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chairThe Personnel Committee of the Village Board is asking residents interested in volunteering to serve on Village Boards, Councils, and Committees to submit their names for consideration. New terms will begin April 1, 2019. Candidates interested in serving on any Board, Council, or Committee should apply using the application form available on the Village website or in-person at Village Hall. It is also helpful for Scarsdale residents to provide written suggestions of individuals who should be considered for appointment. Please submit contact information including email addresses. For more information on the various Boards, Councils, and Committees, please visit www.scarsdale.com and click “Volunteer Opportunities” under the “Resident” tab and select the “Boards, Councils or Committees” icon or click HERE to go directly to the site.

The information may be submitted on or before March 01, 2019, in one of two ways:

Online: Just click HERE to apply. One may also visit www.scarsdale.com, scroll down to the Village Highlights section, and click on the Highlight story, “Volunteers Needed for Citizen Boards, Councils, and Committees.” From there, simply click “APPLY today.

In-Person or by Mail: An application may be picked-up from the Village Clerk’s Office at Village Hall and either submitted in-person or by mail to Trustee Justin Arest, Scarsdale Village Hall, 1001 Post Road, Scarsdale NY 10583.

Residents are welcome to contact the Personnel Committee Chair, Trustee Justin Arest, by
e-mail at justinarest.scarsdaletrustee@gmail.com with any questions about these opportunities to serve the community. The Village Clerk, Donna Conkling, is also available to assist by phone at 914-722-1175, or by e-mail using dconkling@scarsdale.com.

Pursuant to the general policy adopted by the Village Board, guidelines for membership on Scarsdale's appointed Boards, Councils, and Committees cover four areas:

1. Residency

Boards, Committees and Advisory Councils are comprised of residents of the Village. While comments from outside the community can be sought as needed, actions recommended or taken by Boards, Committees and Advisory Councils should ultimately reflect the views of Village residents.

2. Professional or Business Affiliation

Various professional skills and training are required by Village law or deemed desirable by the Village Board of Trustees for the successful fulfillment of some Board, Council or Committee charters.

3. Civic Interest and Involvement

The majority of the members of Village Boards and Councils are appointed by reason of demonstrated interest in Village affairs, through volunteer involvement. Scarsdale is the beneficiary of a long history of voluntary civic endeavors. Since the overriding purpose of Boards, Committees and Councils is to assure the continuation of high community standards, it is appropriate that members on Boards, Committees and Councils be those residents who have demonstrated willingness and initiative to work in support of this objective.

4. Specialized Knowledge

Certain Boards, Committees and Councils benefit by having one or more members with specialized knowledge. For example, the Cable Television Commission benefits by having people with knowledge of the communications industry; the Advisory Council on People with Disabilities would benefit from the experience of residents with disabilities; the Advisory Council on Youth would benefit from people who have worked with young people.

For detailed information on length of terms, meeting days, etc. for specific Boards, Councils, and Committees, please click here.

CNCGraphicCNC Chair Jon Mark and Vice Chair Tim Foley have provided the following report on the proceedings of the Citizens Nominating Committee for 2018-19.

Citizens Nominating Committee Annual Report
February 11, 2019

Introduction: This report on the CNC’s 2018 - 2019 candidate selection process has been prepared by the Chair and Vice Chair of the Citizens’ Nominating Committee (CNC) for the benefit of both the Procedure Committee and the public. It is the intention of this report to afford some level of transparency to the public of the process followed by the CNC.


The conduct and procedures of the CNC are outlined in the Non-Partisan Resolution (NPR) which states its purpose as “to establish procedures for the nomination of a single qualified candidate for election (a) to the office of Mayor, (b) to each place on the Village and Town Board of Trustees to be filled at each Village and Town election, and (c) to the office of Village Justice, all by a Citizens Nominating Committee elected by the voters.” This year, only candidates for Mayor and three Village Trustee positions were required to be nominated.

The process is intended “to secure the continuance of the conduct of our local public affairs free from partisan controversies and from electioneering for party advantage … for the non-partisan nomination of candidates for such village and town officers through a non-partisan citizens’ committee.”

