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Concordia College Names New Chief Administrative Officer PDF Print Email


By Rebecca Portnoy, Communications Manager, Concordia College

Oct. 30, 2019:  Concordia College New York has announced the appointment of Dr. Mark Wahlers to a new position at the College: Chief Administrative Officer. He will join Concordia on November 4, 2019.

Dr. Wahlers will draw upon decades of experience to lead the implementation of Reimagine Concordia, the College’s strategic vision for meeting the future of higher education. Pillars of the vision include expansion and diversification of the College’s profitable partnership programs, building upon the excellence of the College’s health sciences, nursing, education and business programs, and strategically analyzing campus assets for reinvestment opportunities directly benefitting an increasingly diverse student body encompassing a variety of traditional undergraduates, graduate students and adult learners.

Dr. Wahlers comes to Concordia College New York from Concordia University Portland, where as Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, then University Provost, his leadership produced record enrollment increases, and the creation and execution of successful strategies touching nearly every area of the University. He holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.S. in Education from Portland State University, and a B.S. in Secondary Education from Concordia College Seward.

Dr. Wahlers said: “I’ve been inspired by the way Concordia College’s leadership, staff and faculty show their commitment to preparing a truly diverse student body for meaningful lives and careers, and I am very excited to be part of the College’s continuing evolution. Rapid changes in the higher education and employment landscapes demand proactive adaptation, and I look forward to working with President Nunes on implementing Concordia’s future-focused strategic vision.”

Dr. John A. Nunes, President of Concordia College New York, said: “Dr. Wahlers is a proven leader with an exceptional record of success in all areas of higher education administration. His passion for student-centered, lifelong learning, understanding of our Lutheran Christian heritage and mission, and appreciation for strategic innovation match the values Concordia College New York holds dearly, and we are blessed to have him on board." 

Photo courtesy Concordia College


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 do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.


Bronxville Police Blotter: October 4 to October 12, 2019 PDF Print Email


Oct, 23, 2019: The following entries are from the Bronxville police blotter.

October 4, 2019, 4:00 pm, Police Headquarters: A 41-year-old woman of Mount Vernon turned herself in at the request of the Detective Bureau to honor an active arrest warrant issued for her failure to appear for her regular court date on 09/11/2019 for Suspended Registration. The woman was processed and released on her own recognizance pending her next court appearance.

October 5, 2019, 8:24 am, Police Headquarters: A wallet was given to the desk officer by an anonymous pedestrian. The owner was contacted, and it was returned.

October 7, 2019, 7:30 am, ACME Store, Cedar Street:  A wallet was found by an employee and given to Police. The owner was contacted, and it was returned.

October 7, 2019, 12:06 pm, Police Headquarters: A 40-year-old Yonkers man was charged with Criminal Contempt of Court in the 1st Degree for Violating an Order of Protection in Bronxville on 09/11/2019. The man was processed and arraigned by Judge Primps. He was released after posting $1,500.00 bail.

October 7, 2019, 7:38 pm, Beverly RoadA homeowner reported that a raccoon was in his garbage. Officers scared it away.

October 10, 2019, 4:50 pm Pondfield Road: A resident reported that she believes she may have struck an animal with her car and that it is inside the vehicle's front grill alive. Officers responded, and with the help of two employees of Merit Auto Body, a rabbit was released from the grill unharmed.

October 12, 2019, 3:06 am, White Plains Road:41-year-old man of Waterbury, CT, was charged with DWI after registering a .10 blood alcohol content. His 2017 Nissan Altima was impounded. He was released on his own recognizance after a couple of hours of processing pending his next court appearance.

Candidates in the Election on November 5, 2019 PDF Print Email


By Staff

Oct. 16, 2019: On November 5, 2019, Bronxville residents will have the opportunity to vote for Westchester County Legislator as well as for candidates running in the Town of Eastchester and candidates running for judge positions in Westchester County.  A good resource for more information on these candidates is Vote411.

Westchester County Legislator (Term 2 years)

The Westchester County Legislator works to enact laws, adopt an annual budget, levy taxes, and initiate projects and programs in Westchester County. There are 17 Districts in Westchester County.

Bronxville is in District 15, which includes the Village of Bronxville and parts of the City of Yonkers, including some of the Bronxville Post Office area.  

The candidates for Westchester County Legislator in District 15 are Gordon Burrows (Republican and incumbent) and Ruth Walter (Democrat).

