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Photo of the Week & Events Postponed PDF Print Email

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Pictured: Inspirational words among the tulips in Bronxville

By Staff

Apr. 15, 2020:  MyhometownBronxville will be featuring a "Photo of the Week" as well as event cancellations, postponements  and other announcements during these unusual times. Please email relevant information to CLOAKING by the Sunday prior to our Wednesday issue date.

Event Cancellations & Postponements:

Local Election: The local election originally scheduled for April 28, 2020, will take place sometime after June 1, on a date to be determined.

The Counseling Center: In a spirit of solidarity, The Counseling Center is postponing its gala benefit honoring Doug Cruikshank, originally scheduled for Friday, May 1st. We sincerely hope you can join us on the new date of Saturday, October 17, 2020 at the Bronxville Field Club. Meanwhile, be well!

Bronxville Rotary Club:  Pursuant to Government Policy, The Rotary Club of Bronxville is postponing its Annual Benefit scheduled for April 24th, 2020.  Under these fluid circumstances, no future date is scheduled at the moment. We thank you for your continued support, and wish you and your families GOOD HEALTH.

Senior Citizens Council: Due to the current health crisis the Senior Citizens Council 50th anniversary benefit scheduled for April 23 has been postponed until October 15. All plans continue to move forward. We wish all our neighbors good health in this trying time.

Gramatan Village:  The health and well-being of our community is of paramount importance to Gramatan Village. Given the rapidly changing environment, Gramatan Village has decided to reschedule our May 14, 2020 May Magic event to May of 2021. 


Photo by A. Warner

 
Village Trustees Meeting: Update from Albany; Tax Cap Override PDF Print Email

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By Katharine Outcalt

Apr. 15, 2020: State Senator Shelley Mayer joined Monday’s Village Board of Trustees meeting, which was conducted by teleconference due to the COVID-19 emergency. 

Senator Mayer’s update from Albany included the good news that, “despite the catastrophic fiscal impact of the coronavirus on the state’s revenues,” there will be no cuts in school aid for FY 2020-2021. Due to an $18.4 billion state-wide investment made possible by the federal CARES Act and other federal partners, the school district’s Foundation Aid will remain the same as last year.

The Senator cited a $1.05 billion increase in funding for unemployment insurance to handle the anticipated increase in unemployment claims due to the coronavirus. Additionally, she highlighted several modifications to criminal justice reforms that were shaped by meetings with Bronxville’s Chief of Police Christopher Satriale. 

To review news from the NY State Senate, click here.

Mayor Mary Marvin’s report included a reminder that the Mayor and Chief Satriale are continuing with their Monday and Friday updates to the village via telephone and email. 

Village Administrator, Jim Palmer, opened public hearings for Local Law 1 – 2020 Tax Cap Override (growth factor of 1.78%) and for the 2020/2021 Village Budget. 

After some discussion, the public hearings were closed, though it was noted that the public will have one week to send in written comments on the Village Budget. 

Comments can be sent to  CLOAKING  until Monday, April 20. The Budget must be adopted by May 1. The village’s proposed 2020-21 budget can be viewed by clicking here.

The Trustees approved a resolution for the adoption of the Tax Cap Override. 

Palmer reminded residents that while the village offices are currently closed to the public due to coronavirus, a reduced staff are answering the phones and responding to emails. 

Residents are encouraged to visit the village’swebsite and click the Village of Bronxville COVID-19 Information and Updates banner for COVID-19 related information.

The next Village of Bronxville Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 11. 

Pictured: Bronxville Village Hall

Photo by A. Warner

 

 

 

 

 

 
From The Mayor: Highlights of NY State Budget PDF Print Email

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By Mary Marvin, Mayor, Village of Bronxville

Apr.15, 2020:  In the early hours of April 3, the state legislature completed the process of passing a $178 billion 2020-2021 state budget.

Given the current circumstances and the significant downturn in the economy, most local elected officials believe the budget could have been worse for our governments.

However, midyear adjustments to the State’s financial plan are a real possibility, so caution is warranted. There is an unprecedented provision that permits the state budget director to make uniform reductions to appropriations in the budget if it becomes unbalanced because revenues fall below projections or expenditures rise above projections during three different time intervals.

The following are some of the highlights of the budget as passed.

Clearly, the most controversial legislation in the last state budget cycle was the bail reform, discovery, and speedy trial reforms. Responding to a great deal of criticism, especially from law enforcement, the current budget repeals the requirement that the prosecutor provide initial discovery within 15 calendar days of the defendant being arraigned. The amendment also puts in place additional protections against disclosure of witness and victim information, including 911 caller information. Prosecutors may now withhold such information without having to obtain a court order for the safety of those involved.

Of great importance, the amendments bring back some level of discretion for judges. They expand the number of qualifying criminal offenses that grant judges the authority to consider a monetary bail amount when analyzing a defendant’s likelihood of returning for future court appearance or taking into account that they are a repeat offender.

Despite these changes, the Village will have to add one full-time police officer and possibly a second just to do the administrative requirements of last year‘s revision as the paperwork is voluminous and not allowed to be done by non-police personnel. This law resulted in possibly the largest unfunded mandate to local governments in decades.

