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2020 Bronxville Memorial Day Events PDF Print Email

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By Staff

May 20, 2020: With social distancing guidelines, Memorial Day 2020 will be different from past years, but there are still ways to be together apart for Memorial Day.  Below are two great local events.

Bronxville School YouTube Memorial Day Program: Friday, May 22 at 9:30 AM

Due to COVID19, school isn't in session, but the Bronxville School District feels strongly that our Memorial Day celebration should continue. This has been a wonderful tradition in our community and a great way to honor our servicemen and women who gave their lives for our freedom.

Please join us and visit our YouTube district page on Friday May 22nd at 9:30 am to view this year's Memorial Day program. 

Our program will include as many of the traditions of the past while maintaining the safety of social distancing in our homes.
We hope you will join us for this important event. (Note: The livestream will become visible on the page once the event has started - your browser might require you to refresh the Youtube page for the live event to show.)

Bronxville School PTA Bronxville Together Memorial Day Program

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Pictured: Memorial Day Artwork by Andre Kahraman, 5th Grade

STEP 1: Purchase a #Bronxville Together Tote for $50. Tote includes: BXV logo merchandise, patriotic items and a $25 gift card to local businesses. Click Here to Purchase Tote.  This needs to be purchased by May 21.

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STEP 2: Bring your Memorial Day Festivities outside while social distancing of course, for a BBQ or family picnic.
 
STEP 3: Support our local restaurants: Grab a picnic friendly to-go dinner or dessert from participating businesses: Beer Noggin', Bronxville Diner, Candy Rox, Il Bacio, Ladle of Love, Lange's, Mini's, Park Place Bagels, Pete's, Scarborough Fair, Underhill's and Urban Hamlet. Click here for more detail.
 
STEP 4: Post your Memorial Day photos on social media using keyword  #BXVTogether. Also, send them to MyhometownBronxville at  CLOAKING

Tribute to Bronxville Veterans on Front Lawn of Village Hall from May 25 through July 4th weekend

The Village cannot have a Memorial Day Parade this year due to restrictions on gatherings and required social distancing. The Village was prepared to honor Vicki and Si Ford, who are moving back home to Minnesota after living in Bronxville for many years. They would have been the Grand Marshal's of Bronxville's 100th Parade. The Ford's have agreed to return next Memorial Day to be properly honored.

Even though there will not be a parade this year, the Village will honor veterans in a display on the front lawn of Village Hall on Memorial Day, May 25, 2020 through July 4th. Also, photos of veterans will be posted in selected Bronxville businesses.

Photo at top by A. Warner






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From The Mayor: COVID-19 Effect on Various Business Sectors PDF Print Email

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By Mary Marvin, Mayor, Village of Bronxville

May 20, 2020: I belong to a Westchester business group that gathers experts to discuss the economic health, business atmosphere, and future of our County.

We convened via Zoom last week and listened to professionals in all business sectors of the County give their assessment of the COVID19 effect on their industry and their forecasts for the future.

Transportation – Metro North

Between March 3 and March 20 of this year, Metro North lost 95% of its customers. The same loss of ridership was mirrored at New Jersey Transit and the LIRR. Interestingly, the impact percentage of the total on the reverse commute was significantly less at an 80% decrease.

Currently, trains are running once an hour in both directions. The most popular trains right now are very early in the morning with a six or seven A.M. arrival at Grand Central Station, with the vast majority of the passengers being essential workers. 

Metro North, in a relatively recent study of commuter habits pre-COVID, learned that approximately half of their ridership in our particular area had the capability to work remotely at least several days a week.

Airline Industry

An airline executive based at Westchester Airport forecasted more furloughs, reduction in schedules, higher ticket prices, and a significant decrease in non-stop flights. She believed we may need to get used to flying to Chicago first to reach some destinations in Florida.

As of May 15, Palm Beach was the nation’s busiest airport, thanks to general aviation (private plane/business flying). Our own Westchester airport is actually the second busiest airport in the country for private aviation, the sector of the market most experts believe will lead the way in recovery.

Going forward, experts believe the biggest concern on flights will have less to do with weather and bumpy rides and more to do with the comfort level of sitting within inches of each other.

