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Freshman U.S. Congressman Mondaire Jones, elected in November to replace Rep. Nita Lowey who has retired, has made good on his campaign promise to work for the repeal of the $10,000 cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions.

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During the village’s 2012-22 budget work session Feb. 10, we learned there’s more than $8 million outstanding in uncollected Scarsdale school taxes, which were due Feb. 1 (extended from Sunday, Jan. 31). Village treasurer Ann Scaglione confirmed Thursday, Feb. 11 there is $8,350,000 outstand…

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Around this time every year, one of the orders of business for the Scarsdale Board of Trustees is recruiting a raft of volunteers for village boards, councils and committees.

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Planning began in 2015 and finally, three years after construction began, the newly renovated and expanded Greenacres Elementary School was celebrated Friday, Jan. 22, by Scarsdale Board of Education members and district administrators who marked the occasion with speeches and a ribbon-cutti…

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According to a press release from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office Jan. 21, “New York’s vast distribution network and large population of eligible individuals far exceed the vaccine supply coming from the federal government. While the federal government has increased eligibility for the vaccine to…

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School administrators and village officials beginning the budget process face tremendous uncertainty over how long the pandemic will continue to affect education models, municipal services and the bottom line.

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The past year has slammed us with the unpredictability of unique events, many of them unspeakably horrible. An out-of-control pandemic, a tsunami of mail-in ballots, violently contested election results, domestic terrorism in the form of a mob assault Jan. 6 on the U.S. Capitol — all have te…

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This week, New York State started rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine to people age 65 and older. The state is directing eligible people to a newly launched website to sign up to receive the vaccines at various locations, including the Westchester County Center in White Plains. The rollout has …

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Over the years Greenburgh volunteers have helped seniors with problems. We have a snow angels program, which was started 30 years ago with volunteers helping remove snow from seniors’ driveways. We have a TV angels program with volunteers assisting seniors to remove heavy old TVs.

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Fueled by weeks if not years of misinformation, protesters descended on Capitol Hill Jan. 6 during the ratification of the Electoral College vote from the 2020 presidential election; they broke into and vandalized the building that represents the heart of American democracy. The 45th preside…

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A hopeful point in the pandemic. A light at the end of the tunnel.

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You’ve probably heard it a million times: Hanukkah is a pretty minor Jewish holiday, superseded even by Shabbat, which arrives every Friday at sunset, not to mention all the other holidays in the packed Jewish calendar. It’s not the Jewish Christmas. The most pious, observant Jew goes to wor…

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The Scarsdale Board of Trustees passed a resolution at its meeting Nov. 24, as it does every year around this time, to approve a request by the Scarsdale Crèche Committee to install a Nativity scene in Boniface Circle from Dec. 15 to Dec. 30.

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Although Thanksgiving this year turned out to be quite different from past, more traditional holidays, its meaning remains the same — it is important to give thanks for all we have. Now more than ever, when so many have suffered so much during this pandemic, we should all take time to consid…

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Several Scarsdale physicians have come forth to call on the school district to create a medical advisory board. They have spoken out at board meetings, written letters to the editor, and emailed the board of education offering their time and expertise to help navigate the uncharted territory…

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With 10 active cases of COVID-19 in Scarsdale as of Nov. 10, we are fortunate the infection rates are not surging as they are in other areas, but 10 is double the number of cases we had a month ago.

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The American Legion’s Memorial Garden in front of the Scarsdale pool complex on Mamaroneck Road was created as a place to teach future generations about Scarsdale’s participation in every war going back to the American Revolution, providing a link not only to the past but between our village…

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On the morning after Nov. 3, the result of the U.S. presidential election was up in the air, but the outcomes of congressional and state elections were not.

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With autumn in full swing, the colors are gorgeous but the sound of leaf blowers is our constant background noise. Especially now, working or studying from home during the pandemic, we hear the annoying buzz and breathe the harmful pollution from gas-powered leaf blowers, and when we go out …

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Families in the middle of Halloween planning right now are hearing warnings from health officials to make this year’s festivities COVID-safe. Unfortunately, to the disappointment of just about everybody who appreciates the particular seasonal flavor and fun of Halloween, that means taking a …

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By now, registered voters should have received a postcard from the Westchester County Board of Elections indicating the address of their polling locations for early voting and Election Day voting. In any other year, this confirmation would be as routine as getting a cable bill in the mail. I…

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Outspoken parents also have expressed frustration with Scarsdale School District leadership for being opaque, not inclusive and secretive throughout the restart process. That has been a refrain, even before COVID-19. At this time, when there is increased scrutiny of schools and the delivery …

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These truly are challenging times. Everyone is anxious and overwhelmed.

