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Impact of Westchester County’s Property Taxpayer Protection Act on Bronxville PDF Print Email

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Contributed by Catherine Cioffi, Communications Director Westchester County Executive George Latimer

Jul. 24, 2019:  Focused on taking the burden off Westchester County property taxpayers, and combating the loss of the federal SALT deduction, Westchester County Executive George Latimer announced a series of actions in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo's signing of the Westchester County Property Taxpayer Protection Act. The announcement came during a press conference with nearly 60 elected officials, government leaders, and school district leaders and advocates from both sides of the aisle standing in solidarity with the county executive.

Below is the direct impact on municipalities and school districts in Westchester County Legislative District 15 from the Westchester County Property Taxpayers Protection Act. Also included are quotes from school and municipal leaders within this district. This new revenue stream will potentially allow local municipalities and school districts to fund needed essential services while not placing the burden solely on property taxpayers.

Municipality/School District

Projected 2019 Additional Revenue*

Projected 2019 Additional Revenue**

Bronxville (Village)

$155,941

$338,186

Bronxville School District

$77,971

$169,093

*Revenue projected for August - December (Five Months)

**Revenue projected for January - December (Twelve Months)

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said: "This law, requested by the county government, allows Westchester to have greater parity with neighboring counties while directly helping overburdened local governments and providing much-needed funding to our local schools."

New York State Senator Shelley B. Mayer, Senate bill sponsor, said, “I was pleased to be the Senate prime sponsor of the Westchester County Property Tax Payer Protection Act to provide property tax relief to Westchester residents while securing additional aid to local school districts and municipal governments. The new sales tax rate will bring in over $70 million to Westchester County annually, with 20% of the funds going to local municipalities and 10% of the funds going to local school districts. The projected sales tax share for the remainder of 2019 will provide an additional $390,000 for the Port Chester School District and over $400,000 for the Ossining School District. Creating parity in local sales tax rates is a fiscally prudent step forward for Westchester County and will have a positive impact on our municipalities and local school districts.”

New York State Assemblyman Nader Sayegh said: “Westchester doesn’t only have the highest property taxes in New York State, it’s the highest taxed county in the nation. The Westchester County Property Taxpayers Protection Act generates revenue while providing relief to our county’s homeowners without raising property taxes. This is a smart & effective policy which will protect thousands of homeowners whose lives have been impacted by recent changes in the federal tax code over the last year.”

Yonkers City Council Majority Leader Michael Sabatino said: “The Property Tax Payer Protection Act will help the county fund the necessary services it provides without raising the property taxes. This will allow for a balanced budget, a freeze on county property tax, and sale tax parody throughout the county. It will also elevate the bond rating for the county.”

The series of actions announced by Latimer include:

Signing of an executive order to prohibit the county from independently selling county parkland that is over two acres;

Announcement that budget amendments will be introduced to stop the sale of county parking lots;

Moving $5 million to the county’s reserve fund;

Directing the Departments of Budget and Finance that county property taxes throughout the county will be frozen for two years (FY 2020 and FY 2021); and

Announcing that of the nearly $70 million collected, 20 percent will go to local municipalities and 10 percent to the school districts.

Latimer said: “This is the end of one-shot revenues and borrowing for operating costs. We now have a creative source of revenue that is not an additional burden on the county’s property taxpayers. This tax freeze will help address the expected increases for many residents and taxpayers from the new federal tax plan.”

Pictured here: George Latimer.

Photo by N. Bower

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 therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Powerful Storm Leaves Downed Trees and Power Outages In Bronxville PDF Print Email

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By Staff

Jul. 18, 2019:  A powerful storm from the remnants of Tropical Depression Barry swept through Bronxville yesterday evening, July 17, bringing downpours and leaving downed trees and power outages throughout the village. 

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At around 8:30 pm, the Bronxville police started responding to a large number of calls reporting downed trees, fallen power lines, and fire.  According to the Bronxville police report at midnight, there were trees, branches, and power lines down in over 20 locations in the village. A tree also struck a car parked in the Kensington lot and a “tree log” hit a car on Masterton Road.

According to the Con Edison outage map, as of 10:30 am on July 18, power outages were concentrated on the Hilltop, in the Midland Avenue area, and on Tanglewylde, Summit, Hobart, and New Rochelle Road. According to Con Ed, power is expected to be restored in some of these areas by 5:00 pm. Click on the Con Edison outage map to get updates.

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Chief of Police Christopher Satriale is urging residents to "use extreme caution when travelling through the village today. There are large limbs down blocking roadways and live power lines in many locations. If you see a power line, assume it is live and notify the police department." 

