PUBLIC MAY OBSERVE HISTORICAL MEETING
Recently, the local media has publicized a
meeting to which the Larchmont
Historical Society Board of Trustees has invited
members of the Mamaroneck
School Board to discuss the School Board’s
proposals with regard to the
Richard Kemper Memorial Park. This meeting
will be held at 8 pm on January
8 at the Larchmont Village Center.
This meeting was intended as a private meeting
for Historical Society board
members with the School Board representatives,
as our recent meeting with
Richard Cantor (a representative of the Kemper
family) was. As this has now
been announced as open to the public, we have
no problem at all with doing
so in order that the public can hear about
However, in light of the fact that this meeting
was called for the purpose
of giving our board members an opportunity
to hear and question the School
Board members and for School Board members
to hear the feelings of the
Historical Society board, it is my intention
to limit questions to board
members, or, if time permits, dues-paying members,
of the Larchmont
Historical Society. I hope that this clarifies
the nature of this upcoming
Larchmont Historical Society
HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE ON KEMPER MEMORIAL
About three years ago, when I was President
of the Larchmont Historical Society, I heard
that the Mamaroneck School Board was planning
on creating an athletic field and parking lot
out of the Richard M. Kemper Park. I thought
that there must be some mistake because the
land in question had been donated to the School
District by a grieving family. This donation
was made to not only honor their only son,
who was killed in France in l944, but to honor
all of those from the community who gave their
lives in World War II. But there was no mistake.
Fortunately, to protect their donation, the
Kemper family had included a restrictive covenant
in the deed. Furthermore, New York State Education
Law requires school boards to abide by the
instructions of donors.
Why should we, as a community, insist on
the preservation of this park as is? Because
provides vital insight into our community’s
history. Far more lives were lost here during
World War II than in any war, before or since.
No matter where you lived, there was a family
close by who had lost a loved one. Our community
grieved and suffered. Many of the dead were
not buried stateside. Others were never buried
at all because their bodies were never recovered.
Adolph and Helen Kemper’s gift, the park
with its monument and trees, helped to give
all of the families and friends some closure.
It was a place to go to remember what had been
and what would never be. Thousands, if not
millions, of tears were shed on this ground.
Each name represents heartbreak.
The School Board claims that their proposal
means no disrespect to these individuals. To
me, it does. Honoring the individuals who made
the ultimate sacrifice is
the most important thing in this discussion and honoring the promise made to
Adolph and Helen Kemper is a close second. Both are way more important that
any athletic field. It may be difficult for Kevin O’Shea (Journal News,
Letters to the Editor, November 26, 2003) to schedule practices but it doesn’t
come close to the difficulty the community had in dealing with the deaths of
100 young men and women in just three and a half years. This is the only memorial
that honors everyone who lived in the Mamaroneck School District.
The School Board now says that the Kempers’ vision
of a memorial park no longer has merit because
it is in the wrong location. I beg to differ.
location is just fine and the vision is just fine. As a matter of fact, it
It is the duty of the School District to
abide by the promises made to a donor. If it
can no longer do so, then the gift should go
back to the donor
apologies. Using it for another purpose is tantamount to theft.
GAZETTE SCOOPS NEWSWEEK ON WINE
It was with gleeful pleasure that I read in
your pixels that Landmark
Vineyard's Overlook chardonnay was recommended
as a most appropriate partner
to our annual Thanksgiving turkey feast.(See: Which
Wine with the Turkey?)
It was indeed somewhat
anticlimactic to find this same insider's tip
posted in no doubt recycled
pulp on page 92 of Newsweek magazine's November
24th issue. As a local, who
still has deep roots in the community I applaud
you journalistic scoop.
formerly of Mamaroneck, NY
SPEND MONEY FOR EMPTY NESTERS, TOO
I'd love to see the money being spent on Flint
Park (substantially for kids) being matched
for the enjoyment of empty nesters and seniors
on outdoor activity facilities. The latter
don't seem to have the same ability to raise
large sums (note the failure of the 11 year
struggle to build a real nature center at the
reservoir), but need facilities, none the less.
BRESCIA: CLEAR CHOICE ON MERIT
Mamaroneck and Larchmont are fortunate to have
Judge Jean Marie Brescia as our Town Justice
- a justice who was appointed by our own Town
Board in January
as a result of an open-merit selection process.
The Board interviewed several people for the
position, including Judge Brescia's opponent
in the upcoming election. Judge
Brescia was the clear choice of the Board.
I was proud to be at Judge Brescia's swearing-in
ceremony. I recall the kind words Supervisor
Valerie O'Keeffe had for Judge Brescia's qualifications,
and I was impressed by references to Judge Brescia's
accomplished legal career and her tireless volunteer
to the community.
I'm proud that our Town has such a qualified
Justice, and I appreciate that she was appointed
through our Town's merit-based process. I urge
you to vote for Judge Brescia
on November 4.
ELECT DON DERRICO TOWN JUDGE
As a resident
and an attorney with a local practice, I can
only begin (in this short space)
to tell you how important it is to have a Judge
who has prior experience practicing
law in the local courts. The Town of Mamaroneck
Justice Court handles a wide range of matters,
including not only criminal cases, but the
court also has jurisdiction over
such matters as small claims, landlord -tenant
disputes, vehicle & traffic violations
and violations of local ordinances.
To be an effective Town Judge, a person must
have extensive experience handling these types
of matters; the Court should not be a training
ground. Donald Derrico, a
lifelong resident of Mamaroneck, has practiced
law locally for more than a decade and has
handled hundreds of the types of matters that
routinely come before our Court.
When you compare the resumes of the candidates
it is obvious that Donald Derrico has substantially
more real "hands on" experience.
The Town of Mamaroneck
deserves a Judge who is familiar with the day
to day issues that come up in our local Court,
and its ins and outs.
Finally, Donald Derrico is known to have a
judicial temperament. He will listen closely
to the issues of each case, treat all parties
with respect, and make just decisions.
This factor is of extremely great importance
in choosing a judge. Who we elect as Judge
in the Town of Mamaroneck is vitally important
to us all. I urge you to vote for
Donald Derrico for Mamaroneck Town Judge on
Tuesday November 4.
Carol (Kirshner) Carozza
QUALIFICATIONS MATTER, NOT PARTY
I have practiced law for more years than I
care to admit and have lived in the Town of
Mamaroneck for almost 20 years. I knew the
Hon. Martin King our former Town Judge for
many years. Marty King was not only a good
friend but a great Judge. Despite the fact
that I am a registered Democrat I always voted
for Marty King, a Republican, because I believe
that when selecting a Judge political affiliation
I have known Donald Derrico
for 10 years. In fact, we have been adversaries
on several matters. Not only is he an excellent
trial attorney but a gentleman as well. As
a Trial Attorney with many years as a member
of the Bar I think I have some insight as
to what qualities make a good Judge. A Judge
be chosen based upon experience, temperament
and knowledge of the law, not which party
they are registered in. Therefore, please join
in supporting Donald Derrico on Tuesday November
October 23, 2003
DON DERRICO FOR JUSTICE
I write this letter in support of the election
of Don Derrico as Judge in the Town of Mamaroneck.
Don is not only a life long resident of the
Town but is an experienced trial attorney.
The Town of Mamaroneck has had a long-standing
tradition of a bipartisan judiciary … until
this year. In December Judge Martin King,
who served with distinction for more than
20 years passed away. The Democratic dominated
Board appointed a fellow democrat despite
Supervisor Valerie O'Keeffe's recommendation
that Donald Derrico be appointed. Apparently,
the Democrats on the Board felt that party
affiliation was more important than qualifications.
Don Derrico has over a decade of experience
trying civil and criminal cases. Further,
Don is a certified Small Claims Arbitrator
who sits in New York and Bronx County Civil
Court. Don has tried hundreds of cases over
the years and has appeared in local courts
for more than a decade. Party affiliation
should not be the measuring stick we use
when electing a Judge in the Town of Mamaroneck.
I urge the residents of the Town of Mamaroneck
to vote for Don Derrico on Tuesday November
BRESCIA IS BEST FOR TOWN JUSTICE
Jean Marie Brescia is the best candidate for
Mamaroneck Town Justice.
We've known Jean Marie for over seven years
as a good friend, trusted
neighbor and reliable colleague. Jean Marie
is a good person, a moral
person. She has worked very hard on behalf
of our community as the
President of the Mamaroneck Avenue School PTA
and Trustee of the Library Board. She
possesses the rare quality of modesty: downplaying
her Harvard Law
credentials, vast courtroom experience and
extensive community service,
she prefers to focus instead on accomplishing
the job at hand.
would be well-served by this level-headed,
non-partisan candidate. We
will be voting for Jean Marie Brescia for
Mamaroneck Town Justice on
Harry Gaffney and Judith Dupre
JUDGE BRESCIA KNOWS THE COURTROOM
As an attorney admitted to practice in New
York State and the United States District Courts
for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New
York for over 14 years,
I recognize in
Town Justice Jean Marie Brescia the qualities we residents of Mamaroneck and
Larchmont deserve in our Town Justice--fairness, impartiality, integrity, intelligence
judicial temperament. From my years of experience in courts throughout the New
York area, I understand how important these qualities are in judges, especially
Judge Brescia knows the inside of a courtroom.
As a Legal Aid attorney in Manhattan and Brooklyn
representing children in abuse and neglect
cases, young people in
criminal cases, families in landlord/tenant proceedings and seniors in social
security cases, Jean Marie was constantly in court. Jean Marie also knows how
to run court
proceedings from her years as an impartial hearing officer in special education
cases and for the New York State Banking Department. She is truly an asset
to our Town Court and our community as a whole.
On November 4, I will vote
Brescia and I hope that the people of Larchmont and Mamaroneck will recognize
qualifications and commitment and vote for her, too.
OUR FAR-FLUNG CORRESPONDENTS: NOTE FROM EDINBURGH
It was an amusing coincidence that I received
the weekly update from Larchmont Gazette, including
Diana Hechler's piece on Edinburgh, from the
computer in the office of my B&B -- in Edinburgh!
I spent most of last week in that bonnie city,
delivering daughter Kate to the University for
grad school. From the seventh floor window of
Milnes Court, her residence hall, one can peer
up the Royal Mile to the Castle, 2 blocks up
the hill. Bagpipe tatoos begin and end the day
and will probably occur even more sonorously
once the Scottish Parliament reconvenes in their
temporary quarters right next door.
Diana makes note of the cobblestones which
are ubiquitous along with stone steps leading
up, down and around this city, which has, in
my experience, not one level street. My best
friends during my stay were the sturdy rubber-soled
clogs I bought several years ago in Alaska --
rain- and slip-resistant.
The Scots are very proud of their city -- a
late-night cabby (bus transportation is more
than adequate by day) pointed out Conan Doyle's
birthplace, right down the street from the apartments
where RL Stevenson wrote "Treasure Island."
He also reminded me that Alexander Graham Bell
was born in Edinburgh.
For a very pleasant abode when you visit the
city I enthusiastically recommend MINGALAR (2
EAST CLAREMONT STREET EDINBURGH - EH7 4JP) run
by a delightful professor of linguistics and
his wife in the Leith district (the Firth of
Forth is visible down the street): quiet, friendly,
3-star, not fancy but very comfortable. The
#8 bus (be sure to get the scenic view from
the upper level) whisks you from the front door
into the center of town.
Restaurants include every imaginable cuisine
(we enjoyed Thai and Bengalese foods on various
nights) for very reasonable prices.
August 28, 2003
THANKS FOLEY'S FOR BLACKOUT HELP
I know there are many untold stories that may
not get acknowledged, I want to share my personal
My immediate response, upon learning that the
blackout was not local, was to drive to Foley's
Hardware on Boston Post Road in Larchmont for
some emergency supplies. What I found upon my
arrival was totally unexpected - the Foley's
staff, operating with flashlights, guided customers
through the store, now in the early stages of
darkness, to find and purchase whatever emergency
supplies were available. Batteries and flashlights
were the first items to be depleted. There were,
however a variety of candles ranging from 12
inch tapers to votive candles to plumbers candles.
