Tuesday night’s Larchmont Village Board meeting included a colorful good-bye to outgoing Mayor Liz Feld and an agenda of “green” environmental items.
The session ended with the announcement of the election of Josh Mandell as mayor and Marlene Kolbert and Jane Elkind Eney as trustees.
A total of 127 votes were cast, 112 at the polls and 15 absentees. The breakdown: Mandell 117, Kolbert 112, Eney 119. All three candidates are Democrats; there was no opposition.
Mr. Mandell was appointed to the board last year by Mayor Liz Feld to fill out the term of Trustee Jim Millstein. Ms. Kolbert will be entering her fifth term. Ms. Elkind Eney is new to the Larchmont board, but is a long-term member of the Town of Mamaroneck Board of Assessment Review.
The trustees were in a celebratory mood. After the customary thanks, all members focused on Liz Feld, the outgoing mayor, praising her for her wit, her intelligence, her compassion, her toughness, her availability, and her accomplishments. Board members donned t-shirts of different colors with “Liz” on the front, and after expressing their appreciation they took the shirts off, handed them to her and said, “We’re giving you the shirts off our backs!” In one of his first acts as mayor, Mr. Mandell announced that March 17 would be “Liz Feld Day.”
Liz Feld thanked the board, the staff, the many departments, and the community, and then made an impassioned plea for public service.
“This Village was founded over 100 years ago on the principle of volunteer government,” she said. “We need to create a new generation of volunteers. My parents were strong role models for me. My father was a mayor. My mother was a member of the school board. Become models for your children. Join a commission or committee or run for public office. Get involved.”
An environmental award and adoption of the tree purchase plan were among the highlights of the business portion of the meeting.