Eastchester Volunteer Ambulance Corps Get New Ambulance Courtesy of The Community Fund

By Amy Korb, Executive Director, The Community Fund

Sep. 9, 2020: On August 17, 2020, the Eastchester Volunteer Ambulance Corps took receipt of a new ambulance for their fleet. The state of the art vehicle is crucial to the organization's success and the impact it makes on the whole community.

Each year, The Community Fund sets aside $50,000 to assist EVAC, which receives modest aid from the Town of Eastchester but relies heavily upon private donations. Every three years, the Fund gives EVAC a check for a new ambulance, which runs about $150,000. The Fund has partnered with EVAC for the past 20 years to ensure that Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe have the most up to date vehicles.

Maxwell K Goldberg, Deputy Chief & Public Information Officer and EMT-B, is thrilled with the new purchase. "Eastchester Volunteer Ambulance Corps would like to extend our sincerest thank you to The Community Fund for making the purchase of 57-B4 possible," he said. "This 2020 Chevrolet G3500 Chassis with a Braun Express Type III Ambulance configuration is the perfect addition to our fleet. As new residents enter the community, our call volume continues to grow, and the addition of a fourth ambulance allows Eastchester Volunteer Ambulance Corps to meet the demands of the community with top-notch medical care. Thanks to the generosity of The Community Fund, 57-B4 is loaded with state of the art cardiac equipment, enhanced safety features, and a sleek design. Combine these features with the great reputation of Braun Custom Ambulances and we are confident you will see this particular unit on the road for a decade or longer."

EVAC strives to keep three ambulances in service at all times. The addition of the new ambulance gives them extra flexibility to handle the maximum amount of calls.

Jonalie Korengold, President of The Community Fund, understands the importance of this specific grant. "Now more than ever, our community needs the most up to date medical resources. With donations from our friends and neighbors, we are happy to purchase for the Eastchester Volunteer Ambulance Corps a new ambulance to be used in our area."

The Eastchester Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc. (EVAC), which started in 1952, is the sole emergency ambulance provider for the town of Eastchester and the villages of Tuckahoe and Bronxville. The mission of EVAC is to provide quality, compassionate, cost effective, and expeditious pre-hospital emergency medical care to our community. As an advanced life support service with paramedics on duty 24 hours a day, EVAC provides care that meets national standards for pre-hospital emergency medical services delivery.

For 100 years, The Community Fund has been supporting agencies and community programs which provide services to residents of the Bronxville 10708, Eastchester and Tuckahoe (BET) area, including: 

-Family initiatives, including cancer support groups, bereavement counseling, and drug and alcohol and counseling services. 

-Senior living assistance, including escorts for transportation, housecleaning services, shopping assistance, and recreational programs. 

-Youth support, including after school programs, teen scene activities, summer enrichment programs, and drug and substance abuse education in BET schools. 

-Health care funding including the free flu shots in partnership with NY Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, and the purchase of state of the art ambulances for Eastchester Volunteer Ambulance Corps (EVAC), the primary ambulance provider in our area.

Photo courtesy The Community Fund

 


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Bronxville Village Hall Would Like to Share Memorial Day Plaques With Family Members

By Mary C. Marvin, Mayor, Village of Bronxville

Sep. 9, 2020: The Village is currently storing the Memorial Day Plaques we created to honor the Village veterans who passed away since Memorial Day 2019. We would like to share the plaques with the families of our honored veterans:

Charles Urstadt
Edward Glowaski
Douglas Wise
Peter Hartman
Douglas Maynard
Thomas Ruhm
Peter Williamson
Vito Lucchesi
John Casale, Jr
Gerard Devine
Robert Shaw, Sr.
George Lawrence
Ira Hawkins
William Ellis, Jr.

If anyone is a family member or can connect us to a family member who would like to own these remembrances, please reach out to Village Hall at (914) 337-6500 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and we will make arrangements for delivery.

Photo courtesy Bronxville Village Hall

 


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Letter to the Community From Mayor Mary Marvin Regarding Mark Wood and Bill Fredericks

To The Community:

Sep. 2, 2020: I write this with such bittersweet emotions as I announce the departure of truly one of our finest Village Trustees, Mark Wood, who is leaving the Village in early September.

As a recap, Mark brought to the Village Board his experience as a real estate investment and management professional, having spent the majority of his career with the world’s largest private pension system.

