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The Miracle on Dusenberry Road PDF Print Email


(R to L) Mary Marvin with Steve Pagliaroli, his wife Janet and their son

By Mary Marvin, Mayor, Village of Bronxville

Feb. 19, 2020: Everyone has heard of the “Miracle on 34th Street,” and now Bronxville has its own version, “The Miracle on Dusenberry Road.”

The following is a wonderful narrative of a day in the life of so many people who care for and protect us on a daily basis, making our Village the truly incredible home we are blessed to enjoy. We celebrated everyone involved at the February Board of Trustees meeting, and there was nary a dry eye in the room.

On January 10th at 8:28 am, Village mainstay, Steve Pagliaroli, a painter and contractor who has helped many of us out for the past 35 years, was just leaving a project on Dusenberry to head up to work in Rye Brook. Steve remembers telling his workers he’d meet them there and from that moment on his memory fades.

Village resident, Andrew Korb, had just finished walking his dog at Alfredo field and stopped at the STOP sign on Dusenberry. Seeing an SUV with the door wide open, and seeming unusual, he chose to stop and see if everything was okay.

He soon found Mr. Pagliaroli on the ground. He immediately called 911 and then yelled back to friend and fellow dog walker, Kathleen Hardart, a Village resident and pediatric cardiac surgeon who ran to the scene and immediately began CPR.

L to R:  Andrew Korb, Dr. Kathleen Hardart, Steve Pagliaroli and Dr. Andrew Amaranto

The Village happened to have three police cars on duty that day, again another unusual and fortuitous event in the chain of the day, and all three cars came as they were not tied up in other parts of the Village.

Sargent Bart Sandarciero, Officer Cheryl Jarosz, and Officer Lauralee Ulrich arrived. They took over CPR, employed a defibrillator, equipment in every one of our police cars, and administered oxygen from an Ambu resuscitator they also carry as standard equipment.

The Eastchester Fire Department and EVAC soon arrived on the scene and continued advanced life support measures. On the scene were Captain Richard Dempsey and Firefighters Shawn Stewart, Dominick DiRienzo, Frank Greenbaum, and Michael O’Leary.

Again, an anomaly and stroke of good fortune, EVAC had been experimenting with having two paramedics on duty. They both came to the scene, James Discuillo and Gustavo Torres, as they weren’t on other calls at that moment.

All of this occurred within a 5 to 10 minute time span upon finding a gentleman with no pulse.

Mr. Pagliaroli was transported to NYP-Lawrence Hospital, where staff was waiting with appropriate equipment as our EVAC ambulances have real-time communication with the hospital during transport.

The Director of the NYP-Lawrence Hospital Emergency Services, Dr. Andrew Amaranto, actually worked on Mr. Pagliaroli himself. He was immediately sent to the new cardiac cauterization lab upstairs in the hospital, where stents were immediately inserted.


The first responders, Pagliaroli family and heroes of the day

Two days later, Steve Pagliaroli walked out of the hospital with his son and wife Janet by his side.

As someone so aptly put at our celebration of Steve and his family and all our first responders and medical staff, had any link in the chain faltered, the outcome would have been far different. The percentage of survival in an unwitnessed case like Steve’s is under 5 percent.

The outcome would have been different had Andrew not bothered to investigate an unusual situation; had Dr. Hardart shortened her dog walk; had multiple Bronxville police cars not been in the vicinity; had EVAC not tested having two paramedics on duty and finally had NYP-Lawrence not had a world class cath lab on the premises just minutes away.

As Chief Satriale said to his officers, and which truly applies to so many, “This may be a once in a career event as you truly saved a life.”

The “Miracle on Dusenberry” gave us all who were privy new perspective – an understanding of the fragility of life, the importance of being a good friend and neighbor, and an appreciation for the truly special men and women who serve us on a daily basis.

The Trustees and I realized that all of them are so deserving of our thanks so much more often than we seem to acknowledge.

On behalf of a very grateful Village, I say thank you to all those who care for us on a daily basis making Bronxville such a special home. We are truly blessed.


