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Five Questions With Candidate for Larchmont Mayor Anne McAndrews

LARCHMONT, N.Y. – The Daily Larchmont will profile each of the candidates running in the March 20 Village of Larchmont elections.

Anne McAndrews, a Democrat, is running uncontested for mayor of the Village of Larchmont. McAndrews, 66, previously served as trustee for 10 years, two as deputy mayor. She has also served on the Town of Mamaroneck Zoning Board, Larchmont Planning Commission and the Mamaroneck School District’s Financial Advisory Board. She was also president of the Larchmont/Mamaroneck League of Women Voters and currently serves on the Westchester County Charter Revision Committee.

McAndrews holds a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a master's law degree in taxation from Boston University School of Law. She has lived in Larchmont since 1985 and has five children, all of whom attended Mamaroneck schools. Why did you decide to run for the position of mayor in Larchmont? First of all I was asked, I've always been intrigued by government – a political science major in college. Always been intrigued by government and public administration: what makes these things work? Larchmont is particularly intriguing because it's based on volunteerism. Why would you be a good representative in the coming election? The first and the easy answer is experience. I started public life with the town zoning board, and it just went from there, a wealth of experience that can only help the decision that I have to go through in the future for the village. In experience, I think I have the right temperament, I don't go ballistic, I'm very interested in seeing all sides to the questions. If elected, what are the three biggest goals you'd work to accomplish? A lot of it has to do with things that are already under way. We have a Palmer Avenue streetscape that is in the works, we're putting the finishing touches on it. The second thing is to continue the review of our infrastructure that has already started. We're going to be introducing new water meters that can be read by a car going up and down the street, you don't have to go inside everybody's house now. Those are being reviewed right now. The next step, of course, will be a priority because water is important, no matter which way you cut it. It takes up a lot of what the village does. I've been very interested in getting more computerization for the different village agencies that have records. For example, the building department and the zoning and planning boards, and to have digital records being initiated in the village so we aren't drowning in paper. There are other jurisdictions that are doing that. We have a certain grant that we've been working on with the town for GIS - Graphic Innovations Systems - that can allow quicker access to building records. Some of them would be accessible to the public — not everything. Has the local government made any mistakes or had any oversights that you'd try to avoid? How?

It's marvelous because we were able to get contract agreements with police and fire, which have been significant, not only in the annual raises but also in the amount of contribution to the health systems.

Since I'm succeeding someone whom I know and served with for a year as mayor, it isn't as though we're having a political campaign to make right some wrongs. Basically to continue having this wonderful village that works well with volunteer help and can continue grappling with a budget, especially with those exterior forces that can really beat you up.

What is the best part of Larchmont?

One of the things that makes Larchmont so attractive is its location. Not only do we have the water, we have lovely parks and we have a short trip, not only to Manhattan, but also to Stamford and White Plains. It's an easy commute for many people. We're not in the city and we're not way out. This is a real village. I can walk from my house to village hall, to a drug store, to the post office, to a cobbler, to my dry cleaner and back. That is rare and a wonderful asset. It makes this truly a village.

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