And, the hot items
were food coolers, charcoal/gas grills, battery
operated radios, clocks, fans - even boxes of
wooden matches. An extremely orderly and patient
line of customers, perhaps 35-40 persons or
more, formed in the now darkened store to make
their purchases. They were met by the very patient
helped them find what they needed and accepted
checks in payment when cash was not available,
while owner, John Merrill, tallied each sale
by hand on paper. This continued till 6:30 or
so in the evening and began again the following
Needless to say, the real work was to follow
when the power was returned and the sales were
now entered into the computer and the stock
inventoried and re-ordered, a task, which I'm
told, is still ongoing.
Thank you Foley's for all your efforts and for
proving, once again, that this community is
right there for us whenever a crisis occurs.
July 31, 2003
WATER RATE HIKE UNJUSTIFIED
Ken Bialo is trying to raise Larchmont’s
water rates again, this time by 17%, and the
increase is not justified.
The stated reason for the increase is to pass
through the 12% rate hike by Larchmont’s
supplier of water. However, the cost of water
represents less than a third of the budget of
the Water Fund. (More than two-thirds goes for
overhead --maintaining pipes and administration.)
Thus, a 3% pass-through increase is closer to
Another reason was offered -- to maintain and
replace the system's infrastructure. However,
this rationale was offered for last year’s
15% increase to the current rate of $2.30 per
unit. Since then, major capital maintenance
projects such as a new water tank remain a vision,
and the additional funds have only added to
the Water Fund’s surplus.
The development of a list of projects that
needs attention, and a fiscally sound program
to finance the improvements has been lacking
for some time now. A better explanation of the
difference between the water purchased and sold
by the Village is also needed as there has been
an approximately 12.75% variance between those
two figures (according to the 1998 figures published
on the Village’s web site). If adopted
the water rate will have gone up 32% since the
administration took over in March 2002, and
we have no projects, no plan, and no accounting
for a variance that could top 72 million gallons
The big change, however, is in the fine print
of the budget approved last Spring. Most of
the projected deficit in the Water Fund is because
$140,000 was transferred from the Water Fund
to the General Fund - $100,000 more than the
year before. This administration thinks that
the Water Fund should make larger reimbursements
to the Village Department of Public Works for
overtime for pipe maintenance. Disclosure issues
aside, if the Village’s cost accounting
policy is uniformly implemented, the General
Fund should pay the Water fund more than its
$2,000 annual allocation for the water used
in watering the plants, fighting fires and cleaning
My conclusion is that this administration is
trying to trim some whopping property tax rate
increases by collecting additional revenues
through our water bills. I would personally
rather pay a justified increase as a property
tax increase, since my property tax is tax-deductible
and the water charge is not.
I attended the July 14th Board Meeting. Bialo
tried to push the rate increase through, but
the Board finally relented when three Trustees
agreed with me that more information and public
comment was needed. Since then, I prepared a
detailed analysis, which I have shared with
the Board. (Click
here for the letter to the Board.) In short,
I think the rates should not go higher than
that paid by neighboring residents, namely $2.48-2.50
per unit. I also think the inter-fund allocations
need to be re-evaluated.
On August 4th the Board is scheduled to hold
another hearing and vote on the rate. At that
time, the Board should provide residents with
a complete explanation for any increase that
it adopts and should commit to developing a
plan and budget for maintenance of the system.
July 24, 2003
DISCOUNTS DUE AT HARBOR
Swimming at Harbor Island has recently returned
this summer after a prohibition due to pollution.
We can only hope that the County Health Department
continues to find the water safe for swimming
but there are no guarantees. Despite the precarious
water quality, Village residents are still being
charged full price to sit on a beach that may
or may not offer a dip in the Sound.
At the June 9, Mamaroneck Board of Trustees
meeting the board was asked to consider halving
the fee for beach permits in light of the uncertain
nature of our water quality. The Board is selling
a product, (swimming at the beach) that they
obviously can't consistently deliver. A common
sense business approach would have been to offer
permits this summer at a discounted rate. Having
failed to do that the board should at least
rebate half of the fee to permit holders.
I am a huge supporter of and worked hard to
insure that the Sprayground was installed. I
am delighted that it has been such a success.
Yet the Sprayground was only intended to be
an enhancement to the beach not a replacement
for swimming in the Sound. During the recent
beach closure the Village was charging admission
to the Sprayground even though the Sound's water
was off-limits. In most communities small sprayparks
are provided free to the public. Almost every
New York City park provides one without a fee.
Why should Mamaroneck be any different? To add
insult to injury adults without children were
charged for the privilege of just sitting on
I sincerely hope that the beach at Harbor
Island Park remains open but swimming there
will always be tentative at best for the foreseeable
future. I believe that the board should, in
the interest of fairness, offer fifty percent
rebates to current permit holders and to charge
future permit purchasers fifty percent less.
We should be doing everything in our power to
encourage people to come back to our beach and
to enjoy the park.
July 22, 2003
DAVIS -BEST OF OUR GENERATION
I was happy and suprised to see an article
about my little brother's friend, Dan Davis,
and see pictures from the going away party we
held for him at our house. Furthermore, I was
delighted to see the picture of the cake I modified/decorated
for the occasion. Dan is an amazing young man,
a good friend, with a clear set of goals and
aspirations. I have no doubt that he will accomplish
whatever he sets out to do. Thank you for giving
credit to him and showcasing the best of what
our generation has to offer: discipline, aspirations,
and dedication. He will always have a home here
July 20, 2003
RECORD: 336 SWIM SOUND
Many thanks to John Spollen and you for the
excellent coverage of the 11th Annual Swim Across
America(SAA) event this past week in Larchmont.
A record number of 336 swimmers splashed into
the Sound swimming to fight cancer.
As you reported, $565,000.00 has been raised
to provide cutting edge research and treatment
to cancer patients. Since 1992, the SAA Long
Island Sound chapter has raised over $3,000,000.00.
When you consider that in 1992, SAA had 28 swimmers
and raised $16,000.00, this event has come a
This is truly a local, grass roots event whose
support is gathered here and from the neighboring
communities of Larchmont. Thank you.
Swim Across America
July 14, 2003
OPPOSE THE PATRIOT ACT
A group of Village of Mamaroneck citizens approached
our trustees on Monday July 14 to get a resolution
passed that protects major parts of our Bill
of Rights, such as the right to privacy. With
the implementation of the USA PATRIOT ACT and
more specifically Section 215, such privileges
are being threatened. In September, we will
be making a similar request to the Human Rights
The act, for example, defines “domestic
terrorism” so broadly that any act “that
violates a criminal law," and “is
dangerous to human life,” and also “appears
to be intended to influence the policy of government”
could be considered a terrorist act.
Federal policies adopted since September 11,
2001, including provisions in the USA PATRIOT
Act threaten fundamental rights and liberties
(a) authorizing the indefinite incarceration
of non-citizens based on mere suspicion, and
the indefinite incarceration of citizens designated
as “enemy combatants” without access
to counsel or meaningful recourse to the federal
(b) limiting the traditional authority of
federal courts to curb law enforcement abuse
of electronic surveillance in anti-terrorism
investigations and ordinary criminal investigations;
(c) expanding the authority of federal agents
to conduct so-called “sneak and peek”
or “black bag” searches, in which
the subject of the search warrant is unaware
that his property has been searched;
(d) granting law enforcement and intelligence
agencies broad access to personal medical, financial,
library and education records with little if
any judicial oversight;
(e) chilling constitutionally protected speech
through overbroad definitions of “terrorism;”
(f) driving a wedge between immigrant communities
and the police that protect them by encouraging
involvement of state and local police in enforcement
of federal immigration law; and
(g) permitting the FBI to conduct surveillance
of religious services, Internet chatrooms, political
demonstrations, and other public meetings of
any kind without having any evidence that a
crime has been or may be committed.
Over 130 localities and cities across the USA
have petitioned for the repeal of the Patriot
Act. We in Westchester must do the same and
get our county legislators to oppose the act
and ask for its repeal.
Luis Quiros, Member of the Human Rights Commission
June 24, 2003
CHEF GONE FROM SAVINI
Procrastinators lose again! The Post Road restaurant,
Savini, just lost its main reason for being.
Chef Christina is no longer there for you and
us to enjoy her creative menu, excellent cooking
and homemade treats ranging from pasta to desserts.
We understand that one won't even find the former
caring, well-trained waiters, Andre and Brendan.
Our personal "thanks" to Christina
and crew for many pleasurable dinners.
Phyllis & Murray Wittner
June 6, 2003
LEAF-BLOWER BAN BEING IGNORED
I applaud Susan Lavi's column about noise in
Larchmont. Readers may remember I wrote to the
Larchmont Gazette last summer with exactly the
We are only a few days into the leaf blower
ban but already I have heard them running and
several times called the police to ask them
to silence them.
It seems that I am just trying to find a little
peace in my home and would like some serenity
to return to Larchmont.
The construction issue is an ongoing problem.
It seems the private contractors pay no heed
to the hours of work and noise.
I think the village has to address these issues
seriously and we as residents must be vigilant
in reporting violations.
June 6, 2003
GRASS-ROOTS CAMPAIGN FOR LIBRARY FUNDING
Thank you for your coverage of the New Rochelle
Public Library budget vote, but may I make one
important correction for your readers. I was
but one of about a dozen women who came together
to organize a grassroots campaign to save our
libraries. We were able to do so through the
financial support of private monies from The
New Rochelle Public Library Foundation, The
Partnership for the Huguenot Children's Library,
and donations to YES for Libraries.
The Larchmont Gazette has provided fair and
of the issues surrounding the budget vote and
we are grateful for your help in publicizing
the importance of establishing a budget for
the NRPL in the manner required by NYS law,
so that the future of our libraries could be
secure for now and subsequent generations. In
many ways the story of the NRPL budget is an
important example of how the communities along
the Sound Shore are linked. We share borders,
we share values, and we share political representation
on the state level. We will all be wise to monitor
the well-being of our neighboring communities,
to "watch each others backs" as my
kids would say. I am sure there are many ways
we can and should continue to work together.
I look forward to that.
New Rochelle, NY
May 26, 2003
GIVING HONOR TO THOSE WHO SERVED
of the Larchmont Memorial Day Parade were
superb. You really caught the hometown spirit
of the event. Thank you for the investigative
piece on the names on the War Memorial at Myrtle
Blvd. and Murray Avenue. Your work helps bring
alive the terrible sacrifices our young men
and women made for our country during times
Please join in giving honor to their memories
at our annual Memorial Service Friday, May 30th
at 6PM at the above location. Again this year
the ceremony will be conducted by our Larchmont
American Legion Post.
Valerie Moore O'Keeffe,
Town of Mamaroneck, NY
May 13, 2003
HOMMOCKS TIDAL AREA SHOULD BE PRESERVED
The upcoming improvements to Flint Park offer
a great opportunity to make the Hommocks tidal
area accessible to the Larchmont/Mamaroneck
community. This area is a salt water inlet off
of Larchmont Harbor on Long Island Sound located
behind Flint Park. It is a nursery and hatchery
for a large number of species of birds, fish
and other wildlife. Many ducks winter in the
area, including species not easily observed
in Westchester County, such as the American
Black Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Bufflehead, Canvasback,
Common Loon, Goldeneye, and Merganser. Recently,
Osprey and other birds of prey have returned
and again begun nesting in the area.
The plans to improve Flint Park should allocate
sufficient space to make this area accessible
to the public in a natural state and maintain
a sanctuary for the animals. The monies received
by the community to develop the area came from
an Environmental Protection Fund grant for playing
fields, to restore native plant life, and to
provide waterfront access and visibility. Yet
the preliminary plans call for the current buffer
zone to be greatly reduced and sporting fields
to be moved much closer to water's edge.
The animals that nest in this area are sensitive
to this encroachment and may lose one of the
few breeding grounds left to them in lower Westchester
County on Long Island Sound.