Photos provided by S. Clifford and Bronxville Police Department

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

Events this Week in Bronxville: Wednesday. February 19 to Wednesday, February 26, 2020 PDF Print Email


By Staff 

Feb. 19, 2020: Below are events that will take place in and around Bronxville from Wednesday, February 19, 2020, to Wednesday, February 26, 2020. For the Village of Bronxville calendar, click here. For all of the events at the Bronxville Public Library, click here. For the Bronxville school district calendar, click here

Wednesdays, February 19 and 26, 9:45 to 11:15 AM:  Joint Replacement Seminar.  Whether or not you are planning to get a new knee or hip, all are welcome to attend this pre-operative Joint Replacement Patient Education class. NYP Lawrence Hospital Lobby Conference Room.  To Register: Call 914-787-2119

Wednesdays, February 19 and 26, 2:00 to 3:00 PM:  Aphasia Support Group Meeting. Aphasia is a communication disorder that often results from damage to the brain – usually caused by stroke. These free meetings are for anyone who has the condition.  NYP Lawrence Hospital, Palmer Hall, 1st floor, Rehab Dept., Speech Office.  To Register: Call Dahna Stadtmauer at 914-787-3373

Friday, February 21, 11:00 AM:  Women & Money Round Table, Bronxville Public Library.  Click here to learn more,

Monday, February 24, 10:00 AM to Noon:  Breastfeeding Support Group.  This Group offers new mothers the opportunity to learn from one another and receive professional guidance. Meetings are free and open to all, regardless of where you gave birth. To learn more about the Group or the Center for Maternal-Child Health, call 914-787-2141.   NYP-Lawrence Hospital Lobby Conference Room

Tuesday, February 25 , 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM: Stop the Bleed program teaches everyday people bleeding control techniques to help a bleeding victim keep the blood inside their bodies after a serious injury. NYP Lawrence Hospital Cafeteria Corridor, Basement Level

Wednesday, February 26, 6:00 pm: Confronting the Coronavirus and Global Epidemics: Epidemiologist and Virus Hunter Ian Lipkin '74, Sarah Lawrence College, Barbara Walters Campus Center, Rooms A & B.  Click here for more information.

Wednesday, February 26, 4:30 pm:  NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital will host the American Lung Association seven week quit smoking program, led by a certified facilitator. NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, Cancer Center Conference Room. Sign up now, as space is limited. To RSVP, email  CLOAKING .

Thursday, February 27, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm:  In honor of February being National Heart Health Month, Gramatan Village is collaborating with NYP-Lawrence Hospital on a presentation about heart-healthy cooking and eating with registered dietician Lucrezia Scarampi.  Lunch will be provided. To RSVP, please call Gramatan Village at (914) 337-1338. 



Editor's note:  As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes notices about meetings of village government, the Bronxville Board of Education, and the board of trustees of the Bronxville Public Library. MyhometownBronxville does not independently research other events but will, at its discretion, consider including a notice of an event that will occur in Bronxville if information about the event is received by MyhometownBronxville (Sarah Thornton Clifford at  CLOAKING ) by noon on the Sunday before the subsequent Wednesday publication. These notices must not be advertisements; please send any requests for advertisements to Sarah Thornton Clifford at  CLOAKING .



Bronxville Girls’ Indoor Track and Field Wins Class C Sectional Title; Two Bronxville SMR Relay Teams Qualify for Nationals PDF Print Email


The Bronxville girls at the Section 1 Class C Championships. Photos by Jane Ircha.

By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

Feb. 19, 2020: At the Indoor Track and Field Class C Sectional Championships held on February 19th, the Bronco girls set 16 PRs and took home the Class C Sectional Championship for the 35th consecutive year.

Fourteen girls were sectional champions, and Eve Balseiro, Millie Koenig and Caroline Ircha placed first in multiple events. The Broncos scored 170 points and were followed by Albertus Magnus with 77 and Pawling with 69. See below for individual results.


The Broncos, along with Coaches David Ryan and Keina Samuels, after winning the Class C Sectional Championship. Photo by Jane Ircha.

The Bronxville girls’ team has been breaking records all season in both running and field events. In the long jump, Koenig set the All-Time Bronxville record of 17-3 in late January, and at the sectional meet, Remi Mellinghoff moved to 4th place on the All-Time List with a jump of 15-3.75.  

There are some very fast runners on this Bronco team. Sabrina Mellinghoff set the fastest time in Bronxville history in the 55m (7.46) last February, and at the sectional meet, Ircha ran a 7.53 to move to the No. 3 spot and Alisa Kanganis ran a 7.64 to move to No. 7.

