Referendum Passes for Two New Fire Engines

Lauren Gottfried, Chair, Larchmont Public Library Board of Trustees (left) and Laura Eckley, Director.

By Stephen E. Lipken



Mamaroneck Town Supervisor Jaine Elkind Eney opened their Work Session on Wednesday, March 2nd, beginning with bid awards for New Harmon Drive Sidewalk Improvements and Town Center Restroom renovations, encompassing reprograming better venting and countertop vanities. 


Larchmont Public Library Director Laura Eckley and Board Chair Lauren Gottfried presented their proposed 2022-2023 Budget Review.  Gottfried said that their Library has the third highest circulation in the County, behind White Plains and Yonkers Libraries, plus second largest children’s programs. Use of e-books, soaring during the Pandemic, has not fallen off. 


“Our Library is fully open and well-used,” Gottfried noted, mentioning a $5,000 grant from Assemblyman Steve Otis and Senator Shelley Mayer, as well as $175,000 from Westchester Library System to improve circulation.  


Eckley requested a 2% Budget increase for FY 2022-2023 over FY 2021-2022, “but in 2021-2022, we took a 1% decrease from 2021, really making it a 1% increase,” Eckley said.


Health Insurance has increased, plus a drop in fine revenues with Fund Balance lowered from $50,000 to $40,000 and $47,000 worth of furniture was purchased. 


At the Regular Meeting, Mamaroneck Fire Department Chief, Shaun Hughes stated that MFD is a Combination Department of 50 Volunteers and 14 Career Staff, plus three Engines; one Ladder; one Rescue and one Utility.  


A referendum at the Weaver Street Fire Station was mentioned at the meeting. Subsequently, the referendum on Tuesday, March 15th to purchase two Engines, replacing #37, destroyed by Hurricane Ida and #51, passed.


Chief Hughes pointed to his “Close the Door” program for apartment dwellers, stressing that they must close their doors to contain a fire.

Other authorizations included Extension of Consultant Services-Tectonic for sewer repairs amounting to $101,710 with expected 40% reimbursement from Department of Environmental Conservation/Environmental Facilities Corporation (DEC/EFC) and FY 2022-2023 Library Budget.