Michael Burstein, age 11, became Bronxville's Mayor for a Day. Under the terms of a Bronxville School auction agreement, Mayor Mary Marvin hosted Mayor Burstein at Village Hall on August 27. It was a cordial collaboration.
Michael toured all the facilities and spent the day at Mayor Marvin's side. Behind the scenes highlights included a tour of the police department with Chief Christopher Satriale, a DPW walkthrough with Trustee Anne Poorman and attendance at an arraignment.
Michael asked excellent and probing questions of the staff. He queried Mary Marvin, the chief and Trustee Poorman as to what was the scariest moment in their tenure, and what was the most challenging experience.
On his DPW tour, Michael observed that the Public Works facilities are so outdated that many current trucks do not fit in the repair and storage bays, leading to faster deterioration of expensive equipment. He was tasked with contemplating whether a garage upgrade was economically worthwhile. Additionally, Michael was most curious to know if Bronxville's jail cells had been altered since his second grade field trip.
It was a successful experience for all involved, including the pizza lunch with Mayor Marvin.
Michael will begin grade 6 at Bronxville Middle School in September. Village officials hope that Michael Burstein considers public service — he is a natural.
The preceding story was submitted by Amy Poorman and Posted by Bronxville Patch Editor Chris McHugh.