The Bronxville girls are particularly speedy in the 300m.  They took the top five places at the sectional meet with strong finishes by Ircha (1st), Koenig (2nd), Kelly Weild (3rd), S. Mellinghoff (4th), and Kanganis (5th).

Balseiro, who did not run the 300m at the Sectional Championships, is the fastest 300m runner in Bronxville history with a time of 40.76. Also in the top 5 all-time are Ircha (2nd, 40.91), S. Mellinghoff (4th, 41.66) and Koenig (5th, 41.99).

Koenig, Ircha, Kanganis and Balseiro just set a new 4x400m record at the Millrose Games with the 6th fastest time in the U.S. and will compete at Nationals in mid-March.

Two additional Bronxville girls’ relay teams also qualified for Nationals at the North Shore High School Pre-Nationals Invitational held on Valentine’s Day.

In the SMR, Ircha (200m), Kanganis (200m), Balseiro (400m) and Ava Black (800m) won the race in 4:09.23 and are currently ranked No. 4 in the U.S.  Weild (200m), Lauren Rao (200m), S. Mellinghoff (400m) and Betsy Marshall (800m) placed 6th in the SMR in 4:13.57, also qualifying for the National Championships.


Coaches Ryan and Samuels with the two SMR relay teams at the North Shore High School Pre-Nationals Invitational. Photo by Cathy Balseiro.

Next up for the Broncos are the State Qualifiers, which will be held on February 23rd.

Sectional Results: (Broncos finishing in 1-6th place)

55m:Ircha, 1st, 7.62; Kanganis, 3rd, 7.64; Donna Napolitano, 6th, 7.89

300m: Ircha, 1st, 41.46; Koenig, 2nd, 42.04; Weild, 3rd, 42.90, S. Mellinghoff, 4th, 43.10; Kanganis, 5th, 43.30.

600m: Balseiro, 1st, 1:40.35; Marshall, 2nd, 1:40.76

High Jump: Marielle Dibbini, 1st, 4-9

Long Jump: Koenig, 1st, 16-8.25; R. Mellinghoff, 2nd, 15-3.75; Natalia Metzger, 4th, 14-3.75; Danielle Dragoni, 6th, 12-10.75

Pole Vault: Jules Gravier, 1st, 11-0

Triple Jump: R. Mellinghoff, 1st, 32-1.5; Dragoni, 6th, 28-6

4x800m relay: 1st, 9:53.47 (Maeve Sullivan, Rory Dennning, Maddy Stupart, Black)

4x200m relay: 1st, 1:45.97 (Ircha, Koenig, Kanganis, Balseiro)

4x400m relay: 1st, 4:12.93 (Marshall, Weild, S. Mellinghoff, Balseiro)

Go Broncos.




George McGee Rawlings Passed Away on February 12, 2020 PDF Print Email


By the family

Feb. 19, 2020: George Rawlings, 92, of Hilton Head Island, SC died February 12, 2020 at Veterans Victory House in Walterboro, SC.

He was born July 18, 1927, in Chattanooga, TN, to Jane McGee Rawlings and Benjamin Moore Rawlings. He was predeceased by his parents, brother Ben Rawlings and sister Mary Rawlings Wagner.

He leaves his wife of 59 years, Marilyn, his daughters, Leslie Slezak (Victor) and Jane Eubanks (Clinton) and son Benjamin Rawlings and grandchildren, Alex Slezak, and Thomas and Porter Eubanks.

George grew up on Lookout Mountain, TN, where he attended The Baylor School. He then attended Duke University, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He enlisted in the Navy, where he served in Guam for two years.


Upon discharge, he moved back to Tennessee, where he received his B.A. at the University of Tennessee. He then moved to New York City, where he was able to use his engaging personality in sales for Davenport Hosiery Mills.

After several years, George became vice-president of sales for Elizabeth Arden Cosmetics. After her death, George's career led him to commercial real estate in Westchester County. He soon opened his own commercial real estate company in Bronxville, NY.

George was a lifelong Presbyterian and served as a Deacon at the Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City and an Elder and Clerk of Session at the Dutch Reformed Church in Bronxville, NY. He was currently a member of Providence Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head, SC.

