December 2021

Message to Our Membership
Dear Members,

As we continue to meet the challenges of the 21st century, and look forward to better times ahead, there is much to be grateful for.
With best wishes for the season's holidays and the New Year

Eli Mattioli,
Notes from the Board of Directors
next week
THURSDAY DECEMBER 9, 2021 at 8:00 PM on Zoom

A Conversation with NY State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin

On Thursday, December 9 at 8:00 pm via Zoom, the Scarsdale Forum is privileged to host Scarsdale's Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, who will shed light on recent and pending legislation and the forecast for 2022, followed by Q&A.

All members of the public are welcome. Registration required here.



We encourage Scarsdale Forum members to engage in the work of our committees. By doing so you help us encourage wider participation of all stakeholders in decision making for our Village and schools. You help us promote safer Village streets. You help us curtail use of pesticides and landscape practices that are harmful to our health. You help us to critically review Village and County budgets. And you help us re-imagine a more vibrant Village Center.

We are grateful also when you make a tax-deductible contribution over and above your membership dues. You can make a donation online now. Any amount is greatly appreciated to support our educational programming and the important work of our committees in their effort to promote civic dialogue on the issues that directly affect your families and the quality of life for our community.
Downtown Revitalization

The Downtown Revitalization Committee is studying potential projects for the revitalization of Chase Park, the Village Green. We welcome your involvement, and encourage everyone to support our downtown merchants and "shop local." Please contact Chair Susan Douglass,


The Education Committee, following its Report on collaborative communications among school stakeholders, has been continuing work on major topics that have emerged over the last several years including civics education and participation. Its agenda may focus on a variety of issues having an impact on students, teachers, and the Board of Education. Please Contact Chair Barry Meiselman,

The Recreation Committee agenda includes the condition of the playing fields, the Pool Complex, and bicyclist safety, among other recreation issues of importance to the community. More information about the Village Pool Complex project is included in the Municipal Pool Complex Market Study and Existing Conditions Survey here. Please contact Chair Jeremy Gans,
Fiscal Affairs Scarsdale

Village internal 2022-23 budget discussions began in October. In his November 23, 2021 comments, the Village Manager promised a transparent process with many opportunities for public involvement. The first opportunity is a December 14, 2021 work session that will focus on the budget timeline and current year (2021-22) projections. Additional work sessions will take place in January (hopefully, these will include the day-long public meetings with department heads that have traditionally been part of the village budget process), and will continue through April 2022 when the budget will be adopted by the Board. The Committee is looking forward to public access to complete financial information, including advance posting of documents discussed at work sessions, and the opportunity to comment and request information about budget matters. Please contact Chair Anne Hintermeister, if you would like to join the committee.
Municipal Services

Municipal Services members look forward to participation in Village Board work sessions and hearings on Scarsdale's Complete Streets plan, also known as the Village Center Strategic Mobility and Placemaking RFP. The committee is continuing efforts on recommendations made in its 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. Mayor Veron's recent Community Update is required reading for all interested committee members. Please contact Chair Madelaine Eppenstein,

Our Committee focuses on preparing for and mitigating the effects of climate change. We work toward an environmentally sustainable and healthy Scarsdale that will provide quality and quantity of life for village residents. We recognize the absolute inter-dependency between the health of our environment and our own health, both present and future.

Current initiatives focus on: landscape management including the promotion of mulch mowing and grass recycling over leaf blowing and vacuuming; a ban on the use of gas blowers and the elimination of non-organic and environmentally harmful pesticide use; and year-round containerized pick-up of yard waste and excess leaves instead of the environmentally counterproductive practice of leaf vacuuming. Our committee supports and promotes all recycling including composting food scraps other organic waste.

Many of these and other areas of study have been achieved in partnership with other Forum committees such as Municipal Services, Downtown Revitalization and Fiscal Affairs including the recent Forum Report which recommended banning smoking on outdoor village property as well as opting out of Village cannabis sales until state regulations and local enforcement can offer assurances that (primarily) our youth are safe from harms related to local recreational distribution and consumption.

Future areas of study are expected to intersect with these and potentially other committees, for example, sustainable zoning to ensure adequate storm drainage and other severe storm preparedness issues. Green energy is also a key area of inter-committee interest. Please contact Sustainability Chair Darlene LeFrancois Haber,
Zoning and Planning

The scope of the Zoning and Planning Committee covers zoning issues generally and in the context of future development. Any member interested in chairing the committee should contact President Eli Mattioli,
Community Events, News & Resources

Village Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration
Friday December 3 at 6:00 PM
Scarsdale Village Center at Boniface Circle

New: ‘Dale Dollars eGift Card, a digital gift card to use at any of the many local participating shops and restaurants, available here. Recipients can choose where to spend. Another way to give back to the community.

* * *
Note re Village Board Hearings and Work Sessions: Members of the public wishing to participate in Village Board meetings are welcome to do so at Village Hall or via Zoom webinar at, or call into the meeting using 1-929-436-2866 and entering the Meeting ID 931 8370 3358. Zoom login uses same ID. Check the Village Board calendar here.

Dine and Shop the 'DALE
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 the Forum has contributed meaningfully to village affairs through written reports, public speaker events and committee discussions. Membership is open 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. Pertinent information should be sent to one week prior to publication to be included in the coming issue.

Media Contact: Madelaine Eppenstein