Author Archives: Mary Marvin

Column: Traffic concerns persist around school

The dreadful winter that we are experiencing with constant periods of snow that narrow the roadways, followed by ice and bone-chilling cold has served to crystallize the problems near the Bronxville School at drop off and pick up times. The village police department has purposely turned a blind eye to many of the vehicle infractions […]

Column: The problems with the tax cap still persist

The constraints of the state’s 2 percent tax cap are again front and center as the trustees and I develop the village budget for the fiscal year 2015-2016. Since its inception, I have been a vocal critic of the tax cap, primarily because of the disincentive it created to repair aging infrastructure and the underlying […]

Column: Village moves forward on slew of projects

The past year has been characterized by unprecedented capital initiatives throughout the village, and the efforts continue. Though causing their share of temporary disruption to some neighborhoods, the trustees and I believe the completion of these projects will benefit the long term prosperity of our village. In the interim, we will work to minimize the […]

Column: The state’s agenda doesn’t help us

This past week Gov. Cuomo presented his proposed state budget for the fiscal year 2014-2015. To be on time, the state Legislature must pass a budget by March 31. Heavy on infrastructure repairs combined with an ambitious social agenda, the $14.16 billion proposed budget stays below the 2 percent tax cap only by exempting infrastructure […]

Column: Things looking up for the business district

With the new year comes good news for our business district as vacancies are finally dwindling. I am cautiously optimistic that we have turned the corner on the post-recession downturn. During the worst of the “vacancy” period, I was often asked what recourse the village had to provide a disincentive to leave stores empty. The […]

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 […]