George and his wife, Marilyn, moved to Hilton Head in 1995 where he enjoyed traveling, entertaining friends, the beach, gardening, reading (particularly the history of the British Royal Families), delivering meals-on-wheels and his pugs!

George had the ability to make people feel good about themselves, was fun-loving, charming, sensitive, genial, and kind. He will be deeply missed but leaves memorable days filled with good spirit and a life well lived.

Donations may be made to Providence Presbyterian Church, 171 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928.

Services will be private.


Sheila Stoltz and Susan Kelty Law Recognized as Top Houlihan Lawrence Agents PDF Print Email


By Staff

Feb. 19, 2020: Last week, Houlihan Lawrence announced this year's recipients of its annual Emerald Awards, described as "a prestigious honor awarded to the company's top agents in recognition of exceptional sales results over the past calendar year. Individuals were recognized from across the firm's offices in Westchester, Connecticut, and the Hudson Valley."

Two agents from Bronxville - Sheila Stoltz and Susan Kelty Law - received Emerald Awards, which means they are top agents at Houlihan Lawrence. Houlihan Lawrence has over 1,200 agents.


A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School, Sheila Stoltz's entire professional career has focused on real estate finance, valuation analysis, and real estate transactions. Stoltz spent seven years at Morgan Stanley in the Real Estate Investment Banking and Asset Management Divisions, three years as a research analyst at Cohen & Steers Capital Management, and 16 years at Houlihan Lawrence. At Houlihan Lawrence, she has consistently been a top producer in the Bronxville and Westchester markets.


Susan Kelty Law practiced law in New York City for 13 years before becoming a residential real estate agent.  She has been an agent for the past 23 years. "Becoming a realtor turned out to be the perfect transition for me from practicing law," said Law, "negotiating deals and providing exceptional client service were skills I learned at the law firm and they have been key to my success in real estate too. I am blessed to work with great colleagues in a top notch firm and love what I do!"

"Sue and I are honored to be Emerald winners and to work in such a great community with so many beautiful homes to sell," commented Stoltz. "We are excited for a busy 2020."

Photo at top by A. Warner


Bronxville School Update: Budget Work Underway; Karen Peterson Retiring PDF Print Email


By Katharine Outcalt

Feb. 19, 2020: Superintendent, Dr. Roy Montesano opened the February School Board meeting with an offer of congratulations to all of the players who performed in the school’s recent production of Into the Woods. 

He then noted that his office is working on the 2020-21 budget and school calendar. Early calendar review shows signs that students and the administration may again enjoy a two-week break over the Christmas holiday. 

Dr. Rachel Kelly, Assistant Superintendent for HR & Pupil Services, provided a personnel report, which included a resolution to accept the resignation of Bronxville School Athletic Director Karen Peterson, who will retire after 22 years of service, effective August 31, 2020. 

Board President, Jon Atkeson, offered words of appreciation for the excellent work Ms. Peterson has done as the district’s Athletic Director. Atkeson added that a celebration of Ms. Peterson’s career at the Bronxville School is planned for this Spring. 

Dan Carlin, Assistant Superintendent for Business, reported that the district anticipates adding $500,000 to the Fund Balance by the end of the school year. This surplus will be used to offset next year’s tax levy.

On the facilities front, bids have been received for the Innovation Center and for the renovation of the Elementary School’s Curtain Wall. These bids are currently under review.  The bid for the Curtain Wall came in high but Carlin is confident that it can be lowered and that construction can remain on schedule. 

The board also moved to approve the annual athletic mergers that are a part of Bronxville’s athletic program. These mergers include Girls Swim & Dive (Tuckahoe), Girls Volleyball (Mount Vernon), Boys/Girls Skiing (New Rochelle), Boys Swim & Dive (New Rochelle), Ice Hockey (Tuckahoe & Eastchester), and Softball (Tuckahoe).

As these sports attract lower numbers of participants, Bronxville is able to offer these sports to their students by merging with athletes from local schools. This program has been in existence for over 15 years, with numerous athletes benefiting from the sports offered.

A Budget Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, March 7, at 9:00 am in the MS/HS Library. This meeting will be followed by the next Regular School Board Meeting & Budget Presentation on Thursday, March 19, at 7:00 pm in the MS/HS Library.