The NPR establishes two bodies to carry out the process it envisions: The Procedure Committee and the CNC. The Procedure Committee is charged with (i) finding candidates to run for the CNC in contested elections, (ii) administering the CNC elections, (iii) reviewing the work of the CNC, and (iv) publicly exploring potential revisions to the NPR. This report focuses exclusively on the work of the 2018-2019 CNC.

The CNC is comprised of 30 voting members and four non-voting, administrative members. The 30 voting members serve staggered three-year terms and are comprised of six from each of the five elementary school districts. Each year, 10 members rotate off the CNC (two from each elementary district) and they are replaced by 10 new members (again, two from each elementary district) who are elected by voters from their respective elementary districts in an election to be held on the second Tuesday after the first Monday in November each year. In November 2018, in addition to the election of a new first-year class of 2021, three members were elected to fill vacancies in previous CNC classes.

The NPR provides that in selecting candidates for Village offices, “the Citizens Nominating Committee shall have regard primarily to the fitness of the persons selected for the particular office. Other considerations herein of fitness and qualification having been satisfied, it shall be the endeavor of the Citizens Nominating Committee in making such selections to provide, so far as may be practicable, for representation upon the Village and the Town Board of the various geographical sections of the Village.”
CNC members reach out to community residents to identify potential nominees, assist those willing to be considered with the submission of a biographical form, listen to all of the nominees’ presentations, research nominees’ references and volunteer service both inside and outside the Scarsdale community, discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each nominee, and conduct a separate vote for a single qualified candidate for each Village Board position to be filled via the General Village Election each year. A nominee who receives the vote of the majority of the members of the CNC becomes a candidate for the position to be filled.

Under the NPR, the work of the CNC in vetting and discussing nominees is done in closed door, executive sessions, the substance of which is confidential. The principle underlying confidentiality is the acknowledgement that until a nominee is an official candidate, a private citizen is entitled to privacy. Therefore, operating in a confidential manner is believed to be an important safeguard that encourages residents interested in being selected for Village office to volunteer for consideration.

At the CNC level, membership on the CNC is open to all qualified voters who choose to run for election to the CNC. As a result, the CNC is composed of a group of resident volunteers representing a cross-section of the community by geography (within the Village), gender, age and length of residence in the Village. This point is illustrated below in “Analysis of 2018-2019 CNC Representation.”

The NPR requires that the first part of the first meeting of the CNC each year is an Organization Meeting that is open to the public. In recent years, the public portion of this meeting has also been recorded for television in an effort to add transparency to this part of the process. The required substance of the Organization Meeting is set forth in the NPR, but generally the meeting includes (i) a review of the non-partisan system by the Chair, (ii) the discussion, deliberation, possible amendment and adoption of the CNC’s Rules of Procedure consisting of guidelines on how the CNC will conduct its process for that year, and (iii) an address from currently sitting members of the Village Board “to advise the [CNC] of any specific experience or ability which would, in the judgment of the Mayor and the members of the Village and Town Board, be particularly desirable in any candidate or candidates to be nominated for the forthcoming election…and to discuss with the [CNC] any matters…which they or the [CNC] may feel would be helpful to the Committee in its selection of candidates.”

The CNC’s Rules of Procedure are publicly available on the Procedure Committee web site. While the public portion of the Organization Meeting does not expose the deliberations about potential nominees, it does publicly air the discussion around the nature of the process to be conducted and lets the public see and hear the members of the Committee who will conduct it.

It is worth noting that the CNC process does not restrict or change the rights and options of the community with regard to how candidates or individuals appear on the ballot for the Village election itself. Quite the opposite; the CNC is an independent group of resident volunteers that provides a service to the community through finding and researching candidates for office. It is the opinion of the Chair and Vice Chair of the CNC that the community only gains by having a researched and peer-reviewed candidate on the ballot for voters to consider. Residents who wish to pursue office by alternative procedures – whether by write-in vote or by running under the auspices of a New York State-designated political party or through some other independent group – are free to do so, and have done so in prior years.
Analysis of 2018-2019 CNC Representation:

Class of 2019: - Edgewood Stephen Baer (filling vacancy), Ryan Spicer; Fox Meadow - Marc Greenwald, Judy Wenjing Kerr; Greenacres - Daniel Brown, Jon Leslie; Heathcote – Peter Tesler, Anne Zink (filling vacancy); Quaker Ridge - Mary Beth Gose, Ron Schulhof (three women, seven men)

Class of 2020: Edgewood - Becky Bach, Susan Duncan; Fox Meadow - Dara Gruenberg, Steve Pass; Greenacres - Michelle Lichtenberg, Adie Shore; Heathcote - Eric Lichtenstein, Norbert (Bob) Wolloch (filling vacancy); Quaker Ridge - John Auerbacher, Gabrielle Wise (six women, four men)

Class of 2021: Edgewood – Sergi Flaster, Linda Killian; Fox Meadow – Richard Pinto, Jill Spielberg; Greenacres – Jon Krisbergh, Alan Lewis; Heathcote – David Bunzel, Adam Rilander; Quaker Ridge – Larry Dobosh, Lee Fischman (two women, eight men)

General CNC Demographics of Voting Members:
Gender: 11 women (36.7 %) and 19 men (63.3%)
Ages: 37 to 68
Residency: 2.5 years to 34 years

Accounting of Specific Work:

Number of CNC meetings: Six covering approximately 13.15 hours

• November 26, 2018: 8:06 pm to 10:05 pm – 2.0 hours
• December 12, 2018: 8:07 pm to 9:53 pm – 1.75 hours
• December 19, 2018: 8:08 pm to 9:37 pm -- 1.50 hours
• January 9, 2019: 8:06 pm to 11:02 pm – 2.90 hours
• January 16, 2019: 8:07 pm to 10:42 pm – 2.60 hours
• January 23, 2019: 8:10 pm to 10:35 pm – 2.40 hours

Additional time spent on the following:

• Review of Non-Partisan Resolution and CNC Rules of Procedure
• Outreach to residents to submit papers as potential nominees
• Calls and emails to nominee references
• Follow-up meeting with one potential nominee by a CNC-appointed subcommittee
• Internet searches

Nominee Search: Members of the CNC reviewed a list of approximately 350 individuals to determine who might be asked to consider putting their names in as potential nominees. The list was compiled from publicly available lists of Village boards and councils as well as persons known to CNC members who might be interested in being considered. Based on that review, as well as contacts made by individual CNC members to other members of the community, the CNC approached approximately 130 residents to run for Village Board positions. Of those 130, 10 individuals submitted their biographical forms and appeared before the CNC. Three of those individuals sought to be the candidate for mayor; seven sought to be a candidate for one of the three Trustee positions to be filled.

Potential Nominee Neighborhoods: The 10 individuals were from Edgewood (2), Fox Meadow (2), Greenacres (2), Heathcote (3) and Quaker Ridge (1).

Candidate Research: For the 10 individuals that submitted their biographical forms, the CNC made over 170 calls and spoke directly to approximately 150 persons (in the aggregate) who were either references named by the potential nominees or persons who were not named references but who were known to have served in volunteer organizations in Scarsdale with the potential nominees. The number of references checked for each individual ranged from 10 to 23. Each individual provided a list of references, but the CNC spoke to additional contacts based on each individual’s involvement in Village and other organizations. The additional references were found by looking at past committee/board lists, or by reaching out to individuals active in volunteer organizations identified in the biographical information submitted by the potential nominees.

In addition, at the appointment of the full CNC, a subcommittee of two of its voting members met in person with one potential nominee to ask a follow-up question that had been raised by the CNC as a whole during its discussions. The results of that meeting were reported to the entire CNC by the subcommittee at the next CNC meeting.

Selection of 2019 Procedure Committee Vice-Chairperson and 2019-2020 CNC Chair and Vice Chair

As required by the NPR, after the voting on the slate was completed at the final meeting of the CNC, Sarit Kessel Fuchs was elected Vice Chairperson of the 2019 Procedure Committee. In addition, Marc Greenwald and Ryan Spicer were elected Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, of the 2019-2020 CNC from among the members of the retiring, outgoing class of voting members.

