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A thermometer showing a high 100 degree temperature in Bronxville this week. Photo by A. Warner

Jul. 29, 2020: Below is information about upcoming and ongoing events. If you would like to be included, please send event information to CLOAKING

Upcoming and Ongoing Events

August 2, 2020: On Sunday, August 2, the front doors of Christ Church Bronxville will be open from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM for a food drive. Simply drive by and drop off requested food items at Christ Church Bronxville, 17  Sagamore Road, Bronxville, NY. Click here to see the list of requested food items.

August 7, 2020: Concordia College New York will broadcast the final Hoch Chamber Music Series concert of the 2019-20 season, A Night of Civics & Civility, on Friday, August 7, at 7:00 pm.  It will be broadcast on the Concordia Conservatory YouTube channel, Optimum channels 19, 74 and 75, and FiOS channels 34, 40, and 47. Delayed from its scheduled date in April by the pandemic, the concert will be performed in Sommer Center for a broadcast audience. Click here to learn more.

Bronxville Farmers' Market is open on Saturdays from 8:30 to 1:00 PM. All shoppers must sign up for a shopping slot. You can sign up on the Farmers Market Facebook page. There is also a link in their weekly newsletter. To sign up for the newsletter, send an email to CLOAKING

Events in Later Months

October: Due to the continuing uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation, The Counseling Center is canceling its 2020 benefit, scheduled for October 17. They are instead hosting a lively, interactive online event in October with opportunities to support the work of The Counseling Center. Details will follow. A grand in-person 49/50th Anniversary Benefit with special honorees is scheduled for May 7, 2021, at the Bronxville Field Club.

October 6, 2020: The Community Fund Annual Golf Outing. For more information, contact Amy Korb, Executive Director, The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe at 914.337.8808.

October 15, 2020: Senior Citizens Council 50th Anniversary Benefit 

November 7, 2020: Take Back Day.  In the meantime, you can bring paper for shredding (up to four boxes), electronic waste, and other hazardous waste to the Household Materials Recovery Facility (H-MRF), 15 Woods Road, Valhalla. For details on what is accepted and to make an appointment, call 914-813-5400 or click here.

May, 2021: Gramatan Village May Magic Event

 
From The Mayor: Village Budget Update & Capital Projects This Summer PDF Print Email

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By Mary Marvin, Bronxville Mayor

Jul. 29, 2020: As I write my final column until Labor Day, I wanted to leave my fellow residents with a snapshot of where the Village is today and what activities you can expect to see if you are in the Village between now and Labor Day.  

Village Revenues Projected Below Budget

Revenues and expenses are still coming in that affect the Village’s budget, but based on projections, it is most likely that revenues will come in approximately $75,000 below budget. This is honestly much better than we could have anticipated, given the circumstances. While it is the first time in recent memory that our revenues have come in below budget, the shortfall is directly related to vehicle and traffic tickets that are still pending as a result of the necessary stoppage of all state courts and the resulting back up.

Sales Tax Payments Above Budget

Sharing some good news, we received our sales tax payments from Westchester County for April, May, and June, which arrive as a lump sum, resulting in a year-end revenue number of $1,249,000 or $219,000 above budget. This very positive number was actually a combination of very conservative budgeting by the trustees, the 1% tax increase passed by the Westchester County Board of Legislators, and the limited in purview, but helpful, Amazon tax on certain products.

Parking Revenues Below Budget

On the very significant parking revenue line, parking lot revenues came in exactly as budgeted at $405,000, which is consistent with prior years. An obvious net loss of on-street parking revenues was partially offset by higher than budgeted permit sales. The result was parking revenues of $2,303,000.00 or $161,000 below budgeted.

Our revenue from parking fines is currently $163,000 below budget, primarily due to court closure and the resulting inability to adjudicate parking tickets. As of this juncture, there are approximately 300 outstanding moving violations still pending.

Recreational Revenues Below Budget

Under the recreational aegis, tennis and paddle permit numbers came in $43,000 below budget, which was expected as we did not open the tennis courts until June, and the paddle courts are yet to be reopened.

Interest Earnings & Mortgage Tax Revenue Above Budget

Our interest earnings totaled $57,000 above budget due to some aggressive moving of money in and out of certain CDs.

Mortgage tax revenue exceeded budget by $75,000 totaling $325,000 instead of the projected $250,000. On a very positive note, our building permit numbers came in on budget without the anticipated shortfall.

