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William Primps Narrowly Defeats Natasha Nordahl in Highly Contested Election PDF Print Email


By Carol P. Bartold, Senior Reporter     

Mar. 21, 2018:  William G. Primps defeated Natasha L. Nordahl in a highly contested election to fill the village justice court seat of retiring Justice George McKinnis. Primps won by 42 votes and will serve a four-year term. With nearly 900 votes cast, the election could mark the highest turnout ever recorded in the village. 

According to Betsy Harding, Bronxville Democratic Committee chair, heavy voter turnout for the March 20 election exhausted the polling place’s supply of scannable ballots when 750 votes had been cast. After approximately 7:00 pm, voters had to use photocopied ballots. 

Trustee candidates William H. Barton and Mark J. Wood, both of whom ran unopposed, will fill the seats vacated by Anne W. Poorman and Guy Longobardo. The new trustees will each serve a two-year term.

Barton served as a village trustee from 2006 to 2012, during which time he was the liaison to the department of public works. He looks forward to bringing his prior experience in office to the development of a new comprehensive plan. 

Wood, a village planning board alternate, believes that his real estate experience, combined with Barton’s over 35-year career in investment management, will bring a strong dynamic to the board of trustees as it faces budgeting challenges, sustaining a vibrant downtown commercial district, and updating infrastructure.

Pictured here (L to R): Mark Wood, William Primps, and William Barton.

Photo by A. Warner 

Events this Week in Bronxville: March 21 to March 28, 2018 PDF Print Email


Editor's note on inclement weather: As of publication, a winter storm is about to descend upon Bronxville, so please check with the relevant venue to learn if an event will take place. 

By Staff

Mar. 21, 2018:  Below are events that will take place in Bronxville from Wednesday, March 21, to Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

Thursday, March 22, 7:00 pm, Bronxville Board of Education Meeting:  There will be a regular meeting of the Bronxville Board of Education and a budget presentation at 7:00 pm in the multipurpose room of the school. For more information, go to or call 914-395-0500.

Friday, March 23, 11:00 am, Presentation about End-of-Life Issues at Bronxville Library:  End of Life Choices New York will be giving a presentation in the Bronxville Public Library about end-of-life issues, including palliative care; pain management; communication with doctors; health care proxies, living wills, and do-not-resuscitate orders; and hospices. Registration is required. For more information and to register, call 914-337-7680, ext. 34.

Saturday, March 24, 2:00 pm or 3:30 pm, Learn about Being a Dancer for Children at Bronxville Library:  Children ages five and older are invited to join dancers from The Dance Gallery of Tuckahoe and see what it takes to be a dancer in ballet, jazz, tap, and more. There will be a lecture, demonstration, and performance, plus a chance to try out some moves yourself. Registration is required. For more information and to register, call 914-337-7680, ext. 34.

Monday, March 26, 3:00 pm, New York City in Folk & Popular Song at Bronxville Library:  Listen to crime songs, transportation songs, housing songs, and other songs of life and love in the city and consider how New York City songs reflect the sights and sounds, the rhythms and energy, and the peculiar problems and charms of urban living. Presented by music historian Robert L. Cohen. For more information, go to or call 914-337-7680.

Monday, March 26, 8:00 pm, Bronxville Village Board of Trustees Meeting:  The Bronxville Village Board of Trustees will have a meeting at 8:00 pm in Bronxville Village Hall. For more information, go to or call 914-337-6500.

Tuesday, March 27, 1:00 pm, NYP Lawrence Hospital Lunch and Learn Presentation about the Importance of Breakfast:  The next installment of NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital's Lunch and Learn series, a presentation by Ashley Gardell, MS, RD, CDN titled "Breakfast, Is It Really the Most Important Meal of the Day?" will be at 1:00 pm in the hospital's lobby conference room. Registration is required. For more information and to register, call 914-787-5000.

Tuesday, March 27, 3:30 pm, Making Cupcakes for Teens at Bronxville Library:  Tweens and teens ages nine and older are invited to make a cupcake look as delicious and crazy as possible; winner takes home a prize. Registration is required. For more information and to register, call 914-337-7680, ext. 34. 

