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Letter to the Editor: Andrea Bates on Combating Divisiveness PDF Print Email

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To the Editor:


Apr. 5, 2017:  In early November 2016, Michele Ruhm wrote a letter to the editor of MyhometownBronxville.com asking that, in advance of the election, "we recognize the integrity of others' decisions, even when we disagree with them" and that we not "demonize those who have made a choice differing from theirs."

Having read Rene Atayan's letter dated March 29, I can only ask if anyone read Ms. Ruhm's letter, or, more cynically, if anyone cares.

On March 21, the village held an election. The votes were counted and the incumbents won re-election. Congratulations to them all--it is apparent that they have done and will, no doubt, continue to do great work. I find it both troubling and disheartening, however, that in her letter, Ms. Atayan chose to demonize the opposition candidate as a threat to our everyday life and as "going after" the incumbents, as though it were a witch hunt. Is it really necessary to berate the already-defeated candidate? Why not let the vote speak for itself?

I believe that new ideas, proposals, and perspectives are necessary for a healthy, robust debate. In this instance, a contested election is nothing more than the introduction of a fresh and most likely different perspective.

We all have the right to accept or turn down these new ideas and proposals, but I submit that we do not, as a civilized society, have the right to be disrespectful and dismissive of those ideas and opinions that do not match our own. We can agree to disagree and remain civil and respectful in the process.

The negativity and divisiveness that have crippled this country have to stop. I can't be the only one who is tired of the persistent "us vs them" mentality. When are we, as a country and society, going to recognize and embrace the idea that we're all in this together and that we must work together, regardless of our differences, to move the country, and our communities, forward?

I'm truly scared that we'll never get there.

Andrea Bates
Bronxville, New York

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: Rene Atayan on Recent Village Election PDF Print Email

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Mar. 29, 2017:  Last Tuesday, March 21, the Village of Bronxville saw voter turnout almost ten times our average over the last decade. And thank goodness we did. Hundreds of Republicans and Democrats came out to support Mayor Mary Marvin and trustees Bob Underhill and Randy Mayer.

People value their homes and their local community first and foremost. It generally defines the quality of your everyday life. The Democratic candidate clearly was not qualified to steward our village, and when everyday life is threatened, people react. This election clearly threatened Bronxville and its very responsibly run board, one that ensures Bronxville continues to be the village we cherish.

Pick a cliché and run with it. "Change for the sake of change" is foolish and reckless in matters of governance, and "why fix it if it ain't broken?"

These expressions of frustration by many at the outcome of the national election, who we feel made up the bulk of the opposition's vote, is understandable, but seriously misplaced. Bronxville, Eastchester, and Westchester County literally thrive compared to other localities across NY state, and country for that matter.

For the first time since 2006, our sitting board was challenged in a contested election. Not because the opposition should, but because they could. There are far more productive things to focus on rather than going after diligent, highly accomplished and competent stewards of our communities, and we greatly appreciate the hundreds of registered Democrats who supported our slate. 

Finally, I will say on a personal note, I was deeply heartened by the outpouring of support when I reached out to our residents this week. After living here for 20 years, that is a humbling feeling and a true testament to the faith our residents have in our mayor, Mary Marvin, and trustees Randy Mayer and Bob Underhill. We should never take their service for granted and, I unequivocally know, they do not take the residents of Bronxville for granted either.

Thank you.

Rene Atayan
Chair, Bronxville Republican Committee

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: Mark E. Jennings, Jr. on Village Election March 21 PDF Print Email

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To the Editor:


Mar. 15, 2017:  With a young growing family, we moved back to Bronxville from Bermuda because of the way it was managed. We are supporting the current trustees, Bob Underhill and Randy Mayer, and Mayor Mary Marvin.

We've seen first-hand how ill-advised decisions have damaged otherwise pleasant communications. Bob, Randy, and Mary have served the community over the years in many capacities and proven their deep knowledge of Bronxville and their ability to work hard on our behalf.

While all politics is local, we have been heartened by both the lack of partisanship and the willingness of our board members to work hard for villagers in a very open and collegial manner. The village has consistently appointed and/or elected a wide variety of citizens to serve on its many volunteer boards.

Our current trustees are an excellent example of how the village brings together dedicated, longtime residents who have varying points of view, speak openly and independently, and use their skills to benefit us all.

Villages and towns all across New York State are under tremendous economic pressure. And, while we appreciate the willingness of a new resident, Ms. Calderon, to offer her services, the stakes are very high. One wrong decision and property values suffer, as well as our standard of living here in our small village.

We feel far more secure with our longtime resident trustees and mayor who have successfully navigated very complex issues. Our high property values are proof of their wise choices.

We plan on voting for Mayor Mary Marvin and trustees Randy Mayer and Bob Underhill in the March 21 election.

Mark E. Jennings, Jr. 

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: Donald Gray on Candidates for Village Election PDF Print Email

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Mar. 15, 2017:  I am writing to endorse Bob Underhill and Randy Mayer for re-election as trustees of the Village of Bronxville. 

I have known and worked with both of them and know well their qualifications to serve.

They are extremely knowledgeable of village affairs and also understand the sometimes-difficult relationship with New York State, which dictates how a village must operate to a much greater degree than many people know. The importance of their knowledge cannot be understated.

Both of them during their terms in office have worked tirelessly for our village.

They are without question the best and most qualified for the job.

Please support them in the upcoming village election on March 21.

Donald M. Gray
Former Trustee, Village of Bronxville

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 from Bill Gaston on Village Election March 21 PDF Print Email

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Mar. 8, 2017:  I’m supporting Elizabeth Calderon for Bronxville Village trustee, and I urge my friends and neighbors to do the same when they go to the polls at Bronxville Village Hall on March 21.

As the only Democrat on the ballot, Elizabeth brings a wealth of experience to the trustee position and will bring a fresh perspective to the board.

She is a born-and-bred New Yorker and has years of expertise in managing budgets, maintaining infrastructure, and community governance. As an attorney and registered nurse, Elizabeth has spent her lifetime dedicated to others and will bring that spirit of altruism and pragmatism to her job as trustee.

When you cast your vote on March 21, please elect Elizabeth Calderon.

Bill Gaston
9 Bolton Gardens
Bronxville New York

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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