AAA Bond Rating

All in all, the Village is in extremely solid financial shape, given all the unexpected variables. We have a very healthy unassigned fund balance of $ 7,154,000, which is 40.6% of our yearly budget, a very important factor in helping us to retain our bond rating of AAA, which is the highest rating a Village in New York can obtain. 

As a footnote, we deliberately budget tax penalty revenue extremely low. We are cognizant that our residents pay significant tax bills and that penalties of 1 to 5% result in large dollar expenditures. Therefore, we adopted a policy of sending multiple tax deadline alerts in the hopes that none of you will miss the deadline and be forced to pay penalty fees.

Capital Projects

As is custom, we accelerate our infrastructure projects to coincide with the summer months when the Village is at its emptiest. 

Our major and ongoing Department of Public Works garage renovation continues. Phase 1 should be completed by the end of July and come in on budget. Phase 2 should start on or about August 1, all of this according to schedule.

The very unexpected collapse of the wall on Pondfield Road, near the Locust Lane intersection, is currently in the middle of repairs as I write. The final engineering drawings have been received, and work has begun with a projected cost of $80,000.

The Masterton Road/Midland Avenue traffic improvements, which include new curbing and landscaping as well as permanent signage, have a summer completion date. 

Construction continues on two tennis courts, which are slated to be ready for play by the end of August. 

Thanks to the partnership and generosity of the Bronxville Historical Conservancy, a landscaping design has been finalized for the area surrounding the JFK monument with planting to occur in the coming weeks. 

Of particular gratification is the beginning of repairs to the Pondfield Road train underpass. Work will begin on July 27 and continue well into the fall. The project includes structural repairs and aesthetic improvements, including new railings, sidewalk repairs, and painting. There will be some intermittent sidewalk closures as a result. Our bottom line was aided greatly by a $250,000 grant procured for us by our State Senator Shelley Mayer.

We are still in the process of prioritizing our paving schedule, but I do know that at the top of the list is work on Pondfield Road down at least as far as Crampton Road.

A Word of Thanks

I close with enormous thanks to every Villager, and it seems like all of you, who have stepped up to help our merchants. 

The spirit of generosity has been overwhelming and truly transformative and so following the credo of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.”

 

Photo by A. Warner

 

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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Bronxville High School Graduation. Photo by A. Warner

Jul. 22, 2020: Below is information about upcoming and ongoing events. If you would like to be included, please send event information to CLOAKING

Upcoming and Ongoing Events

August 7, 2020: Concordia College New York will broadcast the final Hoch Chamber Music Series concert of the 2019-20 season, A Night of Civics & Civility, on Friday, August 7, at 7:00 pm.  It will be broadcast on the Concordia Conservatory YouTube channel, Optimum channels 19, 74 and 75, and FiOS channels 34, 40, and 47. Delayed from its scheduled date in April by the pandemic, the concert will be performed in Sommer Center for a broadcast audience. Click here to learn more.

Bronxville Farmers' Market is open on Saturdays from 8:30 to 1:00 PM. All shoppers must sign up for a shopping slot. You can sign up on the Farmers Market Facebook page. There is also a link in their weekly newsletter. To sign up for the newsletter, send an email to CLOAKING

Events in Later Months

October: Due to the continuing uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation, The Counseling Center is canceling its 2020 benefit, scheduled for October 17. They are instead hosting a lively, interactive online event in October with opportunities to support the work of The Counseling Center. Details will follow. A grand in-person 49/50th Anniversary Benefit with special honorees is scheduled for May 7, 2021, at the Bronxville Field Club.

October 6, 2020: The Community Fund Annual Golf Outing. For more information, contact Amy Korb, Executive Director, The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe at 914.337.8808.

October 15, 2020: Senior Citizens Council 50th Anniversary Benefit 

November 7, 2020: Take Back Day.  In the meantime, you can bring paper for shredding (up to four boxes), electronic waste, and other hazardous waste to the Household Materials Recovery Facility (H-MRF), 15 Woods Road, Valhalla. For details on what is accepted and to make an appointment, call 914-813-5400 or click here.

May, 2021: Gramatan Village May Magic Event

 
From The Mayor: Summer Activities, Bikes & Skates, Mask Wearing and More PDF Print Email

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By Mary Marvin, Bronxville Mayor

Jul. 22, 2020: Given the time of year and the recent spate of incredibly warm weather, there is no denying that summer is truly here, making a column about summer activities truly apropos.

