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Larchmont Village Elections Tuesday

LARCHMONT, N.Y. -- Polls open Tuesday at 6 a.m. for the Village of Larchmont Elections, for which all three candidates are running uncontested on the Democratic line.

Residents can still cast their ballot for Ann McAndrews, the single candidate for mayor, and Marlene Kolbert and Peter Fanelli for the two trustees seats, at the Larchmont Village Center, behind the library until 9 p.m.

"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," McAndrews said.

The mayor and trustees are elected to two-year terms. Larchmont holds elections every year and alternates the seats up for election. This year, the incumbent Mayor Josh Mandell decided not to seek reelection.

"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 after announcing he would be stepping down from his post at the end of his term.

Mandell and the board's contract negotiations with Larchmont's police and fire unions contributed significantly to the village's good financial standing and, Mandell said, has set it up well for the coming few years. Both departments agreed to freeze annual wage increases at 1.5 percent over the life of their labor contracts and increase the contributions to health care for new hires during their tenure and in retirement.

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

The board will discuss the tentative 2012-2013 budget at its meeting Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

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