In an email alert at 10:45 am on July 18, Chief Satriale also provided the following update:

"Department of Public Works crews are busy clearing roadways of debris. Con Edison has multiple crews in the village de-energizing power lines and working to restore power. We expect to have most roadways opened by the end of the day.

"If you have not reported your power outage to Con Edison, please do so by calling 1-800-75CONED. Each individual outage must be documented even if your neighborhood outage has already been reported.

"The storms will be followed by extreme heat for the remainder of the week and weekend. Please refrain from unnecessary outdoor activities and be sure to check on friends, neighbors, and relatives who may require special assistance or care.

"In the event of an emergency, dial 911."

Photos by P. Clifford

 

 
New Parkway Road Parking Lot Slated to Be Open for Use by End of July PDF Print Email

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By Carol Bartold, Senior Reporter     

Jul. 17, 2019:  The new Parkway Road Parking Lot, originally scheduled for completion and opening earlier this month, will be open for use before the end of July, per Village Administrator Jim Palmer. The completely refurbished and reconfigured lot will feature parking for 80 automobiles, including ten 24-hour permitted spaces; four handicapped parking spaces; and an electric car-charging station. The lot will also have space to accommodate four or five Vespa scooters.

Palmer noted that parking in the lot will be allowed by permit only until 3:00 pm on weekdays. From 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm weekdays and on Saturdays, parking will be available to the public using the Pango parking app.

“Interest in the lot is enormous,” Palmer said. “Parkers who will be getting a 24-hour reserved space are anxious to return to the lot. We have a waiting list for additional 24-hour spaces.”

Construction, which had proceeded on schedule for a projected July 1 opening, came to a halt and was delayed for almost two weeks when the lighting company delivered a component incompatible with the lot’s light standards. Palmer reported that the general contractor did not want to initiate final paving until the light standards could be installed. The correct part received, the light standards installation was completed on Friday, July 12. Palmer added that final paving and striping on the lot will be done the week of July 15.

Consolidated Edison has approved both the location of the electric car charging station and the meter to be used for charging. The station, which can accommodate two cars simultaneously, will be at the corner of the lot closest to Chase Bank and will face the Metro-North Railroad tracks. Still to be determined, per Palmer, is whether the charging station will be available only to permitted parkers or to the general public.

The village has landscaped the new parking lot and its perimeter with columnar hornbeam, eastern redbud, and pear trees, as well as burning bushes, holly, and inkberry shrubs. The village also constructed a new sidewalk from Parkway Road to the Metro-North Railroad platform to replace the previous blacktop path.

The Village of Bronxville purchased the parcel, formerly known as the Avalon Lot, from AvalonBay Communities, Inc., on March 17, 2019, for $1.6 million. Under the terms of purchase, the seller razed a structure that had housed a gas station and performed environmental cleanup of the site. The cost to the village to construct the new Parkway Road Parking Lot was approximately $600,000, per Palmer.

“We have been keeping the residents along Parkway Road, those that will have 24-hour reserved parking spaces, informed about an opening date,” Palmer stated. “Likewise, once we get the lot open, we’ll start notifying those parkers."

Pictured here: Former Avalon Lot under construction.

Photo by A. Warner

 
From the Mayor: Data and Trends about the Village, Some Expected and Others Quite Surprising PDF Print Email

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By Mary C. Marvin, Mayor, Village of Bronxville

Jul. 17, 2019:  Our consultants assisting with the village’s comprehensive plan have dug deep and extrapolated data and trends that were never grouped such as they are in the plan document. Many were expected while others quite surprising.

I thought it would be very instructive to share this information with villagers as we constantly get to know our home a little better.

Demographics

In 2016, the village had 6,395 residents, up 1.7%, or 72 people, from the 2010 census. Village population peaked in the late 1940s at 6,888 and has since declined 1 to 6% in every successive decade.

As to age distribution, we mirror our neighboring communities. The median age of a villager has gone up since 1990 to 45 years in 2016, a number higher than those recorded in the 2000 and 2010 censuses.

The largest age cohort in the village is 35 to 54, while residents under five have decreased from 6.3% of our population in 2000 to 4.6% in 2016.

We have 2,193 village households, three-quarters of which characterize themselves as family units, with an average family size of 3.45, a number slightly above the county average.

Single-person homes approximate the other 25% of our residential inventory. Those living alone over 65 have increased to 13.6% of our population, a number 2% higher than the Westchester County average.

Forty percent of our residents live in detached single-family homes, while 30% of villagers live in buildings with 20 or more units. (The Avalon has 110 units, our largest complex.)

Seventy-two percent of village housing stock was built before 1939, of which 83.9% of the units are owner-occupied.

