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 !

Friday, March 31, 2017

Compost News !


Below is the e-mail I received:


We get to take back, some of our compost !!! on Saturday April 22nd. See below:





Hello Scarsdale Food Scrap Recycling Participants,

We wanted to provide everyone with a brief update on the fantastic results of the food scrap recycling program to date and also let you know about an opportunity to receive some of the compost that your food scraps have been turned into!

On April 22nd, we will have a FREE COMPOST GIVE BACK DAY!  All Village residents visiting the Scarsdale Recycling Center from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm will be able to receive compost recycled from YOUR very own food scraps!  Simply bring a pail, bucket or other receptacle, and take some home! You can use it in your garden, flower beds or sprinkle it on your turf.  Also available on that day will be FREE RAIN BARRELS for anyone who is interested!

THANK YOU for being Scarsdale's pioneering first 300+ residents to participate in this program.  You are what is driving its success!  Since the program launched in January, we have collected over 15,000 pounds of food waste, or seven (7.5) tons!  All of these food scraps have been returned to the earth and converted into useful compost!

As a reminder, refills of the 3-gallon compostable bags (for your countertop bin) are available for $2/roll at the Recycling Center office.  What’s NEW is that larger 13-gallon bags (for your larger green bin) are also available for $5/roll.  Please remember that the office can only accept checks.

PLEASE CONTINUE SPREADING THE WORD ABOUT THE PROGRAM, so we can reach our goal of 1,000 participating households in the first year.

Thanks again for participating, happy food scrap recycling and as always please email composting@scarsdale.com anytime with questions, comments or feedback.

Best,

The Scarsdale Committee on Food Scrap Recycling, made up of:
Ron Schulhof, resident and volunteer
Michelle Sterling, resident and volunteer
Benedict Salanitro, Superintendent, Scarsdale Dept. of Public Works
Tyler Seifert, Assistant to the Superintendent, Scarsdale Dept. of Public Work    

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Community Planting Day Saturday, April 29th 2017

Come help plant trees: 320 of them.

First you have to register though:








Water Rates going up...




Maybe this will encourage some to conserve water.



For more information you can go to: Scarsdale.com

BAR meeting April 3, 2017

Agenda for BAR Meeting Monday, April 3rd 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall:







P.S.  I was away across the pond for a couple of days, so will be catching up for a while posting past  events as  well as upcoming ones as they become available. Going forward and backward in time for a while, if you will...

Appreciate everyone's interest and comments. Please e-mail me at Lika@Save-Scarsdale.org with specific comments, since if you post here I do not have your e-mail and can't reply to you.


Thank you all !

First revised 7:53 p.m. EDT Wednesday, March 29, 2017.



Thursday, March 23, 2017

BAR, CHP decisions March 20-21 2017

Here we are, changing  the face of Scarsdale:

This is the Committee of Historic "Preservation"  preserving in Scarsdale:

At their last meeting on March 21, 2017:



175 Nelson Rd. built in 1909-APPROVED

 350 Heathcote Rd. built in 1926-APPROVED

 72 Sheldrake Rd. built in 1938-APPROVED

 99 Cushman Rd. built in 1915-APPROVED

 67 Chase Rd. built in 1959-APPROVED

19 Griffen Ave. built in 1975-HELD OVER





Here  BAR's results from their March 20, 3017 meeting:









Approved with conditions, means the BAR approved most of the submission with minor changes. This is noted as " Approved with Conditions" so that when the Building Department inspector visits the property he can check these minor changes.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Life goes on, Composting Update

Here we are with the latest figures from Mr. Salanitro in Sanitation:


These are the numbers to date: We sold approximately 350 kits in total

DATE
TICKET #
TONS
POUNDS
1/18/2017
57761
0.37
740
1/25/2017
57823
0.52
1040
2/1/2017
57882
0.42
840
2/8/2017
57910
0.45
900

2/15/2017
57961
0.79
1580
2/23/2017
58015
1.01
2020
3/1/2017
58051
0.56
1120
3/8/2017
58131
0.81
1620

3/16/2017
58176
1.00
2000
3/22/2017
58217
0.93
1860



13,720


Two and a half months in to the program and already gathered over 13,000 or almost 14,000 pounds.

Weekly numbers increasing as well.

We'll see how we do next month !

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Election Results 2017

From Donna Conkling, our Town Clerk's notes:


Absentee ballots: 176

Total ballots cast: 2,854+176=3,030  - A far cry from the 718 cast last election.