Gordon Burrows

Gordon Burrows is a resident of Yonkers and has been Westchester County Legislator for the 15th District for the past 14 years.  Burrows also served on the Yonkers City Council for 10 years.  Burrows has practiced law for 33 years. He has five children and lives in the Colonial Heights section of Yonkers.  

Burrows sees the most important challenge going forward as "balancing the needs of our community against the cost to the taxpayer."  He further explains "It is extremely easy to support every project that crosses your desk however, the reality of funding the project year in and year out while balancing the annual cost to the taxpayer is the important challenge." 

Another important issue for Burrows is to continue "to help mitigate and rectify the flooding issues in the southern areas of Westchester County that adversely affect the Village of Bronxville and the City of Yonkers"  As he explains, "Years of planning and setting funds aside are ready to be expended to address this critical issue and if reelected I will continue to dedicate energy toward implementing the goal."

Burrows graduated from Ithaca College and St. John's School of Law. 

For more information, click here 

Ruth Walter


Ruth Walter, her husband, and two children have lived in District 15 for fourteen years and have owned and operated Dobbs & Bishop Fine Cheese in Bronxville for the past ten years.

Walter has experience in public service as both an official and volunteer. She served as a court clerk in the Village of Bronxville and as a Bronxville Library trustee.

One crucial issue for Walter is the environment. She has volunteered with the Bronxville River Conservancy to clean up single-use plastic and is very aware of "climate grief" among young people. She wants to be a champion for the environment across the County and "work to make it easier to switch to solar and geothermal." 

Another critical issue for Walter is working to help small businesses. 

Walter feels that she will bring fresh eyes, new ideas, and energy to the role of County Legislator.

Walter graduated from Princeton University and worked as an investment analyst for a multinational investment firm and in technology operations for several companies.

For more information, click here

Town Of Eastchester Elections

Town Supervisor

The candidates for Eastchester Town Supervisor are Anthony S. Colavita (Rep, Con, I) and Michael P. Denning (Democrat). Colavita is the current Eastchester Town Supervisor. He is a graduate of Colgate University and Pace University Law School. He also served as a Town Board member and has been part of several civic and community organizations. 

Voters will choose one Town Supervisor. The term is two years.

Town Council

The candidates for Eastchester Town Council are Glenn D. Bellitto and Joseph D. Dooley (both Rep, Con, I). 

Voters will choose two Town Council representatives. The term is four years.

Town Clerk

The candidate for Town Clerk is Linda Doherty Laid (Rep, Con, I). She is running unopposed. The term is four years.

Town Justice

The candidates for Town Justice are Janet R. Calano and Frederick Salanitro (both Rep, Con, I). Voters will choose two Town Justices. The term is four years.

Receiver of Taxes

The candidate for Receiver of Taxes is Rocco N. Cacciola (Rep, Con I). He is running unopposed. The term is four years. 

Westchester County Elections

More information on the candidates below can be found on Vote411.

Westchester County Court Judge

The candidates for Westchester County Court Judge are: Melissa A. Loehr (Dem),  Christopher W. McClure (Rep, Con, I),  Robert J. Prisco (Dem, Con, WF, I, SAM) and  Michael L. Tawil (WF).  The term is 10 years.

Voters will choose two Westchester County Court Judges.

Westchester County Family Court Judge

The candidates for Westchester Couty Family Court Judge are Wayne Humphrey (Dem, Rep, WF, I) and Mary Anne Scattaretico-Naber (Dem, Rep, Con, WF, I).  The term is 10 years.

Voters will choose two Westchester Family Court Judges.


Photo at top by A. Warner

Other photos courtesy the respective candidates


Burglary at Verizon Store in Bronxville PDF Print Email


Oct. 16, 2019: The following information was provided to MyhometownBronxville by the VIllage of Bronxville Police Department.

"On October 9, 2019, a burglary was discovered at the Verizon store at 89 Pondfield Road. The point of entry was a window in the rear of the business facing the Garden Avenue parking lot. The method of entry was breaking the window and climbing into the store.

Stolen from within the store were assorted cell phones and accessories. A review of footage from the village camera covering the Garden Avenue parking lot revealed a suspect vehicle. Review of additional cameras throughout the village revealed a license plate and direction of travel of the vehicle.

On October 10, 2019, at about 4 am the vehicle was located on Yonkers Avenue in Yonkers. A surveillance of the vehicle by members of the Bronxville Police Department was successful, and Sandro Suarez was arrested and charged with Burglary in the third degree. The vehicle was impounded as evidence in the case.

