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Bronxville Voters Approve Hayes Field Turf Proposal; School Budget Passes; Three Unopposed School Board Candidates Elected

By Carol P. Bartold     

May 20, 2015:  The second time proved successful for the Bronxville Board of Education's plan to reconfigure Hayes Field. Village voters gave a decisive approval for the allocation of up to $1.8 million of the District Wide Improvements Capital Reserve Fund to reconfigure Hayes Field as an artificial turf athletic field. The number of votes cast in favor of allocating the funds was 951, while 546 votes were cast against the plan. 

A total of 1,625 votes were cast in the annual election and referendum. The number of affidavit ballots cast was 209, which will be counted once verified. 

After voters narrowly rejected a referendum on January 22 to allocate up to $2.2 million of the fund to reconfigure Hayes Field, the board decided to present a revised design that eliminates permanent on-campus parking areas from the plan and keeps the elementary school play and kickball areas intact. 

"I would like to thank the community at large for their interest in this proposition," said Denise Tormey, board president. "The dialogue has been extensive. I cannot remember too many issues facing our community that have generated such passionate commentary on both sides."

By a count of 1,207 for and 349 against, voters approved the school district's proposed $46.4 million budget for 2015-2016, which reflects a tax levy increase of 1.39 percent. The tax levy increase complies with the district's calculated allowable tax levy cap and the state-mandated maximum 2 percent cap. 

Voters affirmed the slate of candidates as advanced by the Committee for the Non-Partisan Nomination and Election of School Trustees. Incumbent Jeff Rohr, currently serving his third year as trustee, received 1,178 votes and will serve a second term. Jon Atkeson received 1,121 votes and will begin his term at the board's July 2015 reorganization meeting. Tom Nichols received 1,142 votes and will serve in the seat held by Dr. James Hudson, who agreed to serve one year beyond his term in the seat held by Ruth Wood

"At this point I would like to urge all of us to revert to our roles as Bronxville neighbors and champions of The Bronxville School," Tormey said.

Pictured here:  Bronxville Village voters at the polls after 6:00 pm to vote on the Hayes Field referendum, the school budget, and three school board candidates.

Photo by N. Bower

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While the earliest settlers of Bronxville date back to the first half of the 18th century, the history of the modern suburb of Bronxville began in 1890 when William Van Duzer Lawrence purchased a farm and commissioned the architect, William A. Bates, to design a planned community of houses for well-known artists and professionals that became a thriving art colony. This community, now called Lawrence Park, is listed on the National register of Historic Places and many of the homes still have artists’ studios. A neighborhood association within Lawrence Park called “The Hilltop Association” keeps this heritage alive with art shows and other events for neighbors.

Bronxville offers many charming neighborhoods as well as a variety of living options for residents including single family homes, town houses, cooperatives and condominiums. One of the chief benefits of living in “the village” is that your children can attend the Bronxville School.

The Bronxville postal zone (10708, known as “Bronxville PO”) includes the village of Bronxville as well as the Chester Heights section of Eastchester, parts of Tuckahoe and the Lawrence Park West, Cedar Knolls, Armour Villa and Longvale sections of Yonkers. Many of these areas have their own distinct character. For instance, the Armour Villa section has many historic homes and even has its own newsletter called “The Villa Voice” which reports on neighborhood news.

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