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Letter to the Editor: I Support Justin Arest for Village Trustee

I am a Scarsdale Village resident writing in strong and proud support of Justin Arest, one of the Scarsdale Citizens’ Non-Partisan Party’s candidates for election as Village Trustee on March 20, 2018.  I was a member of this year’s Citizens Nominating Committee.

I met Justin shortly after moving to Scarsdale in 2014.  A mutual friend introduced us after realizing that Justin and I were neighbors with growing families on similar timelines.  It was a successful match.

What I love most about my friendship with Justin is that he is a great listener. He cares deeply about his friends’ lives and is never quick to make judgments. I have had numerous discussions with Justin about our mutual interests during family visits, phone calls and backyard chats.  What we share is a deep commitment to our community. I did not grow up in Westchester, I’m a Long Island transplant, and although the various New York City suburbs share many things in common, there are some subtle differences that occur in Westchester and Justin – a Westchester lifer – is my go-to guy for answers.

Justin is extremely committed to the Scarsdale community. From serving on boards and volunteering, to being an active participant in neighborhood discussions, he has proven his eagerness to work hard for Scarsdale. Justin also brings a new and fresh perspective to the Village which in the current economic environment is a huge plus. We need to encourage more millennials and young people to want to move to Scarsdale and raise their families here.  Justin sets an inspiring example of civic volunteerism for others in his generation.

I have witnessed Justin’s hard work and commitment to Scarsdale and its improvement in working with him on the Library Renovation Project.  Another example of Justin’s commitment to the community is his work on both the Zoning Board of Appeals and on the Freightway Steering Committee. He has shown that he already dedicates extraordinary time and energy to be of service to Scarsdale even with the commitments of having a young family.  I expect him to continue to do so if he is elected to serve as a Trustee.

Justin is rational, thoughtful, and conscientious.   He can debate the issues with fairness and keep an open-mind to all sides of an issue.  He exercises mature judgment, and he is not afraid to take an unpopular positon if he believes it is the right thing for the long-term. 

I can’t think of a better candidate to entrust with the position of Scarsdale Village Trustee. I know that Justin will have the community’s best interests in mind and that residents will respect his values, judgments and overall character.  I strongly urge all eligible Scarsdale residents to vote for Justin on March 20.

Eric Lichtenstein

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