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Uncontested Larchmont Election Produces New Mayor, Trustees

LARCHMONT, N.Y. — The number of votes may not have mattered in Tuesday's uncontested village elections, but 101 Larchmont residents voted for Anne McAndrews for mayor.

"I'm very excited about finishing some things that I started," said McAndrews, who served 10 years as a trustee until last April.

Similarly, the two candidates for two trustee seats had no opponents. Marlene Kolbert, a 10-year trustee and 45-year village resident, received 100 votes. Peter Fanelli, who was appointed Jan. 18 to fill Jaine Elkind Eney's seat, received 102 votes.

There were 4,080 registered voters in Larchmont as of March 5, said Village Clerk Eileen Finn.

"For me, I had not thought about running again," Kolbert said. "When Josh (Mandell) decided not to run, I thought I would run."

All three newly elected candidates said at a March 9 League of Women Voters forum that the village is fortunate to be in good financial standing under the 2 percent tax levy cap.

The Police and Fire departments recently made significant concessions in their labor contract negotiations with the village. As a result, the village's tentative budget increases the tax levy by 0.87 percent, or $103,594, from last year's total tax levy of $11,973,935.

"We are in the very fortunate position in the village in this moment because the people who work for us understood the difficult financial times and we have worked together," Kolbert said.

Kolbert has spearheaded Larchmont's environmental efforts, and plans to continue doing so in her sixth term as trustee.

Fanelli last ran for this office in 2006 as a Republican, and hopes to maintain the level of services residents have come to expect. The volunteer firefighter and owner of BFL Theatrical Lighting Co. also hopes to increase community involvement in the municipality.

McAndrews agrees, and believes creating a village administrator position could make the village operate more efficiently and effectively. McAndrews, a tax lawyer, said she understands that the village and its staff are small, but she thinks an administrator could, for instance, bring in more grant money for projects like flood mitigation. She added that it would outweigh the costs in the long run.

McAndrews, Kolbert and Fanelli will all be sworn in at the April 2 Larchmont Board of Trustees meeting.

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