Another potential local cost escalator is the expansion of the prevailing wage law, effective January 1, 2022, which imposes a prevailing wage requirement on certain public-private partnership construction projects.

Of great concern to our Village, given our density and narrow, winding streets, is the new law that legalizes the operation of E-bikes and E-scooters for individuals 16 years of age and older. These devices would be permitted on roads with speed limits of 30 mph or less and in bike lanes. The E-bikes would be limited to a maximum speed of 20 mph, and E-scooters would be limited to 15 miles per hour. Cities, villages, and towns would have the further ability to regulate time, place, and manner. In addition, the legislation actually grants municipalities unilateral authority to prohibit the use of these vehicles in specified areas or entirely.

For the first time ever, the state budget includes language that establishes a $3 billion Mother Nature Bond Act, which requires approval via a statewide referendum in November 2020 before it can be enacted. The $3 billion in bond proceeds would be used to preserve and restore the State’s natural resources and reduce the impact of climate change by funding projects to restore natural habitats, protect open spaces, reduce flood risk and improve water quality. Our Village would have the opportunity to request grant money for projects that meet the criteria.

Effective January 1, 2022, the state budget also imposes a ban on the sale, use, and distribution of food containers and loose filling packaging that contain Styrofoam and packing peanuts.

Finally, the state budget amends the election law, now requiring county board of elections to conduct manual recounts of ballots in any general, primary or special election where the margin of victory is 20 votes or less or 0.5% or less. The result of the manual election will supersede the returns filed by the election inspectors, where the original vote was conducted.

Possibly, the only state government deadline that was not extended was the May 1 deadline for villages to file their annual budgets. To that end, the trustees and I are in the final phase of crafting a local budget. Thanks to some very prudent budgeting by recent boards, the impact will be mitigated.

All documents in full are on the village website. Given the inability to have a public meeting, we have left open any comments received in writing on our budgeting documents until the close of business on Monday, April 20.

In most probably the most uncertain and speculative process the current trustees have encountered vis-a-vis a budget, we are most open to your thoughts and ideas.

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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Three Easy Steps to Taking the 2020 Census PDF Print Email

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By Staff

Apr. 15, 2020:  If you haven't filled out the census as yet, please do.  It's important and very easy and fast to take online.  All you need is ten minutes.  

Just follow these three easy steps.

Go to my2020census.gov

Click on Start Questionnaire

The next screen asks you for your 12-digit Census ID, which appears in the paperwork you received at your home.  But, if you don't have it, it's okay. You can click on a link entitled "If you do not have a Census ID, click here" and proceed.

You then take the very short Census questionnaire.

It's quick and easy and important. 

As Mayor Mary Marvin explained in her column in February, census numbers affect "the distribution of both federal and state legislative representation and correspondingly affect programs in education, healthcare, law enforcement, and highway funding nationwide. 

She went on to explain that "as a result of the last census (2010), $675 billion was allocated for programs close to home, including senior lunch programs, highway congestion planning, and relocation, and 911 emergency systems – all requiring census driven demographic maps."

Finally, Marvin said, "scientists rely on the data to interpret the distribution of diseases and health hot spots, including cancer zones and obesity data. The census numbers are used to target interventions in at risk communities."

 

 


 
Monday Message From The Mayor & Police Chief: Infection Rate Leveling Off; No Time to Let Up PDF Print Email

By Staff

Apr. 13, 2020: Below is an email message sent by Bronxville Chief of Police, Christopher Satriale, and Mayor Mary Marvin on April 13, 2020, at 7:39 PM.

"Good evening! Mayor Marvin and I are sorry we couldn't send a voice message this evening but the strong storms today have caused some widespread phone outages. We decided an email would be the best way to reach all of you.

As expected, last week was a very difficult week for all New Yorkers. Our death toll from COVID 19 crossed 10,000 with daily deaths topping 700 during the week.

Regrettably, we have to announce the death of Bronxville resident Walter James "Jim" Kenney from COVID-19. Jim always welcomed his friends with a smile, his laugh was infectious and his heart was enormous. We will miss you Jim.

Many of you continue to ask how you can help during this crisis.

We have learned that the local food banks are in desperate need of food. Your donations can help. As an example at feedingwestchester.org your $1 donation is enough for four meals. Please visit their website and help us fill up the food bank for those that rely upon those meals on a daily basis. 

The Department of Health has recommended banning the use of leaf blowers during this crisis. In light of today's storms, we will permit use of leaf blowers this week and will begin enforcement of a full leaf blower ban on Monday April 20th. Please share this information with your landscapers as we expect 100% compliance.

Despite the alarming death rates, the infection rate continues to level off in New York. This leveling or "flattening of the curve" is a direct result of the mitigation steps in place, particularly stay at home, social distancing, washing hands and more recently wearing face coverings in public.

This is no time to let up. Continuing these responsible practices will undoubtedly further flatten the curve and permit us eventually to return to some sense of normalcy.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and good night. Mayor Mary Marvin Chief Christopher Satriale"

Photo courtesy Bronxville Police Department

 
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