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District Failed to Disclose Mold Testing Results Before Bond Referendum

District Failed to Disclose Mold Testing Results Before Bond Referendum

The question about mold at Greenacres School has resurfaced again. ...

Committee Recommends Using EPDM Infill for Replacement of Synthetic Turf at Butler Field

Committee Recommends Using EPDM Infill for Replacement of Synthetic Turf at Butler Field

The Butler Field Committee comprised of administrators, coaches, pa...

New SMS House Counselor Brings Unique Skills to the Job

New SMS House Counselor Brings Unique Skills to the Job

Michael Williams will join the SMS Team as Cooper House Counselor Mi...

Adventure Travel with Kids: Costa Rica

Adventure Travel with Kids: Costa Rica

Costa Rica has become a top adventure travel destination for Americ...

The June 26th Congressional Primary Election: What You Should Know

The June 26th Congressional Primary Election: What You Should Know

Many of us are receiving lots of mail from the Democratic candidate...

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Think About What Your Vote Means

yourvoteLetter from Evelyn Stock: I am writing to encourage the citizens of Scarsdale to vote for the candidates of the Scarsdale Citizens' Non-Partisan Party on March 21. My opinion is based on my experience serving for 25 years on the Westchester Fair Campaign Practices Committee and on 47 years of residency during which I have been an active community volunteer.

For those unfamiliar, the Westchester Fair Campaign Practices Committee was established in 1990 to respond to charges of unfair practices made by candidates against their opponents. The Committee is active in both the fall and spring for any election held in Westchester, except for US president and US Senator. What I have witnessed in neighboring communities (including communities similar to Scarsdale): false information, personal attacks, self-aggrandizement, charges and counter charges, anger and mistrust, continues from election to election and tears apart the fabric of the community has made me grateful for our non-partisan system which has provided overall good honest government.

Of course, not every Scarsdale trustee or mayor has been excellent. Mistakes have been made (including the reassessment of 2016). But mistakes can be corrected. That our non-partisan system continually enlists new people—people who generally have made significant community contributions-- also serves us well. (Trustees serve no more than two two-year terms; mayors only one two-year term.)

During my 47 years in Scarsdale, I have served on the Citizens' Non-Partisan Party caucus, the Citizens Nominating Committee, at least three times, the last just a few years ago. (I have also served on the School Board Nominating Committee.) The system has undergone many changes. For years, nominees did not appear before the Committee. They often did not even know they were being considered. The fact that one person selected declined the nomination led to having nominees approve their bios and agree to run if selected. Nominees are selected on the basis of their performance in various Village activities which includes their ability to relate to people. This is true for the Citizens' Non-Partisan candidates this year.

This is not to say, however, that the system is perfect. Fewer people are willing to run for the Nominating Committee. Reasons they give—no time, reluctance to run against friends and neighbors, unwillingness to lose. (The first time I ran, the district did not conform as it does now to the elementary school districts. My small section of Heathcote (yes, actually) met with those who lived in Quaker Ridge. I received four votes. Amazingly. I survived....and did better when I was redistricted to Heathcote.)

This last time on the CNC, very few people were willing to run for Trustee. Most said "another time, another year." For the system to work, this too must change, and we need everyone to be part of that change. In the past, several citizens who failed in their bid to run against the system continued their civic involvement and went on to be candidates of the CNC and served Scarsdale well. Everyone is welcome.

But the repairs to the non-partisan system come after March 21. First we must save it.

Evelyn Stock is a 47-year resident of Scarsdale and a former winner of the Scarsdale Bowl.

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Palmieri Muses on Hillary's Loss and What it Means for Women in Politics

Palmieri Muses on Hillary's Loss and What it Means for Women in Politics

Chris Riback, Jennifer Palmieri and SAS Director Jill Serling Why did Hillary lose the election, how did Trump dominate the media and what...

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Around Town

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The June 26th Congressional Primary Election: What You Should Know

The June 26th Congressional Primary Election: What You Should Know

Many of us are receiving lots of mail from the Democratic candidates running in the June 26th primary for Congress for the 16th district....

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Neighborhood News

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Sign Petitions to Put Candidates on the Ballot

Sign Petitions to Put Candidates on the Ballot

June 16, 2018

Letter to the Editor
This week starting June 16 and running until July 10, 2018 people will be coming to your door and asking...

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On Our Minds

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New SMS House Counselor Brings Unique Skills to the Job

New SMS House Counselor Brings Unique Skills to the Job

Michael Williams will join the SMS Team as Cooper House Counselor Michael Williams will be the new House Counselor for Cooper House at Sca...

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On Our Radar

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Teens Taunt Police at Unsupervised Party

Teens Taunt Police at Unsupervised Party

At approximately 10:20 p.m., June 10, police responded to a noise complaint related to a party on Berkley Road. Patrol attempted to make ...

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Parenting

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Adventure Travel with Kids: Costa Rica

Adventure Travel with Kids: Costa Rica

Costa Rica has become a top adventure travel destination for American families. In under five hours from a New York area airport (we chos...

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Village Voices

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Board of Trustees Approves Gift Reserve Fund Tax Credit and Hears Heated Public Comments

Board of Trustees Approves Gift Reserve Fund Tax Credit and Hears Heated Public Comments

Following a public hearing this past Tuesday, the Scarsdale Board of Trustees approved the establishment of a charitable gift reserve fun...

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Shout it Out

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Photo Opps: SHS Alum Named Presidential Scholar at Cornell, Scouts Honored

Photo Opps: SHS Alum Named Presidential Scholar at Cornell, Scouts Honored

 

Joshua Klein, Larry Brown and Allison Weiner Heinemann with Provost Michael Kotlikoff Scarsdale native, Joshua Klein, was recently h...

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School News

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Meet Christopher Welsh, Incoming Assistant Principal at SHS

Meet Christopher Welsh, Incoming Assistant Principal at SHS

Chris Welsh will become an Assistant Principal at Scarsdale High School in July. Christopher Welsh will join the administrative team as an...

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Schools

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Committee Recommends Using EPDM Infill for Replacement of Synthetic Turf at Butler Field

Committee Recommends Using EPDM Infill for Replacement of Synthetic Turf at Butler Field

The Butler Field Committee comprised of administrators, coaches, parents and students was convened to analyze options for replacement of ...

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The Goods

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District Failed to Disclose Mold Testing Results Before Bond Referendum

District Failed to Disclose Mold Testing Results Before Bond Referendum

The question about mold at Greenacres School has resurfaced again. At the May 21 meeting of the Scarsdale Board of Education, Greenacres ...

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Real Estate

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Real Estate: Trustees Prioritize Changes to Land Use Code and Procedures

Real Estate: Trustees Prioritize Changes to Land Use Code and Procedures

Village Trustees are taking steps to re-examine aspects of local zoning code in an effort to reduce the number of teardowns and the bulk ...

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Today's News

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Police Report: Firefighters Battle House Fire on Tunstall Road.

Police Report: Firefighters Battle House Fire on Tunstall Road.

Fire on Tunstall Road

On June 8, fire was reported in a Tunstall Road house. Upon arrival, firefighters noted the house was completely fil...

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Arts and Entertainment

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Maroon and White Honors Senior Athletes at June Barbeque

Maroon and White Honors Senior Athletes at June Barbeque

Track team Seniors: Jordan Claman, Sophia Rosset, Adam Ross Every season, the Maroon and White parent’s organization hosts a sports awards...

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People

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School District Recognizes June Retirees

School District Recognizes June Retirees

Many longtime teachers and administrators who will retire at the end of the this school year were recognized at a ceremony prior to the B...

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