Mayor Mary Marvin. Photo by A. Warner
By Mary Marvin, Mayor of Bronxville
June 14, 2023: As is custom, the Board of Trustees reviews the various Village departments on a yearly basis as good government practice. Many of you are familiar with the Police Department review that is published on the PD‘s website.
Following in similar fashion is our yearly review of the Justice Department. I think you will find it extremely informative, especially in light of all the Covid pivots that courts statewide had to make. After review, we all concur that our team adjusted at a highly effective and efficient level. We are extremely fortunate to have the highest professional level of both our court staff and presiding justices and the Board of Trustees and the Justice Department, when ethically appropriate, work seamlessly.
As a refresher, the Bronxville Village Court has jurisdiction over Criminal, Landlord Tenant, Civil and Small Claims matters as well as Vehicle and Traffic and local Ordinances including parking offenses. The Court is established under the authority of the New York Constitution (Article VI Section 1(a), 17) as part of the Unified Court System. We have two village Justices, William Primps and Natasha Nordahl. Both are elected for four-year terms, which are staggered so that one judgeship election is held every two years.
The past year has been one of great change for the Village Court, as nearly all Covid pandemic restrictions and regulations have been removed, and operations are back to normal conditions. In particular, the moratorium on evictions effected in 2020 under state law ended in 2022, and landlords became able, once again, to file with our court petitions for eviction. The plexiglass barriers erected in front of the bench have now been removed, and masks are no longer mandated. The ability to see and hear witnesses, up close and in person, has made the jobs of our justices and court reporters much easier than it was for most of 2020 through 2022!
One matter that has not changed over the past several years has been the dedication of our Village Justices to achieve the fair administration of justice in Bronxville. In this, they have been helped enormously by our Court Clerk Kelly Glover, and our Assistant Clerk Yecenia Tovar. In 2019, the New York State Association of Magistrate’s Court Clerks recognized Kelly as New York Court Clerk of the Year. In May, Yecenia’s accomplishments were recognized by Westchester Magazine’s inclusion of her in their list of 24 “Wunderkinds,” Westchester residents under the age of 35 who are making a difference in their communities.
We also should recognize the tireless work of our Justices, who regularly report to Village Hall after hours to conduct arraignments in criminal matters and enter Temporary Orders of Protection in domestic disputes and instances of street crimes. In the past year, Judges Primps and Nordahl have been summoned to Village Hall on over twenty occasions to preside over urgent matters involving the safety of our Village. Most recently, an after-hours arraignment was presided over by Judge Primps, involving a fugitive from an out of state gun possession felony charge, in which our police force apprehended, late in the night, a defendant on drug charges in Bronxville, and discovered an outstanding warrant from Delaware. This defendant was arraigned at Village Hall and confined at the county jail overnight pending extradition on the felony charge.
In May, Justice Nordahl presided over a jury trial, the first held in Village Hall in over 30 years. Forty residents from the Town of Eastchester were summoned to Village Hall on May 8, and within several hours, a jury of six with two alternates was seated to hear opening arguments. On the second day of the trial, the jury retired after being charged on the law, and found the defendant guilty of pilfering packages from an apartment lobby in the Village.
To end on a happy note, our Justices do have the satisfaction of presiding over numerous wedding ceremonies held in Bronxville. We are pleased that so many residents of surrounding communities find our Village Hall and its grounds to be a picturesque setting for making lifetime vows. In the past 12 months, this portion of our court’s “caseload” also has come back in strength, with nearly two dozen weddings being held, either in the Village Board Room, or on the lawn outside.
Bronxville is a quaint village (one square mile) located just 16 miles north of midtown Manhattan (roughly 30 minutes on the train) and has a population of approximately 6,500. It is known as a premier community with an excellent public school (K-12) and easy access to Manhattan. Bronxville offers many amenities including an attractive business district, a hospital (Lawrence Hospital), public paddle and tennis courts, fine dining at local restaurants, two private country clubs and a community library.
While the earliest settlers of Bronxville date back to the first half of the 18th century, the history of the modern suburb of Bronxville began in 1890 when William Van Duzer Lawrence purchased a farm and commissioned the architect, William A. Bates, to design a planned community of houses for well-known artists and professionals that became a thriving art colony. This community, now called Lawrence Park, is listed on the National register of Historic Places and many of the homes still have artists’ studios. A neighborhood association within Lawrence Park called “The Hilltop Association” keeps this heritage alive with art shows and other events for neighbors.
Bronxville offers many charming neighborhoods as well as a variety of living options for residents including single family homes, town houses, cooperatives and condominiums. One of the chief benefits of living in “the village” is that your children can attend the Bronxville School.
The Bronxville postal zone (10708, known as “Bronxville PO”) includes the village of Bronxville as well as the Chester Heights section of Eastchester, parts of Tuckahoe and the Lawrence Park West, Cedar Knolls, Armour Villa and Longvale sections of Yonkers. Many of these areas have their own distinct character. For instance, the Armour Villa section has many historic homes and even has its own newsletter called “The Villa Voice” which reports on neighborhood news.
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