This past Sunday was the tragic fifteenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Members of the Larchmont and Mamaroneck communities convened at Memorial Park to honor and remember those who were killed on that fateful day and to offer support to the survivors. Several local officials were also on hand to pay their respects to both family members and survivors. Everyone present reflected on the events of that horrific day. Westchester County Legislator Catherine Parker gave a moving speech in which she expressed the importance of grieving and growing together. Songs and prayers were presented to memorialize both the heroism and unity that emerged from the attacks. On behalf of all LMCTV staff and volunteers, we would like to offer our most sincere condolences to all the families from our community who were affected by the attack. We will never forget.
Election Day is just fifty-three days away and the fight for the Village of Mamaroneck Trustee seats have narrowed down since the Democratic Primaries which were held on September 13th. Victor Tafur led the votes with 467, followed by Keith Weight who had 465 votes while Incumbent Trustee Leon Potok had 434 votes. Candidate Stuart Tiekert was eliminated due to having received only 354 votes. According to the Westchester County Board of Elections, the results were at 100% after 1,720 residents from all 15 districts of the Village of Mamaroneck participated in the primary elections. Prior to the Democratic Party, the League of Women Voters and the Mamaroneck Review interviewed the Democratic candidates who are running for Trustee in the Village of Mamaroneck. The candidates shared their personal bios, and gave their reasons for running for the position as well as their own personal views on the issues and situations in the Village. Discussions were held regarding flooding and the Army Corp of Engineers Mitigation Plan, water quality in Long Island Sound, the local industrial area, infrastructure and parking.
And in reference to the parking situation in the Village, the pilot program to test both multispace meters and single-space smart meters on Mamaroneck Avenue has ended. The purpose of the program, which started in late May and concluded on Labor Day, was to determine which type of meters were favored among residents. Village Manager RIchard Slingerland stated that the online parking survey did not receive a lot of responses but the Village did receive input from residents via email. He is currently working on a new parking report which will be presented to the Parking Committee on September 22nd at the Regatta. We are looking forward to hearing the recommendations from the Parking Committee in a presentation to the Board of Trustees. It should be noted that the Parking Committee also conducted a survey among residents and business owners and concluded that Village residents did not want multispace meters. They only recommended the implementation of multispace meters in Village parking lots. Slingerland also stated that since the pilot program is now over, both the multispace meters and smart meters will be replaced for the old single space coin meters.
During the lastest Zoning Board meeting which lasted over five hours, Ralph’s Italian Ices was again the main focus due to traffic and noise complaints from the neighborhood as well as a new request from the owner regarding staying open until 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until midnight Friday and Saturday. The Board decided to let the establishment stay open later with a compromised time. From now on, Ralph’s will be open on weekdays until 10:30 p.m. and until midnight on Friday and Saturday. The Board also ruled that Ralph’s will have to turn their lights off at an earlier time.
The newest member of the Village of Mamaroneck Police Force was introduced at this week’s Board of Trustees. His name is Vincent and he is the new K9 officer patrolling the streets of our village along with his partner, Officer Osvaldo Ramos. The pair graduated from K9 School this past June after seventeen weeks of training. They began patrolling on June 27th. Vincent is a Belgian Malinois German Shepherd, which is the preferred breed for law enforcement dogs. Vincent was born in the Netherlands and was chosen in February 2016 by Officer Ramos to be the Village’s new K9 officer.
In our Round Table discussion, Maura Carlin and Mike Witsch spoke with Elizabeth Bradley, Co-Chair of the Save the Larchmont Playhouse Committee about what is happening with the project to keep the playhouse in Larchmont.
In our LMC Varsity Sports Play of the Week, the Rye Neck Black Hats football survived offense struggles when quarterback Gabe Arjam turned things around.
The annual Kiwanis Car Show was held at Harbor Island. Meral Kathwari was on hand to file a report about the event.
Our Pet of the Week is Admiral, a sweet Tree Walker Coonhound. He is three years old and is very loveable and very social. He can be shy with people but really loves being with other dogs. He could use a friend to help him come out of his shell. For more information on Admiral and other adorable pets, go to www. Ny-petrescue.org.
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