Forum Focus

January 2021

Message to Our Membership
Dear Members,

Each New Year presents opportunities for the Scarsdale Forum family to engage in community dialogue, to work for the public good and to help effect positive change. Even as we cope with the very real challenges of these extraordinary times, it is important that we continue to focus on our mission of "addressing the issues, choices and solutions that directly impact our community."  

With sincere hopes for the safety, health and happiness of our families and yours in 2021,

Madelaine Eppenstein
2021 Upcoming Meetings and Programs

Thursday February 11, 2021 Membership Meeting,
State of the Village with Mayor Marc Samwick. Register here.

Sunday March 7, 2021 Sunday Speaker Series, Speaker Pending

Thursday March 18, 2021 Membership Program,
County Board of Legislators with Hon. Ben Boykin. Register here.
All Forum meetings and events will take place over Zoom beginning at 8:00 pm* until further notice, a virtual format that keeps us well connected with each other on the issues of importance to our community. Registration required, log in information will be made available.


We are grateful for your support. You can make a donation online now, which is tax-deductible over and above your membership dues. Any amount is greatly appreciated because your donations support our educational programming and the important advocacy of our committees to promote civic dialogue on the issues that directly affect you and village life.

We encourage every Scarsdale Forum member to engage with and keep informed about the work of our committees. By doing so you help us advocate for safer village streets. You help us encourage wider participation of all stakeholders in decision making for our schools. You help us prepare the Village for better climate and energy conservation and resilience. You help us re-imagine a more vibrant Village Center and quality of life. And you help us to critically review Village and County budgets.

We are grateful to our members and the public, and thank you for all you do to support the work of the Scarsdale Forum.

Committee Updates
Fiscal Affairs

The Fiscal Affairs Scarsdale Committee participated in the Village Board's December 15 budget Work Session that was focused primarily on revenue and spending for the current fiscal year and reserves. The Committee has obtained the schedules presented at the Work Session and anticipates follow up requests for information. Fiscal year 2021-2022 budget meetings in January 2021 include the "first pass" meeting on January 21 and two day-long departmental budget reviews on January 25 and January 28. Meetings will take place on Zoom and will include public participation. For more information contact Chair Anne Hintermeister,


The Membership Committee and Scarsdale Forum invite members of the community to join the Forum and participate in our committees and events. Please contact Chair Gabrielle Wise,

Municipal Services

MEETING THIS WEEK: The Municipal Services Committee has scheduled a meeting on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 8 PM on Zoom for follow up on its traffic safety report recommendations to the Village Board, including installing more visible traffic calming signage and signals, enacting a lower, 25 mph speed limit on certain linear segments of roads, continuing work with legislators on area speed limit amendments, and increasing enforcement. We plan to record the meeting for those who are unable to participate. Several Village Board Trustees have been invited to attend. The agenda will not only focus on traffic safety but also related quality of life issues, following up on subjects covered in prior committee reports. The login and links to those reports will be provided. Chair Madelaine
Community Events
VOTE: School Board Nominating Committee Election
JANUARY 12, 2021
The 2021 School Board Nominating Committee (SBNC) election will end at 4:00 PM, Tuesday, January 12, 2021. This election will take place by mail-in ballot only. For more information about the candidates who are running and a copy of the Mail-In Ballot, go to the SBNC website.
Scarsdale Forum Inc.

Scarsdale Forum Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to community education through discussion and analysis of issues relevant to Scarsdale residents. Since 1904, it has contributed meaningfully to village affairs through written reports, public speaker events and committee discussions. Membership is available to all Scarsdale and Mamaroneck Strip residents, regardless of citizenship status. 

Forum Focus generally is distributed to Scarsdale Forum members in the first week of each month. Story ideas should be sent to one week prior to be included in the coming issue.

Media Contact
Madelaine Eppenstein