Friday, May 24th

craneaerialviewHere is a note from Paul Feiner regarding an elevated crosswalk at Crane’s Pond: The Town of Greenburgh will hold a community meeting at Crane’s Pond on Saturday, November 19th at 10 am to discuss the proposed elevated crosswalk that is being suggested for the road. In the event of rain or snow the meeting will be rescheduled for December 3rd at 10 am. The total cost for the crosswalk is $75,000 (using non taxpayer dollar developer escrow funds).

The consultant from the Birdsall Services Group will show residents exactly where the crosswalk is being placed. I want to emphasize that once the crosswalk is placed at the location the town will not spend any taxpayer dollars to remove the crosswalk in the event that the community does not like it. This has been my major concern over the years. If residents don’t want the crosswalk to be placed at this location please attend the meeting and speak up—before it is too late! Advocates of the crosswalk believe that the elevated crosswalk will slow down traffic and increase pedestrian safety.

Edgemont residents who have other town related concerns are invited to attend the meeting this Saturday at 10 am. We want to be responsive to the Edgemont community and are always interested in your feedback.

Sincerely,
Paul Feiner
Greenburgh Town Supervisor

 

 

treecranepondThe unexpected snowstorm on October 29th caused widespread problems throughout the tri-state area and Edgemont was not spared. Sandra Miller of Con Edison reports that 100,000 customers in Westchester were affected, 3,000 of those in Scarsdale. Connecticut fared even worse. As of November 8th, a full 10 days after the storm, 23,000 customers there remain without power. Fortunately I did not lose power and was able to open up my home to Edgemont neighbors who needed a warm place to spend the night or a freezer to store their frozen goods. Thankfully, most residents in Edgemont did get their power back by Tuesday morning, well ahead of the initial Wednesday night estimate from Con Edison. All Edgemont schools re-opened on time on Tuesday morning and life got back to normal. Unfortunately even neighbors in Scarsdale, had to wait another day to have their power restored.

I contacted Paul Feiner, Town of Greenburgh Supervisor, to get his thoughts on the widespread power outages that occurred in Edgemont. Supervisor Feiner told me he was in constant contact with Con Edison officials from Westchester. He explained that Con Ed assigns government liaisons to all local governments and he sent all the complaints he received from residents to these liaisons. Feiner says that during this past storm, "They were not very happy with me---in fact they told me I was sending them too many e mails. I’m not sure if my constant communications helped a lot but I was not very happy with the time it took for the outages to be responded to." Perhaps it was all his emails and complaints that helped restore Edgemont's power well before the expected deadline?

Cablevision and Verizon also assign liaisons to government officials and Feiner sent them many emails as well. Feiner also has good relations with those liaisons but this was not always the case. Feiner recalls that: "Over a decade ago I was not very pleased with the response I received from Verizon. I wrote to Ivan Seidenberg, head of the company. He responded immediately. And—after that I started getting almost instant responses from Verizon every time I have a complaint."

Feiner believes in the importance of constant communication and keeping everyone informed with the most up-to date information during critical situations. He sends emails to people who subscribe to the town’s "e list" (approximately 1,500 people). He also uses social media, sending email alerts to his facebook friends (almost 4,000), linked-in contacts (about 1,000) and posting tweets on twitter. The town website also posts all his email reports. Additionally Feiner has his own blog www.paulfeinerblogspot.com.

Some local residents question why the power lines are not moved underground to avoid repeated power outages. Feiner agrees. "Con Ed says it’s too expensive to put wires underground. But I think it would be affordable if the wires were gradually placed underground. It would make sense to do this when roadwork is being done (for example: on Dobbs Ferry Road there was a major sidewalk, drainage, and traffic safety improvement project on the road. A left turn lane was created on Jackson Ave)... I feel that we're living in a third world country. Many of the Edgemont residents have experienced outages every few months. Con Ed should do a better job and be proactive---so the same people don't have repeat power outages every few months."

The October nor'easter will not be soon forgotten, but at least Edgemont was out of the dark quickly!

 

 

ScarsdaleVillageDowntown Scarsdale has seen its ups and downs in the past few years.  Just this week, Imagine Candy is opening on Harwood Court, right across the street from the former site of Rhodadendron, a moderately priced clothing and accessories store that never gained a foothold in town.  And on Christie Place the new Patisserie Salzburg is selling cake but the Christie Place Bakery has closed.