Photo by A. Warner



The Orchid Show on Display at The New York Botanical Gardens PDF Print Email


By Staff

Feb. 19, 2020:  The 18th annual Orchid Show is on display at the New York Botanical Gardens.  There are spectacular floral designs by Jeff Leatham, who is the artistic director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris.

There are thousands of orchids in beautiful colors and dramatic designs and you can see them in the day or evening. There are also a number of programs, including a talk with the designer and demonstrations about orchid care.

See below for a sneak preview of what you'll see. There photos were taken at night. 

Click here for more information. 

Orchids at The Botanical Gardens at night by N. Bower

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Bronxville School Students Selected to Perform With All-County Band, Orchestra and Chorus PDF Print Email


By Michael Ganci, Syntax for The Bronxville School

Feb. 19, 2020: A group of talented Bronxville School singers and instrumentalists have been selected to perform for All-County music ensembles by the prestigious Westchester County School Music Association for its 2020 festival concerts.

Members of the Elementary All-County Chorus will include fifth graders Jackson Fino (alto), Oliver Goulden (soprano), Charlotte Haller (soprano) and Josie Leddy (alto) and sixth graders Grayson Curran (alto), Anabella Davis (soprano), Katie Fezza (alto) and Peyton Gallo (soprano). Seventh graders Nora Eddib (soprano), Catalina Gallipoli (soprano), Mollie Macfadyen (alto), and Lena Vermette (alto), eighth grader Roman Rosenberg (tenor/baritone) and freshman Jake Berman (tenor/baritone) were selected to perform with the Intermediate All-County Chorus.  

Fifth graders Henry Scholes (euphonium) and Sean Spillane (tuba) and sixth grader Masha Lekovic (flute) were selected to participate in the Elementary All-County Band. Seventh graders Bruno Kahraman (trombone) and Max Stein (oboe) and ninth grader Aidan McBride (French horn) were selected to participate in the Intermediate All-County Band

Fifth graders Abigail Fong (violin), Maya Mincak (viola), Elizabeth Reidy (string bass), and Ava Toolan (violin) and fourth grader Ainslea Hong (cello) will perform with the Elementary All-County Orchestra. 

Sixth grader Sam Bright (double bass) and seventh graders Aidan Gegenwarth (violin) and Sophia Ikiri (violin) will perform with the Junior All-County Orchestra.

Eighth graders Madeline Lescott (viola) and Ria Mueller (cello) will perform with the Intermediate All-County Orchestra. 

“Earning a place in the All-County music ensembles requires hours of practice, musical skill, and the courage and discipline to pursue a challenging goal,” said Denise Lutter, the orchestra director and performing arts department curriculum leader. “The music faculty is very proud of the young musicians who met the challenge, and we look forward to hearing their concerts.” 

The Elementary and Intermediate All-County Chorus concerts will take place on Saturday, March 7, at 4 p.m. The Elementary, Junior, and Intermediate All-County Orchestra concerts will take place on Saturday, March 7, at 11 a.m. The Elementary and Intermediate All-County Band concerts will take place on Sunday, March 8, at 11 a.m. All concerts will take place at SUNY Purchase.

Pictured in rotation:  Bronxville students who will perform in the All-County Orchestra & All-County Band and All-County Chorus

Photos courtesy of the Bronxville Union Free School District 

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

What to Consider When Suggesting Psychotherapy PDF Print Email


by Jane Benjamin, Ph.D., Clinical Director

Feb. 19, 2020: If a loved one says, “My back has been hurting for weeks,” it is generally straightforward and easy to respond: “Have you thought about seeing a doctor?” or, “Have you thought about seeing a chiropractor?” 

If a friend complains about a terrible sore throat, you don’t hesitate to advise that he or she consider getting a throat culture to be sure it isn’t strep. 

But something quite different often happens if a loved one hints at emotional pain. It may feel more difficult, even risky, to say, “Sounds like you’re anxious. Have you thought about seeing a psychotherapist?”  

We tend to categorize emotional and physical pain differently. Despite all of the advancements in our understanding of mental health, there is unfortunately still stigma attached to a range oemotional and psychological disorders

Becoming depressed, for example, can be construed as a character “weakness” or irrational “pessimism.” Quite often, a depressed person is viewed as “ungrateful” for not appreciating all of the wonderful things that life has to offer.  