We should use this opportunity to sensitively
develop and open this area for the education
and enjoyment of the community. The Mayor and
Trustees of Larchmont are wisely seeking input
from the community on the plans for Flint Park.
A well organized and vocal constituency needs
to advocate on behalf of the protection and
enhancement of this beautiful natural area and
the animals that live there.
Our Village officials and the community groups
who have volunteered their considerable efforts
and time to beautifying Flint Park are seeking
input. Members of the community can register
their interest in preserving this important
environmental area with these community groups
(such as the Flint Park Conservancy and the
Village's newly formed Environmental Committee),
with local environmental organizations and Larchmont's
elected Village officers.
May 8, 2003
COMMENTS ON BUDGET SURPLUS DESERVE RESPECT
Comments reported here and elsewhere convey
a disturbing response by some Republican members
of the Larchmont Village Board to the passage
of the 2003-4 budget. Two Democrats expressed
concern over the large amount taken from surplus
and allocated to next year’s revenues
in order to control the tax rate increase. Trustees
Kolbert and McAndrews commented because they
found the amount, $420,000, to be so great.
And indeed it is historically the largest ever.
Comments are surely in order.
The Republican response, failing to acknowledge
the validity of comment, was typically dismissive.
One said, in effect, “Don’t panic.”
Questioning is not panicking. The other said,
in effect, “The surplus is the people’s
money and we’re giving it back to them.
They’ve been overtaxed for years.”
Neither of those statements is true. In fact,
they reveal a very shallow understanding of
government and taxation.
Paying taxes is not the same as shopping in
a store. You don’t check out your police
protection, fire protection, recreation, street
cleaning, etc., render payment and get change.
You entrust your tax money to elected people
to fund village services at a level they have
determined to be necessary. If there is revenue
unspent at the end of a fiscal year, that revenue
is retained by the village till needed for expenditures.
There are no refunds. Even allocating surplus
to an anticipated budget is not a refund. It
is the exercise of the rights and duties of
elected officials to manage village finances
in a manner consistent with their fiduciary
responsibility to the village residents.
It is also a fact that unexpended tax revenues
are not the only source of surplus funds. Far
from it. Other sources are non-tax revenues
that exceed budgeted figures, insurance reimbursements
and investment earnings, which our treasurer
has always pursued assiduously. Attributing
surplus funds exclusively to over-taxation is
The prudent use of surplus funds also allows
the Village to address emergencies without borrowing
at what might be an inauspicious time. Yes,
major capital projects are funded by issuing
bonds. But that method of financing is not always
the most appropriate or prudent. For example,
St. Augustine’s school annex, now the
senior center and children’s library,
was purchased with funds taken from surplus.
Surplus funds also paid for reconstruction of
the Nassau Road sewer line when it unexpectedly
collapsed and required instant repair. There
was no need to borrow. Remember, money borrowed
must be repaid, both principle and interest.
It is not free.
While drawing down funds from surplus for
use in an annual budget may be acceptable, the
amount of the funds so used requires prudent
judgment and thoughtful discussion. To dismiss
questioning and comments is inappropriate. Respect
for questioners is essential to civil government.
April 24, 2003
SENIORS SHOULD GET ONLINE, LEARN FROM KIDS
I agree with your editorial about what cybernetics
can do to help local government reach the citizens.
My answer, in two words, is: A lot!
Although I have been a Virginian for more
than a year,I lived 46 years in one house in
Larchmont and eagerly follow Larchmont news
online through The Larchmont Gazette, a great
innovation in local journalism.
So the fact that Town officials are pondering
email and the Internet as means of keeping the
citizenry informed is good news. And much as
I admire Supervisor Valerie O'Keeffe, I agree
with you that local government can't wait for
100 percent of the population to get computers
and get into the Internet and the email circuit.
No doubt many citizens, mostly the elderly,
could not now be in the cyber loop with local
government--but that problem is not insoluble.
I have a suggestion for senior citizens who
want to follow local government news but lack
computers and/or the skill to use them. Let
your children teach you! That's what I did.
I have a son and a niece who have patiently
led me along to where I can buy books and other
stuff I want online, print out a map online,
do family genealogy online, get my Larchmont
Gazette delivered weekly to me in Virginia by
e-mail, Gazette, and e-mail friends and family
as far away as California and England. Right
now I'm working with Virginians and New Yorkers
on a project relating to the United Nations,
and how do we communicate? E-mail, of course.
How do I communicate with my 90-year-old brother-in-law
and his daughter in England? E-mail.
I haven't the faintest notion how those little
microchips make my computer work, and I don't
have to know. It is a Godsend, and my life is
a lot richer at age 84 because of it.
And what helped geezers like me can help local
government too. Valerie, please reconsider!
Wallace Irwin Jr.
April 23, 2003
GAZETTE "ENORMOUSLY HELPFUL"
Your web-paper has grown into an enoromously
helpful tool in keeping members of the community
informed. Local news is so poorly and sparsely
covered that the Gazettee is helping to fill
a very large void. The only thing that I find
lamentable is that you have not yet branched
out to cover the Village of Mamaroneck. Why
not morph into the Sound Shore Gazette?
April 22, 2003
ACTION ON DAVIDS ISLAND NEEDED NOW
Since the late 1960’s thousands and thousands
of citizens around Long Island Sound have protested
against turning Davids Island over to Con Edison
for a nuclear power plant or over to Xanadu
or Donald Trump for 55 story towers. Millions
of dollars obtained with the help of Congresswoman
Nita Lowey and reduction of point- and non-point
source pollution have begun the cleanup of one
of our most precious resources, Long Island
All that effort now seems to have been in
vain. Due to the current fiscal situation and
the high cost of clean- up, action on this vital
issue has been put on hold while those hoping
to develop the island are beginning to line
up once again. There has been a lot of lip-service
in Westchester about clean water and the environment,
but this latest inaction by the County legislators
is simply incomprehensible. The island should
be purchased by the County for the benefit of
all its citizens and for future generations;
cleanup can begin when the fiscal situation
improves. Southern Westchester with limited
waterfront access and population density should
not be a stepchild in Westchester County’s
acquisition of parkland and open space.
Imagine if legislators in New York City had
adopted the view of Westchester County in planning
the city. Central Park would be covered with
income-producing apartment houses or office
buildings. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
We can’t squander it. The time to act
on Davids Island is NOW, tomorrow will be too
ANTI-WAR DEMONSTRATOR HARRASSED
I am a Larchmont housewife and a community
activist. I am also a patriotic American who
feels our government has led us into the first
of so-called pre-emptive wars in Iraq, perhaps
to be followed by the same in North Korea and
Iran), for the wrong reasons. Despite an onerous
government, Iraq did not threaten us and was
never proved to have weapons of mass destruction
or to have been connected to Al Qaeda and 9/11.
It is heart-rending to me that our brave young
American men and women are being killed for
other reasons, unacknowledged publicly, by Bush,
Cheney and Rusmfeld. In all conscience, I felt
compelled to raise my voice in protest and therefore
participated in such a demonstration in White
Plains on April 6.
For this expression of my perceived patriotic
obligation, I have been harrassed by numerous
anonymous calls, some threatening, calling for
me to leave Larchmont and even America, "or
else." There are presumably the same people
who profess support for democtratic values like
free speech in this country.
ENJOYED BONADONNA ARTICLE IN SOUTH AFRICA
We're in Cape Town, South Africa, and wanted
to tell you how much we enjoyed the extremely
well written article about Colonel Reed Bonadonna
article about Colonel Reed Bonadonna and
his family, by Judy Silberstein.
Reed's father, Robert, and his wife Eileen,
have been friends of ours for very many years.
We met while on holiday in Florida. Last July
we visited them while they were visiting Reed
and his family in Larchmont, and had the pleasure
of meeting the family. They invited us to a
bbq and an outdoor concert, and we had such
a pleasant time getting to know them all. What
a lovely family. And what a nice town too.
Isn't it wonderful how close we all are, despite
being thousands of miles apart in Iraq, New
York, Florida and South Africa.
Vic & June Barter
Cape Town, South Africa
March 18, 2003
LARCHMONT TAXI STILL VERY MUCH IN BUSINESS
I would like to inform the people of Larchmont
that there is no truth to the rumors circulated
that Larchmont Station Taxi & Limousine
Service International are out of business or
have been purchased by Leon's Taxi or Red Oak
Transportation. Larchmont Station Taxi is still
owned by me, John T. Villanova, and has been
since the year 2000 when it was incorporated.
I am the same person who innovated the taxi
industry in the Village by offering Lincoln
Town Cars for taxi service. I have also owned
Limousine Service International for the past
20 years - the service many of the people in
Larchmont have come to rely on for high quality
John T Villanova, Jr.
MCANDREWS RESPONDS: PROPAGANDA AND DISTORTION
I take strong exception to the statements made
by John Rote in his letter
of March 10.
When I took Rhetoric 101, I studied propaganda
and its use of distortion, so I know it when
I see it.
Throughout this campaign, Geoff Young and I
have delivered a positive message of experienced
leadership, open government and fiscal responsibility.
Each year I was a trustee I voted to lower
taxes by using money in the surplus. In 2000,
I voted that $250,240. be used from surplus
to lower the tax rate. In 2001, I voted that
the surplus be reduced by $191,280.
I believe we should use some of the surplus
this year to lower taxes also. The question
is how much. My concern is that drawing down
the surplus precipitously this year will harm
the Village and its taxpayers. The surplus is
an asset that keeps our borrowing costs low;
allows the Village to pay overbudget and unexpected
items, like snow removal, without the costs
of borrowing. The surplus produces income and
provides the Village with the wherewithal to
purchase open land, for example, if the opportunity
The surplus is a Village asset. It is a tool
to be used wisely. Thanks to years of careful
planning, the Village has a surplus to help
mitigate tax increases.
REPUBLICANS KEEP PROMISE OF OPEN GOVERNMENT
Last year when the Republicans won the majority
on the Village of Larchmont’s board a
new era began. The newly elected mayor and trustees
immediately kept their promise that village
government would be more open and accessible,
which it has over the last year.
Last year as a newly appointed member of the
expanded Parks and Trees Committee I found myself
able to give back to a community I have known
all my life and part of the new open government
The committee, which I joined, was expanded
from 2 members to 7 members and given the task
to come up with different ideas, themes and
enhancements for the parks in Larchmont; something
it had not had a chance to do in the past. This
new change directly came from the newly elected
Republican majority. Open space for our residents
would play an important role going forward and
input was going to be needed by an expanded
committee of village residents and those who
would like to be heard or participate.
The Parks & Trees committee meets on a
monthly basis, and the first order of business
on our agenda begins with “Those Who Wish
To Be Heard”. This allows any member of
the community to be heard on issues as it relates
to Parks and Tree’s in the Village. Over
the last year we have enhanced the structure
of the committee. We are hard at work developing
ideas and proposals for Addison and Flint Parks
and in the process of developing a Tree Ordinance
for the Village.
Our liaison to the Village Board, Trustee Verni
has given us encouragement and guidance during
the past year and I know that his presence at
our monthly meetings will be missed when he
steps down from office on March 18th.
However, I am confident that both Republican
Trustee candidates Wiener and Johansen who I
know personally will be committed, as is Mayor
Bialo and Trustee Feld to continuing the open
government process. I know they will continue
to encourage residents to be involved so positive
change can make Larchmont a better place for
"STUNNED" BY DENIAL OF REQUEST FOR
At the Larchmont League of Women Voters candidates
debate, I was stunned when Democratic candidate
Geoff Young said he was told his request for
consultant's report had been denied by Republican
Mayor Ken Bialo. Much of the debate, indeed
much of this campaign and past campaigns, has
been about "open government."
In discussing "open government,"
Republican candidates Phil Johanson and Mike
Wiener repeatedly stressed open "meetings"
and lamented that citizens did not take advantage
of opportunities to participate. Open "meetings"
are one slice of open "government."
