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Letter to the Editor: Why I Want to be Mayor

Like many of our neighbors, we decided to move to Scarsdale for the schools. But, after seven short years in the community, all four of our children had graduated from Scarsdale High School. Today, thirty years later, we are proud to still call Scarsdale home and reside in our community Village in a Park. We may have come for the schools, but we have fallen in love with so much more. 

I take great pride in my willingness to stand up for what is right and what needs to be done. Above all, I’ve demonstrated my commitment to doing things that are important to residents and that benefit the entire community. After I retired more than 15 years ago, I became co-chair of the Education Committee of the Scarsdale Forum’s predecessor organization (the Town & Village Civic Club), and a member of the Village Board’s Advisory Council on Human Relations. When I learned that the Village Board of Trustees could use someone with my technical background, I ran for office and was elected for two terms as Trustee.

During my time as Trustee, I worked with the Village Manager to update the Building Chapter of the Village Code.  As the Board’s Municipal Services Committee Chair, I led the complete rewrite of the Stormwater Chapter of the Village Code in response to major flooding in 2007.  The Deputy Village Manager and I worked with a contractor on the retention areas in George Field Park and Cooper Green to mitigate flooding.  When the Mayor and Deputy Mayor proposed a resolution to sell Village land, I had great concerns that we were not being adequately compensated.  I am proud that my efforts, supported by other Trustees, resulted in an eventual sales price more than two times greater.  In regard to maintaining the character of our community, I identified several flaws in a resolution to revise the Update of the Village Center Component of the Village of Scarsdale Comprehensive Plan.   One such defect that I had removed was the consultant’s recommendation to limit building heights in the Village Center without taking elevation changes into account.  Such a change would have permitted three story buildings along Scarsdale Avenue thereby blocking the views from homes along Overhill Road.  In safeguarding our Village in a Park identity, I have worked with the Village staff on conservation best practices under the Tree Chapter of the Village Code.  In terms of communication and Cable TV, I helped to update the Village website and worked with the Cable Commission to negotiate substantial funds from Verizon.

My service and accomplishments as a Trustee and my professional background as an engineer have prepared me to be your next Mayor.  I believe in governance that is collaborative, which is why I’ve already recommended the formation of an advisory council on property tax valuation that includes members of the community. There are also several capital projects that I look forward to working with all stakeholders on, including the modernization of our Library, the Post & Popham Roads Firehouse, the potential development of the Open Lot/Freightway area, and of course, improving our roads. Other issues that I hope to consider and that need continuing attention are revitalization of the Village Center, neighborhood character issues and sustainability projects.

I want to be your Mayor because I’m committed to use my experience and knowledge of Scarsdale’s government, finances, public services and infrastructure that I’ve gained over the past 15-plus years to resolve current concerns and address future issues facing the Village we all love.  I will spend every day working with the Board of Trustees, Village Staff and the community to keep our tax liabilities as low as possible, while maintaining and improving the services we have come to expect.  I am so grateful for all the opportunities Scarsdale has afforded my family and will strive to be the Mayor it deserves.  Scarsdale is already great, but there is work to be done.  Join me and the SCNP slate; let’s come together and get to work.

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