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From Larchmont Board to Mayoral Candidate: Anne McAndrews

Longtime Larchmont trustee and former deputy mayor Anne McAndrews is running unopposed for mayor of Larchmont.

Although former Larchmont trustee and deputy mayor Anne McAndrews took a brief respite from the town board in 2011, her involvement in the village during which she has also served as president of the Larchmont-Mamaroneck League of Women Voters (LWV) and, more recently, as chair of the Village of Larchmont Democratic Party.

In 2012, however, McAndrews will be back on the ballot, running unopposed on the Democratic ticket for Josh Mandell’s vacated mayoral seat.

The Boston-born retired attorney and mother of five admits that she’s always been intrigued by the intricacies of politics, an interest that made local government a natural fit.

“The League of Women Voters was my lifeline,” she said, referring to her early involvement in local politics.

And with Larchmont facing some of the same challenges as many other municipalities statewide—balancing mandated costs associated with pension and health benefits in the wake of a two percent tax cap—keeping a close watch on budgetary expenses will be a necessity.

“It’s a biggie for future costs in the village,” McAndrews said, adding that a drastic measure like putting a freeze on future hires is just not a realistic option for the village.

She was quick to give credit to Mandell, however, for his recent salary negotiations with both the and , the lowest in 25 years.

“The village is left in a very good position,” she said, adding that future cost-saving measures might include incentives to employees for retirement and sharing additional services with the town.

Although the village hasn’t emerged completely unscathed from the financial downturn, McAndrews believes that, given the cyclical nature of retail and the volume of pedestrian traffic through the area, the road toward success won’t be a long one. 

“We need forward and creative thinking to establish retail in these areas—how do you survive,” she said, pointing to the prevalence of home renovations being done locally as evidence of a turnaround. 

McAndrews also envisions—if elected mayor—potentially hiring an administrator to manage the town day-to-day, similar to what is already in place in the Town of Mamaroneck.

“There are very few villages that do not have professional management,” she said.

Ultimately, though, McAndrews said her years of experience will serve her well in office, if elected.

“Everything changes and stays the same—I know to look at everything freshly, “ she said, continuing, “You have to open your eyes to how new circumstances may change anytime.”

Election Day is Mar. 20 and polls will be open at Village Hall from 6 a.m.-9 p.m. The mayor and two trustees will be elected.

 

 

 

 

Rose M February 14, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Please don't hire a village manager. That's another salary for us the taxpayers to pay! Furthermore, why should you want to be mayor if you doubt that you can assume the responsibility already? ... We need to trim the budget now!
LMP February 14, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Seems a very good opportunity to merge the Village of Larchmont with the Unincorporated Area of the Town. An Administrator already exists, the expansion of one Comptroller position to two could be reversed. The overhead of the Joint Sanitation Commission could be eliminated. Better less expensive local services could exist. Fewer government officials with the potential for contested elections. Etc., etc. etc.
Judy O'Gorman February 14, 2012 at 10:21 PM
The mayor & trustee responsibilities should be focused primarily on policy and organization. Elected officials should not be tied with day to day operations in a misguided attempt to save money. The Board serves without salary or stipend. Their areas of expertise can be diluted by management duties. This does not serve the citizens to the best possible advantage.
Balar Gazor February 15, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Yes - let's hire a new pencil-pusher in chief rather than thinking creatively. Make sure s/he has a padded sick-leave and all bank holidays of all faiths with make up days. Pension will be important too. Make sure s/he has no authority whatsoever on unionized employees. GOOD MOVE !

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