This skill set was invaluable to the Village as we negotiated the purchase of the Avalon parking lot and finished up work at Villa BXV. Among other initiatives, Mark played an active role in the development of our recently updated Village Comprehensive Plan and galvanized the current discussions about the refurbishment and revitalization of the area near the paddle courts along Paxton and Milburn Avenues.

Apart from his obvious skill set, in my mind, most importantly, Mark brought an incredibly non-political, rather stewardship approach to his view of Village governance. For Mark, it was all about what was best for the Village.

Mark has a BS from Georgetown and is a native Oklahoman, having lived in Bronxville for 28 years and raised his four children here, all of whom graduated from the Bronxville High School.

He is currently a board member of the Bronxville Historical Conservancy and served the Village so well as a member of our Planning Board before becoming a Village Trustee.

Mark, speaking on behalf of your fellow Trustees, I send thanks and gratitude for all you have given to the Village and to us as a trusted friend and respected colleague.

So desirous of following in the character and style of Mark and treating the role of a Village Trustee not as a politician, but as a steward who loves Bronxville and has prior experience in Village government, it was not a difficult choice for me to appoint Bill Fredericks (the current chair of the Village’s Zoning Board) to fill the temporary vacancy resulting from Mark’s departure.

Bill grew up in Bronxville (and his mother Anne remains an active Villager), attended the Bronxville School for nine years, and then chose to return to the Village in 1997 with his wife Ivy and two children here.

Bill is a graduate of Swarthmore College (and former vice president of its alumni association), Oxford University, and the Columbia Law School. After clerking for a federal judge, Bill has spent the last 30 years specializing in commercial and securities litigation in New York City.

Most important to the Village has been his service to our Zoning Board. In addition to presiding over Zoning Board meetings and preparing the final drafts of Zoning Board opinions, as Chairman, he has spearheaded efforts to significantly update and revise our code to meet the realities of land use in 2020.

There are few in Village government service who have spent more time in leadership roles on one of our boards than Bill, who joined the Zoning Board in 2009 and has chaired it since 2013.

Among other local activities, Bill has been the Treasurer of the Bronxville-Tuckahoe-Eastchester Nature Preserve and recently joined the Bronxville Historical Conservancy as a board member.

His dedication to the Village over the years is greatly appreciated, and I am truly honored to have him join as a colleague as he continues the tradition of dedicated residents who just care about the Village with no aspirations but to be of service to their beloved hometown. I thank both of these gentlemen for their incredible service.

You both have given so much. My job is so enhanced by the interaction with colleagues of such character and dedication.

Thank you, Mark and Bill.

Mary C. Marvin, Mayor, Village of Bronxville

 

 

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Bronxville Village Election is September 15: Guide to Candidates & Voting Locations

By Staff

Sep. 2, 2020 (updated Sept. 14, 2020): On Tuesday, September 15, 2020, Bronxville residents will have the opportunity to vote for three Village Trustees and one Village Justice. 

The Bronxville Village Elections were originally scheduled for March 18. Due to COVID-19, Governor Cuomo rescheduled Village Elections to April 28. Then, they were again rescheduled to September 15, 2020.  The third time's the charm!  

Below is your guide to the candidates and voting locations.

SUMMARY INFORMATION ABOUT CANDIDATES

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)

Mary Taylor Behrens (D)

Helen Knapp (R)

Candidate for Village Trustee - Unexpired Term until March 30, 2021

Bill Fredericks (D) 

Note:  Bill Fredericks is filling the unexpired term of Mark Wood (R), who has moved out of the village. Since this is a recent development, Fredericks' name will not appear on the ballot.  To vote for Fredericks, you will need to write-in his name.

VOTING LOCATIONS

The County Board of Elections will be conducting the Village Election from 6 AM to 9 PM and below are the polling locations:

  • Village Hall (200 Pondfield Road):  Districts 16 & 17
  • Fire Station (Corner of Midland Avenue and Palumbo Place): Districts 18, 19, & 21
  • Christ Church: District 20 and 22

DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT EACH CANDIDATE

George Mayer, Candidate For Village Justice


George R. Mayer became Bronxville Village Justice in 2004. He is one of two Bronxville Justices who share the duties of the Bronxville Justice Court.

Mayer is running for another four-year term.

Mayer graduated from the University of Denver and New York Law School. He was a Senior Prosecutor in the D.A.'s Office, a Criminal Defense Attorney, and a Civil Litigator.

As an attorney, Mayer has had a wide variety of Civil and Criminal Cases. His experience is in the State and Federal Courts and includes a large number of cases such as those handled in the Lower Courts.

