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From the Mayor: Up Close and Personal with Police Chief Christopher Satriale PDF Print Email

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By Mary C. Marvin, Mayor, Village of Bronxville


Jan. 30, 2019:  As a village of only 6,500 residents, we benefit from being embracingly “small” and truly getting to know each other. After serving the village for 30-plus years, I realized I mention Police Chief Christopher Satriale often but in a very business-like fashion. So, much to his chagrin, I chose to do an “up close and personal" on Christopher Satriale.

Born right here at Lawrence Hospital, Chris spent all of his formative years growing up in Eastchester, graduating from Eastchester High School in 1986.

While studying at Pace University, he decided to take the civil service exam and finished so high on the list that police department offers were aplenty. Our Bronxville predecessors thankfully saw his potential and made an immediate offer, rushing him to Dr. Taylor on Studio Arcade for a same-day physical! And the rest is history. (He still owes his dad a now 31-year promise to finish his degree.)

He met his wife, Nicole, at the gas station in Chester Heights across from her family-owned Chester Heights Pastry Shop. In a rather dubious story of their meeting (he still sticks to a flat tire excuse!), they married in 1997 and moved to Pleasantville.

Chris and Nicole raised three athletically talented young men in Pleasantville as a consummate volunteer coach, a “Dad’s Club” member, and an active parishioner at Holy Innocents Church. He and Nicole spent many weekends going in two different directions traveling to “garden spot” travel team venues.

They also have two rescue dogs, one of which he likes. In what I believe must be the result of an undetected childhood fall, he is a rabid Dallas Cowboy fan and raised his boys to drink the Kool-Aid! In fairness, he does like the Mets, but our own Yankees, Giants, and Jets are roundly scorned – perhaps grounds for termination?!

Forcing him to sit down with me, I learned he thinks of Bronxville as his first home, as he spends so much of his time here and knows people in a very deep and meaningful way. In fact, he said the hardest part of his job is feeling the loss of great residents through their passing.

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As to how the village police department has changed, the chief knows technology has been the biggest driver.

While on patrol 31 years ago, officers brought an a.m. radio from home to hear the news and weather, as all they had was the police frequency. Their work tools were a pad and random pens. Now they have tasers, scanners, laptops, in-car printers, and 36 cameras throughout the village.

What he is most proud of is the certified training of now 11 of our 17 patrol officers as Youth Officers and the hospitality of the Bronxville School in offering space for these officers to just come in and talk to the kids. As a result, officers now often eat lunch in the cafeteria, know children by name, their hobbies, and sometimes their fears.

This is especially important since Columbine and 9/11, as officers and institutions have to be actively involved together and prepared to handle the potential dangers of big public gatherings, and the term "lockdown drill" is, unfortunately, part of our children’s lexicon.

As to youth behavior, the chief has noticed a progression from acts of vandalism as the major offense when he was a young officer on patrol to increased events involving drugs and alcohol.

He believes the department is doing a superior job as to the criminal facet of the department with a demonstrable arrest record relating to recent post office scams, bank robberies, and personal crimes. On a very comforting note, when a resident needs help in the village, an officer is there within one to two minutes of receiving a call.

As to final words of advice, the chief believes in simple common sense and gut feelings.

The adage "if you see something, say something" has proven the wisest advice in countless situations. When canvassing a village neighborhood after a police event, it never fails that a neighbor says, “Oh, I did see an odd van or a funny night delivery but I just didn’t call the police desk.” The same is true about the proliferation of phone scams of late. If it seems just too good to be true, it most assuredly is. The desk officer is there 24/7 at 337-0500, and the chief says just call.

What he laments most is his inability to do more on the quality-of-life issues--more bike and walking patrols and distracted driving and speed monitoring. This would require some increase in the current size of our force, which a community conversation invites.

As to the change in adult behavior, it all ties into the above. The chief has witnessed that driving habits, in particular, have become less considerate and more aggressive, with electronic devices posing a huge distraction. His advice is simple: “Just slow down a little in life and not live it in one mad rush.”

We are blessed beyond measure to have Chief Satriale leading our department, as they come no finer.

Pictured here:  Mayor Mary C. Marvin and Police Chief Christopher Satriale. 

Photos 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 therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff. 



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Bronxville Overview

Bronxville Overview

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.

Bronxville Village Government Directory

Village of Bronxville Administrative Offices
337-6500
Open 9:00am - 4pm excluding holidays and weekends


Bronxville Police Department
337-0500
Open 24 hours


Bronxville Parking Violations
337-2024
Open 9:00am - 4pm excluding holidays and weekends


Bronxville Fire Deparment
793-6400


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