Category Archives: Bronxville Today

Column: Mother’s Day has deep roots

After enjoying a very special three-generation Mother’s Day on Sunday, the whole concept and origin of the celebration piqued my interest and lead to fascinating discoveries. Throughout history, mothers have been honored as goddesses or through festivals of celebration, usually in the springtime, recognizing the rebirth of the land and the beginning of the most […]

Column: Making the village beautiful for spring

The continued spate of mild weather has thankfully reawakened the village after our long hibernation. Sidewalks are busy, bicycles are out, projects are starting and flowers are finally popping. Traditionally, this time of year is the busiest and prettiest in our village. Our outdoor farmer’s market opens this Saturday on Stone Place and Paxton Avenue […]

Column: Our library is a jewel of the community

While walking home from Village Hall this week, I crossed at the library corner and realized what a gem, and a sometimes hidden gem, we have in this institution. Begun as a reading room in 1875, our formal library has been in its current home since 1942. Our library, thanks to an innovative director, a […]

Column: Breaking down this year’s budget

The trustees and I approved both a capital budget and a 2014-2015 operating budget at the April Board of Trustees meeting. Both reflect the changing face of the economy and the village in 2014. Our capital budget of $3.5 million, almost $1 million more than our last capital outlay, reflects the realization of a 100-year-old […]

Column: Emerging from our long, cruel winter

As spring weather will hopefully grace the village soon, it is time to put the shovels away and think about plants and lawns and green. On the municipal level, the village continues to care for all lawns and open spaces by mulching in place, leaving grass clippings as fertilizer and keeping all of our properties […]

Column: Moving forward on Kensington Road

This past week, on behalf of the Village of Bronxville, I officially signed the agreement to develop the Kensington Road property by Fareri Associates of Greenwich, Conn. Believe it or not, development of this property has been 30 years in the making with several false starts. Probably the last blighted piece of property in the […]

Column: State interference is crushing local governments

Governor Cuomo has announced a two-year property tax freeze as a hallmark of his 2014 agenda, but it is facing growing opposition from both political parties, school districts and local governments as well as the non-partisan New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials. The two-year tax freeze is for individuals‑outside of New York […]

Column: We’re working on a vision for downtown

  Our downtown business consultant, Phillips Preiss and Grygiel LLC, recently sent the village a progress report of our Downtown Planning Study. They suggested some straig-htforward changes to the village code for which there was strong support within all the constituent groups surveyed. The consultants recommend loosening the restrictions on outdoor tables/eating to allow a […]

Column: Capital improvements are on the way

The trustees and I just concluded a six-week process that resulted in a new capital budget for the Village of Bronxville that totals $3.5 million. Each year, the village writes a five-year capital improvement program. The annual program builds upon past programs and also tries to predict village capital needs going forward for the next […]

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 […]