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It's Back to Business for the Village of Bronxville Board of Trustees PDF Print Email


By Staff

Jan. 22, 2020: The Bronxville Village Board of Trustees was back at work on Monday, January 13, with their first board meeting in 2020. 

After wishing everyone a Happy New Year, Mayor Mary Marvin introduced Helen Knapp as the newly appointed board member to fill the unexpired term of Randy Mayer.  Mayer recently stepped down from the Board because he is moving away from Bronxville. 

Knapp has served on the Village's Planning Board since 2018. Mayor Marvin noted that "Helen has a great combination of corporate background, education, and frankly has a real pulse on a lot of different groups in the community." 

The Mayor continued to recognize and thank the many volunteers who sit on the Village's Planning Board, Zoning Board, and Design Review Committee, noting that over 60 individuals give their time to the Village at no compensation.

Also included in the Mayor's report was the announcement that the Governor's office recently awarded over $400,000 to the Village of Bronxville under the auspices of the Environmental Facilities Committee. These funds have been allocated to support the current program of sanitary sewer cleaning and lining. 

It was also announced that the Village's Tax Assessor has reviewed all of the properties in the Village this year and that all residents will be receiving a new valuation of their property in the first week of February. Mindful of the current trends and changes in the real estate market, Mayor Marvin expects most residents' assessments to drop by some percentage. The Mayor reminds residents that if they do not think that the new value in their assessment is correct, they have the option of appearing before the Grievance Board. 

Eastchester Town Councilman, Glenn D. Belitto presented a check to Linda Nagle, Chairwoman of the Senior Citizen Council ("SCC"), in support of the SCC's work with Bronxville and Tuckahoe seniors. Linda announced that the Senior Citizens Council is celebrating its 50th anniversary this Spring with a "Cheers to Fifty Years" celebration at the Bronxville Field Club on April 23, 6:30-9:00 pm. 

Village Administrator, James Palmer, reported that most of the Village's current public works projects are running on schedule due to the winter's mild conditions. 

These projects include the following:

-installation of additional westside lighting and increased lighting at the intersection of Pondfield and Midland

-installation of new parking kiosks in the Kraft Avenue parking lot to replace 185 coin meters

-installation of two electric car charging stations in the Parkway Road lot, and 

-the library HVAC system improvement project.

The trustees approved six resolutions which included the following:

 an amendment of the Rules of Procedure for Village Board of Trustee meetings to ensure a courteous and civil meeting environment

-the authorization for Administrator Palmer to execute a water usage and data sharing security agreement with Suez Water

-the authorization for the establishment of a capital project for the construction of dual-port electric car charging stations in the Villa BXV garage, and

-the designation of Village Administrator Palmer to serve as Budget Officer for the 2020-21 fiscal year responsible for preparing the Village's operating budget.

The next Village of Bronxville Board of Trustees meeting is on Monday, February 10, at 8:00 pm in the trustee's room at Bronxville Village Hall.

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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