Author Archives: Mary Marvin

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 […]

Column: Doing what we can to help the downtown

As the holiday season fast approaches, our business district still has a distressing number of empty store fronts. To truly understand the current situation, I sought to gain the landlord/owner perspective. As an overview, the vacancy factor in Westchester County is currently between 5 percent and 6.2 percent. Some Bronxville landlords have 100 percent occupancy […]

Parking woes are only temporary

Due to the long awaited start of the Kensington Road project and the receipt of a federal grant to renovate the Garden Avenue lot, parking has taken center stage at Village Hall. To recap, the village displaced merchants, commuting residents and residents needing 24-hour parking from the Kensington lot. This was a difficult task. The […]

Column: Albany needs to chip in

The mantra from Albany the past few years has been the 2 percent tax cap. Very, very clever as a political tool, it proved to be the height of hypocrisy. There isn’t a single municipality that is expanding their services anywhere near the rate of 2 percent annually. Rather, we are laying off staffers and […]