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Bronxville Police Blotter August 26 to September 7, 2019 PDF Print Email

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By Bronxville Police Department

Sep. 18, 2019: The following entries are from the Bronxville police blotter.

August 26, 2019, 9:12 am, Midland Avenue:  Leaf blower complaint, landscapers working but no blower was in use.

August 27, 2019, 5:35 pm, Pondfield Road:  Officers responded to a motor vehicle accident involving two cars.  No injuries were reported. The driver of one of the vehicles left the scene on foot and later returned after his passenger was interviewed. The driver, a 32-year-old man of the Bronx was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Second Degree and Leaving the Scene of an Accident. The 2016 BMW Ford he was operating was impounded. He was processed at Police Headquarters and released pending his next court appearance.

August 30, 2019, 11:31 pm, Pondfield Road:  A 22-year-old man of the Bronx was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the 3rd Degree and misdemeanor Suspended Registration after an onboard license plate reader indicated to the Officer that the registration to the 2014 Mercedes Benz C63 he was operating was suspended for parking violations. Further inquiry showed that the man’s license was suspended for failure to pay fines. The man was processed at Police Headquarters and released pending his next court appearance.

September 1, 2019, 11:32 pm, Avon Road:  An anonymous caller reported a loud party. Officers were unable to substantiate the claim.

September 2, 2019, Midland Gardens, 8:21 pm:  A resident reported that he observed a male looking into the windows of parked vehicles. Officers canvassed the area and check all other cars. No crime appeared to be committed and no reports were filed later as a result.

September 4, 2019, Willow Road, 8:26 pm:  An anonymous caller reported vehicles driving erratically, Officers canvassed the area and the vehicles were gone upon arrival.

September 6, 2019, Sagamore Road, 10:15 am:  A resident reported that her Verizon account was hacked and that it was closed by an unknown person using her personal information. The situation was resolved by Verizon.

September 6, 2019, New Rochelle Road, 5:31 pm:  A cell phone was reported stolen in the Bronxville School. It was later returned by a teacher who found it and was holding it for safe keeping.

September 7, 2019, Pondfield Road, CVS Store, 11:40 am:  A 76-year-old Greenwich man was observed stealing miscellaneous cosmetic products by the store manager. Police arrived and stopped the man outside of the store.  The male paid for the items as well as items he had stolen from the store a week before, as he was identified from surveillance cameras.  No further Police assistance was requested.


 
From the Mayor: Paving, Refurbished Intersections and Parks, New Trees, and More PDF Print Email

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By Mary C. Marvin, Mayor, Village of Bronxville

Sep. 11, 2019:  Just as in summers past, the summer of 2019 proved to be a very busy one on the village front. Most important, and perhaps most disruptive for residents, was the repaving of over $400,000 worth of roadways throughout the village. The only street left on the to-do list is North Road, as Con Ed decided to install a new gas line, so we are waiting for its completion to pave. Many of the crosswalks throughout the village were scored and repainted for better visibility, and thanks to the Boulder Ledge Garden Club, trees are being planted in the Kraft Avenue area and the west side/Palmer Road neighborhood.

What we have remaining in the village budget for trees will be spent in the residential areas at locations where trees were lost due to recent storms. Our refurbished and now village-owned Parkway Road parking lot is up and running with several dozen spaces added, shrinking our resident waiting list. Knowing that early sundown is fast approaching, we have ordered over a dozen teardrop light fixtures totaling $96,000 to be placed mainly in the area of the west side and train station environs. We anticipate a November 1 delivery date.

Two of our village intersections are in the process of being refurbished and upgraded as well. At the intersection of Meadow and Kraft Avenues, in the vicinity of Saint Joseph School, a new state-of-the-art rectangular rapid-flashing beacon for pedestrian crossing will be installed in the coming weeks. We are also in the process of reconfiguring the intersection at Midland Avenue, Masterton Road, and Crows Nest. Pedestrian and traffic improvements were implemented today on that intersection. The design was recommended by our consulting engineer and includes the relocation of the crosswalk on Masterton Road along with additional striping to reduce vehicle speed and better define the intersections.  Additional improvements, including the installation of signage at the crosswalk that becomes lighted when activated by a pedestrian, will also be added. Permanent curbing and sidewalks will be installed next spring following a review of these improvements and your feedback on the intersections. We welcome your input as we try to improve these two pressure points in the village. As a corollary, we still struggle with too much manpower spent weeding the train station embankments and again welcome some assistance as to what we might plant that is attractive yet relatively maintenance free.

Projects to be initiated in the fall include instituting a materials recycling program, a refurbishment of Bacon Woods Park, and landscaping of the Kennedy Monument. We will also be installing a new traffic signal at the intersection of Pondfield Road and Gramatan Avenue. As point of information, replacing the signal taken down by a truck will cost the village a staggering $280,000, though we are confident that insurance will cover costs.

We had hoped to focus on the tennis courts as well; however, we received only one bid after putting out a request for proposal, which we deemed much too high, so we will re-bid over the winter when tennis companies begin to plan their schedules. In additional infrastructure upgrades, we have relined sewers along Meadow and Tanglewylde Avenues and continue to work with residents at Park Place Terrace to continue the project behind their homes.

On the financial front, the village is in an extremely advantageous position. Sales tax revenue exceeded budget by $122,000, which is a direct result of residents shopping local. This number does not even include the additional 1% sales tax increase passed by the legislature this past legislative session. To put in perspective, thanks to your shopping local, the village received $1,022,360 as our portion of Westchester County sales tax. This is equivalent to a 12 percent tax increase should you not have kept purchases local. The only significant revenue shortfall was mortgage tax revenue. Overall, revenue succeeded budget by $903,000, led primarily by strong building permit fees and parking space rentals. On the flipside, expenses came in under budget by $670,000, or 4% of appropriations. The lower-than-anticipated health insurance premiums account for almost 40% of this number.

