determined to improve the quality of life. He has led efforts to strengthen the Village's cybersecurity defenses, modernize its technological capabilities, and represented the Village in the countywide task force response to tropical storm Isaias, known as United Westchester and chaired by County Executive Latimer and Assemblywoman Paulin.

I strongly believe that Jonathan’s financial aptitude, his honest and practical approach, experience in collaborative decision-making, and obsessive dedication to serve us make him a successful Village Trustee. Afforded a second term, I know Jonathan will do even more.

I encourage citizens to join me in supporting Jonathan Lewis and the entire CNC slate by voting on March 16.

Jyoti Ruta

Dear Editor:
I am pleased that my friend and neighbor Jonathan Lewis has decided to run for a second term as Trustee in this year’s Village Board Election which will be held on Tuesday March 16th at the Scarsdale Congregational Church. Before commenting on Jonathan, and his impressive work on behalf of the community, I want to share my thoughts on Scarsdale’s electoral system.
Since moving to Scarsdale in 1997 it has been very interesting to watch and learn how the Scarsdale non-partisan system can provide a coherent and steady voice in the leadership of our village. The non-partisan party does not exist in a vacuum. There is a cross-section of representation which spans across the neighborhood associations, boards and councils and The Scarsdale Forum, which all direct the needs and wants of the Scarsdale community into Village Hall.

This effect is amplified by sustainable generational volunteerism. This means that over a course of years residents volunteer their time and in many cases their expertise. Many stay involved on various committees and efforts for 20+ years, which is both generous and amazing. As these volunteers remain involved, they also evolve, starting from a Bake Sale in Davis Park, moving on to becoming a neighborhood association president, then Scarsdale Forum Chairperson and eventually a Trustee or Mayor! This process involves a core group of engaged volunteers who develop a collective memory of where we as a village have been and where we are going. As new residents become involved, the core group changes with them and of course people move on. This type of dedicated continuity would be impossible to replicate with slam-dunk partisan politics, which is why I think this system works for Scarsdale.

I first met Jonathan Lewis at Arthur Manor meetings, where he helped us focus on traffic safety concerns, then at the Historical Society, where he went as far as staging a puppet show to assist Eda Newhouse with fund-raising, followed by being President of The Forum to membership on the School Board. Not only was Jonathan highly effective in all these roles but he was learning the many facets of our Village’s inner workings and becoming a perfect candidate for the Village Board. When he was selected by the nominating committee as Trustee in 2019, I thought wow! We could not do better. Jonathan has been a major thought leader on the Village Board and a terrific asset to our community and deserves both thanks and our support in the March 16th election.

John Bonanno
55 Carman Road
Former Co-President Arthur Manor NA
Former Co-Chair Forum Neighborhood Character Committee

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