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Larchmont Mayor Won't Run for Reelection in March

This story has been updated to include comments from Josh Mandell.

LARCHMONT, N.Y. – Larchmont's Democratic Party announced Wednesday its nominations for mayor and trustees in the March 20 election, which didn't include incumbent Mayor Josh Mandell, who has decided not to run for reelection.

In place of Mandell, the Democrats nominated Anne McAndrews for mayor, and incumbents Marlene Kolbert and Peter Fanelli for trustees.

"I've always been intrigued by government," said McAndrews, who served as a Larchmont trustee for 10 years. "Larchmont is particularly intriguing because it's based on volunteerism.  It’s an opportunity for me and I said yes."

Mandell told The Daily Mamaroneck he will continue to enjoy living in the Village of Larchmont, but not as mayor.

"I don't have any desire to go anywhere else in politics to be honest," Mandell said. "I really had no political aspirations to begin with. So I'm going to go back to my investment business and spend time with my family like I did before.  I'll just get to do a lot more of it."

Mandell said in a statement Wednesday he isn't a "mayor for all seasons," but that he ran for office in 2010 because he thought he could use his experience running a hedge fund to help the village during a turbulent economic time.

"With the help of a great number of volunteers – including my colleagues on the village board – and our dedicated employees, I believe we have turned the corner," Mandell said in statement released Wednesday afternoon.

The tax levy increased 1.5 percent in 2011-2012, and Mandell said at a recent board meeting, it will again fall well under the 2 percent tax cap in the 2012-2013 budget.  Mandell credits the recent contract negotiations with the police and fire Departments, which capped new employees' salary increases at 1.5 percent for three years and five years respectively. The greatest savings, Mandell said, will be found a few years down the road when those new hires begin to make increased health care contributions, both during their tenure and when they retire.

"Over the last two years, I feel that we have established an economic survival plan for the Village of Larchmont," Mandell said in the statement. "This plan addresses challenges in the short, intermediate, and long term and will serve residents well for generations to come."

McAndrews left the board last April and has served as deputy mayor twice in her 10 years on the board of trustees.  Kolbert and Fanelli currently serve as trustees on the board.  While Kolbert has served for 10 years, Fanelli was just appointed trustee Jan. 9 to fill the seat vacated by Jaine Elkind Eney .

The mayor and trustees are elected to two-year terms. The Village of Larchmont holds elections every year and alternates the seats up for election.

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