And a phobic person might be seen as “letting” anxiety get the best of them rather than possessing the fortitude to muscle through a difficult situation. 

The implication here, of course, is that emotional pain can be overcome with effort and that all one has to do is muster up the will to try harder. Furthermore, it will be “character building” if the person can tough it out. 

Because of the insidious and unspoken judgment that still exists when it comes to mental illness, it can be difficult to know how best to intervene when a friend or family member is emotionally unwell. How can one best recommend that the person seek professional help?

The first order of business is to be sensitive about where and when you broach such a topic. Obviously, it is not a good idea to bring up your concern with other people present, even if you think they are close confidantes of your loved one. It is also unwise to raise this issue when the person is in a hurry or distracted. Wait for a calm moment when the two of you are alone together. This needs to be done live, not by text or email, i.e., arenas where tone of voice is unreadable.  

It’s important to realize that recommending that someone may need psychotherapy is not a criticism of the person. On the contrary, it’s an act of love and concern. And it’s important to frame it as such. 

Emphasize what you love about the person and your concern that emotional pain appears to be interfering with these qualities. So, for example, rather than saying, “You just seem so depressed all the time,” you could say, “I’m worried about you. I feel like something is getting in the way of your usual energy and ability to have fun.” 

Also, do not attempt to sound “shrink-like” by saying something like, “I think you are having a serious recurrent major depressive episode.” Instead, remain connected and human: “I hate to see you in such pain…. It seems really difficult.”  

If you’ve been in therapy yourself, it’s good to share something about your own experience. Don’t go into a lot of detail because then the conversation will become more about you than the person you’re trying to help. But it is reassuring for your friend/ family member to hear something like, “I was really reluctant to see a therapist, but once I did, it was very helpful to me, and I think it could be for you too.” 

It can also be helpful to point out that there is great comfort in speaking to a professional in a completely judgment-free zone, where all that you divulge will be kept confidential.

Do not expect that your loved one’s response will instantly be a positive one. You might be met with defensiveness: “I’m fine; I don’t need a professional to tell me what’s wrong with me,” or “You’d be depressed too if you were managing everything I have on my plate!” 

It doesn’t help to get into a debate about why you are right, and they are wrong or try to convince the person to listen to reason. Instead it’s best to just reinforce your caring and concern and recommend that they think about it.  

If someone is so anxious, depressed, or overwhelmed that the prospect of taking the steps to find a professional seems to be too much, you can be of help. 

If your loved one says something along the lines of, “I wouldn’t even know where to start,” or “I don’t want to see someone who isn’t good,” you can offer to do some research into clinicians in the area and provide a list of professionals. You can also offer to go to the first appointment with the person if you sense that that might make a difference.  

Remember that you cannot make someone see a psychotherapist. Even if you know it would be helpful, each person has to come to this decision alone. You are not responsible for getting your loved one to go. Just by bringing up the topic, you’ve planted a seed, and it might take a little while for the person to feel ready. 

Finally, if your own emotional health is being negatively impacted by your loved one’s struggles, then taking care of yourself becomes most important. The recommendation used on airplanes is an apt metaphor: “In case of emergency, put on your own oxygen mask and then your child’s.” 

We can only be of help if we heed this advice. 

ThCounseling Center of Bronxville in Westchester provides support and guidance to help you manage a range of issues and anxieties affecting your daily life.

Photo courtesy Counseling Center of Bronxville

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff


Survey Shows Westchester CEOs More Optimistic About Economy Than Upstate CEOs PDF Print Email


By Dean Bender, Thompson & Bender

Feb. 19, 2020: Westchester CEO’s are decidedly more optimistic about the economy than Upstate CEOs, according to the Annual New York State Business Leaders Survey released by The Business Council of Westchester with Siena College Research Institute and The Business Council of New York State.

The new survey reveals how CEOs are feeling about the business climate, regulatory environment, the economy, growth, and capital investment plans for the next few years. Nearly 670 CEO’s participated statewide with nearly 100 from Westchester County.