In addition to being the Bronxville Village Justice, Mayer was an Administrative Law Judge in NYC, Acting City Court Judge in Yonkers and Mount Vernon and Acting Village Court Judge in Tuckahoe.

Mayer and his wife have lived in Bronxville for 42 years. His two sons attended the Bronxville School. During those years, he was very involved with the Bronxville School, serving as Class Parent, Chairman of the Memorial Day Committee, and President of the Bronxville PTA.

He was also Co-Founder of the Bronxville School Ski Team and the Family Ski Trip, Coach of the Bronxville Mock Court Team, and Coach of the Eastchester Youth Soccer Program.

Over the years, Mayer has also been very involved in the community. He served as Village Prosecutor from 1989-2004, Fire Commissioner from 2001-2004, and Village Judge from 2004 to the Present.

He has also served as a volunteer for Senior Citizens and Jansen Hospice. 

Mayer says that "he has always decided cases in a fair, impartial and compassionate manner" and "his experience makes him the most qualified candidate."

Natasha Nordahl, Candidate for Village Justice

 

Natasha Nordahl grew up in Brooklyn Heights and graduated first in her class from Packer Collegiate Institute. She went on to Duke University and Brooklyn Law School.

After law school, Nordahl worked for over 20 years representing corporations and insurance companies as a litigator in both trial and appellate courts in New York State.

In addition to her professional legal career, Nordahl has actively served the broader Westchester legal community. She is a member of the Judicial Selection Committee, which evaluates the fitness of retired Supreme Court Justices to serve as Judicial Hearing Officers. She is an active volunteer for CLARO (Civil Legal Action and Resource Office), in which she assists low-income litigants each week in the Supreme Court, Westchester County. She has also served as a fee dispute arbitrator for the 9th Judicial District. 

Nordahl and her husband Steve have lived in Bronxville since 2002. They have three sons who attended the Bronxville School. One attended K-12, and two attended through 8th grade and went on to the all-boys Salisbury School in Connecticut. 

Nordahl served as secretary for the Bronxville School Middle School Council and member of the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library. She currently serves on the Bronxville Planning Board.

Nordahl is running for Village Justice because, as she says, "we all play a role in making Bronxville a place in which people want to live. I believe my experience professionally and personally, as a mother and as a long-term resident of Bronxville, make me ideally qualified for the position." 

She says that in this role, she will "serve each individual before the court in a fair, respectful and reasoned way," which will "foster the sense of community we all know and love."

Nordahl says she is also running because "I firmly believe that the Village should develop its next generation of leaders," and because she "will bring a fresh perspective, along with the requisite understanding of the Bronxville community today."

Nordahl notes that if elected, it will be historic because she "will be the first woman to hold the position of Village Justice." 

Mary Taylor Behrens, Candidate for Village Trustee, 2-year term

Mary Taylor Behrens moved to Bronxville when she was in fourth grade and has lived here for 35 years.  She graduated from the Bronxville School.  She went onto Georgetown University, where she ran track, becoming captain of the team in her senior year, and graduating with a BA in Government.  

Behrens spent over 20 years in the finance industry in New York City, holding a variety of investment banking positions, including managing director and member of the Executive Committee at Merrill Lynch & Co. She was the most senior woman at Merrill and was running the $360 billion asset management division when she retired. She then served on the board of three pubic healthcare companies.

Behrens' two sons also graduated from the Bronxville School. 

Behrens has served as Chairman of the Bronxville School Foundation, Senior Warden at Christ Church Bronxville, and a member of the board of NewYork Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital.

Behrens is running for Village Trustee because she "is excited to bring my knowledge of Bronxville and strong financial and corporate governance background to the role of Village Trustee. I am excited to give back to the Bronxville community in a new and meaningful way."

She is also "eager to work with the mayor and the current trustees to preserve all of the wonderful things about the village."

Behrens sees one of the village's challenges as "maintaining and improving our business district and keeping our community attractive to newcomers despite the loss of the state and local tax deductions."

Helen Knapp, Candidate for Village Trustee, 2-year term

Helen Knapp was born in Bronxville and attended the Bronxville School K-12. After graduation, she went on to the University of Virginia and then to The John Hopkins University, where she obtained an MA in International Relations. 

Knapp spent almost 15 years with Citicorp first working in corporate finance and then in international private wealth management. She then worked for a NY-based global not-for-profit, developing partnerships between private philanthropists, governments and businesses to create long-term solutions to poverty, social inequality in developing countries. 

Knapp and her husband, Charles, moved to Bronxville in 2002 to raise their family. They have two daughters who attended the Bronxville School; one is graduating this year.

