By ANNAROSE RUSSO
On Tuesday, March 18, Republicans Anne Poorman and Guy Longobardo were reseated on the Bronxville Board of Trustees for their fifth and second term, respectively, after an uncontested election.
According to unofficial results from Bronxville’s Village Hall, Poorman was re-elected with 76 votes. Longobardo will return to the board with 74 votes.
Running uncontested is not uncommon in the Village of Bronxville.
Poorman, an NYU School of Law graduate and mother of three, said contested elections are time consuming, but she welcomes them if the democratic environment requires it. As it stands currently, Poorman said, “I believe our current village government runs efficiently, smoothly and transparently.”
Longobardo agreed with Poorman, attributing much of the village’s governmental efficiency to the shared goals of the Republican trustees and Mayor Mary Marvin, also a Republican. He said the board pays equal attention to the needs of the residents and the municipal needs of the village without placing an undue financial burden on residents.
“In my view, we have been very successful at keeping the quality of services high while keeping the village share of the tax burden on residents low. We have also been very active in planning for the future of the village,” Longobardo, a Columbia Law School graduate and father of two Bronxville High School graduates, said.
The upcoming two-year term presents obstacles both pre-existing and forthcoming for the returning trustees.
Whereas they are commonplace in some other area Westchester communities, Bronxville is not often faced with developmental issues or construction challenges. As a result, the Kensington Road construction project, the Parkway Bridge debate—in which the village has clashed with its incorporating Town of Eastchester over who is responsible for the inoperative bridge’s repair—and Bronxville’s flooding remediation plan are issues the Board of Trustees is addressing.
“Bronxville government pledges to do its best to minimize the hassle by assembling a responsive team of top-tier professionals,” Poorman said.
Despite the recent rough times in Bronxville, the trustees agree that the village has only grown stronger.
After Hurricane Sandy, the village formed a strong relationship with Con Edison, which will continue to benefit the village as a whole. FEMA has also proven to be an ally to Bronxville, covering 75 percent of the flood remediation project set to begin this fall, according to Longobardo. The village is planning to install storm water storage tanks underneath the school which would flow into the nearby Bronx River. The flood remediation project must be addressed, according to Poorman, because of the traumatic effect flooding, especially near the school, has had on the community.
Poorman and Longobardo, long-time residents of Bronxville, are proud of their accomplishments during this past term and are confident in the ability of the board to do what is right for the village over the next two years.
Another immediate challenge is the loss of Village Administrator Harold Porr, III and Village Treasurer Robert Fels, who will retire within one month of each other, Porr on March 27 followed by Fels on April 30. The two men have contributed a combined 32 years of expertise to Bronxville, of which the trustees are currently looking to replace.
“Losing both Bob Fels and Harry Porr is a challenge and an opportunity,” Poorman said. “For the two trustees running unopposed, it is a blessing that we’ve been able to focus on the senior staff job searches and our budgets in the last six weeks rather than spend that time campaigning.”
The two incumbent Republicans are deeply rooted in Bronxville, Longobardo attended Bronxville schools and Poorman has been a resident of the village for 21 years. They said they are aware of the changes and challenges they face, but are grateful for their re-election.
When asked about the shifts to be made in Village Hall and the projects underway, Longobardo said, “While there is a sense of change, there is also the opportunity to move forward and the activity, though it may produce some short-term inconvenience at times, will benefit the village and its residents for decades to come.”
Republican Village Justice George McKinnis, also unopposed, was re-elected Tuesday night to his sixth term with