As you can see from the above, it is the most number of votes cast that counts, per our Town Clerk.

So, if Kirkendall-Rodriguez had gotten more votes than Callaghan's 1996 for example, then he would have won a seat as Trustee. Even though we are told to vote by the slate, I learned we don't have to and many don't.

People vote for one and not the others, etc., etc. Still a lot of confusion, murky waters around elections...

But you had to vote for one Mayor. But it looks like there were some who did not. 3,030 votes cast, but if you add up totals for Berg and Hochvert that is 3,011. So, 19 did not vote for one or the other as Mayor...



Last revised 2:57 p.m. EDT, Wednesday March 22, 2017.

Report from the Library at 7:55 p.m.

Here is the line of cars trying to get in to the Library at 7:48 p.m. tonight. There was a policeman directing traffic.





Here is aVCP supporter.



A couple minutes later, at 7:51 p.m. Bob joined him. No, it was not a coordinated event. He just happened to be there when I was pulling in.


And here are the lines in the Scott room. It was packed. The library closed early at 6:00 p.m. to prepare for the crowds.
As I was walking in I saw Nicholas (Nick)  Kristof of the New York Times and his wife Sheryl WuDunn walking out, neighbors on Overhill.


First revised at 8:22 p.m. EDT TuesdayMarch 21, 2017.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Meetings March 20-22, 2017 at Village Hall

Busy day today at Village Hall:


This is the BAR agenda:







To any of you who would like to see how our Village functions, a series of important meetings will be held tonight at Village Hall as you can see from the above agenda.

Tuesday there is a Committee for Historic Preservation meeting with the following probable death sentences for these houses: 




175 Nelson Rd. built in 1909
 350 Heathcote Rd. built in 1926
 72 Sheldrake Rd. built in 1938
 99 Cushman Rd. built in 1915
 67 Chase Rd. built in 1959
19 Griffen Ave. built in 1975 







Wednesday, March 22 2017  night a meeting of the Planning Board:


LEGAL NOTICE PUBLIC HEARTING PLANNING BOARD VILLAGE OF SCARSDALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held by the Planning Board of the Village of Scarsdale in Rutherford Hall in Village Hall, 1001 Post Road, Scarsdale NY 10583, on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. at which time and place the Planning Board will consider the following:
  1. The application of 69 Mamaroneck Road Corp. for an amendment to the Site Plan, pursuant to Chapter 251 of the Village Code, to construct a swimming pool on this lot at a distance from a street at 69 Mamaroneck Road, identified on the Village tax map as Sec. 17, Blk. 1, Lot 28.
  2. A request from 970 Post Road LLC for the first extension of time to file the subdivision plat approved by the Planning Board on September 28, 2016 for the property at 972 Post Road, identified on the Village tax map as Sec. 11, Blk. 4, Lot 24A1.
Copies of the above application are on file in the Coordinating Office at Village Hall and may be viewed by interested parties at any time during usual business hours. To receive meeting agendas by e-mail, visit www.scarsdale.com and click on Notify Meto subscribe.
By Order of the Planning Board, Scarsdale, New York, dated March 7, 2017. Elizabeth Marrinan AICP, Village Planner.





First revision 7:57 a.m. EDT Monday March 2, 2017.
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

In support of the VCP

Our Mayoral candidate Bob Berg and his wife Jill S. Krutick hosted a great party last night for the VCP. Supporters in attendance:  Subbakrishnas, Mehtas, Harrissons, Jane Curley  and too many others to name here showed up for a fun evening of good conversation and hope for a better Scarsdale, finally..



Bob Berg with Brice Kirkendall-Rodriguez and a concerned resident in his living room.


The marvelous and incredible Mayra with the delicious paella she prepared.
                                                    Very well behaved kids ...




The artist in residence is Jill S. Krutick above, Bob Berg's wife and gracious hostess with her art. Their house is full of pieces she has created over the years showing different stages of her evolution as a very interesting artist. 

She explained: "My art keeps evolving".  It certainly does. 

Her work is now on display at Manolis Projects at 335NE 59th Street, Miami Florida. She said over a dozen of her largest works are on display there and soon there will be a museum show. Details to follow...For more information contact her at Jillkrutick1@gmail.com.




Last revised at 7:21 a.m. EDT  Thursday, March 23rd, 2017.

Comments from Readers...

