SCARSDALE, N.Y. David Lee was all smiles Tuesday night after hearing that he had been elected to the Scarsdale Village Board of Trustees. Lee joined fellow successful trustee candidates Kay Eisenman and Jonathan Mark, along with Village Justice John H. Galloway III, in a reception at the Scarsdale Woman's Club following the election.
Lee, Eisenman and Mark all were endorsed by the Scarsdale Citizens Non-Partisan Party.
"It's a very strong group I'm joining," Lee said. "Having observed for a couple of months now, I already appreciate the seriousness of the issues. They are challenging. I'm looking forward to grappling with them."
Lee also paid tribute to the man he will replace on the village board.
"I am sure we are going to miss Richard Toder," Lee said. "I've seen how much he brings to the board."
Toder has served two terms as trustee and was not eligible to run again.
Lee is a partner in the midtown Manhattan law firm Stapper & Van Doren, and specializes in trusts and estates. He coached his daughter's recreation and travel soccer teams for seven seasons and her recreation softball team for six seasons. He also coached his son's recreation soccer team for seven seasons and his Little League baseball team for two seasons. Both of his children are now in college.
During the campaign, he said, "My schooling, professional work and civic efforts have taught me the value of listening carefully to others, asking questions to help draw out relevant facts and analyzing issues thoroughly. I have a deep respect for the process of how decisions are reached by a board which is fair, open-minded and respectful of all who wish to provide input so that the decisions reached are not only sound but arrived at with integrity."
Lee got 384 voters, six behind top vote-getter Mark, who expressed his gratitude for the community's support. Eisenman got 351 votes, more than twice the total polled by Harry Reynolds, whose candidacy was based on ending the secrecy surrounding Scarsdale's nonpartisan system of government. Reynolds drew 140 votes
Eisenman said the election results showed how much the village supports the nonpartisan system.
"I am very pleased to have been elected to a second two-year term as trustee," she said, "and believe that this victory for the three candidates chosen by the Citizens Nominating Committee shows that the voters of Scarsdale respect the nonpartisan system and trust that the candidates chosen by the CNC will work diligently on their behalf. Thank you to everyone who gave us this opportunity."
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