Forum Focus
November 2019

Message to Our Membership
Dear Neighbors,

Much of our work is aimed to help our fellow neighbors become more empowered to contribute to civic life. As a nonprofit, the Scarsdale Forum takes no stance for or against any candidate or party, but we do take a stance in favor of full participation in our democracy.

In short, if you're a registered voter, please exercise your constitutional right and civic obligation to vote.

New York State passed a law this year to make voting easier than ever. "Early Voting" has already begun for all New York citizens. Registered voters in Scarsdale may cast their ballot early at the Eastchester Public Library (11 Oakridge Place) between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm today (Friday), or between 12 noon and 5:00 pm on either Saturday or Sunday. For more information, read the Early Voting FAQ f rom Westchester County Board of Elections.

Of course, polls will be open as usual on Election Day, November 5 , from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm. You can look up your polling place and the candidates running in your district on the Westchester County Board of Elections website.

Finally, although it is administered locally by the Scarsdale Procedure Committee and not through the Westchester County Board of Elections, all qualified Scarsdale voters are eligible to participate in the Citizens Nominating Committee election, which take place on Tuesday, November 12 from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm. One need not be a supporter of the village's nonpartisan system to participate. Learn more about that election via the Procedure Committee website.

Enjoy the autumn leaves. We'll see you on November 21 for our annual "State of Our Schools" program.

Tim Foley

November Programs
State of Our Schools 2019

We invite you to attend our next program meeting on  Thursday, November 21 , when Scarsdale School Superintendent Dr. Thomas Hagerman, Scarsdale Board of Education President Scott Silberfein , and Scarsdale Board of Education Vice President Pam Fuehrer will join us to discuss  the "State of Our Schools."

The event will take place at the Scarsdale Woman's Club at 37 Drake Road. A reception will be held prior to the meeting, beginning at 7:30 pm, and the program will begin at 8:00 pm. If you wish to attend, we invite you to RSVP via our Facebook page . We look forward to seeing you there.

Committee Updates
Downtown Revitalization

The Downtown Revitalization Committee recently reviewed its plans to revitalize Scarsdale Village, and make it a lively destination for community building, events, and commerce.  

Currently, there are nine empty storefronts in the village center, formerly occupied by Lange's (two spaces), Marie's (two spaces), Taiim, Space NK (two spaces), LF, and Candy & Cards. In addition, Sam Lehr is scheduled to close at the end of the year. Some new businesses have opened or will be opening shortly, and residents are urged to patronize them, along with all other merchants. The space in Harwood Court formerly rented by Imagine Candy now houses a new store featuring hand-blown glass items, called 4ever Crystal; the space on Spencer Place formerly occupied by Candy & Cards will feature a window treatment retailer, The Shade Store.

During the committee's last meeting, Betsy Bush , who is studying architecture at Columbia University, presented her project on Scarsdale Village Center and Boniface Circle. She provided fellow committee volunteers with her proposal to make Boniface Circle, a hub of village center activity, more attractive and appealing as a central gathering place for residents.

For more information, email Susan Douglass , the committee chair, at

Fiscal Affairs Scarsdale

As noted last month, the Fiscal Affairs Scarsdale Committee has begun studying issues related to Scarsdale's draft 2020-21 budget. Specifically, its members have discussed various budget issues, including 1) property tax relief from the county sales tax increase “windfall;” 2) the possibility of a genuine real estate market problem in Scarsdale and whether the village should take any action; and 3) services residents want and/or would be willing to do without. 

There is plenty of time for committee members to weigh in on village spending and potential cost savings opportunities. If you are interested in sharing your thoughts or contributing to the group's efforts, contact Chair Anne Hintermeister ( ).


The Nominating Committee continues to request suggestions for nominees to fill Scarsdale Forum officer and director at large positions. Any input should be submitted no later than Sunday, December 1 so that the committee has ample time to recommended candidates at the February 13, 2020 meeting. Please forward suggestions to Jon Mark , the No minating Committee chair, at , or one of the other committee members: Susan Douglass Eli Mattioli , ML Perlman , and Michelle Sterling .

Community Events
The Bee Is Back
All residents are invited to support the Friends of the Scarsdale Library Spelling Bee on Friday, January 31, 2020. Come see your neighbors showcase their spelling and trivia skills at this special fundraiser, which will take place at 7:30 pm at Scarsdale High School, and be hosted by Scarsdale's own Ed Coleman, radio voice of the New York Mets.

You may form a team, sponsor the event at a variety of levels, or buy tickets to attend. The event will feature 15 adult teams and five high school teams (all teams consist of three members). Spectator admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 18. For more details, visit

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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. 

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