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March 2019

Left to right:  Trustee Malcolm Frouman; Mayor Lorraine Walsh; Trustee Carol Casazza Herman.

Significant Public Safety Issues Addressed at Village Board Meeting

By Stephen E. Lipken


Numerous Public Safety Issues were addressed at the Tuesday, February 19th Larchmont Board of Trustees meeting, beginning with a Larchmont Police Department press release disseminated by Mayor Lorraine Walsh, describing a complaint from a Mamaroneck resident regarding “a public lewdness and attempted luring incident in the confines of the Village of Larchmont…”


A young girl walking alone toward Cambridge Court on Monday, February 18 was approached by an individual who promised cash if she would get into his car.  She noticed the man’s obscene behavior and got away from the sedan.


“There is no reason for an adult to ask for help from children,” Walsh stressed.

Then Fire Lieutenant Brian Doherty reported a response to a resident reporting a burning odor.


“On arrival there was nothing obvious,” Doherty noted.  “After extensive investigation and scanning with our thermal imaging cameras, a fireplace ash was found burning in a false wall in the basement. The fireplace cleanout cover had been removed. This should be a reminder for residents with fireplaces to check operation of their cleanout, making sure the coverings are in place as well as location of their cleanout for proper maintenance.”


Doherty pointedly reminded homeowners to shovel their walks within 24 hours of a snowstorm and keep fire hydrants free of snow for quick access.  The Fire Department emergency telephone numbers are 914-834-0600 or 911.


Village Attorney James Staudt mentioned that Village Administrator Justin Datino is facilitating obtaining a Dormitory Authority State of New York (DASNY) grant to reimburse the Village’s funding American Legion Post 347 Flint Park to rebuild their headquarters.


Trustee Carol Casazza Herman announced a Parks and Trees Committee Challenge, “Trees for Larchmont,” encouraging the planting of 50 Trees on private property, plus 50 more trees by the Village between Arbor Day on April 26th     and Sprint to Flint, June 14th.  “For every tree planted there will be a green ribbon tied to our Larch tree,” Herman noted.