Here are some thoughts on the flyer I sent out last week.

Last comment is first and first comment is last below:

On Mar 19, 2017, at 11:09 AM, Judy Kerr <themichener@yahoo.com> wrote:

Certainly!


Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

On Sunday, March 19, 2017, 9:54 AM, Lika L. Levi <lika@save-scarsdale.org> wrote:
Judy,

Would you mind if I published our correspondence below on my website ?

I think it would be beneficial for others to see.

Thank you,

  
    Lika 

    Lika L. Levi

 Office: (914) 722-0004
 Home: (914) 725-9119

 www.Save-Scarsdale.org

 Lika@Save-Scarsdale.org



On Mar 6, 2017, at 9:05 PM, Lika L. Levi <Lika@save-scarsdale.org> wrote:

Hello Judy,

Thanks for writing. Yes, our VB is powerful. But nobody forced them to take on this job. They volunteered and now they have to deliver.

I do resent Scarsdale10583 being on their side all the time, except a few where she just wants to create controversy…Don’t pay much attention to 10583.

I think the best you can do is to educate and familiarize yourself and ask questions on items you do not understand. We have been here 25 years now and I am finally beginning to grasp the true nature of government here. 

I am not happy with the alternative party either. I think the whole system needs change. But that is a big undertaking. I was hoping somebody else would do it. All other interested parties unfortunately by now left town and moved elsewhere.

Even if the alternative candidates gets elected, we are still stuck with this antiquated non-partisan system where volunteers are required to do so much they end up doing nothing …

I think I have written extensively on this on my website. Let me know if you have further questions.

Thanks again for writing.

Be well,


  Lika 

    Lika L. Levi

 Office: (914) 722-0004
 Fax: (914) 722-0005

 Home: (914) 725-9119

 www.save-scarsdale.org

 Lika@Save-Scarsdale.org





On Mar 6, 2017, at 12:22 PM, Judy Kerr <themichener@yahoo.com> wrote:


Hi Lika,

Thank you for sending "Save Scarsdale" flyer out and bring the awareness to the residents.  I have read a couple of your blogs and couldn't agree with you more on our volunteer system - they are our elected officials,  they are very powerful, but we can't hold them accountable because they are volunteers and doing a thankless job, we even have to hold our breathe when we talk to them, otherwise will be painted as uncivilized, and next day you would be trashed on 10583.

While we looking into alternatives, would you like to check out the Voter's Choice Party this year (here is their website: http://bit.ly/2lfBfzR)?  I am a support of them now.  But, I am reaching out to you with my own purpose.  I am a newbie to our town politics, if possible, I would like to hear some insight from people like you who have been here a long period of time, deeply and sincerely care about our town, furthermore taking actions to save the essence of this beautiful town.   I truly appreciate what you have done!!!

Best regards,
Judy Kerr



     A gentleman by the name of Charles Rubens ( from the Greenacres section of Scarsdale ) called and left a message on my office phone last Monday, March 13th and then called on my home line to let me know that, that was what he had done. He was clearly upset if not angry at the flyer he had received. I shall not repeat his words.

But we had a pleasant phone conversation. He identified himself as a Veteran, 50 year resident of Scarsdale. He was upset he had received a flyer with unpleasant news. He said he is "digitally disabled", his words and therefore was not following anything on the internet. On his street there were no teardowns or McMansions. I think I mentioned Wynmor Street to him - where things are anything but static or stagnant.

He could not understand my frustration. He was living in the Scarsdale of 50 years past I think.  I woke him up to the present. I am sure there are many like him. I keep hearing echoes of his sentiments in the letters published in this week's Inquirer ( March 17, 2017 )  as well as the Scarsdale10583.com site.

Too many people living in their cocoons of years past and assuming all is the same. I wish these people were with me a couple of years ago in June of 2013 when I first started this website to witness the little old ladies of Herkimer Road helpless and hapless in front of the BAR pleading their case. Their neighborhoods under siege, developers every where taking over every little square inch. Or Dell road or Rock Creek Lane... On and on, so many streets loosing their character. Drive on Paddington road, Gatehouse or even Brown Road or Lockwood Road...

They assume everything's where they left them 40-50 years ago. I mentioned this website. I hope he will take a look. We hung up on a pleasant note. We both agreed "Things change'...

To be clear: I do welcome the VCP candidates and I think this is a step in the right direction. But we should further take a good look at the NP system and weed out what is not working from what is.

