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From The Mayor: 2020 Initiatives For Village of Bronxville PDF Print Email


By Mary Marvin, Mayor, Village of Bronxville

Jan.22, 2020:  Even though our budget year is on a June cycle, the Trustees and I consider the new year as a time for goal setting for the calendar year.

During our Comprehensive Plan process, you, as residents, gave a resounding endorsement of preserving the Village – its character, open space, and natural attributes. All of our goals for 2020 have this desire as our backdrop.

Our Comprehensive Plan, which is a look forward and look back at the Village, will be completed by February. This will allow us then to move on recommendations including changes to our zoning laws and planning process and solar legislation with the goal of preserving the Village in the areas of historic preservation and structure size and aesthetics commensurate with the character of the Village.

Some of the 2020 initiatives in various stages of execution are:

Kraft Avenue Lot Parking Kiosks

Four kiosks will stretch the length of this lot and replace the 185 single-space meters, which are unattractive at best. The kiosks will also have the ability to accept credit cards, bills, and coins.

West Side Lighting

New teardrop fixtures are now in place at key locations. Several more are being added along Sagamore Road and three more to the crosswalk area at Midland and Pondfield.

DPW Headquarters

The first phase of construction is already underway and includes the installation of a new salt storage dome along with a new employee parking lot. The design of a new 9500 square foot facility will be finalized next month, and construction is anticipated to commence in the spring.

Bacon Woods Park

The project will include a new walkway and lighting from the Kensington Road entrance to Sagamore Road and additional topsoil, seed, and landscaping in the open space area of the park. Walking trails and benches in the wooded area will also be added.

Metro North Underpass

After negotiations, the Village at our own expense will be adding new sidewalks, new hand railings, and repairing steel beams as well as a refresher paint job.

Scout Field

The County Legislature voted unanimously for a combination of open space, dog area, and practice field, and money has been appropriated. A legal agreement has also been signed, yet nothing has been done. It is a priority in 2020 to see that this agreement is executed, and I am hoping to partner with our new legislator, Ruth Walter, to see that obligations are met.

Sanitary Sewer System

We will continue our very proactive and expansive process of sanitary sewer cleaning and re-lining as well as manhole repair. In recognition of our efforts, we received a grant under the auspices of the State’s Environmental Facilities Corporation, totaling more than $400,000. For us, as a village, this is quite an endorsement of our proactive approach to infrastructure repair.

Police Contract

Though their contract does not run out until May, both parties agreed in the interest of unity and collegiality that we would start our conversations early with the hope of having a contract when the next one expires.

Tree Planting

Thanks to the assistance of the Boulder Ledge Club, we continue to add additional plantings, including a new Elm located on the west side near the underpass and a new Swamp Oak in the pocket park across from Park Place. We plan on planting more trees dispersed throughout the Village.

Property Assessment

The Village Assessor and the Trustees are very mindful of the recent changes and trends in the real estate market. To that end, the Assessor reviewed all Village properties and not just the 1/3 yearly in our approved evaluation cycle.

In the first week of February, all residents will receive a notice of value. The Assessor expects a majority of assessments to decrease by some percentage with the 200 homes at the top of the assessment role receiving the biggest changes. If you feel the new value you receive in February is not accurate, you can avail yourself of the normal grievance process in late February. We will keep you fully notified of dates and deadlines.

The Village ended the 2018 and 2019 year in terrific shape with the Village adding over $900,000 to fund balance. This will allow us to do many of the capital projects mentioned above.

Photo by A. Warner


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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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