The total assessed value of village property is $3,797,744,396. Tax-exempt property accounts for $617,533,959 in value, or 16.26% of the total.

Concordia College is our largest landowner, with 27 buildings spread over 27 acres.

In terms of open space, Scout Field is a 22.29-acre park, of which only 0.29 acres are in the Village of Bronxville, with the remaining acreage almost evenly split between the cities of Yonkers and Mount Vernon. The village police department cannot patrol on land in other cities/jurisdictions.

The nature preserve is the village’s largest park/open space, comprising 5.7 acres, 4.7 of which are actually in the Town of Eastchester.

Relating back to the demographic data, the Bronxville School had 1,652 students in school year 2017-2018, representing a 4% decrease in enrollment since the peak year of 2014-15. Enrollment is projected to decrease 1 to 2% over the next ten years. In the last 8 to 12 years, the kindergarten class has been smaller than the graduating class. As a result, it is anticipated that a student decrease of 268 pupils, or 14.4%, will be realized by 2028 – a number in correlation with data for the Scarsdale school system.

As an interesting factoid, Bronxville Village and the Hasidic community of Kiryas Joel in Orange County are the only two communities that are coterminous with their school districts, which is why the village sends out tax bills for both school and municipal services.

Lawrence Hospital, founded in 1909 with just 11 beds, now treats 42,000 patients annually in the emergency room, and 1,300 children are born there yearly. With 1,200 in staff, the hospital is the largest employer in the village.

The Bronx River, which forms a village boundary, is a tributary of the East River with its source in North Castle, 24 miles to the north.

The village’s temperatures range from an average low of 39° in January to a high of 86° in July.

The village has 2,434 public parking spaces, an increase from 2,000 spaces in 1992. 

The rents in our central business district are currently on a par per square footage with White Plains, the City of Rye, and Scarsdale.

The village has no county roads, and the only state-controlled road is Route 22 (built with no drainage).

As to safety on our Village-owned roads, the intersection of Cedar Street and Pondfield Road was tracked as the most dangerous during a three-year study encompassing the years of 2015, 2016, and 2017. 

In the village as a whole during this period, there were 19 accidents resulting in injury and 61 non-injury motor vehicle accidents. There were six collisions with pedestrians and one collision with a bicyclist.

The largest cluster, at Cedar and Pondfield, resulted in nine accidents with two pedestrian injuries. Midland and Pondfield recorded five accidents, one resulting in injury, and Meadow Avenue at Pondfield was the site of three collisions resulting in one injury.

Photo by N. Bower 

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: July 4 to July 10, 2019 PDF Print Email

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By Bronxville Police Department

Jul. 17, 2019: The following entries are from the Bronxville police blotter

July 4, 2019, 1:09 pm: Police officers completed a domestic incident report for a verbal dispute between family members. No crime was committed.

July 5, 2019, 9:57 am, White Plains Road: A 19-year-old Bronx female was charged with endangering the welfare of a child after the summer camp van she was operating, carrying 17 children between the ages of four and six years, struck a pole. The van carrying 19 total passengers was equipped with only 15 safety belts and no child passenger safety seats or booster seats, which are required in New York State for children until the age of eight. Eight of the children were given medical attention from the Eastchester Volunteer Ambulance Corps for various physical complaints of pain. The driver was also cited for operating an unregistered motor vehicle and operating out of class for not having a passenger endorsement. The 19-year-old female was processed and released on her own recognizance pending her next court appearance.

July 7, 2019, 10:56 am Pondfield Road: A 43-year-old woman of the Bronx was charged with misdemeanor suspended registration after she was stopped for disobeying a traffic control device and a subsequent inquiry revealed that the registration to the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe she was operating was suspended due to an insurance lapse. The woman was also cited for operating without insurance and operating an unregistered motor vehicle. The aforementioned vehicle was impounded and the woman was processed on scene and released pending her next court appearance.

July 9, 2019, 12:45 pm, Pondfield Road, CVS: A 33-year-old man of Yonkers was charged with petit larceny after he stole $391.54 worth of merchandise--phone chargers, sunglasses, and earrings--and fled the store. Police located the man with the stolen items trying to flee on the southbound Metro-North platform. A search incident to lawful arrest also led to the man being charged with criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument. The man was arraigned by Judge George Mayer and remanded to Westchester County Jail pending his next court appearance.

July 10, 2019, 6:55 pm Midland Gardens: Officers assisted an 88-year-old female with general weakness. The Eastchester Volunteer Ambulance Corps responded and transported the woman to NYP Lawrence Hospital for evaluation.


 
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