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I hope this letter finds you and your family safe and healthy. Like most of us, my family has been sheltering at home. During the last two weeks, we have learned how to play canasta, watched tons of movies (“Karate Kid,” “The American President,” “Cars — 1 and 2,” “Something’s Gotta Give” to…

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As you may be aware, there has been an increase in prejudice and racism against Chinese Americans and Asian Americans during the coronavirus outbreak. These stories have been reported throughout Westchester, the state, nation and world. The stigmatizing of Asian Americans has affected indivi…

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We would like to echo the words of one patient tested for COVID-19 at the Scarsdale Medical Group test site on Heathcote Road: “You are my heroes. Thank you.” Dr. Ken Croen and the other medical personnel working at this site are indeed our heroes, on the front lines, exposing themselves [to…

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This past week, the League of Women Voters of the United States issued a statement calling for a nationwide expansion of no-excuse absentee voting and mail-in ballots due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in order to address the health concerns of voters and poll workers, for the duration of the …

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The global economy is almost completely at a standstill. In the U.S., a wide range of economists are predicting declines in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employment levels to those not seen since the Great Depression. Currently, expectations are for a second quarter decline in GDP of 14% …

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The Inquirer reported the theft of campaign signs of the Voters Choice Party [Scarsdale police blotter, March 20]. While any theft of property should not be condoned, the fact is that these signs are an affront to the sensibilities of many in Scarsdale. This political party, which is trying …

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Concerning the legalization of marijuana, any police officer who has worked narcotics will tell you that marijuana is the gateway to heroin. [See Inquirer article “Informed perspectives on legalizing marijuana in New York State,” Feb. 28.]

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How are you doing in this brave new world? Thank you for continuing to cover our community and keeping us informed as we collectively and independently deal with a pandemic that has come to our doors. I frequently find myself reading the Inquirer a week or two later and now is no different. …

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Between March 12 and March 20, Scarsdale residents will receive mailings from the U.S. Census Bureau inviting them to complete the census, the decennial population count mandated by the U.S. Constitution. Everyone living in the United States, regardless of citizenship status, is required to …

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According to the article in The Inquirer [“At-risk demographic: Seniors take precautions,” March 13] Scarsdale’s elderly community consists primarily of highly independent, educated and well-informed individuals who “are going about their day as usual.” While that is mostly true, it does not…

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Businesses large and small are facing challenges as they navigate what is now more than a two-week shutdown. Small businesses, the heart and soul of Scarsdale Village, are particularly hard hit by the economic effects of COVID-19. Scarsdale Business Alliance (SBA) members must navigate payro…

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Ever since the coronavirus came onto Earth’s radar, there has been a surge of panic, fear, and racism and hatred toward Asian Americans. Whether those who commit such violent and hateful acts are scared or simply seek attention from others, it does not matter. Our society has no place for su…

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On March 10, the village invited Dr. Harish Moorjani to inform Scarsdale residents on the COVID-19 virus. What seemed like a well-intentioned initiative ended up causing an uproar in the community. Moorjani made many remarks that are controversial and offensive toward the Chinese people and …

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Like many of my neighbors and friends, I was looking forward to the COVID-19 presentation that the village streamed on Tuesday [March 10]. However, I was shocked by the content and tone of the presentation, which not only has material misinformation that can potentially damage the public hea…

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Thank you for the balanced reporting that you added to the coverage of the Scarsdale Adult School panel discussion on the legalization of marijuana. You added that there are people opposed to legalization. [“Informed Perspectives on legalizing marijuana in New York State,” page 1, Feb. 28].

