An unusual number of elected officials were on hand for the swearing in of Larchmont Mayor Josh Mandell and Trustees Marlene Kolbert and Jaine Elkind Eney.
The newly constituted board consists of five Democrats – a first in Larchmont’s history. That might have brought out some Democrat “heavy hitters” – including U.S. Congresswoman Nita Lowey, New York State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer and New York State Legislator George Latimer (although he attends most local celebrations of this sort, regardless of party in control). However, there were also a number of Republican office holders, including outgoing Mayor Liz Feld, Mamaroneck Town Supervisor Valerie O’Keeffe and Mamaroneck Village Mayor Norman Rosenblum.
In another bi-partisan gesture, Village Justice Thea Beaver – a Republican – administered the oath of office to Ms. Kolbert, while Village Justice Jerry Bernstein – a Democrat – swore in Mr. Mandell and Town Justice Dolores Battalia swore in Ms. Elkind Eney.
Upon taking office, Mayor Mandell quickly launched into the business of the evening, which was mostly routine re-authorizations and assignments. A notable appointment was Trustee Anne McAndrews as deputy mayor; she takes over from Ms. Kolbert who held that position for the past four years. The board also appointed Jack Callahan as chair of the Zoning Board effective May 1.
Goodbye to One Chief, Report From Another
This was the last official report to the board from Fire Chief Richard Heine, who will retire at the end of the month. He reminisced about his long attachment to the fire department. “I was born in my house here delivered by police and firemen,” he said. “My dad joined the department in the late ’60’s, all my brothers joined, and I hung around the department with them,” he said. Before joining the department as a firefighter 20 years ago, he volunteered as an Explorer Scout beginning when he was 14.
Police Chief John Poleway delivered his first official report to the new board and announced that the Larchmont Police Department has recently registered with “A Child is Missing Program.”
This program is funded by federal grants, foundations and private individuals, with no cost to the Village. It collects a data base to help make mass phone calls in a targeted area to help locate missing people. Among those who might be helped are: individuals under 21 who have run away or who have been abducted; adults who are mentally challenged; the elderly who have Alzheimers; and college students missing from campus.
“On March 17 of this year, Scarsdale used this program to find an 11-year-old boy who had wandered away,” Chief Poleway said. “The child was found a half mile from where he was reported missing.”
Also at the Board:
Flint Award: The American Council of Engineering Companies of NY has given its Platinum Award for Engineering Excellence to the Flint Park renovation project.
Tennis Courts Open: The Flint Park courts are now open for their first full season after their resurfacing and renovation last summer.
Apply to Camp: Flint Park Day Camp will take applications for campers who are entering grades 1 – 3 in the fall. Sign up at the Flint Park Playhouse this Friday evening, April 9, from 6:30 – 8:00 or Saturday morning, April 10, from 10:00 to noon. The cost is $440 for first graders and $615 for those in grades two and three.
Donate Clothes: Residents can donate gently used clothing to the Clothes Closet between now and April 19. Drop off centers are: Pink on Palmer, PDQ Mail Plus, Sweet Tease, and the CAP Center. For more information go to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 698-7140.
Expo: The Sustainability Expo will be held at the Hommocks on Saturday, April 24. Session I: 9:30 – 1:00. Session II: Noon – 3:30. Registration deadline is April 21. Tickets purchased in advance cost $15. They will be $20 at the door.
Cleanup: The Sheldrake Cleanup will be held Saturday April 24, 10:00 – noon and Sunday, April 25, 1:00 – 3:00
Budget Final: a final public hearing on the Larchmont Village Budget will be on April 26 at 7:00.
Arbor Day will be celebrated on Friday, April 30 from 3:00 – 4:30 with Bark in the Park, planting a tree in Constitution Park.
Sheldrake’s Spring Festival will be Saturday, May 2.
Memorial Day Parade is May 27 at 7:00 p.m. Police Chief John Poleway will be the parade marshall.