Being denied a report paid for with public funds
-- taxes paid by property owners -- is something
else. Any citizen should be able to see that
The Larchmont Republican leadership has set
the tone -- and it is not one of open government.
The Republican candidates are supporters of
a denial of fundamental fair play, not to mention
raising suspicion about what is in the consultant
Democrats Young and Anne McAndrews were articulate
in speaking of the broad concept of open government,
which includes reaching out to all sides of
an issue, not suppressing those you don't what
JOHANSON DEDICATED, COMMITTED
In the March election I will be casting my
vote for Village Trustee candidate Phil Johanson.
Like Phil, I too, am a lifelong Larchmont resident.
I feel that I have come to know him very well
over the years and I am qualified to speak about
Phil’s character. I know his priorities
and abilities, and he will serve the Village
well as a Trustee.
As a committed and devoted father, I have witnessed
Phil with his four children, and he is one of
the most involved men I know.
As a dedicated volunteer, I have seen Phil serve
his kids and the community as a coach of kickball,
t-ball, baseball, soccer and basketball, as
a teacher of religious ed., as the Cubmaster
of our Chatsworth Pack 33, and as a parent volunteer
in classrooms, at carnivals and on class trips.
As a faithful son, I have also witnessed the
numerous times that Phil has been on hand to
help out his mother and mother-in-law, both
Larchmont residents for 30+ years.
Phil is successful in the financial investment
industry in his work. He has also been a dedicated
member of the village budget committee. This
unique qualification sets Phil apart from all
of the other candidates. I feel confident that
Phil will work hard for Larchmont. Phil is like
many of us with young children. He knows about
Larchmont’s past, he cares about Larchmont’s
present, he wants to work hard for Larchmont’s
Vote for Phil Johanson on March 18th.
SUPPORT FOR UNDERSTANDING HANDICAPS PROGRAM
I am writing to voice my support for our school
school program "Understanding Handicaps."
I was dismayed to learn that this valuable program
has been eliminated in the proposed school district
budget for next year.
Understanding Handicaps gives children hands-on
exercises to experience what life is like for
persons living with a variety of disabilities,
such as deafness/blindness, physical disabilities,
or learning differences. The children also speak
with and ask questions of a
person who has that handicap. As a volunteer
in my son's classroom
during two of these units, I could see the children
developing empathy for the people sharing their
disabilities, as well as admiration for their
resilience and achievements.
These lessons are at least as important as
the ever-increasing emphasis on high test scores.
The salary for the professional who conducts
this program is a real bargain for the District,
one that we cannot afford to eliminate.
We are writing to correct a misconception that
may have occurred on the part of your readers
in response to an editorial
appearing in the Gazette on February 13, 2003.
That editorial was written by the editors of
the Larchmont gazette and expressed concern
about the process the Village government and
the mayor are using to make needed changes in
Flint Park as a result of the receiving of a
$125,000 grant. It was not written by the Flint
Park Conservancy and does not reflect the opinion
of the organization, although it may reflect
the opinion of individual members.
The Flint Park Conservancy is a bipartisan
citizen’s group whose mission is to improve
the grounds and facilities in the Park for the
community-at-large. The Conservancy has worked
with both Democratic and Republican town administrations
and believes it is in the best interest of the
Village to work cooperatively with government
to achieve the results we desire. We are happy
to be part of the process and hope that the
Village involves other relevant community entities
soon. We believe that the best Park for our
community will result from the early and active
participation of all interested parties in reaching
a collaborative plan and joint implementation
The Flint Park Conservancy
IN SUPPORT OF WIENER AND JOHANSON
I am writing to express my support for Trustee
Mike Wiener and Phil Johanson candidacies for
Larchmont Village Trustee.
As a life long resident of the Village of Larchmont,
I have known many Trustees and Fire Chiefs and
I can attest to the amount of time, energy and
dedication it takes to fulfill these positions.
Mike Wiener has these qualities. In less than
a year, Mike has had many accomplishments; let
him continue the work he has begun.
As Trustee, Mike has continued his drive for
public safety. He led the enactment of the new
residential sprinkler law, long a fire safety
issue. He initiated tri-municipal discussions
to review and expand emergency procedures. He
has solved numerous problems at Village Hall:
the wet basement, the new heating system, and
installation of the new phone system. He has
been a leader in storm water cleanup. He has
worked to resolve the flooding in Pine Brook.
I have known Mike since he was a boy. I have
watched his volunteer activities mature from
Eagle Scout, to a volunteer firefighter, to
Fire Chief and now his current service as Village
Trustee. There are few, if any of us who could
say that they have had 25 plus years of continuous,
dedicated volunteer service to this village,
as Mike has given.
I have also known Phil Johanson since he was
a youth. His dedication to our youth is unsurpassed.
Phil’s many years volunteering as a sports
coach and Cub Scout leader has proven that he
has patience and energy. His service on the
Budget committee, and as a financial professional
will bring valuable insight and experience to
Mike Wiener and Phil Johanson have all the necessary
skills, energy and dedication to get the job
done. I urge Larchmont residents to cast their
vote for Mike and Phil on March 18th.
MCANDREWS WRONG ON BUDGET SURPLUS
Another election is upon us and Anne McAndrews
is still defending the need for a huge budget
surplus while advocating a double-digit tax
increase for residents. The Village of Larchmont
currently maintains a $2.5 million surplus -
double what it was 10 years ago. That means
that over the past ten years, Village residents
have been overtaxed to the tune of over $1 million
dollars. Why are our taxes being raised, every
year, only to see the surplus balloon?
This is the wrong year for McAndrews, and her
running mate, to further punish residents. Right
now, we’re facing a County tax increase
of at least 14%, and a nearly 10% hike in our
school taxes. McAndrews thinks we should reserve
our “rainy day fund” for a disaster,
or for a project of her liking, rather than
use a tiny portion of it to keep our taxes “unrealistically
low.” I don’t think anyone in this
Village thinks taxes here are “unrealistically
low.” For the past ten years, the Village
Board has made allocations from the budget surplus
to keep taxes affordable. McAndrews knows this,
since she voted to do just that during her two
years as Trustee. One only needs to look at
how the surplus has grown to see that this kind
of budgeting hasn’t hurt the surplus one
bit. It continues to grow.
Finally, the current operating budget for the
Village is approximately $10.5 million. A surplus
that is 25% of the operating budget strikes
me as both unnecessary and unjust. Most Village
residents would rather keep more of their hard-earned
money than further contribute to the already
bloated Village coffers. With so many residents
out of work right now, I don’t know how
McAndrews can justify such a hefty tax increase
when it’s just not necessary.
On Election Day, Tuesday, March 18th, I urge
all residents to vote for Trustee Mike Wiener
and Phil Johanson, the two candidates who are
committed to sound fiscal policy.
WIENER EMINENTLY QUALFIED
I am writing in support of Trustee Mike Wiener
in the upcoming election in the Village of Larchmont.
I have known Mike since he was a teenager.
He has worked toward the betterment of Larchmont
for as long as I can remember. From his Eagle
Scout project of refurbishing the police garage
to his service as a volunteer fire fighter to
his subsequent service as Fire Chief and now
as a Trustee, He is very involved with both
the safety and infrastructure in our village..
Especially in these troubled times, Mike Wiener
is eminently qualified to take care of Larchmont
as our Trustee. Mike has proven that he has
the energy, drive and dedication to get the
I urge everyone to vote for him on Tuesday
March 7, 2003
OUTGOING TRUSTEE FOR JOHANSON, WIENER
I am delighted that Phil Johanson and Mike
Wiener are running for Trustee. Two of my biggest
priorities since being on the Board have been
the long-needed renovation to the business district
and Flint Park. I am excited by the progress
that this Board has made on furthering the planning
of both these projects, and fully intend to
stay involved to help see these through to completion.
I know Phil Johanson shares these same concerns,
and believe his involvement on the future Board
would be invaluable for the implementation of
these improvements. As a father of young children,
coach, and member of the Flint Park Conservancy,
Phil will provide a unique perspective as the
Board looks to make the park even better. In
addition, with a background in finance and a
member of the Village Budget Committee, he will
be able to make prudent fiscal decisions as
it relates to both projects, so that they are
reasonable, affordable and balanced with our
other responsibilities in terms of the delivery
of municipal services.
More importantly, we cannot lose sight that
we are living in an age of an ever-increasing
threat of war and potential terrorism attacks.
No one is more qualified to keep the Board focused
on this very unfortunate reality than Mike Wiener.
Through his service as a past Fire Chief, Mike
has brought real-world experience to the Board
this year on the issue of emergency preparedness,
most recently spearheading a tri-municipal effort
to better prepare the community in the event
of a potential disaster. Now more than ever,
we all should be comforted that we have someone
on our Village Board like Mike Wiener who will
help keep us safe.
I encourage everyone to support Phil and Mike
in this upcoming election.
Larchmont Village Trustee
March 6, 2003
WIENER & JOHANSON: PROVEN TRACK RECORD
Responsible Larchmont residents will have to
decide in the coming weeks whether to vote for
Michael Wiener and Phil Johanson, candidates
that have a proven track record for accomplishment
and progress. This will not be easy because
in some cases it will require us to set aside
old time party affiliations and friendships
in order to do what is best for ourselves, our
families and our community.
We are proud to be members of a relatively
modest family that has been deeply committed
to our Village for three generations; in this
time I cannot recall a more important election
or a clearer choice for the future direction
of our community. Our Village leadership has
been making steady progress in balancing rapidly
increasing demands and costs for services (security,
police, fire, recreational, and so forth) against
a stagnant tax base; now is not the time to
abandon these gains.
Michael and Phil are fervently behind the Mayor's
commitment to keeping property taxes under control
without sacrificing our special way of life.
Most of us agree that we are currently facing
difficult fiscal, environmental and safety challenges
in Larchmont. Our trustees must be prepared
to dedicate the kind of time and effort necessary
to meet these obstacles. Michael Wiener and
Phil Johanson are serious about this commitment
and come to this job with sound judgment and
vast knowledge of our community, our people,
appropriate technical expertise, and business
For example, Michael has been at the forefront
of issues involving oversight of environmental,
zoning, financial and emergency preparedness
initiatives. Phil has been a leader in developing
our recreational and community infrastructure.
Michael and Phil have devoted many late nights
and weekends working for us in areas such as
"Storm Water Management", Flint Park
Facility Expansion and fiscal oversight, to
name a few.
In time we are confident that Larchmont will
be well positioned to rebound from our present
setbacks. However, we will need dedication,
maturity and experience to weather this storm
and Michael and Phil are by far the best candidates
for us in Larchmont at this moment. They deserve
our support on Election Day. Thank you.
KOLBERT FOR MCANDREWS YOUNG, BERNSTEIN
I have been in office for one year and I want
to thank you again for the confidence you expressed
in me when you elected me Larchmont Village
Trustee. It has been an exciting learning experience
for me, but it’s also been a lonely year.
On March 18th, we have the opportunity to
elect a terrific Democratic ticket: for Trustee,
Anne McAndrews and Geoff Young; for Village
Justice, Jerry Bernstein.
The Board will face some very significant matters
in the coming months. Under government mandate,
we must clean up our storm water. Plans to improve
Flint Park, currently being circulated, will
require your input and the delicate balancing
of the needs of the many people who love and
use Flint Park. Issues of governance in the
Village will be very important in the coming
year. In the current economic climate, how will
we maintain the level of services we enjoy while
practicing fiscal responsibility? How important
is adding open space to the community? Should
we join the Greenway—a move I have been
advocating for some time now. Monitoring construction
of the SSO (sanitary sewage overflow tanks)
behind Flint Park will be vital. I continue
to follow developments with Davids Island, an
issue with long-term consequences for Larchmont
and Long Island Sound. And these are only a
sampling of the matters with which the Board
We need Trustees now who are knowledgeable
and experienced, and have the commitment and
vision to deal with these issues. Anne McAndrews
and Geoff Young are not only long-standing Larchmont
residents, but both have previously served as
Trustee. They will not need a tutorial to get
up to speed. They understand the issues and
will be able to get to work on them immediately.
