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Letter to the Editor: Lawrence R. Green, Esq., in Support of Natasha Nordahl for Village Justice PDF Print Email

 

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To the Editor:  

Mar. 14, 2018:  I am writing to urge Bronxville voters to support the candidacy of Natasha Nordahl for village justice.

I am not a Bronxville resident. However, I did have the privilege of working with Natasha, side by side, day in and day out, for 15 years (2000-2015) as a partner of a New York City law firm from which I am now retired. I headed a complex litigation group of which Natasha was the most integral and reliable part. 

In this sense, I believe I have a unique perspective into Natasha’s qualifications for the bench. I support Natasha for two reasons:

First, she is a seasoned litigator with a broad knowledge of New York State court practice. She has a keen intellect. She has an extraordinary ability to distill complex legal issues. In short, she brings a wealth of professional experience that will serve her well as village justice if elected.

Secondly, and more importantly, is Natasha’s strength of character and moral compass. She is even-tempered; the ultimate “solid citizen.” There is a certain steadiness about her that few can match. She inspires confidence.

There is no other person in my professional or personal orbit that I trust or whom I can rely on more. I can pay her no greater compliment.

Natasha belongs on the bench. I hope Bronxville voters will put her there. They will be well served to do so.

Thank you for hearing me out.

Lawrence R. Green, Esq.
Millburn, N.J.

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Letter from Parents of School-Aged Children in Support of Bill Primps for Village Justice PDF Print Email

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To the Editor:


Mar. 14, 2018:  We, the undersigned parents of Bronxville school-aged children, write in support of William Primps’s candidacy for village justice. We deeply appreciate Bill's vast experience serving our village and believe that by electing him, the interests of all village residents will be served.

In addition, from our perspective as parents, we favor Bill because of his years working with the local police force and his ongoing service as counsel to the village ethics board. He is the candidate with both the experience and wisdom to administer justice to our younger residents in a way that tempers accountability and law enforcement with remedies that minimize long-term stigma. Bill's credibility from his work with our police department and experience addressing perennial and new threats to our cherished community ensure that public safety will be enhanced while Bronxville's values are served.

We respectfully ask that you join us in supporting Bill Primps for Bronxville village justice. In our small village, every vote counts.

Lisa and Brian Bodell
Nadine and Michael Brandes
Carter and Andrew Callaway
Lisa and Doug Cruikshank
Carmita and Ed Estrada
Bona Han and EJ Hong
Aaron Hood
Jennie and Walker Jacobs
Joanne and Steve Jones
Emily and Mark Liggitt
Michelle and Bob McCarthy
Heather and Mark Miner
Charlotte and Peter Rizzo
Sharon and Scott Robinson
Kierstie and Josh Rucci
Alvaro Saralegui and Lisa DeCrane
Maggie and Davis Sevin

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Letter to the Editor: William Staudt, Former Village Trustee, in Support of Bill Primps for Village Justice PDF Print Email

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To the Editor:


Feb. 28, 2018:  I write as a former Bronxville Village trustee, in support of the candidacy of William Primps for village justice in the election to be held on March 20. 

Bill and I served in village government in the 1980s and '90s when I was a village trustee and Bill served as counsel and then chair of Bronxville's Zoning Board of Appeals. Subsequently, Bill served with distinction as a village trustee for several terms. Based on my work with Bill, I can endorse his candidacy without reservation.

Serving as a village justice is not an easy job – it takes a robust knowledge of the law, a willingness to commit the long hours required, and an ability to adjudicate fairly, firmly, and with compassion. It takes experience. 

To be clear, this election is not about party politics – it doesn’t matter whether you are Republican or Democrat; we all need the best and most experienced person. Why? Because often the issues are local and delicate and need to be resolved with an extremely sensitive hand – neighbor versus neighbor, transgressions by local kids, etc. 

We don’t have to guess about whether or not Bill will be an effective justice – everything in his professional background and his prior service in the village points to his talent, fairness, and dedication, combined with good judgment and common sense.

In short, Bill is the most qualified candidate and will make an excellent justice. Please cast your vote for him on March 20. 

William Staudt
Former Bronxville Village Trustee


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Letter to the Editor: Mayor and Trustees Thank Residents and Village Staff for Patience and Dedication through 'Tax Chaos' PDF Print Email

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Dear Residents:


Jan. 3, 2018:  Thank you so much for your patience, kindness, and even humor as you traveled with us through this tax chaos. 

Confronted with a new tax provision so detrimental to village residents and an extremely inartful state executive order, the village administrator, trustees, and I reached out to every state and taxation authority, to legal counsel, and to colleagues around the county in the same position. 

With time of the essence and the opinions contradicting almost hourly, we decided to simply err on the side of accepting what money we could as a village government in the hopes that it will ultimately benefit our residents. We convened a special board meeting on December 27 and issued a tentative tax warrant in the hopes of bolstering our position when all is sorted out. We do not legally have jurisdiction over county, town, fire district, and school taxes.  

We will keep you posted as to our handling of your 2018 tax prepayment check as we seek counsel from our accountants and the state department of taxation for proper disposition.

We want to especially thank the village administrator, village treasurer, and the entire administrative staff for sharing most of their holiday vacation with us. Their loyalty and dedication is a shining example.

With thanks and gratitude,

Mary Marvin, Bob Underhill, Anne Poorman, Guy Longobardo, and Randy Mayer

Editor's note:  MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements in letters to the editor, and the opinions do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff. Its objective in publishing letters to the editor is to give air to diverse thoughts and opinions of residents in the community.

 
Letter to the Editor: Christmas Caroling Tradition in Eastchester Celebrates 10th Year PDF Print Email

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To the Editor:


Dec. 20, 2017:  In December 2008, a longtime resident of Eastchester, Theresa Nicholson, thought it would be a nice deed to spread some Christmas cheer to all her neighbors and friends by way of Christmas caroling.  

Along with her family, friends, and their children, they went from house to house singing their happy Christmas songs armed with a flashlight and a portable DVD player. The DVD player was to help the kids keep time to their lyrics, which they had in their hand, as the children sang from their song sheets.  

The children and adults sang their hearts out. I, myself, was a participant, along with my 8-year-old daughter (at that time). The kids enjoyed going house to house, as they felt enormous pride as the neighbors complimented them on their lovely singing and told them how much they enjoyed their performances.  

The adults who were singing were equally delighted to see everyone enjoying such a great outing! The fun didn’t stop there – after singing for an hour and a half and covering about 10 blocks of homes, it was off to the Nicholsons' home to warm up with hot cocoa, hot food, desserts, and more laughter and fun.  

This tradition continued the following year; the word has spread, and now there are about 60 volunteer carolers, and the numbers keep growing to this day. Without fail, Theresa sends out emails with a date and a time for this annual Christmas caroling event and after party.

I think it is safe to say that this event has captured the true meaning of community and the true meaning of spreading joy and cheer during the holiday season. Imagine all the children who were able to experience this kind of Christmas spirit throughout their growing years. So you better watch out. Santa is not the only one coming to town!

The carolers will be out spreading their joy this December 23, and it is such a lovely sound and sight!

Colleen Gleeson, 
Town of Eastchester resident and Christmas caroler

Editor's note:  MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements in letters to the editor, and the opinions do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff. Its objective in publishing letters to the editor is to give air to diverse thoughts and opinions of residents in the community.

 
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