The Village of Mamaroneck is mourning the loss Clark Neuringer, who was a local architect and long-term community activist died on January 20th. He ran against Norman Rosenblum for Village Mayor in 2013 and served on the Harbor Coastal Zone Management Commission.
Due to becoming the new Westchester County Executive, George Latimer’s NY State Senate seat is now open. Local Democrats have endorsed Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer. On Wednesday, January 24th, there were approximately 150 supporters to help open her Mamaroneck campaign office which is located on Ward Avenue, across from the train station. Republican candidates are Westchester Prosecutor, Dan Schorr and attorney Sarmad Khojasteh. A primary to decide the Republican candidate is likely. In the meantime, Governor Andrew Cuomo has not set a date for a special election.
On Monday, January 22nd, Mayor Tom Murphy held a meeting to discuss residents’ concerns about coyote sightings in our community. There could be several coyote dens in the area. Village officials as well as the Department of Environmental Conservation are recommending that residents keep garbage in sealed containers. Do not feed the coyotes or leave pets or pet food outside. If you see a coyote, make loud noises to scare it away, and contact your local police department.
During the past fifteen months, the Rye Neck School District has been conceiving a capital bond to make necessary repairs and improvements to schools in the district. The flat roofs at the schools are over twenty-three years old. Since 2009, the district has spent over $700,000 to patch leaks and to repair masonry. Facilities Advisory Committee member and Rye Neck Board Trustee Pietro Fasolino described the plan and Board President Patty Nashelsky explained the impact of the proposed bond on taxpayers.There will be a tour of the relevant facilities on February 1st. On February 7th, at 7:00 p.m., at the Middle High School campus in the library’s multipurpose room, there will be a final hearing on the bond. Voting for the bond will be held on February 13th from 7:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m. at the Middle High School. If the bond passes, construction will begin in the summer of 2019. For more information, go to the district’s website, www.ryeneck.k12.ny.us.
Three of the four Mamaroneck Elementary schools are experiencing a lack of space for the growing number of incoming students. The district has been researching a controversial flex zone option for the upcoming school year. On Tuesday, January 23rd, School Superintendent Dr. Robert Shaps described the concept. The three schools facing space issues are Chatsworth, Murray and Mamaroneck Avenue. Each school has over seven hundred students while Central has approximately five hundred students, allowing more space. The prospective zone would include streets that are currently sending students to other school. Families in the new zone who do not have any current enrollees would be assigned to Central, but only if too many students show up in the fall. School Board President Melany Gray stated that no decision has been made. While the flex zone map is fundamental, there has already been a huge community response. For an hour during the meeting, residents made comments and suggestions and had questions about the proposal. There is a forum on Facebook to discuss alternatives to the rezoning. In just a few days, the forum amassed over one thousand members. Homeowners are worried about the impact on their children, neighborhood and property values. The Board is researching other concepts for the near-term, including increasing class size. The Board is looking for feedback and are urging any resident who is interested to join a task force that will study longer-term solutions.
The LMC Varsity Sports Play of the week took place during the annual Mamaroneck Boys Basketball Tournament. In the first round, Mamaroneck’s Ethan Rennar took control of the game against undefeated Rye. The Tigers eventually lost the game but beat Port Chester for third place in the tournament.
Our Pets of the Week are Fanny, a senior cat and Roscoe, a four-year-old mutt. Fanny has a lot of energy as well as a lot of love to give. She doesn’t mind kittens and she loves being on someone’s lap. Roscoe is very energetic and he has very good manners. He likes to go on walks with dog friends but would prefer to live in a home without other dogs or cats. For more information on either Fanny or Roscoe, as well as other pets available for adoption, go to www.ny-petrescue.org.
The Mamaroneck Youth Association hosted a charity hockey game at the Hommocks Park Ice Rink on Friday, January 19th. Twenty-six local coaches and members of the Mamaroneck Youth Association skated with NY Rangers alumni Glenn Anderson, Adam Graves, Ron Duguay and Colton Orr. All proceeds from the event will benefit Mamaroneck Youth Hockey. Association.