Time for a complete overhaul. Time to restore a badly injured Scarsdale before we reach the point of no return.




 I shall be updating this post periodically. Check back for other comments...

Last revised  8:34 p.m. EDT, Sunday March 19th, 2017.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Budget, VB and VCP Wednesday night March 15th, 2017

Tuesday March 14th was a snow day again. After a mild winter, March is showing its might. The Bard did say " Beware the ides of March" with his infinite wisdom, of course.

So, the Village Board meeting as well as Budget discussions were moved to Wednesday night, plus the regular VB meeting and then the VCP ( Voters' Choice Party ) Town Hall meeting at Heathcote Church made for a busy night. I attended the Budget discussions, then part of the VB meeting and finally at about 9:15 p.m. when Bob Harrison started to talk, I  made my way over to Heathcote Church for the Voters' Party meeting. Back from the VCP meeting I watched the VB meeting on line until it ended at about 10:15 p.m.

Here are some pictures, first three from the Budget discussions in the Trustee's room:

As you can see below, the agenda was put up on the screen.


Discussions was item number 4. The Board started discussions at about 7:40 p.m. during what was going to be Agenda discussions. It was all hurried, as usual. Budget discussions have been going on since the Fall, so if you did not attend all those meetings they have little patience for your comments or questions... Who can attend all these meetings ? If you did not they do not let you talk. At the end of their day, having attended  all those meetings, they do not have much patience left. I do not blame them, they are tired. But then again residents like myself need explanations. Go figure.

Nature of public meetings....

Below the pie chart of expenses. If you are able to click on the picture, you may be able to enlarge it and see 4 % going to Debt and Principal and 4 % going to Non-Dept ( Non-Departmental ) Other and Special... 4% of $56 Mil. budget is $ 2.24 Mil....


I emailed last week the name of a reupholsterer as well as a company that does energy audits to advise how to insulate and optimize energy expenditure. I did not go to the third floor to see if the chairs have been sent to the upholsterer. Maybe there is a surprise there...

I learned the VB did not hire the consultants that presented a while ago, for the Assessor's office. On the consultant note, I was happy to hear Mary Lou and Rob Cole took on the job of finding auditors for our Village. An RFP ( request for Proposals ) went out and of the firms that responded they decided to concentrate on two. More on this later as I get more information. 


The Mayor recused himself from the Teen Center discussions as well as the vote, because somebody e-mailed ( I thought ) and thought he should...His wife BK chairs the Adult Board of the Teen Center.

After much deliberation and reluctantly, the Board decided to allocate $ 20,000 to the Teen Center and the rest of the money that would have gone to the Teen Center, or $ 67,500 to go towards road repair... 

Meals on Wheels will continue because they have been doing it for the last 20 years. At least that was what I heard from our Manager. Time to change ? Anybody can call, and get anything delivered these days. If they have a phone, they do not need Meals on Wheels... and other Social Services...

There is Scarsdale family Counseling, there are Adult Services as well as Social Services... 

Picture below of residents in attendance. That is Ron Schulhof and Lena Crandall. A little later Janet Starr of the LWVS and Bob Harrison came in.


This is a picture of some of the Trustees around the table and Rob Cole and Village Attorney Esannason at the periphery of the room.



Here below is the VB meeting at Rutherford hall. The usual number of residents in attendance. Not many. Less than 10. I thought. After the usual Mayor's and Manager's comments about storm event we had, it was time for residents' comments.

Mr. Amidor, the contractor and resident objected to the fee he was going to get charged at 19 Griffen. Trustee Stern commented on the loss of green space. Finally !!! The Mayor decided to table this and said they would need to talk about this. At least, that is what I could catch. I cannot view the VB meeting on Cable yet. On the other hand I do want to get at least a preliminary report out, and then revise it as necessary.



Lena Crandall of the CNC and formerly of  FOSP, Friends of Scarsdale Parks, got up and talked about a post election party she invited all to attend at the Scarsdale Woman's Club on Drake Road Tuesday night March 21 at 8:30 p.m. If the VCP candidates win, I do not think the NP candidates will want to be there and vice versa. But, who knows I may be wrong. I will certainly not be there to find out either. Not much of a party person...


Josh Frankel talked about the recent posts on the Scarsdale10583.com about the Ryan reval. He objected to them because the author is a member of the CNC and Josh took this as an attack on the VCP....or some such thing like this. I have objections about the report since it picked and chose data claiming some were "arms' length" transactions'  etc. Either name each data and explain the exclusion or else interpret data with them included. In any statistical data there is bound to be some not fitting the curve... that is by definition statistics.

