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Village of Bronxville Court is Busy and Could Face a Big Change

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By Staff

Jan. 17, 2024: The Village of Bronxville Board of Trustees met on January 8, 2024. Mayor Marvin reported that the merchants in Bronxville had a "pretty good" holiday season.

Village Administrator James Palmer reminded residents that during a snow event, they should clear their sidewalks within 24 hours and not plow the snow from their driveways onto public roads.

Bronxville Justices William Primps and Natasha Nordahl attended the meeting. Mayor Marvin thanked them for their work and noted they are on duty 24/7. For example, Justice Primps reported a recent arrest of a defendant at 11 pm.

Justice Nordahl

Justice Primps

Justice Primps reported that the Court is under pressure due to a "political problem." Specifically, the State Bar Association is recommending abolishing town and village courts in New York and replacing them with district courts. The stated reason is that the majority of judges in upstate New York do not have law degrees. Primps noted that, while this is an issue upstate, this is not the case in Westchester or Bronxville. He further said that he does not think it would be good for the village to have its cases "consigned to a non-local forum." If this recommendation moves forward, it would need to be signed into law by the Governor.

Justice Primps also said that the Westchester court system is implementing the "Centralized Arraignment Program," known as "CAP," next month. This is being implemented because cases are now heard throughout Westchester County, and the District Attorney can't provide representation at all the arraignment proceedings.

Justice Nordahl commented that the Bronxville court is "very busy" with criminal, vehicle, and traffic cases and now has a Spanish interpreter. She also said there has been an uptick in landlord/tenant issues. Finally, she said the court conducted its first jury trial in 30 years.


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Bronxville is a quaint village (one square mile) located just 16 miles north of midtown Manhattan (roughly 30 minutes on the train) and has a population of approximately 6,500. It is known as a premier community with an excellent public school (K-12) and easy access to Manhattan. Bronxville offers many amenities including an attractive business district, a hospital (Lawrence Hospital), public paddle and tennis courts, fine dining at local restaurants, two private country clubs and a community library.

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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