Wednesday, March 28, 6:30 pm, Presentation about Drug Paraphernalia at Bronxville School: The B*well Committee of the Bronxville School PTA is teaming up with the Student Assistance Services Corporation, the Westchester Coalition for Drug and Alcohol-Free Youth, and the Maxwell Institute to bring a special presentation to The Bronxville School on drug paraphernalia titled "Hidden in Plain Sight." Parents and community members are invited to the multipurpose room at 6:30 pm to preview a typical teen bedroom, filled with paraphernalia that may indicate drug use. Judy Mezey from the Student Assistance Services Corporation will then give a presentation at 7:00 pm, explaining what we need to know to stay in touch with teens and potential drug use. The presentation is for adults only. For more information, go to or call 914-395-0500.

Photo by N. Bower

Editor's note:  As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes notices about meetings of village government, the Bronxville Board of Education, and the board of trustees of the Bronxville Public Library. MyhometownBronxville does not independently research other events but will, at its discretion, consider including a notice of an event that will occur in Bronxville if information about the event is received by MyhometownBronxville (managing editor Marcia Lee at CLOAKING ) by noon on the Sunday before the subsequent Wednesday publication. These notices must not be advertisements; please send any requests for advertisements to Sarah Thornton Clifford at sethorntoncliff@aol.

Bronxville Students Walk Out to Honor Slain Students and Support Gun Control: Student Perspective PDF Print Email

By Hannah Weirens, Senior at Bronxville High School

Mar. 21, 2018:  March 14, 2018, is a date that gave students across the country the opportunity not only to memorialize the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School but also to demand change regarding gun control.

At Bronxville High School, Kiki Shinsato and I were able to organize a walkout along with two Bronxville mothers, Ellie Rice and Melissa Shinsato. Weeks of anticipation for the day gave us time to arrange for a local a cappella group to perform “Stand by Me” and have 17 Bronxville seniors line up to read a biography of each of the 17 victims.


We wanted to emphasize to our community that behind the number “17” are real people with names, hobbies, interests, skills, and mourning friends and family. We also encouraged our community to get involved if they want to see change.


After 10:17 am on that Wednesday, everyone who attended was able to put into perspective how tragic this event was and also how this can be used to motivate policymakers to push for stricter guns laws. Students who may not have cared about the issue because it did not directly affect them were able to realize that, although this horrific event occurred at a school in Florida, it could have been any school.

On March 16, students were able to participate in a roundtable discussion including County Executive George LatimerU.S. Representative Eliot Engel, and State Assemblywoman Amy PaulinChristina Reidel, one of the history teachers at Bronxville High School, arranged the discussion in order for students to learn about what has and is being done and also express our concerns and feelings. There could not have been a better way to conclude the week that featured the walkout. 


Photos by A. Warner

Bronxville Students Walk Out: Parent Perspective PDF Print Email


By Eleanor Rice, Parent of Two Bronxville School Students

Mar. 21, 2018:  Three weeks ago, I received a message from Hannah Weirens, one of the increasing number of American students who have been inspired to take action on political issues affecting their community and their nation, even before they are able to vote. She was keen to get involved with the walk-out event I had set up for our Bronxville school district. I was glad to hand over the reins, enabling more students to be heard.

On Wednesday morning, March 14, Melissa Shinsato and I brought traveler boxes full of hot chocolate to The Bronxville School. We saw Kiki Shinsato, Melissa’s daughter, working with Hannah to coordinate the other students who were involved.

We set up the hot chocolate just in time. Middle school students began trickling out from the building, some shivering without their coats. Parents arrived, some with blankets and younger siblings. The trickle became a flood as high schoolers joined them; many wore orange in support of, others wore red, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school color.



At 10:00 am, before the hushed crowd, the SHA! Cappella choir sang “Stand By Me.”


Across the street stood people holding signs that read “Thank You” and “We Stand with You.” I later learned that our students’ tribute held a personal resonance for one of these spectators.


Kiki spoke on behalf of the Bronxville students: “We gather in solidarity with the Parkland survivors, who have kept this issue in the public eye, and in memory of those who passed away,” her voice echoing between the church and the school building. “We want Congress to pay attention and take note: many of us will vote this November; many others who can’t yet vote will flood the polls in 2020.”

The first in a line of seventeen students stepped forward. She read a short biography of Scott Beigel, 37, one of the teachers who lost his life protecting students on February 14. Each of the sixteen other students in the line read the name, age, and biography of one of the other sixteen whose lives were lost: Aaron Feis, 37; Chris Hixon, 49; Alyssa Alhadeff, 14; Martin Duque Anguiano, 14; Nicholas Dworet, 17; Jaime Guttenberg, 14; Luke Hoyer, 15; Cara Loughran, 14; Gina Montalto, 14; Joaquin Oliver, 17; Alaina Petty, 14; Meadow Pollack, 18; Helena Ramsey, 17; Alex Schachter, 14; Carmen Schentrup, 16; and Peter Wang, 15. A silence followed before Kiki announced that 17 minutes had passed.


