Downtown Scarsdale Village


JUNE 2022

Message to Our Membership
Dear Members,

I am honored and humbled to serve as President of the Scarsdale Forum for the coming year, along with our newly elected Vice President Sarah Bell, returning Secretary Alexandra Tagami Vargo and Treasurer Matthew Martin, Immediate Past President Eli Mattioli, our new and returning Directors and Directors-at-Large, and all our members. We look forward to a busy year filled with opportunities for civic engagement, being cautiously optimistic that we will be able to gather in person for our meetings, programs and especially our Winterfest party.
Most of the Forum's work gets done in committees. Check out our website to see what appeals to you: education, sustainability, downtown revitalization, municipal services, fiscal affairs on the Village or County level, zoning, recreation -- or come to us with your proposal and we'll try to get a group of like-minded people together to make it happen. Or perhaps you're interested in creating interesting programs for the Sunday Speaker series, or helping with hospitality or special events -- we welcome your participation. If you are over-subscribed with other commitments but want to attend our meetings and programs, we welcome you! Our monthly Forum Focus newsletter will keep up to date with our activities and events.
We hope you’ll come to the Music Festival in the Village Center tomorrow, Saturday June 4 from noon to 6 pm -- stop by the Scarsdale Forum's table at the Family Fun Zone tent and say hello to me and other Forum volunteers.
Lastly, don't hesitate to reach out to me directly with any ideas, concerns or projects. I look forward to working with all of our members to make great things happen at the Scarsdale Forum in the coming year.

Best wishes,
Susan Douglass,
Notes from the Board of Directors
TOMORROW June 4, 2022: The Scarsdale Business Alliance hosts its 2nd Annual Musical Festival rain or shine in the Village Center from 12 noon to 6 pm. Event tickets required, obtain here. *General entrance fee includes a donation to Feed Westchester.

The Scarsdale Forum is hosting a table at the Music Festival under the Family Fun Zone tent! We'll be giving away beach balls with the Forum logo, while supplies last. Bring your friends and neighbors to learn about and join the Forum.

For more information about joining the Forum, see For more information about the Music Festival see SBA event website here and the village press release here.

The Committee will be working on the development of a strategic plan, with goals, objectives, and actions designed to ensure that the Forum continues to carry out its mission and purposes well into the future. Forum members interested in participating are welcome to join us, and should contact Committee Co-Chairs Ed Morgan at, and Barry Meiselman at
Downtown Scarsdale Village
Downtown Revitalization

The group's discussion at its May meeting included a concept to hold regular village events throughout summer into fall beginning in 2023, such as a street fair tied to Bicycle Sundays that invites participants to stop in Scarsdale to enjoy village parks, shops and restaurants. Also discussed was the Boniface Circle perennial plant initiative of the Village in collaboration with Friends of Scarsdale Parks in which DR committee members are heavily involved, and other ideas for beautifying Boniface and the village center in general. The DR committee will continue to share its ideas for downtown improvements with FHI Studio, the consulting firm retained by the Village. The next meeting is planned for July 14, 2022. If you would like to participate, join the Committee, or have any questions, please contact Chair Susan Douglass,

The Education Committee is preparing a report on student mental health challenges in time for Forum Board review at its June meeting. The Committee also plans to explore: civics curriculum as it relates to elections, the process for the search for a new superintendent, and a variety of other issues having an impact on students, teachers, parents, and the Board of Education. See the Committee's seminal Report on collaborative communication among school stakeholders. Please contact Chair Barry Meiselman,

The Rec Committee agenda includes the condition of the playing fields and bicyclist safety, among other recreation issues of importance to the community. The Committee will be participating in the joint committee work on the future of the Pool Complex. Contact President Eli Mattioli,
Scarsdale Fiscal Affairs

The SFA Committee will be exploring a multi-committee updated report on leaf collection, which would follow up on the SFA March 2022 budget Report on the Village's Tentative Budget. The Committee will also be participating in a new joint committee project on the future of the Pool Complex. Please contact Chair Anne Hintermeister with any questions,
Municipal Services

The Municipal Services, Recreation, and Scarsdale Fiscal Affairs Committees will be joining forces to study and report on possible alternatives for the Village Pool Complex. Anyone interested in taking part in this joint committee project should contact Municipal Services Chair Madelaine Eppenstein, or Scarsdale Fiscal Affairs Chair Anne Hintermeister. More information about the Village Pool Complex project is included in the Municipal Pool Complex Market Study and Existing Conditions Survey here. Forum members are encouraged to participate in the current Village-wide survey regarding the pool. The village pool press release is here.

Municipal Services members are encouraged to participate in Village Board work sessions and hearings on Scarsdale's Complete Streets plan outlined in the "Village Center Strategic Mobility and Placemaking" RFP. The next Village Board Work Session is scheduled for .Copies of the Committee's three traffic safety reports were re-submitted to the Village for use in the planning stage of its Complete Streets project.

Municipal Services continues a joint committee follow up on recommendations made in the 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. The Committee also plans on follow up with the Sustainability group and the Conservation Advisory Council regarding the status of Scarsdale's participation in New York State's Climate Smart Communities program. Please contact Chair Madelaine Eppenstein,

The Committee supports initiatives for an environmentally sustainable and healthy environment that provides quality of life for village residents. Recognizing the absolute inter-dependency between the health of our environment and our own health, the Committee continues to support recycling, green energy, storm preparedness, and Scarsdale's Climate Smart Community initiatives. Recent work focuses on: landscape management including the promotion of mulch mowing and grass recycling over street leaf pile vacuuming; a total 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. The collaboration with other Forum committees produced the Report on banning smoking in outdoor village spaces and opting out of retail cannabis dispensaries until state regulations are promulgated and can be assessed. Both initiatives were adopted by the Village Board on December 14, 2021, and the no-smoking local law took effect on January 1, 2022. Please contact Chair Darlene Le Francois Haber,
The scope of the Committee covers zoning issues generally, and in the context of future development. Contact President Susan Douglass,
Community Events, News & Resources
Village Board Meetings and Work Sessions: Village Board meetings are regularly open to the public at Village Hall or via Zoom webinar at, or call in using 1-929-436-2866 and entering the Meeting ID 931 8370 3358. The Zoom login uses the same ID. Check the Village Board calendar here.

Scarsdale Forum Inc.

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