Summer Activities 

The Village tennis program is up and running. Applications may be printed off of the Village website, and either mailed to Village Hall or delivered in person between 9 am and 4 pm weekdays. As the COVID crisis is still very much with us, all play must have an online booking, and maximum play time is one hour 45 minutes to allow time for sanitizing. The bathrooms and water fountain remain closed, and masks are required to be worn to and from the tennis courts. The Bronxville School track is also re-opened for exercise.

While we were unable to have a summer paddle program, we are opening up the Fall/Winter program early. Applications will be online beginning August 10th, and courts will be open on August 17th. Instructions for court usage will be posted at the facility.

Bikes & Skates 

As so many residents are now outside enjoying the summer temperatures and taking advantage of the wonderful walkable quality of our Village, it is important to remember that bicycles, skateboards, and in-line skates are prohibited on the sidewalks of both business districts regardless of the age of the rider. This regulation is critical as congested sidewalks create a very dangerous situation both for personal safety and the ability to distance properly. All of the regulations pertaining to bikes and skates are contained in the Village Code Section 260 -10.

Swing Sets & Pools 

If you should desire to erect a swing set, add an above ground pool or a temporary tent for summer enjoyment, permits are required for all except pools of two feet in height or less. The reason for this requirement is to control the placement on one’s property, so the equipment doesn’t become a nuisance or eyesore for neighbors or cause any water issues.

Dogs & Invisible Fences

We are also seeing more of our four-legged friends out and about in yards and just want to remind residents that dogs must be registered at Eastchester Town Hall at 40 Mill Road, Eastchester. Registration ensures that pets have all the proper shots should an animal ever be in some sort of altercation with persons or other pets.

Again, to increase the benefit of the walkability of our Village, we are reviewing the use of invisible fences – many of which seem to go right up to one’s property line and, as a result, extend into the Village right of way. We have had a recent spate of cases where Con Edison has gone to do work in the right way only to find the underground equipment associated with an invisible fence, resulting in potentially very dangerous situations. The issue has prompted us to look at the whole concept of invisible fences. Since the red flags are often removed after a pet has been adequately trained, neither the Village nor any passersby know if there is a fence on any property. Dogs running at full tilt up to the edge of their property have scared many a walker, young child, or delivery person. Going forward, we will most likely require a permit and signage saying that there is indeed a fence in use. Currently, without a permitting process, we do not know if the fence has been properly installed and is adequately maintained or even their location throughout the Village.

As a general reminder, dogs walked off a private property must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet. The Village also has regulations in the noise ordinance about prolonged dog barking, which elevates to a nuisance. The police desk would be the proper place to call if this becomes an issue. Westchester County currently has what is known as a dangerous dog registry, and at this juncture, there are two dogs in the Village who are on that list.

Social Distancing and Masks 

Again, due to the nice weather that has brought us all outside, it has become clear that the social distancing rules and accompanying mask wearing have become less vigilant. Many of the calls and emails received on this issue relate to our young residents who congregate tightly together often on street corners, parking lots, and parks and are not wearing or carrying masks. Unfortunately, there seems to be a direct correlation from this behavior and testing positive for COVID as the numbers in the last two weeks in the Village have jumped to 15 with the majority being residents 18 and under while our May and June numbers were only 4 and 3 respectively.

As a direct consequence, we are going to review behaviors, and if the situation remains the same, regrettably, we may have to re-institute our evening curfew.

On a related subject, we also receive a distressing number of emails and phone calls expressing concern about joggers whose routes take them past diners and walkers who are within six feet. To all our runners, if you even think you may be in an area where you have a chance of running close to pedestrians, you must have a mask at the ready. On a parallel path, we are also working with all of our restaurants to make sure tables and waiting areas meet the proper distancing rules. To supplement this effort, we have police officers on weekend nights in the business district to help maintain the proper protocols. Very proudly, the Village has been the community with the lowest per capita positive tests for COVID in Westchester County since March, and we don’t want to take our foot off the gas and cause an unnecessary spike.

Air Conditioning 

Finally, Con Edison had reached out to us to have us remind residents how to conserve energy, particularly air conditioning use, during these extremely warm and humid days.

-Set your air conditioning to the highest comfortable temperature as every degree you lower the thermostat drives up your bill by 6%.

-When the AC is running, close doors and use ceiling fans and floor fans to increase circulation.

-Keep shades, blinds, and curtains closed as about 40% of unwanted heat comes through windows.

-Keep AC filters clean.

-Run appliances during off hours as heat and moisture are reduced in one’s home by running appliances in the early morning or evening when it is cooler outside.

-Set your computer to go to sleep after 20 minutes of inactivity.