I thanked Dr. Tom Wilson, the middle school principal, for his support of the event. He was proud of the students and was moved by their words and behavior, and he said there was no question that the school would be supportive. Police Chief Christopher Satriale had just spoken with a village resident, Allison Halloran, who lost her niece Gina Montalto in the MSD shooting, and she passed on her appreciation.

Ann Meyer, the high school principal, reached out to Kiki and Hannah, saying that she "wanted to make sure to tell you both how beautiful and moving the ceremony was that you organized. ... It was a powerful experience and I thank you so much for your hard work in making it happen."


Allison Halloran followed up her conversation with Chief Satriale with an email to Ms. Meyer: “I applaud you on educating students about the importance of using freedom of speech to effect change and for reminding the students of the reason for the walkout. … Please let your students know that I attended the ceremony and how pleased and moved I was by their respect for the lives we lost.”

Photos by A. Warner


Bronxville Board of Education Set to Adopt $48.2 Million School Budget for 2018-2019 PDF Print Email


By Carol P. Bartold, Senior Reporter

Mar. 21, 2018: The Bronxville Board of Education anticipates adopting a 2018-2019 budget of $48,222,978 at its March 22 meeting. The budget, which represents a 2.32 percent increase over the current year budget, will be presented to voters for approval at the May 15, 2018, annual budget vote and board election.

Primary drivers in formulating the school budget are the New York State-mandated 2 percent tax levy cap, set at the lower of 2 percent and the Consumer Price Index (CPI), and enrollment figures. The CPI currently stands at 2.2 percent.

Although the tax levy cap has a stated limit, school districts calculate an allowable tax levy, taking into consideration such factors as debt service net of state aid and a tax base growth factor supplied by New York State, which is applied to the current academic year budget. That calculation results in an allowed tax levy cap of 2.64 percent for the Bronxville district.

The proposed budget accounts for a $500,000 fund balance appropriation to reduce the tax levy, which will result in a 2018-19 tax levy increase of 1.97 percent rather than the calculated 2.64 percent. The Bronxville Board of Education has made such appropriations to reduce the calculated tax levy for several years. For taxpayers, this translates to an estimated tax rate of approximately $13.37 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

The fund balance appropriation puts the proposed 2018-19 budget at approximately $276,000 under the allowed tax levy cap.

Approximately $42.8 million in property taxes and $5.4 million in revenues other than property taxes will fund the proposed 2018-2019 budget. Projected New York State aid of approximately $2.5 million, special education tuition of $1.4 million, the $500,000 fund balance, and $450,000 from health services provided to private schools within the Bronxville district are the major sources of other revenues. Unrelated to the budget adoption and approval process, last week, Bronxville residents voted to approve a tax-neutral $24.8 million bond project to finance capital improvements to the school that would replace current debt that will expire in 2020. The school explains on its website that the project "would allow the district to absorb the repayment of the new debt into its budget without causing additional property tax growth." 

Dan Carlin, assistant superintendent for business, noted that the Bronxville district is experiencing a plateau in enrollment. From a high of 1,718 students enrolled in 2014, the district has seen a steady decline. Current enrollment stands at 1,660 students. The district projects that 1,628 students will enroll for the 2018-2019 academic year. Carlin noted that, as the economy has improved, more students have opted to attend private schools.

With salaries and benefits making up approximately 75 percent of the budget, and locked-in contractual cost obligations accounting for another 11 percent, the district and board are left with only 14 percent of the budget to account for items such as equipment, supplies, and textbooks.

“The administration comes to the board with what we feel we need rather than what we want,” Carlin said.

Pictured here:  The Bronxville School.