Knapp has been involved with the Bronxville School, serving on numerous committees and as President of the Bronxville School PTA. She has also been a member of the Bronxville Non-Partisan Committee.

Knapp also served as a Governor of the Bronxville Field Club for six years. She was also an alternate on the Village Planning Board for two years and worked as a guide at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Knapp sees taxes as a challenge for the village going forward and feels the Trustees should work "to ensure that those taxes that the board can actually control - our village taxes- are kept as low as possible, while at the same time maintaining the level of services village residents expect and addressing our aging infrastructure before costly emergencies arise."  

Knapp also wants to work to maintain and enhance open spaces, natural landscape and "walkability" in Bronxville.

Bill Fredericks, Candidate for Interim Trustee,  Unexpired Term until March 30, 2021

 

Bill Fredericks is running to fill the unexpired term of former Village Trustee Mark Wood. Wood recently stepped down from this role because he and his wife are moving away from Bronxville. 

Bill Fredericks grew up in Bronxville and attended the Bronxville School for nine years. After graduating from Swarthmore College and Columbia Law School and clerking for a federal judge, he has spent the last 30 years practicing securities and commercial litigation in New York, where he has represented both plaintiffs and defendants.

He returned to Bronxville in 1997 with his wife Ivy, and children Charlotte and Thomas.  

Fredericks has served as a longtime member and chair of the Village’s Zoning Board  and as also served as the treasurer of the Bronxville-Tuckahoe-Eastchester Nature Preserve, and has recently joined the board of the Bronxville Historical Conservancy.  

If elected, he says he will do his best "to give a fair hearing to all points of view, to work with the other trustees to build consensus when possible, and to pursue the fair, just, and efficient administration of Village affairs. "

Photo at top by A. Warner

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Letter to the Community From Bill Fredericks Regarding Village Trustee Election

Dear Fellow Villagers,

Sep. 2, 2020: When Mayor Marvin recently approached me to ask if I would consider serving as a Village Trustee, if a vacancy arose, I was flattered and honored.  

As a longtime member and chair of the Village’s Zoning Board, I have had the experience of (and privilege of) working with many other Village volunteer board members as well as senior professional staff at Village Hall – but certainly, there are many other Village residents who would make excellent trustees. To be asked to consider serving in these circumstances is humbling.  

However, the vacancy created by Trustee Mark Wood’s recent decision to resign (combined with a COVID-scrambled Village election calendar) has created a situation where the vacancy (regardless of a temporary appointment) will now need to be filled by write-in votes on the September 15 ballot.  

While Mary Taylor Behrens and Helen Knapp will now effectively be running unopposed for full, two-year Trustee terms, I will be seeking your write-in support on the separate (and blank) ballot line for an interim Trustee term (expiring at next year’s March 2021 election).   

When the Mayor asked me to consider running, she made it clear that she was doing so on a non-partisan basis because she thought my experience and knowledge of the Village would be beneficial at a time when there has recently been greater than usual turnover in Village offices. I similarly made clear that, although the Mayor and I are members of different parties, I would run (and if elected serve) on a non-partisan basis.   

For those who don’t know me, I grew up in Bronxville and attended the Bronxville School for nine years. After graduating from Swarthmore College and Columbia Law School and clerking for a federal judge, I have spent the last 30 years practicing securities and commercial litigation in New York, where I have represented both plaintiffs and defendants. In 1997, I returned to Bronxville with my wife Ivy, and children Charlotte and Thomas.  

As Zoning Board chair, in addition to working with my able colleagues to decide variance requests under existing law, I have worked to identify areas to improve Bronxville’s zoning code, particularly with respect to requiring that “teardowns and rebuilds” be subject to at least some review to ensure that future development is harmonized with the Village’s rich architectural heritage while also adequately addressing 21st century environmental concerns.  

For the past several years, I have also served as the treasurer of the Bronxville-Tuckahoe-Eastchester Nature Preserve, and recently joined the board of the Bronxville Historical Conservancy.  

Most importantly, I feel very fortunate to know residents who have lived here for many years as well as those who have become part of the Bronxville community only recently.  

If elected, I will do my best to give a fair hearing to all points of view, to work with the other trustees to build consensus when possible, and to pursue the fair, just, and efficient administration of Village affairs.  

Thank you for your consideration, and I would be honored to have your write-in vote in the otherwise empty column for the “one year” trustee position (expiring next March) that will be on the September ballot.   

Bill Fredericks

 


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