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On Tuesday, when I watched Harish Moorjani’s speech on Scarsdale TV, I was outraged. It was full of prejudice, racism and misinformation. I refuse to call him Dr. because he doesn’t deserve the title. As of today, when the whole world is fighting the novel coronavirus, misinformation is as h…

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Justin Arest and I served together on the village board. Based on my experience working with him, I don’t know anyone more committed to serving as village trustee. The dedication he has shown during his first term as trustee has been exemplary. Time and again he has been willing to spend con…

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I’m not often a Feiner defender but the offending resolution is only a request to Albany reps to see if they could persuade their august bodies to grant home rule to allow increasing the HPPD Board to 7 and to remove property ownership from charter requirements. Those lacking ownership (rent…

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I want to thank all Scarsdale residents who came to my family’s home Sunday, March 1. The questions that you posed in person and in the emails, that you have been sending the Voters Choice Party (VCP), show a great desire to talk about important village issues. I am very pleased to be runnin…

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Each year, the Citizens Nominating Committee (CNC), a group of volunteer citizens elected by residents, thoroughly vets candidates who apply to serve on our village board of trustees. I’m proud to have served on the CNC this year. It’s a nonpartisan system, which means that we don’t look at …

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When my family moved to Scarsdale three years ago, I was intrigued by the village’s unique nonpartisan system and its commendable objectives of attracting exceptional civic-minded individuals to public service while removing politics and politicking from our electoral process. I decided to r…

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I am writing to express my support for the candidacy of Lena Crandall in the upcoming election for village trustees. She has worked effectively for the betterment of our community for two decades and deserves our support for continuing as a trustee.

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March 18 is a day of decision in Scarsdale. The decision is whether to continue the excellence of our nonpartisan system of government or to open Scarsdale up to the type of divisive politics engulfing much of the country.

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I am a Scarsdale Village resident writing in strong and proud support of Justin Arest, one of the Scarsdale Citizens’ Non-Partisan Party’s candidates for election as village trustee on March 18. I was a member of this year’s Citizens Nominating Committee.

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There are some who would shift Scarsdale toward a more combative campaigning style, often making promises before getting either the full facts or an in-depth understanding of community values in addressing our local concerns. Most residents have thought otherwise over the years. Scarsdale ha…

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The Scarsdale Inquirer recently ran an editorial [“Water the grass roots,” Jan. 24] which traced the history of Scarsdale’s nonpartisan election system and how it was developed to avoid a paralyzing dispute between political parties in village trustee and mayoral elections.

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Randall (Randy) Whitestone is an outstanding candidate for village trustee. He has been an advocate for the importance of civic involvement in the life of a vibrant community and has demonstrated that commitment through his volunteer activities.

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Let’s set the record straight: There’s a very good reason Scarsdale voters have historically supported outstanding nonpartisan candidates who are nominated by their neighbors for village office. That’s because Scarsdale consistently chooses leaders of impeccable integrity, experience and cha…

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Randy Whitestone is a first-term candidate for a trustee position on the village board. I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Randy Whitestone since 1998 when he joined the Town & Village Civic Club (now the Scarsdale Forum) and he immediately became a member of its Village…

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We support the Citizens’ Non-Partisan Party slate of three village trustee candidates — Justin Arest, Lena Crandall and Randy Whitestone — who were selected by the hard-working members of the Citizens Nominating Committee (CNC), who themselves were elected to serve via democratic process by …

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About 100 years ago, when Scarsdale was a fairly homogeneous community, its leading citizens took steps to keep it that way. They made a gentlemen’s agreement not to sell a home to a family of the “wrong” religion. They preferred neighbors who worshipped like them, looked like them and thoug…

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We are in luck that Bob Berg is running for a seat on the board of trustees.  Voting for Bob would make the board a stronger, healthier and more enlightened entity. As a sociologist, one spends much time with the study of groups, how they are the most effective and what creates effectiveness…

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We moved to Scarsdale almost four years ago and soon after experienced our first Scarsdale contested election. We didn’t have the local experience to understand the process or know the candidates, but we were struck by the amount of public animosity targeted by a few individuals toward the n…

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It is again that season where all good women and men need to come to the aid of the village of Scarsdale and support the Citizens’ Non-Partisan team running for trustees and village justice. The ticket includes Justin Arest, Lena Crandall and Randy Whitestone for trustee and the Hon. Joaquin…

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I first became acquainted with Justin Arest in my capacity as the co-president of the League of Women Voters Scarsdale when he was assigned to be the village trustee liaison in his first year as trustee. From the onset of our working relationship, I was struck by how knowledgeable Justin was…