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November 5th Election Results PDF Print Email

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By Staff

Nov. 6, 2019: On Tuesday, November 5, 2019, Bronxville residents had 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.

Below is the Unofficial Tally of Election Results of selected races. Click here for more information.

Westchester County Legislator

The unofficial tally results show Ruth Walter 202 votes ahead of Gordon Burrows. The Walter campaign sent out an email this morning stating that the results are not official and it will take a week or more for the Board of Elections to "count absentee and provisional ballots." 

Ruth Walter: 5,395 (51%)

Gordon Burrows: 5,193 (49%)

Town of Eastchester

Supervisor (1 Elected)

Colavita: 4,491 (56%)

Denning: 3,561 (44%)

Councilman (2 Elected)

Bellito:  5,439 (50%)

Dooley: 5,361 (44%)

Town Clerk

Laird: 5,755 (100%)

Town Justice (2 Elected)

Calano: 5,525 (50%)

Salanitro: 5,425 (50%)

Receiver of Taxes

Rocco: 5,787 (100%)

Photo at top by A. Warner

 

 







 
From The Mayor: Nurturing Institutions, Health, Good Will, and Inclusiveness in Bronxville PDF Print Email

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By Mary Marvin, Mayor, Village of Bronxville

Nov. 6, 2019:  The Village Trustees and I, as of late, have been focusing on our underground infrastructure as much of it is approaching its 100th birthday. Though not having the same element of urgency is the improvement of our streetscape and municipal services, so Bronxville continues to attract generations of new residents – the essence of our sustainability.

I have developed a particular interest in the sustainability, and with it, walkability goals of communities and attend seminars and listen to podcasts.

Truly, what we have here in the Village are now the goals to which other communities aspire – easy access to public transportation near major hubs of employment, proximity to hospitals, food sources, entertainment, good schools, senior services, and culture with all not requiring a car to access. The only other optimal attributes we are missing are a senior citizen living option, and a children care facility for working families.

For the Village's long term health, we as citizens, have a duty to protect and nurture our institutions so they stay vital and relevant.

Certainly nebulous, but perhaps even more important is the nurturing of the personal health, good will, and interaction of our fellow residents. Our Village layout and structure promotes human interaction and connection. Now we need to spend monetary and human capital to maximize it.

According to a JAMA study in 2018, nearly half of American adults surveyed say they sometimes or always feel the effects of loneliness and loneliness not only affects the soul but the body. It has been linked to cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's disease, diminished immunity, and early mortality.

Many doctors now call loneliness in America epidemic, and according to recent studies, it may actually be contagious, spreading like the common cold. Having a lonely friend increases our own chance of loneliness by 52%. However, loneliness can be cured the way we cure any other disease, with awareness and action.

Some of the cures to loneliness or just a lack of positive human interaction include a mixing of the generations in adhoc and organized activities and outlets to volunteer that have room for all ages. In essence, our eight-year-olds and eighty-year-olds need to know each other. Connections to others is the hidden factor to health.

I would ask all our Village institutions, with Village Hall taking the lead, to examine their inclusiveness, volunteer structure, and opportunities for all to pitch in.

Most often, many of our organizations "need" us when we have the least amount of time, juggling jobs and children and when we finally have the time, the wisdom, skill set, and often the financial stability, our opportunities to contribute seem to diminish. We need to rethink the whole paradigm.

Speaking for the Village, one such area of improvement is to preserve and improve our green spaces and walking opportunities. Study after study demonstrates that living among greenery, and in concert, having open spaces to interact with our neighbors boosts immune functions, lowers blood pressure and cortisol levels and, most importantly, raises one's mood.

Add to this, the ability to walk easily and safely to activities and health effects accelerate. In many communities similar to ours, they now have spaces with chairs, benches encouraging people to stop and sit and talk to each other - clearly an idea worth pursuing, and this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Other thoughts on the horizon for community partners include:

-Connect tech-savvy teens with our seniors
-Offer discount classes and/or open class attendance and enrollment for the non-high school and college-age
-Create volunteer opportunities for all age groups

In concert to this new look at connections is the added factor of kindness.

Dr. Kelli Harding of Columbia University wrote a book to much acclaim titled, "The Rabbit Effect." It highlighted a 1978 study – a simple experiment studying two groups of rabbits to determine the connection between high cholesterol and heart attacks. Treated to the same high fat diet, one group performed remarkably better.

Quite perplexed, one of the researchers finally admitted to talking and petting the rabbits in her control group. It was then scientifically proven to be that kindness and TLC had actually altered gene expression through microscopic epigenetic changes.

After millions of dollars in research money, the solutions turn out to be quite simple, both to kindness and loneliness – invest in relationships, volunteer, practice kindness, say hi to everyone you encounter, turn another cheek when unkindness comes your way remembering hurt people hurt, improve yourself as a goal and spend time improving your community.

We need to do this as a community, so I welcome innovative ideas. Kindness, like loneliness, has also proven to be contagious.

 

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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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The Bronxville Historical Conservancy''s "Ghosts of Bronxville" Spook the Hilltop October 25: See Photos! PDF Print Email

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By Suzanne Pratt Davis, Board Member, The Bronxville Historical Conservancy

Nov. 6, 2019: On a crisp October evening, five of Bronxville's once-famous residents and several teenage spirits haunted hilltop homes and entertained village children. It was the fourth run of "Ghosts of Bronxville" (GOB), which was created and produced by the Bronxville Historical Conservancy (BHC). More than 200 kids and their chaperones attended this year's event, which sold out in just one hour. 