Retail/Business Office Space

Not surprisingly, mom and pop stores in Westchester are in the most dire straits while Costco is having a record year.  

General office space in the County is rebounding as the suburbs have the benefit of low rise buildings and minimal flights of stairs to office space, allowing for social distancing.  

For example, a speaker familiar with the new Bank of America tower complex shared that based on the distinct possibility of the one per person elevator occupancy rule, it would take 5 ½ hours to fully occupy the tower.

As to residential real estate demand, the market is low on inventory but quite robust in potential buyers who now desire to leave Manhattan.

Construction Industry

Unlike most other states, New York quite simply shut down the industry. Soon to ease up, the main issues going forward are in the social distancing requirements that are foreign to most building projects.  

As an illustration, how does a sheetrock crew remain six feet apart? As there is a backlog in project starts, there will be higher costs for certain skilled tradesmen. Though the supply chain for raw materials is in decent shape right now, no one expects it to remain at the same level in the coming months. 

Experts in the field encouraged all of us in charge of municipal projects involving petroleum, such as road resurfacing, to bid them now. Similar to the airline industry challenge, it will be a defining element to get tradesman comfortable again, working in close contact on sites.

Non-Profits

Most organizations seem to work from the model of desiring live interaction. Ballrooms with 300 in attendance will most assuredly be the last type of gathering permitted in the post-COVID comeback.

Despite this, many experts in the industry think it might be an ideal moment to reimagine the non-profit matrix. Perhaps the formerly 300 person event space sellout could be branded differently across the internet and garner 500 people.

Sponsors might forego tables at testimonials for continuous website promotion highlighting their altruism that could then be disseminated to a much bigger audience. Fundraising strategy, though currently down by gift amount per person, may be in an opportune moment to enhance the volume of donors and gain a broader recognition factor.

Food Insufficiency

The negative impact on all of the above industries most sadly and, most importantly, ripples right down to the dinner table.

Since mid-March, the major umbrella food bank of our County called Feeding Westchester has given away 4.2 million pounds of food. To put this in context, 10 million pounds of food are distributed yearly.

Many recipients are first-time visitors to the food banks who have been furloughed or fired from minimum wage jobs.

To purchase food on the open market for those in need will cost $850,000 per month going forward with an end date not forecast until 18 months out. The lines are so long as the need is so great that the National Guard still has a presence in the County packing pallets and distributing food.

Feeding Westchester was actually the first food bank in the country to ramp up in preparation for COVID-19.  

As a direct consequence of the pandemic, the food distribution sites must morph going forward into healthcare and mental health care screening centers as we have so clearly learned those in need of food are also in need of so many other essential services.

Photo by A. Warner

 

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.






 
May 13, 2020 Photo of the Week, Inspirational Quote & Events PDF Print Email

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Canadian goose and newly born goslings at the Bronx River Lake. Photo by A. Samra

By Staff

May 13, 2020: MyhometownBronxville's inspirational quote this week is taken from a recent bi-weekly broadcast of Chief Satriale and Mayor Mary Marvin.  It is below.

"God's dream is that you and I and all of us will realize that we are family, that we are made for togetherness, for goodness, and for compassion." Desmond Tutu

Below is information about upcoming and postponed events. Please send event information to CLOAKING .

Ongoing Events

Bicycle Sundays: Bicycle Sundays on the Bronx River parkway began on May 3 and will continue on Sundays in May, June and September, except for Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend. The course is slightly modified and masks are recommended. Click here to learn more. 

Event Postponements:

The Community Fund is postponing its annual golf outing to October 6, 2020.  For more information, contact Amy Korb, Executive Director, The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe at 914.337.8808.

The Counseling Center: In a spirit of solidarity, The Counseling Center is postponing its gala benefit honoring Doug Cruikshank, originally scheduled for Friday, May 1st. We sincerely hope you can join us on the new date of Saturday, October 17, 2020 at the Bronxville Field Club. Meanwhile, be well!