Here are some highlights from Westchester CEOs:

  • 25% believe 2020 will be better economically
  • 44% have plans to increase their workforce
  • 63% expect revenue to grow, the highest of any region surveyed
  • 52% forecast increased profitability
  • 54% rated the workforce good/excellent
  • Westchester’s Index of Business Confidence was 87.5, the highest of the nine regions surveyed and ten points higher than the statewide average of 75.3
  • Top challenges are government regulation (53%), healthcare costs (43%), adverse economic conditions (43%) and taxation at (40%)
  • Westchester CEO’s believe medical is the top industry sector anticipated to have the most positive impact on economic vitality over the next 3-5 years
  • Top issues CEO’s would like to see the Governor/Legislature focus on are personal income tax reform (53%), infrastructure development (52%), business development incentive (52%) and business income tax reform (46%)

The Business Council of Westchester has formed a partnership with the Siena College Research Institute and the Business Council of New York State, Inc to gather insight from CEO’s statewide on the state’s business climate.

Click here to read more about the survey.

Photo courtesy Thompson & Bender

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.





The Bag Ban Starts March 1; Time to Start Carrying Your Own Bags! PDF Print Email


By Ellen Edwards, Chair, Bronxville Green Committee

Feb. 12, 2020: As if I didn’t already have enough to worry about, starting on March 1st single-use plastic bags will be banned in Bronxville. Not just in Bronxville, but in the entire state of New York. 

How am I supposed to lug home all my stuff?  

Everyone agrees plastic bags are bad news for the environment. We’re supposed to recycle them in bins in front of large retail stores and most grocery stores, but apparently, many of us don’t do that.  

So, often they end up where they’re not supposed to be—stuck in trees, clogging storm drains and sewers, and eventually entering the Bronx River and floating into the ocean.  

We’ve all seen the scenes of landscapes and beaches littered with plastic, and of land animals and marine life suffering the consequences.  

Yes, all that’s bad, but it’s so easy to carry home my groceries in plastic bags. They’re light, compact. I don’t want to give them up. Besides, how bad can they be?

Bad enough, apparently, because people in New York State use 23 billion of them each year.  

Thinking about that makes my head hurt. Maybe I’ll switch to paper.

But wait a minute. 

Paper, I’m told, is not necessarily an environmentally friendly alternative. Yes, the trees they’re made from are a renewable resource, but manufacturing and trucking the bags has a big environmental impact.  

And paper is much bulkier—one truck full of plastic bags is equal to seven trucks full of paper bags. Plus, it’s possible Westchester will join New York City and other counties and decide to impose a five cents fee for every paper bag; the decision hasn’t been made yet, but it could happen. Who wants to pay for bags—not me!

You know where this is going, right? Reusable bags are the most sensible, environmentally-friendly choice.  

Ugh, do I have to? All those mismatched cloth bags cluttering my car, getting tangled up in my purse straps or hanging from my shoulder. I’ll never remember them. 

When I’m half-way to Acme, I’ll realize they’re still hanging in my coat closet and will be forced to turn back. As I enter the store, I’ll realize I’ve left them in my trunk. The whole village will be running back and forth to get the bags.

Still, the bag ban is coming! I’m trapped, with no good alternatives except to start bringing cloth bags wherever I go. I’ll bring them to the pet store and florist, to the drug store and bakery, to buy shoes and books. I’ll bring them here and there and everywhere. I won’t like it, but I’ll do it. Already I hate my bags.

Sometime After March 1st - - How I'll fee about my own bags

I love my bags. None of them match, but each serves its purchase, and together, they’re my team. Occasionally I forget to bring them, but mostly I remember. And I feel so good every time I carry home my purchases in my own bags.  

Since the ban started, I’ve learned that there are many exemptions. My dry cleaning and newspapers still come in plastic. I still buy bags specifically sold as trash bags. 

Take-out and take-home from restaurants often comes in plastic. But mostly, it’s easier to bring my own bags everywhere than to remember who can give out plastic and who can’t.  

And you know what? Now I always remember to recycle the plastic bags that do come into my possession. 

Into those bins in front of big retailers and grocery stores they go—dry cleaning bags, newspaper sleeves…every kind of “thin” plastic, including bread bags and cling wrap and other shrink wrap. 

I’ve survived the ban! I’ve successfully adopted a healthful habit! I’m doing something good for the earth! 

In fact, it wasn’t even all that hard.

Photo courtesy Bronxville Green Committee

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