Geoff would tell you that many of the issues
have not changed since 1991, though they may
have become more complicated. And Anne was intimately
involved in the planning for many of the projects
that the Board is now trying to move forward.
The community needs Anne and Geoff at the
helm, and I need Anne and Geoff by my side.
Jerry Bernstein, running for his third term
as Village Justice, clearly has done such a
superb job that he is unopposed. Please help
elect McAndrews, Young and Bernstein on March
18th. It’s terribly important that we
not let voter apathy squander this unique opportunity
for Larchmont. In our community, recent elections
have been won or lost by a single vote. Please
make your vote count and support this ticket.
March 4, 2003
SUPPORTING JOHANSON & WIENER
I am writing in support of the candidacies
of Phil Johanson and Mike Weiner in the Village
of Larchmont Trustee race. Phil Johanson is
a businessman and financial professional who
has lived in Larchmont all of his life. He has
provided valuable service on the Village Budget
Committee that I co-chair where he has become
familiar with the intricate details of the Village’s
finances and operations. He has served in many
volunteer positions and has coached various
youth sports. In short, his business and financial
skills and knowledge of the Village’s
workings make him very qualified for the position.
Mike Weiner has brought to the Village board
a breadth of practical knowledge and involvement
that is sorely needed in running a municipality.
He has in-depth knowledge of computer systems,
has directed the replacement of the Village
Hall heating system at significant cost savings,
and has used his expertise in firefighting and
prevention (he served as one of the Village’s
best fire chiefs) to pass the Village’s
new building sprinkler ordinance. Mike has also
been very active in environmental work in the
area. Like Phil, Mike Weiner has lived in Larchmont
all of his life.
The Village needs more business skills on
the Board of Trustees. Phil Johanson and Mike
Weiner bring such experience and skills to the
Board while their opponents do not. I highly
recommend that Larchmont residents vote for
them in the upcoming election.
Bruce A. Cauley
(Former Larchmont Trustee)
March 4, 2003
JOIN IN VOTE FOR JOHANSON
I hope all of you will join me on March 18th
and vote for Phil Johanson for Larchmont Village
Trustee. I have known Phil since 1995 when our
sons first joined Cub Scouts. We both initially
signed on to be ‘Tiger Cub Coaches’
in that first year and we ended up spending
the next seven years together as Leaders. During
our final two years together Phil tackled the
role of Cubmaster (Pack CEO) and I served as
the Pack Committee Chairman. During his time
as Cubmaster, Phil ran a well respected community
organization with dedication, enthusiasm, and
Phil worked tirelessly for the hundreds of
boys who participated in the pack over those
years, and nowhere will you find someone more
committed to the children of this community.
Beyond scouts, Phil has coached countless others
on baseball diamonds, soccer fields, and basketball
courts. In addition, he has volunteered to be
a religious education teacher at our church.
He is truly a role model for our kids. I know
he will keep the Village Board focused on the
issues that affect our children like the expansion
and improvement of Flint Park and school safety.
On March 18th we need to elect Phil Johanson,
and re-elect Mike Wiener as Trustees to continue
moving Larchmont in the right direction.
Larchmont, NY 10538
MCANDREWS & YOUNG SUPERLATIVE
Anne McAndrews and Geoff Young will bring superlative
capabilities to the Larchmont Village Board.
Having seen both in active service for the benefit
of our community over many years, I continue
to admire the skill with which they work with
Village volunteers, focus on the important issues
and ensure that things get done expeditiously.
I applaud the Democrats for putting forth such
an excellent slate of candidates for the Village
Board, and I urge all my neighbors to take the
opportunity on March 18th to vote for them both
either on the Democratic or the Larchmont Coalition
Justena S. Kavanagh
FIRE MYSTERY SOLVED: THANKS VILLA MARIA!
Early in the morning on July 28th 2002 Village
Paint supply had a fire in the basement of the
store which was and still is located at 2084
Boston Post Road, thanks to the good work of
our local firefighters from the Village of Larchmont,
and the town of Mamaroneck.
We received a great deal of help and support
from our neighbors and our customers for which
we are very thankful.
That night was extremely hot, even without
the fire. One could only imagine how hot and
thirsty the firefighters were while fighting
Someone brought 20 cases of ice-cold bottled
water. 10 cases to the front of the store, and
10 cases to the back of the store. I never knew
who brought them, and no one I asked could tell
me. It has remained a mystery to me.
I thanked everyone who helped out. However,
I was never able to thank the person or persons
who brought this very much needed relief for
So today a giant size thank you goes out to
Anthony Pecora of Villa Maria Pizza and his
assistant Craig Monteleone.
I should have guessed it! Because that is
what they do.
If you go to Villa Maria, and you should, you
will see a letter from the American Red Cross
thanking them for what they did for the people
of the 17 Addison Street fire.
We have all seen the poster boards with the
signatures of children from the local schools
thanking them for one thing or another.
You will see the pictures of the Little League
teams that they sponsor year after year, and
the list goes on and on.
Anthony, and Craig are special people. I am
grateful that I can call them my friends.
So firefighters, the mystery has now been solved.
Didn’t that water taste good!
Thank you all again.
Village Paint Supply
SHOULDN'T CHILD BE WITH HIS MOTHER?
It was disturbing to read about the travails
of little Travis Kelly, whose Chinese mother
took him back to China after a domestic dispute,
only to be apprehended and separated from her
baby when she came back to New York after the
father's death. The congratulatory tone of your
article masked the real tragedy here, namely
that a mother has lost her child.
Did the Larchmont relatives have high-powered
attorneys? Did the Chinese mother have any resources
to fight for Tristam? Just because Larchmontians
are involved in a dispute like this, doesn't
mean they're the heroes here. Why do you automatically
assume so? Shouldn't this child be with his
TRAFFIC GOING FROM BAD TO WORSE
The traffic situation in Larchmont is going
from bad to worse. I was driving on Weaver Street
recently and a woman behind me in an SUV kept
blowing her horn. I was doing 30 miles per hour,
which is the speed limit on Weaver and plenty
fast enough for that winding road. She kept
honking. Once she pulled out, and for a heart
stopping moment I thought she was going to try
and pass me, but oncoming traffic made her move
back. She finally turned off Weaver.
I live near Palmer and Chatsworth and I can't
count how many times I've seen people speeding
up when they see the yellow light and running
the red light. Then we have those who are driving
with one hand on the wheel and their cell phone
in the other. Can't they just pull over for
a moment if they have to make a call?
The double-parking in front of Starbucks is
ridiculous. The significant other goes in for
coffee and the companion sits double-parked
pretending not to be tying up traffic. Can't
drive around the block? Then there are the people
shopping on Palmer and crossing in the middle
of the street because it is soooooo far to go
to the corner and cross at the light. How about
u-turn heaven otherwise know as the intersection
at Palmer Avenue and Depot Way?
May I offer some suggestions?
First, Larchmont should invest in those traffic
cameras they use in New York City to nab people
running lights. It would be especially useful
on Weaver Street.
Secondly, we should invest in digital signs
like the kind out on the highways (only lower)
that can be reworded when necessary. Warnings
like "SLOW DOWN - SCHOOL ACTIVITY"
would be much better than the little yellow/black
signs we have now. The same digital signs would
also be handy during elections when voting is
in progress at the schools until 9 pm.
Also, if drivers get points on their license
and have to pay fines they may pay more attention
to the rules of the road. The revenue from these
fines will cover the expenses for installing
the equipment and the result will be safer roads
for all of us.
MEMORIAL: COVENANT IN PERPETUITY
A community’s memorial is a covenant
in perpetuity and with it comes the burden
of responsibility. Memorials are a commitment
from one generation to the next for reasons
too soon forgotten. Simply stated, there are
things more important than our own needs. The
Board of Education is simply wrong-headed as
it crumbles to our community’s sense
of entitlement. No one, not veterans, community
leaders or our school board has the right or
reason to violate this covenant.
The irony of our memorial conundrum located
at our most important collective investment
in the future gives me cause to pause. The
Kemper Memorial is an example to our children
of great sacrifice. The decision to sacrifice
the use of this land was made long ago. We
simply must respect that decision on moral
grounds. Our sacrifice and the example it sets
for our future generations out weighs our current
sense of entitlement.
From generation to generation the stories
are told. Let future generations reflect on
the price of freedom and the costs we must
share across the generations. We must remember.
We must teach. We must never forget.
Edward J. Merians
SADNESS AT KEMPER MEMORIAL STALEMATE
It is with great sadness that I continue to
read articles about the stalemate between the
Cantor family and the Mamaroneck School District
proposal to shift the Kemper Memorial to make
room for an additional playing field at the
I won’t pretend to be unbiased. As the
mother of three student athletes whose teams
are constantly hindered due to the community-wide
lack of field space, I am in favor of the district’s
proposal to relocate the Kemper Memorial.
But my vote isn’t purely selfish--I
believe that everyone would benefit by relocating
the Kemper Memorial. For the Cantor family,
a rededication of a more prominent, beautifully
landscaped area to remember our war veterans
could well serve their memory better than the
existing memorial area. I think the school
district’s proposal to enhance the memorial
park area and its offer to name the new playing
field after Richard Kemper creates a memorial
legacy that will have far greater impact on
our children and community than the current
monument now offers. I urge the Cantor family
to put grievances aside, to bring calm discourse
to this situation, and, in good faith, work
for a resolution that will meet the needs of
our children and community today and in the
My vote aside, it’s also important
to note that a fair process is now taking
place. Members of the School Board, who are
elected representatives, are currently holding
discussions with community groups to get
feedback on the district’s proposal.
The primary job of our Board members is to
take into account the needs of over 4,000
diverse students in order to make sound policy
decisions for the greater good of the entire
student body. Just as they have done in the
past, regarding issues ranging from curriculum
to capital improvements, we must trust that
the Mamaroneck School Board members will
ultimately weigh all factors in coming to
a final decision. It serves no purpose other
than to fuel controversy and split our community
for the Cantor family, or any others, to
imply that the School Board is acting dishonestly
or with hidden agendas.
Let’s not let this matter divert our
community from our more important educational
mission. My hope is for a speedy resolution,
and my trust goes to our elected School Board
HELP US REACH COMPROMISE ON MEMORIAL
This past Veterans Day, November 11th, at
11 am in the morning, Cecilia Absher and I
went to the Kemper Memorial. For the time we
were at the memorial, we were alone with our
thoughts on that cold morning. There were no
flags, no ceremony; we were joined by no other
community members. I thought about my tour
of duty in Vietnam, the friends I made in the
service, some of whom returned with me, others
who did not. Cecilia thought of her cousin
who was MIA for many months in Vietnam before
As the School Board has worked with Richard
Cantor and his family over the past several
months, the ghosts of my friends have never
been far from my mind. To preserve the memory
of the young men and the woman who are named
on the Memorial, to honor those who served
and those who continue to serve, the community
and the schools must treat the Memorial with
all the dignity and respect we owe our service
men and women.
I agree that the School Board and the Cantor
family must strive to put our differences behind
us and try to work together on this difficult
and emotional issue. I believe that if we and
the community can honestly listen to each other
and hear each others needs, we will reach a
compromise that will meet the needs of the
community, the needs of our student-athletes
and the need to honor Lt. Richard Kemper and
all those who have served and died wearing
the uniform of the United States armed services.
Please help us to reach that goal.
Robert G. Martin, President
Mamaroneck School Board
THANKS TO THE VOTERS FROM GEORGE LATIMER
I am writing to extend my thanks to the voters
of Rye, Larchmont, Mamaroneck and New Rochelle
for their support in my re-election
last Tuesday. I appreciate the vote of confidence,
and as I enter my 7th term
as County Legislator, I will make
every effort to justify that confidence.
too, to the Larchmont Gazette for their campaign
coverage in the race just
I look forward to speaking with my
neighbors at upcoming District Office Hours,
to accept their ideas and
advice on how we can do a better job in
Westchester County government.
