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Scarsdale Takes Traditional Route In Village Elections

Vote in the village elections Tuesday.
Vote in the village elections Tuesday. Photo Credit: File photo

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Residents can vote on a new mayor and three trustee seats in the village elections Tuesday.

One candidate is running for each seat, as has become tradition in Scarsdale, said David Irwin, chairman of a 30-member nonpartisan nominating committee. By that tradition, trustees serve two terms and the mayor serves one term. After serving two terms, Bob Steves will run for mayor and replace Miriam Levitt-Flisser.

Trustee Stacey Brodsky will seek a second term. To fill the trustee seats vacated by Steves and Trustee Robert Harrison, who will not seek a second term, the nominating committee selected two fresh faces: William Stern and Thomas Martin.

The day after elections, the village is expected to release its tentative budget, which Steves anticipated would exceed the state-mandated tax cap . If it does break the cap, a super-majority of 60 percent approval would be required to pass the budget, instead of a simple majority. Scarsdale schools also plan to exceed the tax cap , which caps the total amount of taxes a municipality or school district may collect from its residents. It does not cap the tax rate.

In addition to the village budget, the reassessment of property values and how it impacts the individual tax payer, and preserving Scarsdale’s historical properties are among the issues facing the village in the coming year.

"It’s just, however, many open seats there are, that’s how many candidates the non-partisan party will put up,” Irwin said. “By tradition the trustees don’t serve more than two two-year terms, there’s no legal thing about that, but it’s the tradition.”

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