With several empty sites in town, the Scarsdale Chamber of Commerce wants to hear your opinions about what kinds of businesses, stores and restaurants you’d like to see in Scarsdale Village. Participate in our short survey and we’ll tabulate the results and make sure your voices are heard.

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Imagine Candy on Harwood Court is hoping to open by Halloween

 

 

 

 

 

 

rhodadendron2Rhodadendron on Harwood Court has closed

 

 

 

 

 

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The Christie Place Bakery is also history

 

 

GirlsInc1How powerful is the purse?  At Girls Inc of Westchester County’s annual fundraiser, the answer was $150,000 strong. That’s the amount the local chapter of the 145 year-old national girls’ empowerment organization raised in a single night. Their recent ‘Power of the Purse’ gala brought celebrities, business leaders and designers together to raise money for programs that enhance the financial literary, everyday savvy, and self-assurance of local girls between the ages of 9 and18.

Held in Ardsley at ‘Life: The Place to Be,” the festive Power of the Purse gathering featured an exciting auction of unique, individually-crafted handbags designed to honor 11 Westchester “purse-o-nalities.” A teen from Girls Inc.’s programs strutted the runway to model each designer-created masterpiece, to share her dreams for the future, and to invite the crowd to invest in girls like her.

NBC-TV Today Show financial advisor Jean Chatzky served as the emcee for the evening. New York State Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins,

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Andrea Stewart Cousins, Executive Director Sally Baker, Jan Adelson, Photo Credit Cesar Rivera
CNBC Financial Correspondent Sharon Epperson, and Fashion entrepreneur Eileen Fisher -- a long-time Girls Inc. Westchester supporter -- were among those who slung bags over their shoulders to raise money for the cause. The evening also featured exclusive shopping boutiques, a raffle of fine wines, and a silent auction of one-of-a-kind experiences, from personal tours to selected vacations.

 

By the time the evening drew to a close, the ‘Power of the Purse’ event had achieved – and exceeded - its initial goal.

“It was wonderful to see so many people come out in support of Westchester girls, and our effort to teach girls the skills they’ll need to be financially independent adults.” said Sally Baker, Executive Director of Girls Inc. Westchester.

The many heartfelt testimonials offered by local Girls Inc youngsters inspired and engaged the more than 400 guests. Enthused Matisse Clayton 11 of New Rochelle, “Girls Inc. has empowered me to be whatever I choose – a journalist, a doctor, a lawyer or a president.” Added Roosevelt High School student Margaret Herring of Yonkers, “I was considered to be nothing and fought to be something; I triumphed. I’m half way here so who’s going to stop me?”

The ‘Power of the Purse’ gathering serves as the centerpiece of Girls Inc. Westchester’s annual funding campaign, which raises money for programs that inspire all girls to be ‘strong, smart, and bold.’ Through workshops, classes, and conferences, Girls Inc. Westchester helps pre-teens and teens throughout the county learn about leadership, financial literacy, media literacy, science and technology careers, and more.

“This event gave the all-important message to Westchester girls that they matter, and that there are countless women and men who care about and are willing to invest in their future.”

(Pictured at top: Shell Roberts, Sabrina Standard, Jacqueline Williams, Andrea Stewart Cousins: Photo Credit Cesar Rivera)

McCarthy1Residents of Chimney Pot Lane in Ardsley found the body of a 20 year-old Hartsdale man in their yard at 1:50 pm on Wednesday October 19th. The body was identified as Charles A. McCarthy of 300 South Central Avenue, Hartsdale. An autopsy was done by the Westchester County Medical Examiner’s Office but the cause of death has not been determined and the department is awaiting toxicology reports. The Ardsley Police, Westchester County Police and the Medical’s Examiner’s office are conducting an investigation into the matter but according to police “the incident does not appear to be criminal in nature.”

McCarthy was a 2010 graduate of Edgemont High School and was a student at Westchester Community College at the time of his death. He had a troubled past. In December 2010 McCarthy was charged with burglary in the break-in of a home on Andrea Lane where a computer and electronics were stolen. At that time, McCarthy was also on probation for an attempted robbery conviction in Eastchester in 2008.

Ardsley Police are asking anyone with information about the case to contact the Detective Division at 914-693-1700.
(Pictured above, Charles A McCarthy)

 

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