Customers can report service outages and check service restoration status at www.coned.com or by calling 1-800 75 - Coned or 1-800-752-6633. When reporting an outage, customers should have their Con Edison account number ready and report whether their neighbors also have lost power.

 

Photo by A. Warner

 

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.






 
From The Mayor: Bronxville Village Hall Services PDF Print Email

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By Mary Marvin, Bronxville Mayor

Jul. 15, 2020: Now that Village Hall is back open, many of you are reaching out to us on a myriad of issues as we all try to regain some sense of order after three months of hibernation.

To that end, I polled our staff, and the following are the most frequently asked questions that have come our way of late as well as a thumbnail sketch of services that we offer at Village Hall. 

Services

-Village Hall is now open every weekday from 9 AM to 4 PM.

-Village Hall staff issue birth and death certificates as well as handicap parking placards. However, only individuals born at New York Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital can have birth certificates processed in the Village. If born in any of the New York City hospitals, birth certificates are available online at or at the office of Vital Records 125 Worth St., New York, NY.

-Handicap parking permits may only be issued by the community to which one pays taxes. Sharing a common postal address does not meet this criteria.

-The Village does not issue marriage licenses though weddings can be performed at Village Hall or any location within the Village boundaries by our two Judges and the Mayor. Licenses can be obtained in nearby Eastchester, Mount Vernon, or Scarsdale.

-Pet licenses are issued at the town level at Eastchester Town Hall at 40 Mill Road.

-We do have several Notary Publics on staff to certify documents. Notary Publics are also available at the Library.

-The police department is the location to register house alarm permits, request patrol of your home if you are traveling, and leave a house key to be used in emergency situations. More detailed information may be found on the Village Website under Police.

-Our parking desk can assist in the purchase of resident and merchant parking permits, and this is also the place to add your name to our waiting list for reserved parking spaces. Adding your name to the waitlist for reserved parking spaces must be done in writing, preferably through the website (but also accepted through email to  CLOAKING ) 

Questions

1. How can we keep informed about Village news? If you have not done so, please go to www.villageof bronxville.com, click on "Subscriber For" and register for SWIFTREACH and News/Announcements under the Citizen Action Center on the homepage.

2. Does garbage and recycling need to be curbside? Garbage does not need to be at the curb, but recycling does. Recycling needs to be brought to the curb by 7 AM Wednesday morning. Recycling bins may be purchased through the Public Works website.

3. What days can I schedule my bulky waste pick up?

Bulky waste pickups are always scheduled for the second day of your garbage pickup schedule. If you fall under the Monday/Thursday garbage schedule, your bulk waste day is Thursday. Conversely, if you are on the Tuesday /Friday schedule, your bulk waste day is always Friday. There is a fee of $20, and all can be arranged via the Village website. This service should be requested 48 hours prior to the desired day of pick up. Items must be curbside the night before, and air conditioners, refrigerators, paint, and batteries cannot be collected.

4. How do I report potholes/street lights that are out?

Go to www.villageofbronxville.com, under the Public Works link to report potholes and street light issues.

5. Do I need a permit to take down a tree?

If the tree is entirely privately owned, there is no permit needed. If the tree is a Village tree and you think there is an issue, contact the Village immediately.

6. Do I need to get a permit for a dumpster?

If the dumpster is going to be on your own private property, no permit is needed. If the dumpster is going to be partially on Village property, a permit is required. The application is www.villageofbronxville.com under the Public Works link.

7. How do I dispose of yard waste?

Yard waste should be collected in biodegradable bags and placed curbside. Bags of leaves cannot be mixed in with sticks and twigs. Sticks and twigs must be bundled/tied and put out separately.

8. Are individuals allowed to sell door to door in the Village?

Individuals selling goods door to door are required to receive a permit from our Village Clerk though most rarely do so. Do not hesitate to call our police desk if the sales person cannot produce the permit. Quite often, after investigation, our Police Department has determined that the charities purported to benefit from our purchases are nonexistent. The first amendment does protect all those "selling" an idea such as the Jehovah's Witnesses or Green Peace, so they do not need Village permission to ring your bell. To limit this kind of solicitation, a small no solicitation sign near the front door has a proven legal effect.

As a point of information, none of the phone solicitations requesting donations to the Bronxville Police Department actually go to our department. The callers are companies hired by some jurisdictions, never ours, who then give a small percentage pledged to the police department that engaged their services. Our Police Department solicits by direct mail only once per year for a donation to their Memorial Day Weekend benefit. 

Photo by A. Warner

 

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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