Photo by A. Warner

Nine Bronxville Squash Players Compete at U.S. Squash Junior Championship PDF Print Email

By Staff

Mar. 21, 2018:  This past weekend, nine talented Bronxville squash players traveled to Boston to participate in the U.S. Squash Junior Championship held at Harvard and MIT.
In order to qualify, each of these players achieved national rankings in the top thirty-two positions of their age group, quite an accomplishment. The players represented at the nationals were Charlie Clifford (Boys Under 13), Ellie Clifford (Girls Under 13), Molly Stoltz and Lainey Neild (Girls Under 15), Harry Charlton, Connor Stoltz, and Tyler Mackesy (Boys Under 17), McKenna Stoltz (Girls Under 17), and Julia Curran (Girls Under 19). All of these players train at the Bronxville Field Club under Director of Squash Supreet Singh and his team as well as at other clubs. 
The U.S. Squash Junior Championship is junior squash at the highest level and is extremely competitive. Molly Stoltz had the strongest performance of the weekend, getting to the finals of the GU15 Classic Plate and finishing sixth. This is impressive, particularly given that Stoltz has another year in the 15s. Five players finished in the Top 24: Charlie Clifford, Ellie Clifford, Harry Charlton, Julia Curran, and Tyler Mackesy. Conner Stoltz, Lainey Neild, and McKenna Stoltz all finished in the Top 32. 
Throughout the weekend, many players had hard-fought and close matches. Of particular note was Lainey Neild’s match against 10th-ranked Christa Kay of Haverford, PA. Neild fought tirelessly throughout the match, which alternated between Neild and Kay winning games. The match ultimately went to a fifth game, with Kay narrowly prevailing.
Congrats to all the players on making it to nationals and playing at such a high level.

Pictured here:  Bronxville players who went to the U.S. Squash Junior Championship with Bronxville Field Club coaches.

Photo courtesy Supreet Singh

Editor's note:  The children of a staff member of MyhometownBronxville participate in the squash program. 
Professional Softball Player Kehli Washington Works in Bronxville During Off-Season PDF Print Email


By Ruth Walter

Mar. 21, 2018:  Kehli Washington plays for the Haarlem Sparks softball team from April through October every year while competing in summer tournaments with the Swedish National team. November to March finds her at Dobbs & Bishop Fine Cheese for the holiday rush. After three years, Kehli knows a ton about cheese and how to work the holiday crowds, leaving each customer happier than when he/she came in.

Kehli was born in Sweden, grew up in New Rochelle, and attended New Rochelle High School and Rider University. When she was 5 or 6, she played T-ball and only switched to softball at age 12. A coach saw her play and encouraged her to try out for a tournament team under the coaching of Dean Marino. Kehli’s career was born.

Every weekday morning, Kehli can be found making mac-n-cheese at Dobbs & Bishop for middle and high school students. In the afternoons, she trains or does private coaching at A-Game Sports in New Rochelle. On the weekends, she is a sports product promoter, including athletic-ware.

“Since we first met Kehli, her enthusiasm, attention to detail, and crushing work ethic impressed us and secured her a spot on our first string," said Ruth Walter, co-owner of the cheese shop.

Kehli’s team, The Haarlem Sparks, had a successful season in 2016, winning a gold medal at the Holland Series and European Cup championship.

"I enjoy playing so much," Kehli said. "In addition to being with all my friends, I love competing and being paid to play a sport I love."

Aspiring athletes and cheese lovers can stop by weekday mornings to talk to a real sports professional. You can also follow Kehli and her team at If you want an inside look into her life, follow Kehli on instagram @kehliwash, where she posts frequently what she does on a daily basis.

Photo by Susanne Washington

From the Mayor: Sprucing Up for Spring PDF Print Email


By Mary C. Marvin, Mayor, Village of Bronxville

Mar. 21, 2018:  This past weekend was the last one of winter, dare I even say, so our thoughts are turning to spring initiatives.

As you have most assuredly noticed, potholes abound in the village. Repairs have commenced, and our trucks will be out for the next several weeks doing patching.

With a renewed focus on our few open spaces, the village will continue to care for all lawns and plant beds by mulching in place, leaving grass clippings as fertilizer, and keeping all of our properties pesticide- and chemical-free so children can sit on the grass and dogs may roam.

Long on the back burner because of the construction of Villa BXV, we are focusing on Bacon Woods Park, fully an acre-plus of open space on Kensington Road. We will be sending out a request for proposals to seek ideas and costs for improvements, including refurbishment of the walkway between Sagamore and Kensington Roads. We also plan to widen the sidewalk for easier walking access near the rear of Christ Church. 

In an effort to make our village even more pedestrian friendly, we ask you, the responsible homeowners, to maintain, repair, and replace sidewalks adjacent to your home. If they are in disrepair and not remediated, our public works department issues a “duty to repair” notice. By law, the village is responsible for all adjacent curbing. The incredibly inclement weather has kept so many of us home, and traffic in our village stores suffered as a consequence. As the weather improves, please use our sidewalks to head to our business district.