Note, no detailed procedure is set forth on how to accomplish the election of persons to these positions. However, at the business meetings leading up to the final meeting, the Chair and Vice Chair reminded Committee members of the responsibility to elect individuals to these positions at the final meeting. Committee members were therefore urged to have that in mind as they conducted their business so that they might have some idea of who among them might fill those positions going forward. As a result, at the final meeting after a call by the Chair for volunteers to fill the positions and some discussion, individuals were quickly identified and elected.

Procedural Questions for 2019-2020 Procedure Committee Review

In light of the thorough review of the NPR conducted by the Procedure Committee in 2018-2019 and the November 2018 amendments made to the NPR, there do not seem to be questions pending for 2019-2020 Procedure Committee review. However, next year’s CNC might consider Procedure Committee suggestions, if any, on how to refine the process followed this year for selecting the Procedure Committee Vice-Chairperson and the succeeding CNC Chair and Vice Chair.

Respectfully submitted,

Jon Mark, Chair
Tim Foley, Vice Chair

cc: Eric Cheng, TVCC representative
Sarit Kessel Fuchs, SNAP representative


NPR Article I. Note: the NPR was amended by public vote on November 13, 2018. Citations in this report are to the NPR as amended which is posted on the Procedure Committee’s website: http://www.scarsdaleprocedurecommittee.org/formsHome.php

The Village Justice is elected to a four year term. A candidate for that position will be required to be nominated next year.

NPR third Whereas clause

The NPR was originally adopted December 11, 1930. It has been amended 42 times over the years, most recently in November 2018 as noted above.

The 2018-2019 CNC non-voting administrative members were: Jon Mark, Chair; Tim Foley, Vice Chair and Secretary; Sarit Kessel Fuchs, Scarsdale Neighborhood Association Presidents (SNAP) Representative; Eric Cheng, Town and Village Civic Club (TVCC) Representative. The foregoing non-voting members were designated under the NPR prior to its amendment in November 2018 under then Article V, Section 2(B). Under Article V, Section 2(B), the Chair and Vice Chair of the TVCC were designated as the Chair and Vice Chair of the CNC and the other two non-voting members were designated by the TVCC and the Chairperson of SNAP, respectively. Under Article V, Section 4 of the amended NPR, the Chair and Vice Chair are to be appointed from the retiring third-year class of the CNC. The two other non-voting members are to be nominated by the new Chair and Vice Chair and ratified by the CNC at its organization meeting.

The Procedure Committee has the discretion to advance or delay the date of the election by up to one week should the second Tuesday after the first Monday in November fall on a holiday or for other good cause. NPR Article III, Section 2

Samwick Mark copy Candidate Samwick with CNC Chair MarkThe nominating petitions for Marc Samwick for Mayor, and Jonathan Lewis, Seth Ross, and Rochelle Waldman for Village Trustee were delivered today to the Village Clerk – a critical milestone for the candidates to be placed on the ballot for the forthcoming Village Elections on March 19, 2019.

The petitions were filed in accordance with state election law and contained the signatures of registered Village of Scarsdale voters. The candidates filed with 372 voters’ signatures – well over three times the number required by election law. The total also represents a 29% increase over the number filed on behalf of Citizens Nominating Committee-selected candidates in 2018, and a 55% increase from 2017.

“Jonathan, Seth, Rochelle, and I want to thank the volunteers who made this happen from the bottomSamwick FoleyCandidate Samwick with CNC Vice Chair Tim Foley of our hearts,” said mayoral candidate and two-time Village Trustee Marc Samwick. “We know how tirelessly the members of the Citizens Nominating Committee worked to research and vet all of the potential candidates, and then to carefully and respectfully deliberate. So many of them then went to their friends and neighbors, and joined other volunteers to knock on doors in the freezing cold to ensure their choices would go before the voters in March.”

“We look forward to using the weeks before the election to introduce ourselves and our backgrounds to our fellow Scarsdalians and to engage in conversations about the challenges and opportunities we face. Most important of all, we want to listen to our neighbors about what their hopes and aspirations are for this village we are all proud to call home.”