"It's spooky and fabulous. It's an evening you enjoy for sure. It draws you back 120 years," said Paula Asturias, who accompanied her 7-year old son Lucas Gonzalez. His favorite "ghost" of the evening was William Van Duzer Lawrence (founding father of Lawrence Park, Lawrence Hospital, and Sarah Lawrence College).

"He's a super cool guy," said Lucas.

Sarah Lawrence College students played the 19th century "speaking ghosts" with Jad Batlouni cast as Edmund Clarence Stedman ("the poet of Wall Street," stockbroker and Edgar Allan Poe's editor), Edward Checketts as Lawrence, Max Howard as William Augustus Bates (architect of many Bronxville homes), Emma Lipschutz as Mary Fairchild MacMonnies Low (artist) and Chanel Smith as Harriet Hubbard Ayer (cosmetics tycoon). The actors were directed by Kyrie Eliason of Sarah Lawrence.

"I was really impressed by the quality of the acting. The kids seemed truly engaged," said Stephen Blumenreich, who accompanied 10-year old son, Carter Blumenreich.

Local high school students wandered the hilltop streets as 19th century apparitions in period costumes. Hugh Duffy was the spooky cello player, Sofia Fenner was the asylum patient, Sophie Halaby and Elizabeth Hawkey were ghastly girls, Charlotte Martin was the macabre mother, Ashton Minich was the menacing milkman, and Caroline Pasthilla played the spectral servant.

GOB was first offered to Bronxville in 2013, the brainchild of BHC board members Erin SalutiStafford Meyer, and Michelle McBride, who served as co-chairs of the event. The 2019 GOB production was organized by new co-chairs: Tina AdamsBetsy Putnam, and Lyndall Vermette. Adams and Vermette are also BHC board members.

"This year's chairs did a fantastic job of staying true to the original vision and spirit of Ghosts, but incorporating some new ideas as well. We were thrilled to see so many first-time families attend, and in many cases, for Ghosts to be their introduction to the work of the Conservancy and the fascinating history of Bronxville," said Saluti, who served on the 2019 GOB committee.

Other 2019 GOB Committee members included: Hilary Blumenreich, Laura Busker, Hilary Clarke, Suzanne Davis, Susie Frigon, Cece Heraty, Michelle McBride, Jenn Russo, Linda Rafoss Samios and Laura Van Tienhoven.

Dozens of volunteers worked safety patrol, games, check-in, costumes, makeup, and hot chocolate stands.

"The Ghosts Of Bronxville event is the true definition of 'it takes a village.' With over 70 volunteers, multiple homes, safety monitors, and police and EVAC security measures, we all together create a safe, magical, and historically accurate retelling of Bronxville's fascinating past," said Vermette.

The Bronxville Historical Conservancy was founded in 1998 to record and preserve Bronxville's history and to celebrate the culture and life in the village today. For more information about the Conservancy or to become a member, please visit http://bronxvillehistoricalconservancy.org/.

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Photos courtesy Bronxville Historical Conservancy



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 13 to October 28, 2019 PDF Print Email

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Nov. 6, 2019: The following entries are from the Bronxville police blotter.

Oct. 13, 2019, Police Headquarters: An anonymous male left a found wallet with the Desk Officer. It was returned to the owner.

Oct. 14, 2019, New Rochelle Road: A 25-year-old man of Yonkers was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the 3rd Degree (misdemeanor) after he was stopped for No Through Traffic. A subsequent inquiry revealed that his license was suspended for failing to pay a ticket in the City of Yonkers. The man was also cited for No Turn Signal. He was processed and released pending his next court appearance. 

Oct. 18, 2019, Dusenberry Road: A door-to-door solicitor without a proper permit was warned and admonished after Police were alerted to his presence.

Oct. 19, 2019, CVS Pondfield Road: A 30-year-old man of Yonkers was charged with Petit Larceny after he was observed by the store manager entering the store office and stealing an employee shirt. The man was processed at Police Headquarters and released pending his next court appearance.

Oct. 24, 2019, Parkway Road: A parking boot was affixed to a 2017 Lexus rendering it immobilized due to $820.00 is outstanding parking violations. The fines were paid later in the day, and the boot was removed.

Oct. 28, 2019, Pondfield Road: Motor vehicle accident involving two cars. No injuries were reported. The Officer completed an information exchange and provided both drivers with copies.


 
November 5th Election: Polling Locations and Candidate Information PDF Print Email

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By Staff

Oct. 30, 2019: On Tuesday, 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. 

Polling Locations

There are a number of different polling locations in Bronxville including the Bronxville Fire House, Concordia College and Christ Church Bronxville. 

Click here to go to the Vote411 website to find your polling location. 

Polls will be open from 6 AM to 9 PM

Candidates Running

Below is a summary of the candidates running.  Click here to read more about the candidates.

Westchester County Legislator (Term 2 years)

Gordon Burrows (Republican and incumbent)

Ruth Walter (Democrat)

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.  

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 County 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







 
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