By CHRIS EBERHART
With his right hand held aloft, Eastchester Town Super-visor Anthony Colavita, a Republican, placed his left hand on the Bible that was being held by his daughter Caroline and took his sixth oath of office at the beginning of the Jan. 7 Town Council meeting.
“In years past, it was my youngest daughter, Olivia Grace, but it was Caroline’s turn this year,” Colavita said. “But it was nice to see everyone’s family present despite the cold. It certainly set the tone for the new year.” That’s how Eastchester government’s activities in 2014 began, with the swearing-in cer-emonies for Colavita and re-elected Republican councilmen Fred Salanitro and Luigi Marcoccia, who both praised the Town Council’s work on the 2014 budget and the new Sportime tennis bubble at Lake Isle. “We’ve been committed to being tough on taxes,” said Salanitro, who is entering his second full term as a council
member. “We have been able to consistently stay within the budget tax cap since its inception [in 2011], which is no easy task considering we are faced with yearly skyrocketing increases in pension and healthcare costs…Seems like every dollar we save, the expenses go up two or three fold.”Salanitro said the council has utilized creative ways to remain under the state-mandated, 1.66 percent tax cap, such as offering retirement packages and consolidation of town positions, privatization and improving Lake Isle Country Club to “not only be self-sustaining, but to make a profit.” Salanitro and Marcoccia worked together to get the tennis bubble at Lake Isle up and running in October 2012. Salanitro said this year the town will hire a new caterer for Lake Isle. “We’ve never had a full-year operation in Lake Isle. It’s always been closed after golf season. But now we have the tennis bubble, we have activity, we have life 12 months out of the year,” Salanitro said.Looking ahead to 2014, Colavita said, “We have a lot going on.”
Colavita alluded to East-chester’s 350th anniversary celebration, which is a year-long celebration of Eastchester’s history, which will begin with a lecture from Jane Ziegelman, author of 97 Orchard, at Concordia College on Jan. 26. With the help of Westchester County, the town will renovate upper and lower Scout Field.” The field is located off of Midland Avenue in Bronxville.There are also issues that have to be addressed, Colavita said, such as the renovations and eventual re-opening of the Parkway Bridge, which resides in parts of the Village of Bronxville, Westchester County and the City of Yonkers and has created tension among the three municipalities along with the Town of Eastchester over who is responsible for its repairs.