Westchester County Legislator - 7th District
As an experienced and respected trial attorney
who has tried hundreds of civil and criminal
cases in local, state and federal court, and
as a lifelong resident of our community who
has volunteered in every arena of civic activity,
Don Derrico deserves your vote on Tuesday,
4tth for Town Judge.
For over a decade while practicing law, Don
Derrico has dealt first hand with the many
issues that come before a Town Judge: landlord-tenant
disputes; violations of local ordinances; misdemeanor
criminal matters; small claims cases; traffic
violations, to name a few. He has shown his
commitment to fairness through countless hours
of volunteer time as an Arbitrator for New
York’s Civil Court in Bronx and New York
Counties, and through the same service has
demonstrated the temperament required to serve
in such a sensitive position as Town Judge.
Don Derrico was raised and educated in Mamaroneck
and is keenly aware of the issues we face
in this community. In fact, he is the only
candidate in this race who practiced in our
Town Court before running for the position
of Judge. His candidacy is strongly supported
by Town Supervisor Valerie O’Keeffe
and I join her in urging you to vote for
him in the upcoming election.
Liz Noyer Feld
Village of Larchmont Trustee
JUDGE BRESCIA BY FAR MORE QUALIFIED
I write in support of Judge Jean Marie Brescia
who was appointed Town Justice and is now running
for a full four-year term.Her
academic credentials and judicial experience
make her by far the more qualified candidate.
The suggestion that there is a ”long
tradition” of Republicans and Democrats
sharing the judicial posts in Mamaroneck Town
fantasy. In 1982 when I took office as the
first Democratic Councilwoman, Mamaroneck had
two Republican judges: Russell Pelton and
Martin King.In 1985 David Klein, a Democrat,
successfully challenged Judge Pelton, thus
becoming the first Democratic judge in the
approximate 350 year history of the Town.
David Klein and Marty King shared the judical
post until David was elected to the Family
Court and former supervisor Dolores Battalia
was appointed to fill his unexpired term in
2001. Upon the death of Judge King, Jean Marie
Brescia was appointed by the Town Council
to fill his unexpired term.
These facts do not add up to a “long
tradition.” Campaign literature that
tells that tale strongly suggests a desire
to mislead voters.
We depend on judges to correctly analyze the
facts, determine the truth and make fair and
wise decisions. A candidate for judicial office
should be expected to do the same. Voters should
be cautious about lending support to someone
who is creating a fairy tale about a “long
tradition” that never existed.
Town Councilwoman, 1982-1989
POLITICS AT ITS WORST
By nature I'm not a political person but I
am not so naive to believe that politics doesn't
play a role when selecting a candidate to run
for office. I nevertheless firmly believe that
partisan politics should not get in the way
when choosing a Judge. As long as I can remember
The Town of Mamaroneck always had one Democrat
and one Republican Judge. In fact, after the
initial election a Judge has not been opposed
in subsequent elections. The Town of Mamaroneck
has a long history of outstanding Judges. The
election of Donald Derrico, a lifelong resident
of the Town of Mamaroneck would continue that
tradition. If you have read his resume or had
an opportunity to see his interviews on "Meet
the Candidates" on LMC- TV you must agree
that he is more than qualified to be our next
Judge. Donald Derrico is an experienced trial
attorney who has handled hundreds of cases
in local courts. He has handled every type
of matter that the court has jurisdiction over.
Please vote for Donald Derrico for Judge in
the Town of Mamaroneck. By electing Donald
Derrico we can restore a non-partisan judiciary
and have someone on the bench who really knows
what it's like to practice locally.
VOTE TO KEEP JUDGE BRESCIA
I urge your readers to vote for Judge Jean
Marie Brescia as Mamaroneck Town Justice. As
any practicing attorney can tell you, a really
good judge has strong ability in three different
areas: experience, intelligence and temperament.
It is our great fortune that Jean Marie excels
in all three areas.
Jean Marie’s intellectual qualifications
and experience could not be more outstanding.
After graduating from Harvard Law School, she
began her legal career at Sullivan Cromwell,
a highly regarded law firm in New York City.
But soon it became clear that public service
is her true calling. She became a Legal Aid
attorney representing children and families
in criminal, child abuse and neglect and landlord/tenant
cases and a hearing officer for the New York
State Education Department. In these positions,
she acquired the knowledge that is key to the
judge’s craft, such as the rules of evidence
and the procedures for conducting a fair trial.
Jean Marie’s commitment to service has
drawn itself closer to home over the years,
as Mamaroneck Avenue School PTA co-president
and Mamaroneck Public Library trustee. For
her, the position of Town Justice is yet another
form of the public service that she has already
performed so selflessly for our Town.
Which leads to the last qualification of a
judge – temperament. Jean Marie is one
of the most down to earth people you will ever
meet. She is just the person you would want
to decide your case.
Larchmont, NY 10538
VOTE FOR JUDGE BRECIA ON NOVEMBER 4!
I am writing to urge your readers to vote
for Judge Jean Marie
Brescia for Mamaroneck Town Justice. Voters
may not be fully aware of the
importance of the position in the daily lives
of people in Mamaroneck
and Larchmont. The Town Justice functions as
the small claims court for
the Town, and is the court where all criminal
offenses that take place
in the Town are first heard. The Town Justice
can issue orders of
protection, hears landlord/tenant cases, and,
as most people
probably know, handles all traffic and parking
offenses in the Town. In
other words, the Town Justice guards the civility
and respect for one
another that must prevail in our community.
Judge Brescia graduated from Fordham College
and Harvard Law
School(magna cum laude). She has extensive
experience in dealing with
the kinds of cases that are heard in our
Judge Brescia was appointed to complete the
term of the late Judge
Martin King in January of this year, and
she has done an exemplary job.
No one who knows Jean Marie Brescia from
her work as a
practicing lawyer for seventeen years, an
administrative law judge, a
law professor, or from her involvement in
the Mamaroneck Avenue School
PTA and on the library board could have been
surprised by her
outstanding work as our Town Justice.
We have the opportunity to keep a highly
qualified, committed and
impartial Town Justice. Please vote for
Judge Brescia on November 4th!
FLAGS FADE: SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES ENDURES
We lost ten members of our community on September
11, 2001 - eight fathers and two mothers - ten
of the 3016 who perished that day. And though
the flags we placed in our windows and on our
porches have long faded, we are still gripped
by the event, each of us in our own way.
Two years later, the events of 9/11 continue
to be tenanciously powerful. It colors our collective
consciousness and our daily interactions. We
strive for closure, where perhaps there may
be none. But we can take much solace from the
fact that for the past two years our community
banded together in support of the ten families
who suffered an incomprehensible loss.
Friends In Deed (FIND), a not-for-profit organization,
was organized in the aftermath of 9/11 to provide
support for the local families who lost a loved
one. FIND has raised over $140,000, of which
over 90% has gone directly to the families or
the establishment of special "529"
educational funds for each of the 17 children.
On Saturday, September 13th at 1 pm at Memorial
Park, FIND is sponsoring its 3rd Annual CommUNITY
Walk on behalf of the families. It is a time
for our community to show that while our flags
may have faded, our resolve and commitment to
our friends and neighbors is enduring. Please
give your support to the families by making
a donation and attending the CommUnity Walk
on Saturday. Donations can be sent to FIND,
PO Box 178, Larchmont, NY 10538.
August 1, 2003
GAZETTE INTERESTING, USEFUL & BALANCED
This letter is long overdue. We want to commend
you for your great coverage of our Village news
and information. The coverage is interesting,
useful and presents a balanced view.
The Larchmont Gazette is a
wonderful addition to life in our lovely village.
We thank you for all of your work.
Dick and Mary Ann Mumma
July 27, 2003
TAX CALCULATOR VERY INFORMATIVE
Many thanks to Ned Benton for that excellent
tax calculator. (see: 2003
Tax Calculator.) I found it very informative.
Over the next few years as taxes fall at the
federal level and rise even more rapidly at
the local level it is important that all of
us become as knowledgeable as possible about
the basic facts.
Also: Happy First Anniversary to the Larchmont
Gazette - a truly valuable addition to our community.
July 23, 2003
JACK SLYPER - EMPATHY FOR THE HOMELESS
Many long time residents are sad to have lost
Jack Slyper this past week. The first time I
met Jack I had just gotten off the 5:15 at Larchmont
from a busy work day in NYC. He was planting
pansies in the station flower boxes to greet
commuters. The summer we had a bad drought Jack
hauled buckets of water from the Duck Pond to
water those flower boxes. He did a lot of
volunteer hours for the Beautification Committee
over the years.
Jack also had a unique and important Security
role in the U.S. Army in World War II.
But, the reason I know Jack went immediately
to heaven was his empathy for the homeless when
most folks were not aware of their plight. Jack
planted a vegetable garden up at the reservoir
and sent the best tomatoes in Town to feed the
We will miss you, Jack. All love to his family.
July 18, 2003
FIRE ALARM NOT NEEDED
The fire alarm is not needed anymore. The guys
have pagers and cell phones. The horn is old
and outdated. If the firefighter is out of town,
say in New Rochelle, he's not going to hear
the alarm but he will get the page.
listing of what the number of alarm sounds
is totally outdated and is very annoying.
Get rid of it.
Joseph Paterno III
June 28, 2003
Congratulations and thank you Judy Silberstein
and Paula Eisenberg. You have provided an invaluable
service to the community during the past year
and we look forward to reading the Larchmont
Gazette during the coming year and many more
to come. The Gazette has covered so many stories
and provided much needed information that citizens
might otherwise never have seen. A look at the
Gazette each morning keeps us on top of local
Thank you for being there for us.
June 8, 2003
THANKS FROM HISTORIC HARBOR STREET FAIR
Sunday, June 8, was a very special day in the
Village of Mamaroneck--our first ever Historic
Harbor Street Fair. By all accounts, it was
a rousing success. Nearly 20,000 people turned
out for an event that brought everyone together
in celebration of a village we love, a history
we treasure, and a future we know will be bright!
Due to the enthusiasm and dedication of a cast
of hard working volunteers, our dream became
a reality. We are submitting this letter to
try to thank everyone who helped:
The more than 280 citizen volunteers who rose
to the occasion as dedicated, tireless, true
believers. WE SALUTE YOU!!
Our village employees: the members of our Department
of Public Works, who moved mountains in a moment
and earned our undying respect and admiration;
the Village of Mamaroneck Police Department,
who cheerfully and safely guided traffic; the
Volunteer Fire Department, Ambulance & Emergency
Medical Services,-who were dependable, helpful
and supportive;. and the Village officials and
their staff, who were our champions and enablers.
The community organizations such as the Junior
League on the Sound, who sponsored the children’s
games and the colonial craftspeople. All of
you should be commended for the joy that you
have brought to the citizens of our Village.
The Mamaroneck Historical Society, the Mamaroneck
Library and the Village Historian, who brought
an historical accuracy and authenticity to the
Our local artists, entertainers, and the staff
of the Emelin Theatre who reflect the best in
Our “international” food establishments
who offer the best food around. If you want
to eat well, just come to Mamaroneck!
· Our school districts, Mamaroneck and
Rye Neck, for helping with transportation, parking,
supplies, volunteers and spreading the word.
Our neighbors from the Village of Larchmont
and Town of Mamaroneck, who kindly donated buses
and parking fields.
No letter of thanks would be complete without
gratefully acknowledging our many sponsors.
We also appreciate the wonderful and helpful
coverage we received from The Sound and Town
Report, The Soundview News, The Larchmont Gazette,
the Rye Record, WVOX, The NY Times, LMC-TV,
WFAS radio and WFUV radio, most of all, THE
TIMES , serving Larchmont and Mamaroneck since
Also, we must thank the Mamaroneck Avenue Task
Force, the local business associations and our
more than one hundred businesses and individual
sponsors, many of who were listed in our program,
who gave either financial support to our Event
or gifts to our silent auction. Thanks also
to those who gave selflessly with no expectation
of gaining publicity.