Myra Saul of Lincoln Road wanted to talk about immigration. People are emotional about this, like their grand-mother is coming through Ellis Island.

I am an immigrant myself. I can tell you the story is not like it was in 1916 or 1816... Now there are many opportunities for you to come in legally, even in the late '70's. In Turkey there is even a lottery you can apply to, to come to the States. So, there is no reason for anyone to be here illegally, other than the ones who should not be here. That is the ones who like to fly planes to our Towers. By all means the Police should ask the immigration status of aliens they encounter and if illegally here, they have no business being here and should deported ASAP. It is not 1916 any more. No excuses. We are a nation of immigrants with good intentions, not destructive ones.

The ones with good intentions are welcome here as they have been always.


Finally here above is the Town Hall meeting of the VCP. When I pulled in the parking lot of the Church at about 9:20 p.m. there was hardly any room to park. The meeting was scheduled to last till 9:15 p.m. and went on well past that. We all helped clean the room, tidy up the chairs at about 9:45 p.m. Mayra Kirkendall-Rodriguez let me ask the last question. Thank you Mayra !

When I came in this gentleman was asking a question as pictured above. He thought rightly so, with all these new houses going up, we should have a surplus of tax revenue... And yet, our Finance Committee's diligent efforts result in tax hikes year after year. What about a decrease in the Budget ? Of course, volunteers' time spent on top of all this, that should further decrease the tax burden...But no.

Jane Curley was the next one to ask a question/ comment about her experience renovating her house. She found the process complicated and convoluted. She reasoned since her efforts would increase tax revenue, Village Hall had to be a little more accommodating.

Then I got up and talked about my desire to preserve this beautiful Village. OK, I will let go of the not so becoming ranches, but the lovely stone and wood houses should stay. Styrofoam stucco and synthetic slate should be banned by the BAR.

We agreed on the Big House problem with Mayor hopeful Bob Berg.

I reminded all to enter my " Cute House " contest. There was a gentleman who loves a house on Drake Road, with the towers, etc. I encouraged him to take a picture and enter the contest. Here is the link: Click here, please. The deadline has been extended in view of Tuesdays' storm.

Mayra graciously was holding the mike and moderating. There was food and drinks at the hallway in case you were famished. Soldatenko was in attendance. He is saying his Article 78's are not settled. Esannason is saying the contrary...

There will be a "Get out the Vote Rally" on Saturday March 18th, 7:00-9:00 p.m. of the VCP. Details posted as they become available. For more information, please go to the VCP website:Click here, please. Good luck VCP !

We need new blood and a jolt to reality and modern times of the NP !


Last revised at  9:58 a.m. EDT Thursday March 16, 2017.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Elections in Scarsdale




This is  voting in Scarsdale: 718 voters in a town of 12,438 registered voters, in local elections with the Non-Partisan system in 2016, or approximately 94% did not vote.

There is no electing, rather bowing to the CNC slate....Click here, please. There is a discrepancy between  733 and 718 below, I suppose some ballots were invalidated.

In the November 2016 presidential elections out of 12,438 registered voters 9,208 voted in Scarsdale, or abut 25% did not vote.

The whole list of voters is available form the Board of Elections. I FOIL'ed it and received it. It is a huge file, I cannot upload it to this website. If you are interested please send me an e-mail. I will send it to you, you can see who voted for which party, etc.

Nobody votes in Scarsdale, because someone is urging them to do so. The population here is certainly comprised of very smart independent thinkers who lead very busy lives and have no time for "advice"... 

Voting is our right and privilege. We choose to exercise it or not is entirely up to us. Especially since voting also means subscribing and accepting "the system"...

Many choose not to exercise that right, especially if they consider it not up to their standards. See what happens in Scarsdale below year after year with the present awkward "system"....

The table below per our Village Clerk, Ms. Conkling:



2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
















Machine Votes
409
464
340
358
316
322
197
315
175
960
467
229
207
210
669















    (Paper Ballots)
















Absentee Ballots
8
20
23
20
8
14
10
28
9
62
17
15
8
9
49
















Total Votes Cast
417
484
363
378
324
336
207
343
184
1022
484
244
215
219
718


































Last revision 12:46 p.m. EDT Sunday March 12, 2017.