We have noticed gardeners back working in the village and remind residents that leaves must be bagged and not blown onto the right of way, and tree branches and debris must be tied together. For some reason this winter, we saw a huge uptick in pet waste bags being thrown into sewers. Since the bags used are usually non-biodegradable, they clog our piping system and we’ve spent unnecessary funds to clear obstructions and retrieve these bags.

Our Green Committee is already gearing up for its spring initiatives, chief among them the replanting of our Community Garden. Last year, our small garden generated 250 pounds of fresh vegetables that were all donated to nearby soup kitchens. Though Westchester County is one of the wealthiest counties in the country, one in five residents does not receive proper nourishment.

The Green Committee is also looking into the composting of food scraps. Scarsdale and Larchmont have led the way and their programs are a huge success.

Home renovation and even smaller projects traditionally commence in early spring and large or small, most often require a building permit from the village.

If you anticipate any work on your home, start by calling the building department at 914-337-7338. The staff can guide you as to whether permits or variances are required. Undertaking work without permits results in the doubling of fees, both on the cost of the permit itself and the estimate of the value of the project. Many residents are running into this problem when they go to place their home for sale and find projects have no valid certificate of occupancy, so the home cannot be transferred. Even seemingly small projects such as electrical or plumbing work need permits. The overriding concern is safety both for one’s own home and nearby neighbors.

The terms of a village permit allow work to be done from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm on weekdays only. If the project is one for which a permit is not required, for example, painting, work can be done on weekends. However, even work acceptable to do on weekends must respect the village’s noise ordinance and not create an undue disturbance. Villagers can call the police department with any noise concerns.

After a permit request is filed, work cannot commence until the permit request is reviewed and signed off on by the building department. All building permit requirements and applications are now available on our website.

Walkways, patios, sheds, emergency generators, roof replacements, and fences, require building permits.

After the past few weeks, we are mourning the loss of way too many trees, both public and private in the village.

The village will be feeding, fertilizing, and trimming the street trees and we ask you to do the same. The village is now one of only a few communities not to have a tree ordinance, as we have historically relied on the foresight and stewardship of residents to value this intrinsic asset. As part of our new comprehensive plan, we will revisit the issue. 

Preserving our municipal trees will be front and center this spring. The village-owned trees serve architectural and engineering functions beyond their aesthetic value. They enhance building design, reduce glare and reflection, screen unsightly areas, muffle urban noise, and reduce the “heat island effect” caused by pavement and commercial buildings.

As an added plus, trees grow in value as they age while most other municipal assets, including roads and sewers, decline in value.

Trees on private property produce even greater monetary value. Studies have demonstrated that 10 to 23 percent of the value of a residence is based on its tree stock. A municipality also captures some of this monetary value, as enhanced property values increase assessed values and the resulting tax base.

Trees also provide important symbolic links with the past and are important often simply because they have lived through eras with which we have few other connections left.

The warmer weather also brings an increase in door-to-door solicitations. Individuals selling goods cannot do so legally without first receiving a permit from the village. Do not hesitate to call the police department if the salesperson cannot produce their permit. Upon investigation, the police have found that some of the charities that were purported to benefit from our purchases were nonexistent. 

The First Amendment does protect all those “selling” an idea or cause, so groups such as Jehovah's Witnesses or Greenpeace do not need permission to ring your bell. To limit this kind of visit, a small “No Solicitation” sign near the front door has proven effective.

Spring also brings greater turnover of residents in village houses and apartments. Residents of some of our townhomes and apartment complexes often rent parking spaces on a first-come, first-served basis. However, when one sells or purchases a unit, the parking space is not part of the deed of transfer. This confusion has led to many frustrated new purchasers. However, there is a solution. If you plan on purchasing in the village, you can put your name on the waiting list in anticipation of purchase. Conversely, if you plan on selling in the not-too-distant future, you may put your name on the waiting list as well to save a spot for your anticipated purchaser.

You will also see us sprucing up village benches and receptacles, polishing plaques, and bringing everything out from under the winter blanket.