Please know in our hearts that we are eternally
thankful. This event took a community to plan
and execute and brought our Village together.
It became a celebration of the best of each
of us and brought out the best of all of us.
Mamaroneck proved it is truly “The “Friendly
Sunny Goldberg & Carolyn Pomeranz, Co-Chairs
June 5, 2003
EYEOPENING PRICES FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
I read with great interest your survey
on the substantial range of prices for prescription
drugs in several local pharmacies. I would like
all your readers to know that our Department
of Consumer Protection has surveyed prices in
35 pharmacies thoughout Westchester for the
drugs most frequently purchased by seniors.
On our website
we have a table which shows . Then by clicking
a drug name, you can find which pharmacies offer
the lowest prices for that drug. The pharmacies
are listed from lowest priced to highest priced.
We update this list several times a year. The
survey is an eye opener as well!
Dir. of Consumer Protection
May 26, 2003
GRANNY FOILS GERMAN SPY
Thought you might like to know about a heroic
Larchmont grandmother of the Grinnel family.
Her name was Carr and she was a long time Village
grandchildren told me this story.
During World War II, troop ships getting ready
for war backed up in the Long Island Sound off
Larchmont's shore. Everyone knew about them
but did not talk about them.
One day in Manor Park, Mrs. Carr noticed the
Good Humor man's attitude toward the eager kids
wanting ice cream. He did not have the right
friendly touch. The
wise, suspicious lady called the FBI and reported
him. Sure enough, he was indeed a German spy
counting the troop ships and reporting back
to the Germans.
Now, isn't that a Memorial Day tribute - remembering
a smart granny?
May 13, 2005
SUPPORT LOCAL STORES, BOYCOTT CVS
Your edition of May 8th notes that CVS is planning
to celebrate a grand opening on May 12th. For
many of us, there is nothing to celebrate in
having to suffer yet another CVS location in
our immediate area while we travel to New Rochelle
and Mamaroneck to buy groceries. This store
is redundant and obnoxious.
While I am grateful to have the parking lot
finally reopened, I would urge Larchmont residents
to boycott this store and support our long time
businesses. If we don't vote with our feet (and
our wallets) we may see the demise of Futterman's,
the Larchmont Store, Almarc Drugs and more.
I say, park in their lot while you shop our
April 26, 2003
BOARDS SHOULD RELEASE INFO EARLY & TO
I applaud your editorial on keeping citizens
informed. There is no reason why we can't have
an integrated community calendar online. Many
times I have seen an organization schedule an
event on the same day as a municipal or school
But I think it is also the duty of the boards
to release information on meetings at least
2 weeks ahead (or as soon as the date is known)
to all media, including LMC-TV and the 4 local
papers. That is in the spirit of the open meeting
law and would go a long way towards informing
March 19, 2003
LATIMER SHEDS LIGHT ON COUNTY TAX RATE
There has been much made of Westchester County's
2003 budgetary matters; permit me to add a few
facts, which can be interpreted as one wishes:
NY City 18.0%
Of these 29 jurisdictions, 6 have Democratic
majorities, and 23 have Republican majorities.
Counties across NY State that received a SALES
TAX increase (last 12 months):
Chemung 1 %
Seneca 1 %
Of these 10 counties, 1 has a Democratic majority,
and 9 have Republican majorities. With these
increases, Westchester's 6.75% sales tax rate
is the lowest in the State. Source data is quoted
from the NY State Association of Counties (tel.
Added together (and eliminating the duplication
of those that increased both property and sales
taxes), 39 of New York's 62 counties - nearly
two-thirds - suffered significant jumps in local
taxes in 2003. This is unprecedented over the
past twenty years. And of course, the MTA bus
and subway fares, Metro-North commuter rail,
and bridge tolls are all going up by 30% or
Any fair-minded observer can see that funding
County services, including exploding mandated
expenses for Medicaid and Retirement Benefit
costs, has reached a crisis proportion not merely
in Westchester, but across the State. The State's
possible $12 billion budget gap has yet to be
addressed in final form, which may well add
to the burdens of all County governments.
Such a widespread impact should lead us to
look for root causes, on a bi-partisan basis,
and avoid the never-ending sniping that adds
plenty of heat, but precious little light, on
the crisis at hand.
Westchester County Legislator
March 16, 2003
WATCH LMC-TV: DEMS EXPERIENCED ON BUDGET
Because the “Meet the Candidates”
programs of the Village Trustee candidates are
quite informative of what residents can expect
from our local government in the coming year,
I encourage all Larchmont voters to invest an
hour and tune into the programs airing on our
local cable station, LMC-TV. The presentations
show the differences between the backgrounds,
abilities and approaches of the four candidates.
Noticeably, the Republican program was dominated
by moderators Ken Bialo and another sitting
trustee, neither of whom are on the March 18th
ballot. In contrast, the presentation of the
Democratic candidates focused on the candidates’
backgrounds and views, undoubtedly because Anne
McAndrews and Geoff Young have the benefit of
years of elective office experience. Because
they were Trustees and are competent, civic-minded
professionals with a demonstrated record of
success and integrity, they are able to convey
substance rather than simply echoing the views
One major topic in both programs was the anticipated
difficulties in the upcoming budget. Interestingly,
the Republican panel spoke glowingly of their
hope to keep the tax rate increase to 5%. Ironically,
that rate represents a threefold increase from
the 1.7% that the Republicans voted against
two years ago as being “not good enough.”
Indeed, the pension and other State-mandated
costs the panel singled out as causes of the
projected increase were predicted by our Village
Treasurer two years ago and discounted by one
of the moderators as a “parade of horribles.”
The same occurred last year when one of their
candidates voted with the moderators to use
$275,000 of surplus (against the advice of the
Village Treasurer) in order to gerrymander the
increase from a little over 2% to 1.9%. You
should watch their program carefully with their
history as a backdrop; you are entrusting your
Village’s finances to whomever is elected.
In the Democrat’s program, viewers will
see that McAndrews and Young are prepared to
jump right into the responsibilities of managing
prudently our Village’s affairs. Their
experience with our Village’s finances
exceeds that of their opponents six-fold and
also lends credibility to their stated plan
to lower costs by re-invigorating the corps
of volunteers. History has again proven their
point that proper attention to “open government”
can yield a greater participation of residents
(e.g. in areas such as attending to our Village
Web site) and a lower cost of government.
The rubber will hit the road in April when
our Trustees put the finishing touches on the
budget for the coming year. If you are worried
about the significant tax rate increases this
administration is planning, you will agree it
is not a time to “try-a-trustee-on-for-size.”
Watch the shows and see for yourself if demonstrated
experience and integrity is important to you.
Then vote for it on March 18th.
Anne McAndrews and Geoff Young are the right
choices in this election. They deserve your
vote. We deserve to have them as our Trustees.
Please vote for them on Tuesday, March 18th.
March 13, 2003
YOUR VOTE CAN HAVE PROFOUND EFFECT ON LIFE
Casting a vote for a local official should
be a more involved decision than casting one
in a national election. This doesn’t sound
intuitive because in local elections you’re
not voting for women’s rights, or for
the future of Medi-Care; the war in Iraq is
not at issue, neither is the fate of our federal
Your vote has no bearing on national budget
issues and it can’t affect environmental
regulations. While your vote for local officials
won’t influence domestic or international
policy, it has the more profound effect of changing
where you live, your street corner, your schools.
In many ways, this is the vote that counts,
the vote that can directly change your quality
of life, and your vote has an immediate and
dramatic effect. Spend a little bit of time
before the election on March 18th thinking about
what you’d like to see in Larchmont’s
When you’ve decided what is important
to you, think about which candidates best fit
into your imagined plans for the future, look
beyond party lines, and please, do your homework,
your vote counts. Political ideology doesn’t
have the same place in local elections as it
does at the national level, look at experience
Think about the past few years that have elapsed
following the last election and decide for yourself
if your local government has exceeded your expectations.
Have they been open to access? Have they gone
out of their way to keep you apprised of what
has been going on?
Have they kept you, the citizen, involved and
in the know? This is your government and you
deserve for it to perform at its absolute best.
Above all though, take the time to go out to
the polls, make a well educated vote and show
that you care about your community and your
neighbors. When the vote is over, the election
decided and the new government in place, continue
your involvement by sharing your ideas, opinions
and criticism with your local government.
We all want the very best Larchmont we can
have and your voice counts. In order to maintain
the high standards we have all become accustomed
to in Larchmont, please take the time to critically
consider how you will cast your vote.
JOHANSON WANTS TO GIVE BACK TO COMMUNITY
A vote for Phil Johanson for Village Trustee,
on March 18th, is the right choice. People keep
asking, “Why does Phil want to run?”
This is what I tell them…
Phil is both excited and enthusiastic about
this opportunity. He grew up in Larchmont with
parents and grandparents who were constantly
volunteering. Their involvements included the
Boy Scouts of America, Little League, Soccer
League, Church, PTA and a host of other activities.
They instilled in him the importance of volunteerism.
Phil exemplifies this wisdom every day. Phil
has also learned that although Larchmont is
great, all great things cannot stay great without
consideration, maintenance and care.
Phil is in touch with every generation in Larchmont:
children, adults (many with children) and grandparents.
He listens to relatives’ and friends’
concerns. He is also in touch with numerous
facets of the village, currently untouched by
his opponents: finances; sports, recreation
and Flint Park; youth concerns, our schools
as a graduate of Chatsworth Avenue, Hommocks
Phil’s volunteer commitments have given
him first hand knowledge of many of Larchmont’s
needs. He is eager to prioritize those needs
and get things done in Larchmont.
Phil is grateful. We have four children and
are thrilled to be able to raise them in a community
like ours. One cannot feel so fortunate and
not want to give back. Phil wants the opportunity
to do positive things in the world, even if
that “world” is Larchmont. Phil
is not running because he wants to fill time
in his day. He looks at this prospect as the
next step in his commitment to serve.
Phil has been attending Village Board meetings
for years (quite often as the only spectator)
for the knowledge they provide to all residents.
He admires the current Board’s open door
policy of listening to the residents at Board
meetings, during “Office Hours”,
through communication with the many diverse
committees, and on the street. Phil looks forward
to continuing this helpful policy and working
with the Mayor and the Board for the benefit
of the future of Larchmont. In addition, Phil
has also been active on the Budget committee,
a unique qualification among the candidates.
Please come out to the polls on Tuesday, March
18th and remember every vote counts. A vote
for Phil Johanson will give him his opportunity
to serve, and a vote for Phil and Mike will
be a vote for the team that will keep “GETTING
Thank you for your support.
MCANDREWS, YOUNG: EXPERIENCE, DEDICATION
I urge the residents of the Village of Larchmont
to cast their votes on March 18nth for Anne
McAndrews and Geoff Young for the office of
Village Trustee. Anne and Geoff possess the
experience, dedication and expertise to insure
that the quality of life we enjoy in Larchmont
will be safeguarded and maintained in these
difficult economic and social times.
Anne and Geoff's years of community service
and involvement enhance their candidacy with
a unique blend of practical application and
knowledge in the areas of fiscal management,
land-use/zoning issues, environmental concerns
and administrative process. If elected, their
presence will bring a balanced, well-reasoned
approach to village government.
REPUBLICANS WRONG ON SURPLUS
As usual, budget surplus is a major issue in
Larchmont's elections. Democrats want to retain
a healthy surplus for "emergencies."
Republicans want to reduce the surplus to fund
If the surplus is reduced dramatically, Democrats
know that Larchmont's bond rating will be reduced,
causing higher expenses in the long run. And,
Republicans won't be specific about how much
of the surplus they want to spend, although
If Larchmont's budget surplus was reduced to
five percent of the total
budget, which Republican Phil Johanson seems
to be preaching, I guess a future campaign issue
will center on the "tax and spend Republicans."
Because that is what the Republican philosophy
will cause -- higher taxes to fund not only
a higher interest rate on borrowing, but also
operating expenses and even emergencies.