Senior Citizens Council: Due to the current health crisis the Senior Citizens Council 50th anniversary benefit scheduled for April 23 has been postponed until October 15. All plans continue to move forward. We wish all our neighbors good health in this trying time.

Gramatan Village:  The health and well-being of our community is of paramount importance to Gramatan Village. Given the rapidly changing environment, Gramatan Village has decided to reschedule our May 14, 2020 May Magic event to May of 2021. 

Photo by A. Warner

 
What's The Latest On Upcoming Elections During COVID-19? PDF Print Email

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By Staff 

May 13, 2020:  Below is an update on the status of upcoming elections.

June 9: Bronxville School Board Election and Budget Vote

On May 1, 2020, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.26 delaying school board elections and budget votes statewide until June 9, 2020.  

Two current Bronxville School Board Members, Jennifer Russo and Michael F. Finley, are running for reelection for a term of three-years.  

The election and budget vote will be conducted by mail, and "all qualified voters will be sent an absentee ballot with return postage paid."

June 23: Democratic Primary for President in New York State

On April 27, the New York State Board of Elections canceled the June 23 Democratic Presidential primary in New York State because of safety concerns during the coronavirus outbreak. 

On Tuesday, May 5, 2020, the Democratic Presidential primary was reinstated for June 23, 2020, due to a court order. This court order was in response to a lawsuit filed by former Democratic candidate, Andrew Yang, whose name was on the ballot despite suspending his campaign.  According to published reports, Yang claimed that his rights were violated when his name was removed from New York's primary ballot.

So, as of now, the Democratic Presidential primary will be on June 23, 2020. 

June 23: Democratic Primary for Westchester District Attorney

On June 23, 2020, there will also be a Democratic Party primary race for Westchester District Attorney in which incumbent Westchester District Attorney, Anthony Scarpino, will run against challenger Mimi Rocah. Below is information about the candidates.

About Anthony Scarpino

Anthony Scarpino graduated from Mount Vernon High School, the University of Connecticut and Syracuse University School of Law. After law school, he served as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Mount Vernon and then joined the FBI. He then served as City Court Judge in Mount Vernon, Westchester County Court Judge, and New York State Supreme Court Judge for the Ninth Judicial District. He was then elected as Westchester’s Surrogate Court Judge.  Scarpino became the Westchester District Attorney in 2017.  He and his wife live in North Castle and have three daughters.  Click here to go to Anthony Scarpino's website.

About Mimi Rocah

Mimi Rocah is a graduate of Harvard College and New York University School of Law. She was Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York for 16 years until October 2017. From 2012-2017, she was Chief of the Justice Department’s Westchester Division. Prior to that, she clerked for two judges and worked as a litigation associate at Cravath, Swain, and Moore. She also appears as a Legal Analyst on MSNBC and NBC News. She lives in Scarsdale with her husband, David, and their two children.  Click here to go to Mimi Rocah's website.

September 15: Village of Bronxville Elections

Governor Andrew Cuomo's Executive Order 202.26, also delayed village elections until September 15, 2020.

As a result, the village election in Bronxville originally scheduled for March 18 and postponed until April 28, was again postponed until September 15, 2020.

The candidates running in the village election include the following:

Candidates for Village Justice - Term 4 Years (Pick 1)

George Mayer (R), incumbent

Natasha Nordahl (D)

Candidates for Village Trustees - Term 2 Years (Pick 2)

Mark Wood (R), incumbent 

Mary Taylor Behrens (D)

Candidates for Village Trustee - Unexpired Term 1 Year (Pick 1) 

Helen Knapp (R)

To learn more about these candidates, click here.


Photo by A. Warner

 

 
From The Mayor: Tax Payments, Governor's Reopening Plan, Capital Projects PDF Print Email

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By Mary Marvin, Mayor, Village of Bronxville

May 13, 2020: My column this week is a compilation of Village information that would have been shared at the May Board of Trustees’ Meeting in the public forum at Village Hall.  

Since the meeting is by necessity, a phone discussion with call-in options, the news does not get disseminated as widely as is customary. 

