Category Archives: Bronxville Today

Column: Lessons in Bronxville history

As I approach a decade as your mayor, I have learned so much about our village; its history, traditions, methods of operation and idiosyncrasies. I thought I would share the following which often elicit a “really?” or most likely “I never knew that”—a veritable store house of factoids should we ever have a Bronxville Village […]

Column: Local government versus state government

In early February, the Siena College Research Institute conducted a statewide poll of registered voters to assess their views of government in New York. Overall, 66 percent of the respondents thought their local governments were on the “right track” while 42 percent thought our state government was headed in the wrong direction. In evaluating whether […]

Column: Traffic concerns persist around school

The dreadful winter that we are experiencing with constant periods of snow that narrow the roadways, followed by ice and bone-chilling cold has served to crystallize the problems near the Bronxville School at drop off and pick up times. The village police department has purposely turned a blind eye to many of the vehicle infractions […]

Column: The problems with the tax cap still persist

The constraints of the state’s 2 percent tax cap are again front and center as the trustees and I develop the village budget for the fiscal year 2015-2016. Since its inception, I have been a vocal critic of the tax cap, primarily because of the disincentive it created to repair aging infrastructure and the underlying […]

Column: Some numbers on the sales tax front

Local sales tax collection is a reliable barometer of the health of the economy as a whole and local business districts in particular. The village just received its second sales tax payment of $233,000 for this fiscal year from New York State bringing our current total to $459,000 or just under 52 percent of our […]

Column: Village moves forward on slew of projects

The past year has been characterized by unprecedented capital initiatives throughout the village, and the efforts continue. Though causing their share of temporary disruption to some neighborhoods, the trustees and I believe the completion of these projects will benefit the long term prosperity of our village. In the interim, we will work to minimize the […]

Column: The state’s agenda doesn’t help us

This past week Gov. Cuomo presented his proposed state budget for the fiscal year 2014-2015. To be on time, the state Legislature must pass a budget by March 31. Heavy on infrastructure repairs combined with an ambitious social agenda, the $14.16 billion proposed budget stays below the 2 percent tax cap only by exempting infrastructure […]

Column: Things looking up for the business district

With the new year comes good news for our business district as vacancies are finally dwindling. I am cautiously optimistic that we have turned the corner on the post-recession downturn. During the worst of the “vacancy” period, I was often asked what recourse the village had to provide a disincentive to leave stores empty. The […]