Internet based journal created to document environmental and architectural conditions in Scarsdale under the non-partisan system governing. Read our efforts to preserve this town. Read articles Scarsdale10583.com or the local newspaper The Scarsdale Inquirer will not publish! Come to Scarsdale, see what a beautiful town this is worthy of UNESCO World Heritage designation. But our elected resident volunteers will not protect this town. We need your help to preserve it forever, for all !
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
First revised 10:46 EST Wednesday, December 6 2017.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Monday, December 4, 2017
Friday, December 1, 2017
1. Volunteers serving on the BOT reversed themselves. What once they deemed historical, they decided was not so, due to hardship. By extension this now means any other property owner can claim same, thus preserving nothing. This is clearly wrong.
2. Resident volunteers working part-time are no longer qualified or able to handle all the tasks of the BOT. Just look at their agenda, or watch the televised sessions. One gets exhausted just watching them ! How can they make sound decisions ?... One cant't run around with a 200 pound gorilla on his or her back. Their task is just as daunting.
3. The system ceased working about twenty years ago. Till then, the tasks were manageable. But now, the world is moving at Twitter pace, Scarsdale cannot be on a horse-buggy.
I propose the following:
1. First stop the carnage. Institute an immediate moratorium. Clean up house, revise code.
2. The current BOT, if they choose to do so should elect and appoint a new interim Board to oversee this over-haul from a resident volunteer non-partisan system to a professional board. Like in every other town in the States. I do not know of any other town that runs on this resident volunteer, non-professional system. Do you ?
3. The quicker the change, the better. Time we realized this system is broke.
Instead of serving us this is hurting us !
Last revised 1:33 p.m. Wednesday December 6th, 2017.
Joanne you are wonderful too !
Finally ! Congratulations to all of you members of the CHP ! You are my stars !!!
Shall we see this town finally preserved ? Do I hear a certain real estate developer starting to pack ?... And others joining him ?
Beautiful Scarsdale !
It is a wonderful world, all the more wonderful today !!!
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Monday, November 27, 2017
Saturday, November 25, 2017
For clarity: It is the Chairman and four members of the CHP who have resigned, her article heading says: Chairman and five members...go Google to see it. For obvious reasons I am no longer providing links.
Chair: William Silverman
Members: Alan Steinfeld
Barbara Jaffe did not sign this letter even though she publicly expressed frustration. I guess she wants to be in two camps at once.
Joyce Hirsch was absent I was told.
Other comments on the Scarsdale10583 site follow suit and various levels of propriety... A local developer for example seems very angry... Wonder why.
On my site, all errors are mine and solely mine. If pointed out, I shall gladly correct such error(s).
On the Village's website you can watch the whole proceeding during the November 14, 2018 meeting and watch Mayor Hochvert read the convoluted, resolution which lasted 19:45. 19 minutes 45 seconds. Our Village Manager Steve Pappalardo feels sorry for him at one point, and hands over a plastic cup of water.
All this reminds me of a song: " You lived your life, like a candle in the wind". Was written for Marilyn Monroe. Today it applies to Scarsdale soon to be Slums-dale courtesy of our Non-Partisan system: short sighted, unprincipled management. Sell away Scarsdale.
All mechanisms exist to prevent our town from becoming polluted like this and all is being maneuvered to cater to short-sighted greed.
Welcome to this America: Land of the free and greedy !
In the same meeting at the Public Comment session two ladies get up for their report on TAP.
They are required to disclose their address in Scarsdale during this public comment session. One of them Dale Khan ( not sure of the spelling ) does not even give her address, but says she uses a P.O. Box. 146 for the record. May be like Eudora Welty. At that point I turned off the screen.
Who wants to hear a report from somebody living in a mailbox ? Not willing to disclose her dwelling in Scarsdale ?...
Scarsdale or Slumsdale...You decide. Better still: Sorry-dale.
18 Heathcote is still growing. Having just seen the Taj Mahal, I would say it is heading that way. Though the Taj has a huge front garden. This one, per our town planner: Screening. So that they can have their 15,000 or more square foot dwelling. Sky is no l longer the limit. The universe is expanding at an accelerating rate... Go figure. Scarsdale is certainly trying to keep pace.
Last revision 6:45 a.m. EST, Saturday November 25, 2017.
Friday, November 24, 2017
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Anyway, good news hit me fast. Catherine Ferris from the Scarsdale Inquirer contacted me yesterday via e-mail to ask me to call her since she wanted to do a story on the CHP members resigning Tuesday night. Could not believe my eyes ! Finally there was justice, finally CHP members were doing something worthy of this beautiful, historic Village.
Catherine wanted my views on this subject, we talked for a little while. I am looking forward to reading her story tomorrow.
I then talked to Barbara Jaffe a member of the CHP, who did not resign... Why I do not understand. Another member was abroad, but four others signed Chair William Silverman's letter which is posted on the Scarsdale10583.com site. Joanne did a story on this for those wishing to read it.
Congratulations and Bravo to the CHP Chair and Members:
William Silverman, Chair
David J. Peck
This Thanksgiving I am very grateful indeed to you !
Joyce Hirsch was out of town apparently, but no excuse she could have contributed.
Now, what next ? I called our Mayor Dan Hochvert, he has not returned my call yet.
I think there should be a five year moratorium on all building applications. No more applications can come through Village Hall until this matter is resolved to the satisfaction of the residents who care for this Village.
Developers and real estate agents move elsewhere. You have defaced and destroyed our Village enough. I am disappointed and outraged but hope we can resolve this matter for the better.
All land use boards should follow the CHP example and resign: the ZBA, Planning, the BAR and members of the VB who cannot govern. Serve for once, protect this Village, do not destroy it.
We need real people, real professionals who can govern.
Volunteers serve but are not accountable. Therefore they only serve themselves. This is not right, this is enough.
Just drive on Post Road from White Plains to Scarsdale, observe the empty lots. Observe the houses that were demolished and the subdivisions waiting to happen. The Planner was telling me years ago, that there were no more subdivisions, no more empty lots. I guess she does not know Scarsdale enough. Time too take a walk.
I hope to see a plan to protect this Village soon. I will serve, if they elect me on an overseer capacity.
This is not Zimbabwe. Even Mugabe is gone !
We have to protect this Village and elect officials who will serve us.
Last revised Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 23rd at 11:15 a.m.