Subsequent to the arrest search warrants were executed on an apartment in Yonkers and the vehicle. Stolen property from the Verizon store was recovered from the apartment and in the trunk of the vehicle. Blood evidence was also recovered from the Verizon store, the vehicle, and the apartment.

Sandro Suarez was arraigned on October 11, 2019 and was transported to the County Jail in lieu of $5000.00 bail."

Photo by Staff

Sarah Lawrence College Awarded $1.2 Million Mellon Foundation Grant to Advance and Support Civic Engagement PDF Print Email


By Brendan O’Callaghan, Director, Public Affairs, Sarah Lawrence College

Oct. 9, 2019:  The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Sarah Lawrence College a $1.2 million five-year grant to advance and support civic engagement through the arts and humanities in Westchester County. The award is the largest programmatic grant in Sarah Lawrence history.

Building on an almost 100-year history of excellence in liberal arts higher education, Sarah Lawrence will expand its role as a convener and intellectual and cultural hub to bolster ongoing community partnership activities. Working in collaboration with community partners, the college will utilize its mission, tools and infrastructure, as well as those of participating organizations, to achieve group and individual projects and to create an even more robust network of regional community institutions and constituencies. 

“It is an honor to receive this grant from the Mellon Foundation and an exceptional opportunity to reimagine and expand upon Sarah Lawrence’s leadership role in the community,” said Sarah Lawrence President Cristle Collins Judd. “We are a small college with an outsized footprint in the world. Located at the intersection of Bronxville and Yonkers, Sarah Lawrence features renowned programs and faculty in the performing and visual arts, writing, and cultural studies, and is uniquely suited to spearhead this deepened collaboration. We look forward to further connecting with organizations across Westchester County to advance civic engagement and the arts and humanities in order to create a more cohesive and shared future that strengthens the fabric of our communities.”

This endeavor will be a team effort. A key component includes regular convenings with community partners and leaders like ArtsWestchester, the Hudson River Museum, Wartburg, Yonkers and Bronxville school districts and libraries, and Young at Arts with the intention of creating an asset map and network of facilities and intellectual capital, as well as to foster a deepened culture of collaboration. Participating institutions will seek to amplify shared opportunities and inclusively work together to benefit a broader spectrum of constituencies, extending efforts and projects beyond stationary geographic boundaries.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity for organizations throughout the region to come together and focus our efforts to advance the arts, humanities, and civic engagement,” said Masha Turchinsky, Director of the Hudson River Museum. “We are committed to engaging with the public; art and culture give us all a sense of place and shared experience from which to learn and grow. The Hudson River Museum is proud to align our efforts with Sarah Lawrence College and fellow partners to advance our shared goals in a powerful and genuine way."

Through this five-year grant, Sarah Lawrence and partner institutions will pursue five goals, with intention to refine and expand the framework during the grant’s timeline to fit the needs of the participants: 

-Support semi-annual convenings of leaders of public and private partner institutions to forge a new model of collaboration among these institutions;

-Create an “asset map” of facilities and capacities that are available among the partner organizations as well as an interactive database and map of civic, cultural, and artistic resources available to the public in Westchester County;

-Create a network of public humanities/arts fellows across partner civic and arts organizations

-Build new capacity in visual and digital story-telling that will serve as the basis of shared outreach with partner organizations; and

-Support professional development for Sarah Lawrence faculty through curricular and pedagogical innovation related to this initiative.

Sarah Lawrence and its partners will lay the groundwork for these programs and activities during the first year of the grant (academic year 2019-2020). Participants will form a steering committee and also hire the first of the public humanities fellows and the digital and visual storytelling fellow, who will commence work in academic year 2020-2021. Early career academics, all fellows will split their time teaching courses at the College while completing their respective projects. Public humanities/arts fellows will be appointed to three-year terms, hosted by one of the participating organizations, and the visual/digital storytelling fellowship will be hosted by Sarah Lawrence College.

The fellows will focus their research and projects across Yonkers and Bronxville, connecting and advancing the missions and efforts of some of the major cultural institutions in the area to bring people together and help create and re-knit the civic fabric of the community. Host organizations will craft the position to their unique needs, but all fellows will use their background and academic expertise to expand their host organization’s reach and connection beyond geographic boundaries and strengthen the arts network of Westchester County.

Photo courtesy Sarah Lawrence College

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 do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.


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