Author Archives: Mary Marvin

Column: We’re getting squeezed from all sides over here

At the February monthly meeting, the trustees acted on a myriad of substantive issues in the areas of taxes, public works and public utilities. The board joined a consortium with neighboring communities—which includes New Rochelle, Eastchester, Ardsley, Tuckahoe, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings, Pelham and Pelham Manor—to challenge a proposed astronomical raise in water cost and hydrant […]

Column: Just the FAQs

This week’s column will serve as a compilation of some of the most frequently asked questions to Village Hall staffers as well as reminders and clarification of certain time sensitive village procedures. Coming on the heels of two snowstorms, it is the opportune time to remind residents and merchants of the rules for safe passage […]

The cost of doing municipal business

As the trustees and I formulate a capital budget for the next fiscal year, it never ceases to amaze me how wide the cost differential is between specialized commercial grade equipment and what we purchase for personal use. As example, a basic car for use by the police department costs a “normal” $27,000. However, to […]

Column: Special interests especially active in 2013

In last week’s column, I spoke exclusively of our village’s legislation, accomplishments and outstanding issues as of year’s end. The subject prompted me to look more globally as to what was accomplished on the federal level, nationwide at the state level and in our state government. In the interest of full disclosure, I have always […]

Column: 2013, it was a very good year

As is custom, the New Year brings thoughts of future plans as well as reflection upon the year just passed. In the village government sp-here, 2013 was a busy and productive year. To recap, as a result of vigilant oversight, we continue to have the fairest property assessments in the county, which is a vital […]

Column: Kensington show finally on the road

After almost three decades of false starts, the trustees and I are so pleased to announce the resurrection of the Kensington Road project. At our December Board of Trustees meeting, we selected Fareri Associates of Greenwich, Conn., to develop the project that was originally approved in 2007. The trustees and I and the ad hoc […]

Column: Breaking down the village budget

At the Board of Trustees December meeting, our village auditors from the firm of O’Connor Davies presented their review of our financial statements for the budget year June 1, 2012, to May 31, 2013. I am pleased to report we are in the best financial shape in recent history. The village received an unqualified opinion, […]