Outgoing CNC Chair Jon Mark and Vice Chair Tim Foley were on hand to witness the completion of the successful volunteer effort.

The Village Election will take place on Tuesday March 19, 2019. The Village will make the final determination on the location of the polls and will provide further information on where voting will be held.

BethBermelScarsdale Library Director Elizabeth BermelThis letter was sent to Scarsdale10583 by Scarsdale Library Director Elizabeth Bermel: It is with pleasure and gratitude that I announce that the Scarsdale Public Library’s Capital Campaign has met its cash obligation to the Village. With the most recent gift received by the Scarsdale Village Board of Trustees from the Friends of the Scarsdale Library (at the February 12th Village business meeting,) over $7.5 million dollars has been given to the Village. The Campaign has exceeded its fundraising goal by an additional $500,000 in written pledges, bringing the total raised to $8 million, a truly humbling expression of community commitment to our institution. A special thank you to the Campaign for Excellence for the remarkable fundraising efforts.

When I became the Scarsdale Library Director over 9 years ago, I had no idea I would be on such a journey. I am overwhelmed by the generosity of the donors, the dedication of the volunteers, the expertise of the professional staff and consultants, and the support of our patrons. Every one of them has been an integral part of my sometimes exhausting, but always exhilarating, experience transforming your library into the community resource that reflects the unique needs and expectations of this special community. I am also amazed by the patience and support of our patrons during our transition. The work at the Library’s 54 Olmsted Road building is going very well. We are pleased with the progress, and though we have a way to go, I am hopeful to return home by the summer of 2020. Meanwhile, please come by our temporary location, the Library Loft at Supply Field at 244 Heathcote Road.

Over these years, I have worked with over 70 volunteers on Library boards and committees. I offer my sincere thanks to past and present members of the Scarsdale Public Library Board, the Friends of the Scarsdale Library Board of Directors, the Building Committee, the Village Board of Trustees, and of course, all the donors, patrons and the full community for their tireless commitment to the Library’s mission supporting lifelong learning in Scarsdale.
Hope to see you soon, perhaps at the Friends-sponsored 'Casino Night' Gala on March 8th!

Warm regards,
Elizabeth Bermel, Director
Scarsdale Public Library

The NovembersRobert and Eleanor November at the 2015 Scarsdale Bowl AwardsEleanor Tripp November passed away January 30, 2019 at her home in Rye, NY, to which she and her husband moved from Greenacres six years ago. She and her husband Robert were the recipients of the Scarsdale Bowl in in 2001. The bowl Committee recognized her many volunteer activities in her then 36 years in Scarsdale.

They included President of the Greenacres PTA and Secretary of the PT Council, Chair of the Task Force on Drugs and Alcohol, President of Scarsdale-Edgemont Family Counseling, service on many village advisory boards, including Environmental Preservation (chair) Advisory Committee on Youth and Advisory Committee on Human Relations. She started teaching Living in America an English as a second language program for international women at Hitchcock Church in 1977 and became the coordinator of the program in 1988.

Mrs. November was a member of Hitchcock Church for 47 years, and an elder, deacon and the chair of the Mission Committee and other committees.

After graduating from Smith College Mrs. November studied at The London School of Economics, earned a Teachers Training Certificate from The Shady Hill School in Cambridge, MA and an MA in history from Columbia University. She taught at Shady Hill School for several years and after receiving her Columbia degree, authored “To America”, a supplementary middle school textbook published by Harcourt Brace.

Mrs. November was an enthusiastic skier, tennis player and sailor as well as a devoted wife, mother and cook, well known for her chocolate chip cookies.

She leaves her husband Robert, sons Peter (Elana) and David (Megan) and grandchildren Zachary, Lucas, Hadley and George November. She is survived by her brother James TB Tripp and sister Frances Hawke and was predeceased by her brother William V Tripp III.

There will be a memorial service at Hitchcock Presbyterian Church at 2 pm on Sunday, February 3, 2019. Contribution in her memory may be made to the Living in America Program of Hitchcock Church or to Scarsdale-Edgemont Family Counseling Service.

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