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Trustee Candidates Discuss Most Important Issues Facing the Village for March 21 Election PDF Print Email

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By Carol P. Bartold     


Mar. 15, 2017:  On Tuesday, March 21, Bronxville voters will decide which two of three contenders will win two-year terms on the village board of trustees. Republican incumbents Robert Underhill and Randolph Mayer face a challenge from Democrat and first-time candidate Elizabeth Calderon. 

Voting takes place at Bronxville Village Hall on Tuesday, March 21, from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Randolph Mayer:  For Randolph Mayer, issues facing the trustees involve a diverse set of concerns such as how efficiently the village is policed, what street lighting should look like, when capital improvements should be made, and how people should pay when they park in the village.

"All of these things are very complicated questions," he said, "because they all have impacts on our ability to keep the village healthy and keep the downtown a place that attracts people."

Mayer hopes the trustees continue to focus on the aesthetics of the village from the standpoint of making facilities and fixtures better for residents and visitors. "Whether that means adjusting the color of the street lights, configuring parking in a different way, putting up traffic signals at intersections, these are all things that contribute to the quality of what people seek when they come to Bronxville."


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At the same time, Mayer added, in dealing with those issues, the trustees must do so without sacrificing the efficiency of village government in offering affordability for people who want to live here.

Elizabeth Calderon:  When Elizabeth Calderon moved to Bronxville, she took her grandson to the Sagamore Road playground almost immediately. "The first things I noticed there were some of the problems," she said, "and because I was on a board, I knew to bring the problems to the attention of the board of trustees."

When she expressed her concerns to the board about an infestation of bees at the playground and the fact that the bottom of the sliding board sat at least three feet off the ground, she learned, she said, that none of the trustees had visited the facility.

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"These are my concerns," Calderon said. "I'm interested in the playground, and, frankly, I'd like to see another one if I could find a spot for it."

Describing herself as familiar with infrastructure, Calderon also identified the quality of sidewalks in the village as an issue needing attention, specifically the sidewalks along Sagamore Road.

"That's where I'm coming from. That's it," Calderon said, adding that she intends to "bring in a completely different area of interest" to the board of trustees.

Robert Underhill:  "I think that real estate issues will be the dominant issues in Bronxville for the next decade," Underhill stated. He added that officials must consider the village's needs with respect to zoning, land use, retail uses, and density issues. "These are the issues that are going to determine the future of Bronxville," he said.

Underhill believes it critical for the village to have not only an up-to-date zoning code, but also a code that is state-of-the art. "That will be a critical initiative," he said, "because the health of the downtown business district is an important part of this village."

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On the more immediate horizon, Underhill feels the most important issue facing trustees is the completion of Villa BXV on Kensington Road and the decisions to be made as to how to apportion approximately 200 parking spaces in the garage that will be allocated to village use.

Underhill also cites fine-tuning of village street lighting as an important matter to address.

Voting in the village election will take place on Tuesday, March 21, at Bronxville Village Hall. Polls will open at 6:00 am and close at 9:00 pm. There will be no registration day.

Pictured here (from top down):  Village trustees' seats in village hall; Randolph Mayer (photo by Neely Bower); Elizabeth Calderon (photo by Allaire Warner); and Robert Underhill (photo by Neely Bower).

 

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#17 LtCol Tom Marshall DATE_FORMAT_LC1
@concerned in BXV - actually I'm making fun of people acting like brats, much like yourself. I was born and raised here & have every right to voice my opinion on my hometown. Going to guess you moved here 5,6 years ago from Manhattan or Brooklyn and now you are going to try and impose your false liberal beliefs on the town. Good Luck! Finally, you throw "Peace" around like it's some backhanded insult. People, like myself, fought and died for this country so there is Peace. Tango Sierra Mike out
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#16 concerned in BXV DATE_FORMAT_LC1
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Maybe break out your “pink pu$$y” hat and march around the village?