As a board, we continue to focus on age-related infrastructure repairs knowing that being proactive is prudent vis-à-vis dealing with emergency repairs. We will also be doing repairs to the underpass on railings, abutments, etc., that have been deemed village property.  As we are all back in town, do not hesitate to reach out to us with concerns, street issues, and improvement ideas that we may have missed over the summer.

Photo by N. Bower


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Chief Judge Janet DiFiore to Receive Columbia Business School’s Highest Award for Operational Excellence PDF Print Email

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Contributed by Lucian Chalfen, Director of Public Information, New York State Unified Court System

Sep. 11, 2019:  In recognition of her pursuit of excellence throughout the New York State Unified Court System and her adoption of best practices to ensure accountability and eliminate waste and inefficiency systemwide, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore is among the 2019 recipients of the prestigious Columbia Business School’s Deming Cup ̶ an honor traditionally reserved for leaders in the for-profit business world. Chief Judge DiFiore is the first government official to receive the Deming Cup in its ten-year history.  

The award, inspired by the late Dr. W. Edwards Deming’s management philosophy focusing on quality and innovation, is presented annually to honor individuals for their outstanding contributions to promote excellence in operations and foster a culture of continuous improvement within their organizations.

Since her appointment as Chief Judge in 2016, Judge DiFiore has worked tirelessly to promote the goals of her signature Excellence Initiative to improve case management, reduce case backlogs, increase productivity and enhance the delivery of justice for New Yorkers.

Under her leadership, the court system has made dramatic strides in eliminating case backlogs in all levels of courts in every part of the State, including New York City’s high-volume courts. Her emphasis on innovation, education and accountability as an organizational way of life is achieving extraordinary results, leading to lower litigation costs and better court outcomes for individual litigants and New York’s broader communities.

“It is a great honor to be chosen for this prestigious award. I proudly accept this honor on behalf of the entire New York State court system ̶ its judges, judicial and non-judicial managers and 15,000-strong workforce. To receive this award along with leaders of some of our nation’s major business corporations demonstrates that sound management practices and intensive focus on productivity and efficiency can lead to excellence and the highest level of service not only in private sector companies but in government organizations as well,” said Chief Judge DiFiore.

The 2019 Deming Cup will be presented by Columbia Business School’s W. Edwards Deming Center for Quality, Productivity and Competitiveness at a ceremony on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.

This year’s other winners are Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly and UPS Chairman and CEO David Abney. The recipients were selected by a 41-member judging committee comprising eminent figures in business and academia, co-chaired by former Secretary of the US Treasury Paul O’Neill, former CEO of IBM Sam Palmisano and former Macy’s, Inc. CEO Terry Lundgren.

In congratulating this year’s recipients, Professor Nelson Fraiman, director of the Deming Center commended them for “creating efficiency-fueled, employee-empowered and excellence-driven establishments,” adding, “Driven by the ethos of continuous improvement, these diverse organizations are poised for long-term success, affirming the growing relevance of W. Edwards Deming’s principles across the private and public sectors.”  

Pictured here: Janet DiFiore. 

Photo courtesy Lucian Chalfen, Director of Public Information, New York State Unified Court System

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 August 12 - August 25, 2019 PDF Print Email

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By Bronxville Police Department

Sep. 4, 2019: The following entries are from the Bronxville police blotter

August 12, 2019, 3:51 pm, NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital: A 51-year-old woman of Mount Vernon was charged with Grand Larceny in the 4th degree and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 4th degree after security cameras showed her taking a purse containing cash and credit cards from a hospital patient. The woman was remanded by Judge George Mayer at arraignment and transported to Westchester County Jail Pending her next court appearance.

August 17, 2019, 7:47 am, Masterton Road: A 28-year-old man of Yonkers was charged with DWI after losing control of his vehicle and striking a utility pole at the corner of Midland Avenue and Masterton Road. The man was also charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the 3rd degree, and Consumption of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle. The man was transported to Westchester County Jail after failing to post $1,500.00 bail pending his next court appearance.

August 22, 2019, 9:05 am, Midland Avenue: A 25-year-old man of Mount Vernon was charged with misdemeanor Suspended Registration after an onboard license plate reader indicated to the officer that the registration to the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta he was operating was suspended due to an insurance lapse. The man was processed on the scene and released pending his next court appearance.

August 25, 2019, 4:20 pm: Officers responded to call of a dispute between family members. Officers were able to quell the verbal dispute. No crime was committed 

August 25, 2019, 10:47 pm. Garden Avenue: While performing a routine check of the Garden Avenue tennis courts an Officer observed that the bathroom had been rummaged through. The door was ajar, and the interior garbage was strewn about and the toilet was struck with a large rock. DPW was notified. The incident is being investigated


 
Bronxville Village Resident Bitten by a Raccoon; Residents Advised to Be Alert PDF Print Email

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By Staff

Aug. 27, 2019:  The Village of Bronxville sent out the following notice by email today.

"On Sunday evening, a Ridge Road resident was bitten by a raccoon. Unfortunately, the raccoon was not caught.  While there have been no additional incidents reported to Police, please be alert and stay away from any raccoons and report any aggressive behavior to the Police Department immediately." 

"The Westchester County Health Department link below has helpful rabies prevention tips and what to do if you are bitten. Dogs should be kept on a leash and under direct supervision when outdoors.  click this link."

Photo by Shutterstock.com

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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