Author Archives: Mary Marvin

Column: This year brings changes to the village

    The year 2015 brings many changes at Village Hall.  Last year’s unprecedented turnover of staff was bittersweet and we did lose decades of municipal government experience. However, with every change there are also positives.  New staffers bring new ideas and energy that benefit the Village. Technology is one such area where our new […]

Column: End of year points of interest

This time of year prompts particular questions about the day to day whys and where fors in the village. Prime among them, now that it is peak shopping season, is the frustration seeing our parking enforcement officers seemingly intent on their meter duty and oblivious to driving infractions, most notably vehicles crossing double yellow lines […]

Column: The need for infrastructure upgrades

Our nation’s aging infrastructure has been in the news of late, most recently with a major piece on “60 Minutes.”  The disaster of Hurricane Sandy and the consequent rebuilding efforts served to highlight the weakness in the infrastructure systems in our older states along the east coast.  Sadly, it takes a major catastrophe for our […]

Column: Battling the Public Service Commission

Despite the best efforts of the consortium of nine communities, including Bronxville, served by United Water, the Public Service Commission saw fit to again grant a substantial rate increase covering the three years from Nov. 1, 2014 through Oct. 31, 2017.  The new rates become effective Dec. 5, 2014 but the payment plan will be […]

Column: The problems with parking

Parking is quite possibly the most recurring topic in our village given the obvious constraints of a limited inventory and competing needs. It has emerged even more front and center as a result of the two different projects under review at the Bronxville School—a FEMA flood mitigation plan and a new playing field initiative. From […]

Column: Another flood project update

Last week’s column on the FEMA flood mitigation project quite naturally generated additional inquiries, so the following is FEMA Part II.   How often will the pumps be tested? During the first 12 months following installation, testing will be performed on a monthly basis.  Each pump will be started and run for 10 to 15 […]

Flood project taking shape

Now that the FEMA flood mitigation grant project is reaching fruition, more residents are focusing on it and interested in learning some of the nuts and bolts of the plan. As a recap, the Village of Bronxville was awarded a hazard mitigation grant in 2012 for stormwater drainage system improvements. Though the project greatly benefits […]

The importance of shopping locally

August was a quiet and relaxing month—good for our government and residents, but not our merchants. They are hoping for a needed robust fall as we all make school and holiday purchases. Bronxville is not an easy place to open a business and many of our merchants committed to us with their life savings—we have […]

Combating alcohol in our community

The following is information I found extremely helpful when the mother of a teen. I thought it worth synthesizing and reiterating as I know I operated under misconceptions as to legal ramifications as it was not immediately intuitive, yet the consequences can be quite far reaching. The Westchester County Legislature has a law dealing with […]

Column: Doing our part to be green

The village’s active and dedicated Green Committee has organized the fourth village-wide recycling event. So named “Take Back Day,” on this Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., one can bring items to the Bronxville Elementary School parking lot on Midland Avenue. Items accepted for recycling include any electronic devices, clean linens, sheets […]