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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Explanation E-mail from Mayor Steves

Dear Readers, Residents,

I would think you would agree why I was understandably so upset at what I had heard at the Agenda meeting of June 11, 2013.

I wrote an e-mail to Mayor Steves, here is his reply:

On Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 1:47 PM,  wrote:
Ms. Levi:
The Board and I appreciate open and even heated debate on any and all issues before us and genuinely respect an honest difference of opinion.  You, perhaps more than most, have enjoyed the openness and responsiveness of the Board. That is why I am so very disappointed that you would express such a view of one of its members.    All Board members take our open meetings responsibility extremely seriously; no one more than Trustee Brodsky. To extrapolate from one comment you thought you heard to the rash and unjustified conclusion of her qualifications as a trustee is unfortunate. Your attack on her character is sorely misplaced and woefully uninformed and in the context of our efforts to work with you to better understand the workings of Village government, simply sad. I am particularly disappointed because you have often had the opportunity to witness the good work Trustee Brodsky has accomplished as a trustee.
From time to time, the board is presented with a variety of personnel issues which by their nature may only be dealt with in executive session. The open meetings law permits the convening of executive sessions to discuss matters of this sort given the possible impact they may have on individuals who may be the subject of discussion. We are guided by the advice of the Village Attorney in determining when to invoke such a process.  In the four plus years I have been part of the board of trustees there has not been a single such meeting that was not justified.  Your assertion that there should be only one personnel committee meeting is incorrect. Such meetings are convened as necessary when and if warranted by the circumstances. This procedure has been followed by boards of trustees throughout the history of the Village. 
Robert J Steves, Mayor

I replied to him:
from: Lika L. Levi <lika@save-scarsdale.org>
date: Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 7:09 PM
subject: Re: Agenda meeting June 11, 2013

Mayor Steves,

I am now back in Scarsdale having been away for a while. Granted I was upset at what I heard. Thank you for your e-mail and explanation.

I trust this incidence is now behind us and I hope we can move forward with the work that needs to get done in this Village that is in every need of service and attention it can get from its volunteer board members as well as concerned residents.


Lika L. Levi

Founder, Save Scarsdale (a non-profit in formation)
21 Lockwood Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583-5301

Office: (914) 722-0004

As I said above, there is too much work that needs to get done to put this unfortunate incidence, in the way. Trustee Brodsky has worked very hard in the generator law that I have witnessed and I hope she will continue to work for a better Scarsdale.

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