Tax Payments

While Village/School tax bills are normally mailed on June 1 and the first half installment payable by June 30, the Village has requested that the Governor issue an executive order for Bronxville granting a twenty-one (21) day extension on the final date for paying taxes without interest or penalty. The extension would provide you with 30 days to pay following the mailing of tax bills after the School District vote now scheduled for Tuesday, June 9. We will continue to keep you updated on this request and advise you if the extension is granted.

Upon the issuance of tax bills, we request that tax payments be mailed to the Village as in-person payments are strongly discouraged. A secure drop box is now available at Village Hall for taxpayers who wish to deliver their bills in person or after hours. Receipts will be mailed to taxpayers. Please contact the Village Treasurer at 337-2194 or by email at  CLOAKING  for any additional information.

Governor’s Plan to Reopen the Hudson Valley

With five days to go until New York starts reopening its economy, our Hudson Valley region has only met five of seven required criteria, while other regions such as the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, and Mohawk Valley have satisfied all seven and could be ready to start with Phase 1 at the end of the week.

The two goals that the Hudson Valley region, of which we are a part, that are yet unfulfilled include a sustained two-week decline in deaths and a decline in new hospitalizations. However, the trend is positive for us as the Hudson Valley had 2.79 new hospitalizations per 1000 residents as of May 10, down from more than four per 100,000 just last week. When we reach all seven goals, we can begin opening businesses in phases. 

Phase 1 includes construction; manufacturing and wholesale supply chain; retail for curbside pick-up and drop off or in-store pick up; and agriculture, forestry, and fishing. The Phase 2 opening will include professional services, finance, insurance, retail, administrative support, and real estate/rental leasing. Phase 3 includes restaurants/food services and hotels/accommodations, while Phase 4 includes art/entertainment/recreation and education. 

Some recreational activities will be allowed in earlier phases, such as landscaping, gardening, drive-in movie theaters, and tennis.

In order to come out of the gate ready to help our merchants get back on their feet, the Village has formed a committee to establish a plan for reopening the downtown, once the governor gives us clearance. The plan will include several elements, including the development of physical changes such as street or parking space closures to enable businesses to meet state occupancy guidelines of social distancing. 

The committee is composed of Village Trustees and staff, business owners, landlords, residents, healthcare professionals, and law-enforcement officials so we can reimagine our streets to maximize the ability of our businesses to once again become vibrant and profitable.

Capital Projects

We have to continue improving the Village by maintaining our infrastructure and upgrading facilities despite this Covid19 pause. 

The following are examples of on-going capital projects in various stages of completion since some were stalled necessarily to deal with the exigencies of our Covid19 response by all hands on deck.

We continue to refurbish the Bacon Woods Park, which is our grassy area between Kensington Road and Sagamore Road. We have great plans to do this in stages and make it not only an easier and more attractive conduit to the train station and the business district from Sagamore Road, but as a beautiful pocket park so needed in this quadrant of our Village.

We continue security and safety upgrades with additional street lighting on the west side, sections of Pondfield Road, the paddle courts, Village Hall parking lot, and security cameras for the tennis hut.

Ripple Effect

Certainly, in the scheme of things, it is quite small but illustrative as I share how the Covid19 virus has affected every element of Village life. As illustration, village parking revenues are already down $180,000, and our court will remain closed until at least mid-June, so there are no other revenues forthcoming from any kind of violations or criminal proceedings.

Medical Update

County Executive George Latimer graciously accepted our invitation to update us at our virtual May Board of Trustees’ meeting.

The County Executive shared with us some very heartening news that currently, Westchester County has 3,377 active cases of COVID-19 versus 11,000 not too many days ago. The same is true as we have 500 individuals hospitalized with the virus versus a recent 1,200.

The County has seen 31,000 people test positive for the virus resulting in 1,227 deaths in our County alone. We raised the standard, not only for the State, by having 11% of our County population, or 112,000 people, currently tested for the virus.

Our County has lost 1,227 citizens who will never be forgotten. Thankfully we lost only nine people on Sunday night versus an incomprehensible average of 50 per day in the not too distant past. This news was encouraging but cautionary as any let up could send us right back to those incomprehensibly tragic numbers.

Photo by A. Warner

 

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.






 
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