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August 2017

Front row, left to right: Natalie Dispenza; Addison Dispenza; Elianna Dispenza. Second row, left to right: Jessica Dispenza; LPD Sargeant Jonathan Dispenza.

New Police Sergeant Sworn In and Motorcycle Patrols Re-Instituted at Board Meeting

By Stephen E. Lipken


After calling the Monday, July 17 Larchmont Board of Trustees meeting to order, Mayor Lorraine Walsh administered the Oath of Office to Larchmont Police Department (LPD) Sergeant Jonathan Dispenza and issued a Commendation to Police Officer Scott Schnall upon completing his Police Motorcycle Operator Course.

According to LPD Website (www.larchmontpolice.org), Motorcycle Patrols began in 1910 but were abandoned in 1955.  In spring 2017, motorcycles were re-instituted with the purchase of a Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Police Motorcycle with Schnall, a veteran LPD member  assigned to Motor Patrol.


Walsh then announced the appointment of Lauren Brown to the Police Department, becoming their 3rd Policewoman, pending completion of her requirements.  Also, an agreement was reached with the Town/Village of Harrison Police Department for LPD use of their Pistol Range.


Although the “Skull Patrol” (getting kids to wear bicycle helmets) is successful, the issue of some bikers’ texting and riding at the same time was addressed; LPD Captain Antonino Rigano promised to talk to parents about this situation.


Larchmont Committee on the Environment Chair Kristin Anderson presented a flyer written in English and Spanish plus a door hanger, reminding residents that the Gas-Powered Leaf Blower ban is in effect from June 1 until September 30 plus outlining hazards of particulate matter stirred up by the blowers.


Earlier, the Board approved the appointments of Sokol Malushaga to Chair, Board of Architectural Review (BAR), replacing Marcus Holtby, a 12-year BAR member and Chair for the past three years; Justin Samson, Member, Traffic Commission and Michael Donnelly to the Historic Preservation Task Force.


At the Work Session, the Board reviewed renewing leases for taxi parking at the Train Station.


“To go out for a Request for Proposal (RFP) makes no sense nor raising parking fees,” Walsh said. “We should figure out whether to sell permits or use metered spaces…The lease is 8 months away.  Should we have a six-month lease with option to renew?”


Mayor Walsh also noted that there is one vacancy on BAR; you must be a Village resident with Architecture, City Planning or Land Development experience.  There is another vacancy on the Traffic Commission, open to Village residents.  Anyone interested can contact the Deputy Village Clerk, Brian Rilley at villageclerk@villageoflarchmont.org.