Frances H. Snedeker
JOHANSON: BREADTH OF KNOWLEDGE
I am pleased that the editors of the Journal
News/The Times endorsed the election of Trustee
Mike Wiener, thus recognizing the unique experience
he brings to the Larchmont Board and the important
contributions he has made to the Village. They
cited five specific achievements of Trustee
Wiener during his eleven months of service,
which certainly shows his “getting it
They said that experience is a “valuable
commodity.” I agree, but then it is Phil
Johanson who also deserves their endorsement
because he is the candidate who also brings
a real breadth of knowledge and background.
Phil, a life-long resident of Larchmont and
father of four, has been an active volunteer
in sports, community and religious groups involving
our youth. He grew up playing in Flint Park,
has coached many games on its fields and is
now an active voice in the discussions regarding
enhancing its facilities and adding open space.
Phil has also been a member of the Village
Budget Committee, bringing his professional
financial expertise to the discussion of how
best to use taxpayers’ money. He believes
in establishing clear priorities and relating
current projects to the Village’s future
needs and resources.
Larchmont is a wonderful place to raise children
and Phil is clearly in tune with the issues
that parents face. He also understands that
we do not want to price the Village beyond the
means of younger AND older residents.
Larchmont needs Phil’s expertise and
insights to move forward in these challenging
Marian B. White
JOHANSON: COMMITMENT TO LARCHMONT
When the time comes to make your selections
for Larchmont Village Trustee on March 18, 2003,
I strongly urge you to pull the lever marked
“Phil Johanson.” I know I will.
The most important reason for doing so, in my
own eyes, is the deep and sincere level of care
Phil has for our Village and the people who
live in it.
As lifelong Village residents, both Phil and
his wife Lucy have time and time again answered
the bell when asked to partake in Community
activities. My own personal knowledge of his
level of commitment spans over twenty years.
Phil acted as Assistant Coach to his father,
Carl, on two of my Larchmont Little League baseball
teams. While the team itself might not have
been confused with the 1927 Yankees, Phil’s
sincerity and care for both the Community and
young people on the squad were evident even
at such a young age. That level of care and
commitment has never faded as Phil has continued
to take an active role in local school and community
recreational activities involving his four young
Perhaps Phil’s most valued asset, and
one that should not be overlooked given the
fact that residents of the Village are now facing
imminent tax increases, is his educational and
professional background in finance. As a member
of the Larchmont Village Budget Committee since
2001 Phil has already demonstrated a keen acumen
in resolving the looming property tax increases
which face us all by analyzing new and innovative
ways to eradicate debt while still maintaining
the high level of service we are all accustomed
to. As a parent, and an active member of the
Flint Park Conservancy, Phil has also shown
his awareness for the need to “Keep Larchmont
Beautiful” by recognizing the need to
use the financial resources necessary to restore
and renovate Village Parks and Playgrounds.
Based on all of the above, and more, I strongly
urge everyone to support Phil Johanson and his
running mate, Michael Wiener, as Village Trustees.
Stewart A. McMillan
March 5, 2003
MCANDREWS & YOUNG EXACTLY RIGHT
I have known former Larchmont trustees Anne
McAndrews and Geoff Young for many years.
Anne and I have been good friends and Larchmont
advocate-lawyers since the early 1980s. We have
raised our families side-by-side through three
decades. We first served our Village on Committees
(ZBA, BAR) in the eighties and on the Village
Board in more recent years. Anne also served
as a multiple term President of the Larchmont
Mamaroneck League of Women Voters while performing
many other civic tasks which by now are well
Geoff Young, while previously on the other
side of the political fence, has also been a
Larchmont citizen with whom I have also had
a long personal and family relationship. Geoff,
like Anne, served this Village for many years
on committees, as well as on the Village Board.
Geoff is also a local attorney, whose practice
has for many years involved the legal representation
of our citizens.
Importantly, Anne and Geoff each bring to
this election both an historical and a current
perspective on Village issues, a unique resource
which should be husbanded and respected by the
voters of our Village.
Both Anne and Geoff are quality people, long-time
Larchmont contributors of their own and time
and exactly the right people
to represent our Village. Given their prior
experience as Trustees, their long-time commitment
to our Village and their outstanding qualifications,
it would be nothing less than a wasted opportunity
to fail to elect them this March.
William J. McSherry, Jr.
March 5, 2003
NOAM BRAMSON FOR MCANDREWS & YOUNG
As a life-long New Rochelle resident, I offer
thoughts about the Larchmont Village election
with some humility. Larchmont voters don’t
need advice from me. Nonetheless, during last
year’s State Assembly campaign, I had
the pleasure of meeting and speaking with so
many residents of the Village that I feel now
a real connection to the community and a great
interest in its future. Please accept my comments
in that spirit.
Anne McAndrews and Geoff Young are outstanding
public servants. The Village would be very well
served by their election.
Anne brings to the Board of Trustees a depth
of knowledge about local government and a seriousness
of purpose that are almost unmatched. She was
an invaluable member of the Board during her
last term of service: a
tireless worker who took a leadership role on
the critical issues that shape a community.
Water quality in Long Island Sound, emergency
preparedness, and parks improvements are only
a few of the subjects on which Anne’s
efforts proved essential. I had the privilege
of working with Anne on an inter-municipal basis
and saw first-hand her determined
advocacy for open government and sensible planning.
In short, Anne is the kind of elected official
that most communities only dream of having,
and Larchmont is fortunate that she seeks to
return to the Village Board.
Geoff Young is rooted in Larchmont and passionately
committed to its future. He has had a remarkable
breadth of experience on a variety of local
boards, addressing everything from the library,
to the environment, to traffic safety. Few individuals
have given so generously of their time and energy
on behalf of a community. His priorities relating
to investment in services, promotion of volunteerism,
and encouragement of smart growth make clear
that Geoff knows the role of a well-managed,
inclusive government in safeguarding a high
quality of life.
This is an unusually difficult time for government
at every level, with serious fiscal, environmental,
and planning questions all demanding our attention.
Experience, clear priorities, and a deep personal
sense of a community’s interests are desperately
needed in local leaders. By these standards
and others, Anne McAndrews and Geoff Young are
the best team for Larchmont.
New Rochelle, NY
March 4, 2003
SUPPORTING MCANDREWS, YOUNG & BERNSTEIN
As a Village resident of ten years I am proud
to commend the candidacies of Anne McAndrews
and Geoff Young for Village Trustee and Jerry
Bernstein for Village Justice. Anne has demonstrated
her commitment to the Village in many ways,
both as an elected official and as a tireless
volunteer on many Village committees and civic
organizations including the League of Women
Voters and the PTAs of our local schools. Most
recently I worked with Anne in connection with
her ongoing efforts to revitalize the Flint
Park Neighborhood Association. I have been particularly
impressed with Anne’s attention to detail
and unflagging devotion to the betterment of
our Village both from an aesthetic and civic
point of view. During her prior service as Village
Trustee, Anne demonstrated time and time again
her abilities as a consensus builder and a true
advocate for the Village. These traits, combined
with Anne’s professional background in
tax and finance make Anne a tremendous asset
to our community -- and will serve her well
as Trustee. Jerry Bernstein has served our Village
admirably during his terms as Village Justice.
Jerry enjoys a superlative reputation as an
attorney in private practice and it is to our
community’s great benefit that he has
chosen to share his knowledge, experience and
sense of civic responsibility with us as our
Village Justice. Also to our great good fortune
is Geoff Young’s decision to return to
Village politics. We will undoubtedly benefit
from Geoff’s experience as a seasoned
negotiator, his forward thinking and his ability
to work well with others.
On March 18th I’ll be supporting Anne
McAndrews, Geoff Young and Jerry Bernstein.
And I’ll be certain that my votes for
Anne, Geoff and Jerry will be votes for Larchmont.
Melissa Zelen Neier
February 26, 2003
VOTE FOR JOHANSON
I am sending the following letter concerning
the upcoming March 18 elections in the Village
Vote For Johanson
On March 18th I will be casting my vote for
Phil Johanson for Village of Larchmont Trustee.
I know how dedicated, practical and knowledgeable
Phil is regarding our Village finances. I also
know that Phil has the fiscal responsibility
which is so crucial in this economic environment.
His experience in financial services and investments
will serve us well, and we will all benefit
from the economic and cost/benefit analysis
Phil will bring to our budget process.
Phil Johanson is a homegrown Larchmont success
story, someone who understands our Village both
as a parent raising four children here, and
as a youth who experienced our schools, parks,
and recreational facilities firsthand. I know
and have worked with Phil personally and professionally
and know his tremendous skills and his dedication
to Larchmont. We need to keep a strong team
running our Village. That's why we need to elect
Phil Johanson and Mike Wiener as Trustees on
THE FATE OF THE MANOR INN
When the historic Manor Inn (originally, the
Belvedere Hotel) of Larchmont, New York, was
threatened with demolition over a year ago,
a movement began to not only preserve this wonderful
old building, but to continue its use as a reasonably
priced residential hotel for independent seniors.
Recently, I was shown the statistics on the
annual incomes of seniors (those over the age
of 65) in Westchester County. It was depressing
to see that, according to the 2000 census, 73%
of the seniors in Port Chester (or 2,723 individuals)
earned less than 50% of the median (as of March,
2002, this was $32,000). But I was shocked and
appalled to see that 47% of the seniors (or
371 individuals) in the Village of Larchmont
earn less than 50% of the median. The figure
is slightly better for Mamaroneck, 42%, but
involves more people, 1134 individuals. Bronxville's
figure is 33% or 314 individuals and Rye's is
50% or 980 individuals.
In light of these statistics, it is obvious
to me that Westchester County is facing a crisis
with its elderly. But, fortunately, through
tax credits and other programs, Larchmont can
not only save and restore an historical landmark,
but, also, fulfill a vital need.
Why save the Manor Inn? Why use it for senior
housing? It's simple. It's the right thing to
do. As a community, let's not let this opportunity
January 20, 2003
RETIRED CHIEF KERESY: "FANTASTIC WEBSITE"
Congratulations on providing a fantastic website
that is professional, concise, accurate, timely,
and informative. What a great way to keep local
residents informed and to provide former residents
with the ability to stay current and completely
up to date on local activities.
The articles and photo essays are just outstanding!
During the years I lived and/or worked in Larchmont,
I certainly witnessed many "rag-like"
newspapers and journals as they came and went.
"Larchont Gazette" is by far the most
informative and complete source of information
about Larchmont for Larchmonters.
Thank you for your hard work and all your efforts
in providing "all the news that fit to
print" about your lovely community.
Best wishes from North Carolina and continued
happiness and success in all your activities.
THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE
Saturday, December 28th, we learned an amazing
life lesson – never give up hope. After
three weeks (three emotionally draining weeks)
of searching for our cat, Mookie, our family
got the best holiday present imaginable. Miraculously,
we found our cat trapped four feet deep inside
the stone retaining wall of our driveway, crying
We finally pulled him out of the hole with
the assistance of the Larchmont Fire Department
and the Larchmont Nursery stone masons.
At first, Mookie was extremely dehydrated and
had a lot of trouble walking, but Gillian Fraser,
a caring and helpful doctor at the Village Animal
Hospital in Larchmont, gave him the medical
care that put him on the road to recovery. We
then brought him to Dr. Peggy Booth at the Animal
Medical Center in New York City where he has
stayed for the past two nights.
We are so overwhelmed with happiness to have
our cat come home tonight, and we can’t
begin to express how grateful we are for this
community’s support and encouragement.
We are also so thankful for the local businesses
that allowed us to post ‘lost pet’
signs throughout the neighborhood, and the nearby
shelters and Cat Assistance workers for their
advice and help!
As an eccentric but kind woman in the Animal
Medical Center said, “Happy, healthy New
Year to all of us, bipeds AND quadrupeds!
Thanks for so much!
The Sussman / Roberts Family (Joanna, Ben,
Kenny, Claudia…and Mookie!)