Editor's note:  As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes press releases, statements, and articles from local institutions, legislators, and candidates. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

Mayor Mary Marvin Appointed to Serve on Community Revitalization Policy Committee PDF Print Email


By James J. Miccio, President, New York State Conference of Mayors

Mar. 21, 2018:  Mayor Mary Marvin of the Village of Bronxville has been appointed to serve on the Community Revitalization Policy Committee of the New York State Conference of Mayors ("NYCOM"). NYCOM president James Miccio of the Village of Fishkill made the appointment.

As a member of the Community Revitalization Police Committee, Mayor Marvin will be directly involved in providing policy recommendations to the NYCOM executive committee, developing positions on various pieces of legislation, and considering new legislative proposals that will benefit cities and villages. This committee will focus on a wide range of issues including economic development, main street initiatives, abandoned property, land use, property maintenance, and government operations.

In making the appointment, Mayor Miccio said, “Mayor Marvin is a strong and outspoken supporter of local government. We are pleased to have her involved with NYCOM in this important undertaking, which will only strengthen our organization's advocacy efforts. I know Mayor Marvin will be a tremendous asset to the process.” 

The Conference of Mayors represents city and village governments in New York State and has 576 city and village members. NYCOM has been in existence since 1910. 

Pictured here:  Mayor Mary Marvin.

Photo by N. Bower

Editor's note:  As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes press releases, statements, and articles from local institutions, legislators, and candidates. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

Bronxville PTA and B*well Committee to Sponsor 'Hidden in Plain Sight,' a Lecture on Identifying Drug Paraphernalia, Wednesday, March 28 PDF Print Email


By Molly Hendrick, Member of the Bronxville School PTA and B*well Committee

Mar. 21, 2018:  The B*well Committee of the Bronxville School PTA is teaming up with the Student Assistance Services Corporation, the Westchester Coalition for Drug and Alcohol-Free Youth, and the Maxwell Institute to bring a special presentation to The Bronxville School on drug paraphernalia, titled "Hidden in Plain Sight," on Wednesday, March 28.

"Come into a teen's bedroom and test your knowledge and strengthen your observational skills." Parents and community members are invited to the multipurpose room at 6:30 pm to preview a typical teen bedroom, filled with paraphernalia that may indicate drug use. Can you find the clues? 

Judy Mezey from the Student Assistance Services Corporation will then give us a presentation at 7:00 pm, explaining what we need to know to stay in touch with our teens and potential drug use. All parents welcome; adults only, please.

For more information, please contact Molly Hendrick at CLOAKING .

Editor's noteClick here for an article about the Hidden in Plain Sight presentation at the Bronxville Public Library earlier this year.

Editor's note:  As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes press releases, statements, and articles from local institutions, legislators, and candidates. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

Letter to the Editor: Mark Jennings in Support of Julie Killian for State Senate PDF Print Email


To the Editor:

Mar. 21, 2018:  Julie Killian has been a friend of mine and our family for many years. She is running for State Senate in the April 24 special election and I am honored to support her.

Did you know that Westchester County gets the least per-pupil school aid of any county in New York State? And New York is one of the few states that expect Medicaid to be paid for at the local level.

It should come as no surprise we have among the highest property taxes in the nation!

Julie will fight to change the school aid formula and to move Medicaid costs back to the state, which would lower our property taxes.

Born in Mount Vernon, one of six siblings, Julie learned the value of an honest day’s work – and the importance of education – at an early age. As a teenager, she started a summer camp with her sister and waited tables at a pizza place at night, often working 15-hour days each summer to help pay for college. After earning a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from New York University, Julie spent more than a decade working on Wall Street in the financial services industry.  She and her husband, Gary, have five children.

Julie also has experience at the local level, which will serve her well in Albany. As a Rye City councilwoman and deputy mayor, Julie led the fight to reform local government and protect property taxpayers. She held the line on property taxes and worked to negotiate fair labor contracts after years of impasse to save taxpayers money. Julie also protected Rye taxpayers by selling unnecessary city property and using the proceeds to fund critical infrastructure investments.

She is also a leader in the fight against substance abuse. Julie co-founded RyeACT (Rye Action for Children and Teens) to fight youth drug and alcohol abuse. RyeACT trains local leaders and youth, develops prevention messages, and provides local access to drug and alcohol abuse prevention experts.

We must get out and vote for Julie Killian on April 24. The only way to affect change in government is to elect new people with fresh perspectives who are going to fight AGAINST the status quo and FOR the taxpayers. This is an important race for the future of this state – and Westchester. For more information about Julie’s campaign, please visit or on Facebook and Twitter: Killian4Senate.

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.

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