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The Scarsdale Bowl is awarded each year to the person or couple who has “given unselfishly of time, energy, and effort to the civic welfare of the community.” Since 1943, the Bowl has served as a tangible symbol of the importance and worth that Scarsdale places on the volunteer service of it…

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Deputy Mayor Jane Veron finished her second 2-year term on the Scarsdale Board of Trustees as of Tuesday, Sept. 22. It’s a volunteer position and people often say it’s a thankless job. We want to be sure that’s not the case for Trustee Veron, who deserves every ounce of thanks we can muster.…

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Schools are open. A semblance of familiar family routines is returning. And now the worrying mounts.

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Political signs are among the loudest voices in the current contested election for three seats on the village board of trustees, and Scarsdale front lawns have become the front lines for the First Amendment right to free speech.

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Six months ago the contested village election for board of trustees was postponed due to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Six candidates running for three trustee seats put their campaigns on hold.

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Deemed essential workers during the pandemic, The Inquirer staff has worked at full tilt throughout the coronavirus shutdown and reopening. The stay-at-home order put our business and all local businesses in financial turmoil. Our local advertising revenue sources had to shut their doors and…

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Fair elections and an inclusive voting process are on a lot of minds these days. Like millions of Americans, we’re horrified by the federal government’s ill-advised moves to curtail the U.S. Postal Service under the apparent guise of “efficiency,” just as the country is about to experience a…

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We moved here for the schools. But, in reality, we moved here because of the teachers.

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This week the second largest storm since Superstorm Sandy hit our area, throwing a punch on top of the pandemic and its devastating impact on our lives. We are reeling. We are exhausted. But rather than let all the adversity get us down, we have to be resilient and flexible.

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District administrators’ plans were due in Albany by today, July 31, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo is scheduled to announce an initial assessment next week about whether schools will be allowed to conduct in-person instruction. But at the 11th hour, on July 29, Scarsdale School District announced th…

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A popular meme circulating this week showed a woman grimacing as she reacted to each of three scenarios: Starting school in person, starting school online, or homeschooling.

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As the pandemic brought on a boom in recreational biking that pushed bike sales through the roof, the new 3.6-mile cycling, running and walking path across the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge has been a popular destination since it opened this summer.

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With temperatures soaring, people of all ages are looking for ways to beat the heat. Normally around Memorial Day, Scarsdalians make a beeline to the municipal pool, while residents of Hartsdale, Edgemont and unincorporated Greenburgh would dash to the Anthony F. Veteran Park Pool. But this …

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A year ago, who could have imagined the once-routine opening of town pools and day camps would merit front-page news? That’s how far from normal our daily lives have veered because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Traditionally, the Fourth of July is a holiday full of fireworks, barbecues and celebratory gatherings. This year gives us pause, however, as we continue to face the coronavirus pandemic. The contagion is causing renewed alarm as the infection rate grows exponentially in 16 states to the ext…

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During this period of historic uncertainty, the outcome of the Democratic primaries held June 23 remains unresolved 48 hours after the polls closed.

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School officials, unable to hold traditional ceremonies this year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, honored the class of 2020 and students moving up to middle and junior/senior high schools, with virtual events and car parades accompanied by emotional farewells from teachers and staff.

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What possible words of inspiration and comfort can you give to graduates this year?

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s daily briefings have given structure and meaning to our days. We depend on his daily reveal of the latest COVID-19 data and his calming reassurance that New York is tough and we’ve got this.

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School administrators and members of the board of education were just putting the finishing touches on next year’s school budgets when the coronavirus turned our world upside down. Since then, they have had to deconstruct and reassemble their financial plans. That meant taking into account h…

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Eligible voters by now should have received mail-in ballots for the upcoming school budget and school board vote. This year’s election will take place by mail with no in-person voting due to the pandemic.

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In Scarsdale and all across America, teams of dedicated professionals stand ready to render medical assistance in emergencies. For some this is their career. For many others, it’s a volunteer commitment in addition to their regular job.

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While New York remains on PAUSE due to the COVID-19 pandemic, five regions of the state’s 10 regions can begin limited reopening starting today, May 15, in the first of four phases.

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On April 28, Scarsdale’s board of trustees adopted the village budget 6 to 1, with Jonathan Lewis dissenting. The adopted budget calls for a 1.46% increase in the tax levy, or $95 increase per average household. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, village staff is estimating a potential r…

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We’re in the midst of a global pandemic, but its impact on America’s communities is local.

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A cold front passed through Scarsdale the night before Earth Day April 22, but the cloudy, rainy weather gave way to bright sunshine. Perhaps Mother Nature sensed that a big, warm collective hug was about to take place. Large numbers of children, parents and empty nesters emerged from their …