Forum Focus


Message to Our Membership
Dear Members,

The work of the Scarsdale Forum continues throughout the year and summer is no exception. As you can see here, our committees are engaged in the substantive issues within their scope, laying the groundwork for future reports and recommendations for Village action on issues of vital importance to the wider community. And the Program and Speaker Series committee is already planning our lineup for this coming fall and spring 2022.

If you would like to become more involved, are interested in sharing your thoughts, or wish to contribute to committee efforts, you are welcome to email me or any of our other committee chairs and co-chairs listed at Committee Contacts on the Forum website.

Please continue to enjoy the summer safely.

Eli Mattioli,
Notes from the Board of Directors
Scarsdale Forum committee chairs and co-chairs invite you to join us as we tackle the subjects described in more detail below in the Committee Update section. Meanwhile, other committees have met or are gearing up for the new season. Members may consider joining any one, several or all Scarsdale Forum committees listed on the website. No prior experience with the subject matter is required. Join here.

The next Board meeting (Board members only) is scheduled for Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 8:00 pm.

The next Membership meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 8:00 pm, speaker & registration to be announced.

The next Sunday Speaker Series event is scheduled for Saturday October 24, 2021 at 3:00 pm, speaker & registration to be announced.

Downtown Scarsdale Village
Downtown Revitalization

The Downtown Revitalization Committee is focused on suggesting ways to make the Village Center a welcoming destination to shop, dine, and meet with friends and neighbors by supporting art, entertainment, and meaningful events for residents among other initiatives. Currently members are studying parking issues in the context of "complete streets" and improvements for Chase Park. The committee continues to focus on the Boniface Circle pocket park following the implementation of initial recommendations to attract users. Members typically convene monthly. Please contact Chair Susan Douglass,

The Education Committee continues work on major topics that have emerged over the last several years, including Civics Education on Election Issues, and Media Literacy, Disinformation and Critical Thinking in Relation to Civic Participation. Please Contact Chair Barry Meiselman,

The Recreation Committee is initiating study on the condition of the playing fields, the Pool Complex, and bicyclist safety, among other recreation issues of importance to the community. Please contact Chair Jeremy Gans,
Fiscal Affairs Scarsdale

The Fiscal Affairs Scarsdale Committee is collaborating with the Municipal Services, Sustainability, and Downtown Revitalization committees on recommendations regarding a potential cannabis dispensary and consumption establishment in the Village, following New York's recent legalization of adult use. Please contact Chair Anne Hintermeister,
Municipal Services

The Municipal Services Committee is co-chairing with the Downtown Revitalization committee the collaboration with the Sustainability and Fiscal Affairs Scarsdale committees on recommendations regarding a potential adult-use cannabis dispensary and consumption establishment in the Village.

Municipal Services members also look forward to participating in Village Board Working Sessions that will engage the community on the critically important recommendations made in the recent joint Forum committee Report on "Gas Leaf Blowers, Leaf Vacuuming, and Leaf Mulching," and in the most recent Municipal Services Report on traffic safety and implementation of complete streets and safe routes to schools policy and design. Please contact Chair Madelaine Eppenstein,

In addition to its collaboration with the Municipal Services, Fiscal Affairs Scarsdale, and Downtown Revitalization committees on recommendations regarding a potential adult-use cannabis dispensary and consumption establishment in the Village, the Sustainability Committee is also continuing advocacy with the Municipal Services and Climate Resilience groups for more sustainable landscaping practices of mower mulching leaves, grasscycling in place, the elimination of Village leaf vacuuming, and reduced use of toxic pesticides. Contact Sustainability Chair Darlene LeFrancois Haber,
Zoning and Planning

The Zoning and Planning Committee is planning to meet to discuss zoning issues generally and in the context of future development. Please contact Chair David Buchen,
Community Events, News & Resources
LAST performance Thursday, August 5
8:00 - 10:00 pm
BYO folding chairs or blankets
Chase Park in the Village Center
(rain cancellations posted on concert day by 4 pm on Village website)

Scarsdale Forum Inc.

Scarsdale Forum Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to community education through discussion and analysis of issues relevant to Scarsdale residents. Since 1904, it has contributed meaningfully to village affairs through written reports, public speaker events and committee discussions. Membership is available to all Scarsdale and Mamaroneck Strip residents, regardless of citizenship status. 

Forum Focus is distributed to Scarsdale Forum members generally in the first week of each month. Story ideas should be sent to one week prior to publication to be included in the coming issue.

The Scarsdale Forum Yearbook is available here. Report corrections by email to Media Contact below.

Media Contact
Madelaine Eppenstein