Wow Tom, nope not sexist at all. Making fun of people while claiming to be a hero for minorities. You are pure class. Just an FYI, I do not own a pussy hat but perhaps you should. Also, you said you are a FORMER resident. Might you be more concerned with the politics in your own town????? Until then, peace.
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#15 Lt Col Tom Marshall DATE_FORMAT_LC1
@concerned in BXV -If I had more space in the comment section I would have mentioned that I had nothing but the highest respect and admiration for my CO, XO and GySgt and they are still close friends to this very day. Sexist? Far from it. I’ve had the honor and privlidge to serve along side some of the smartest, toughest and most intelligent women in this country and yes, I am very proud of myself for promoting and advocating women up the chain of command. You say “would it not be nice if the conversation here was about encouraging a more democratic, transparent process?” Is there something that transpired on the campaign trail or in the voting process to make that claim? Did the Russians hack this election as well? Your candidate lost. Are you now going to protest because things didn’t go your way? Maybe break out your “pink pu$$y” hat and march around the village?
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#14 concerned in BXV DATE_FORMAT_LC1
@LT col tom marshall Ok Tom, you just confirmed that you are a sexist, RWB. Brilliant. You said you worked under and were trained by minorities. Didn't ever say it was a good experience for you or that you support their plight. Nope that was missing for sure. Instead you went on to make a sexist judgement about whom might be paying the taxes in our home. Are you feeling proud of yourself yet? Ms. Calderon probably will not win. But would it not be nice if the conversation here was about encouraging a more democratic, transparent process? Instead the stench of fear is shaking from the BXV mile. Just note just how fearful this village is. That spells trouble. The next generation of money coming up demands equality in so many forms, open and fair communities with regard to culture, LGBTQ, environment etc. So BXV better get with the program. You can only resist for so long and then the change won't be one that you want.
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#13 Lt Col Tom Marshall DATE_FORMAT_LC1
@ concerned in BXV...First, way to attach your name to it. "Rich White Boys Club" that's good but don't you dare attach that stigma to me. I'm just a former Marine that was part of the most racially integrated organizations in the world. My C.O. was African American along with my X.O. My Master Gunnery Sergeant was gay. Away from your maid or driver how many minorites have you come in contact with 4? 5? And I'm willing to bet that you don't pay the taxes. Your husband does. Do your homework and be an informed voter. Look up Mrs. Calderon's history in Florida or her daughter's role in the Chavez administration. Would like a refresher? Here you go "In a 2011 profile in The New York Times she was described as "one of the most prominent fixtures of Venezuela’s expanding state propaganda complex", and her newspaper as "Venezuela's equivalent of the Cuban newspaper Granma". "I'm a soldier for this revolution," she told The New York Times.
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#12 concerned in BXV DATE_FORMAT_LC1
Seriously? You are calling communist now? This village is so pathetic in their fear rhetoric. Desperately clinging to their purse strings at all costs. God forbid we be a welcoming community to anyone other the the Rich White Boys Club. Bravo Bronxville Bravo. Be sure to keep up the hate talk but quietly now for as we all know that would be unsightly. Heaven forbid their are Jews or Gays or Divorced Women living in the one perfect, square mile. Signed, your neighbor and fellow taxpayer. QUOTE_PREFIX Lt Col Tom MarshallQUOTE_S UFFIX
As a former resident and someone who has fought communism his entire adult life. You will rue the day you vote for Mrs. Calderon.

Playgrounds are the least of her concerns……Bronx ville being a sanctuary city is her goal.

$2.8 BILLION property valuation down the john because you're po'd about the National election.

Way to go Betsy Harding. You must be so proud.

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#11 Lt Col Tom Marshall DATE_FORMAT_LC1
As a former resident and someone who has fought communism his entire adult life. You will rue the day you vote for Mrs. Calderon.

Playgrounds are the least of her concerns……Bronx ville being a sanctuary city is her goal.

$2.8 BILLION property valuation down the john because you're po'd about the National election.

Way to go Betsy Harding. You must be so proud.

LtCol T. Marshall
USMC
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#10 Lt Col Tom Marshall DATE_FORMAT_LC1
As a former resident and someone who has fought communinusim his entire adult life. You will rue the day you vote for Mrs. Calderon.
Playgrounds are the least of her concerns……Bronx ville being a sanctuary city is her goal.
$2.8 BILLION in property valuations down the john because you're po'd about the National election.

Way to go Betsy Harding. You must be so proud.

LtCol T. Marshall
USMC
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#9 Uncontested Election DATE_FORMAT_LC1
Ms. Calderon is brave to step up and run. She deserves applause not disparaging remarks from Village Trustees. Bronxville voters should have choices as to who represents them. Virtually every election in Bronxville is uncontested including School Trustees. This is not the way a democracy works. It is time to put an end to undemocratic practices like uncontested elections and secretive committees (NPC). Decades of this aproach has shaped a nondemocratic culture where the occasional opposing candidate is treated like a heretic and loses the contested election. The election process should bring forth debate and ensure accountability. Let the voters decide after weighing the issues. Bravo Ms. Calderon and the Bronxville Democratic Party-hopefully this is the start of a culture shift in Bronxville.
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