By James Nolan, Westchester County Legislator, District 15
Oct. 11, 2023: My name is James Nolan, and I am honored to represent Yonkers and Bronxville as a Westchester County Legislator since my election in November 2021.
Earlier this year, the Board’s majority made changes to the district, so please allow me this opportunity to reintroduce myself and let you know of my first-term accomplishments.
Born and raised in Yonkers, home is now the Homefield neighborhood with my wife and our infant daughter. For more than a decade I have been an active union member after graduating from Saunders Trades and Technical High School on the High Honor Roll and while completing an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice.
In 2015, my brother Michael was tragically murdered, and in 2016 I founded the Michael Nolan Foundation to provide scholarships to graduates of the Yonkers Public Schools and fund other pressing community needs in his memory.
Since taking office, supporting the members of law enforcement and emergency services is a top priority. This year’s county budget included funding for an additional Emergency Services Unit truck for the County Police, a new Westchester County Police helicopter and hiring new county police officers.
I have opposed resolutions supporting the so-called “Clean Slate Act” which would make law-abiding New Yorkers less safe while supporting a repeal of New York State’s infamous bail reforms that tie judges’ hands and allow dangerous criminals out on the streets while awaiting trial. Many Westchester residents depend on public-private partnerships for essential services.
I am proud to support funding for groups like East Yonkers Rotary and the Westchester BLUE Foundation – a non-profit that provides confidential peer support to help police officers and their families cope with the stresses unique to their careers.
When the Governor proposed requiring cities and villages to permit 25,000 units of housing to be built within a half-mile radius of MetroNorth stations like Bronxville, Crestwood, Fleetwood and Tuckahoe, I opposed this assault on home rule.
After carefully listening to the testimony given by African-American and Middle-Eastern organizations at the public hearing on a proposal to ban the sale of flavored tobaccos, I voted against it … and County Executive George Latimer agreed the proposal was not well thought out and vetoed it.
However my most important responsibility is keeping Westchester affordable for our families. Gas prices and interest rates are near record levels. Food prices are up by almost 10% a year. Yet many Bronxville families are paying as much as $75,000 a year in property taxes if not more.
I pledge to you that during my next term, if reelected, I will oppose any proposed budget that includes a property tax increase.
Not every issue is a “big” issue like bail reform or property taxes. Often it is the neighborhood, quality-of-life issues that matter most. I lost my brother to inaction on a quality-of-life issue – drag racing. That’s why I’ve proposed policy solutions for local concerns like loud cars, flooding and pest control.
Editor's note: MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements in letters to the editor, and the opinions do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff. Its objective in publishing letters to the editor is to give air to diverse thoughts and opinions of individuals in the community.
Bronxville is a quaint village (one square mile) located just 16 miles north of midtown Manhattan (roughly 30 minutes on the train) and has a population of approximately 6,500. It is known as a premier community with an excellent public school (K-12) and easy access to Manhattan. Bronxville offers many amenities including an attractive business district, a hospital (Lawrence Hospital), public paddle and tennis courts, fine dining at local restaurants, two private country clubs and a community library.
While the earliest settlers of Bronxville date back to the first half of the 18th century, the history of the modern suburb of Bronxville began in 1890 when William Van Duzer Lawrence purchased a farm and commissioned the architect, William A. Bates, to design a planned community of houses for well-known artists and professionals that became a thriving art colony. This community, now called Lawrence Park, is listed on the National register of Historic Places and many of the homes still have artists’ studios. A neighborhood association within Lawrence Park called “The Hilltop Association” keeps this heritage alive with art shows and other events for neighbors.
Bronxville offers many charming neighborhoods as well as a variety of living options for residents including single family homes, town houses, cooperatives and condominiums. One of the chief benefits of living in “the village” is that your children can attend the Bronxville School.
The Bronxville postal zone (10708, known as “Bronxville PO”) includes the village of Bronxville as well as the Chester Heights section of Eastchester, parts of Tuckahoe and the Lawrence Park West, Cedar Knolls, Armour Villa and Longvale sections of Yonkers. Many of these areas have their own distinct character. For instance, the Armour Villa section has many historic homes and even has its own newsletter called “The Villa Voice” which reports on neighborhood news.
Village of Bronxville Administrative Offices
Open 9:00am - 4pm excluding holidays and weekends
Bronxville Police Department
Open 24 hours
Bronxville Parking Violations
Open 9:00am - 4pm excluding holidays and weekends
Bronxville Fire Deparment