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Village Services Outlined: Bronxville Mayor

Patch logo Patch 2/24/2021 Michael Woyton
a house with bushes in front of a brick building: Here is the weeky column written by the mayor of the village of Bronxville. © Google Maps screenshot Here is the weeky column written by the mayor of the village of Bronxville.

Written by Mayor Mary Marvin:

BRONXVILLE, NY — Bronxville has been energized, particularly in the last few years, with so many young families and residents.

With that in mind, I thought helpful to share some nuts and bolts as to Village services and way to access those you may need.

  • Village Hall staff issue birth and death certificates as well as handicap parking placards. However, only individuals born at New York Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital can have birth certificates processed in the Village. If born in any of the New York City hospitals, birth certificates are available online at or at the office of Vital Records, 125 Worth Street, New York, New York.
  • Handicap parking permits may only be issued by the community to which one pays taxes. Sharing a common postal address does not meet this criteria.
  • The Village does not issue marriage licenses, though weddings can be performed at Village Hall or any location within the Village boundaries by our two Judges and the Mayor. Licenses can be obtained in nearby Eastchester, Mount Vernon or Scarsdale,
  • Pet licenses are issued at the town level at Eastchester Town Hall at 40 Mill Road.
  • If you notice a street light out or a pothole on your street, go to our website under the Public Works link to report it.
  • The police department is the location to register house alarm permits, request patrol of your home if you are traveling and leave a house key to be used in emergency situations. More detailed information may be found on the Village website under Police.

The Village functioned in its first year of incorporation (1898) with no ordinances. Our very first ordinance, in 1899, protected us from public nudity, brothels, saloons, gambling, riots and profane language, all punishable with fines from $10-$50. Another first-generation ordinance prohibited playing ball on Sunday; “hallooing or yelling after dark”, and gunfire “between the setting and rising sun” (apparently daytime gunfire was acceptable!).

In a bit of high aspiration thinking, fire escapes would be required on all opera houses but churches were exempt. In 1899, houses could be built with no notice to the Village and without regard to size or placement as it wasn’t until 1922 that our first zoning ordinance was enacted.

Legend says Village resident and television personality Jack Paar was responsible for our first fence ordinance. As a result of his extreme penchant for privacy, he erected a high stockade fence on his Studio Lane property without planning board notification. Very soon after, the trustees enacted height and density rules for Village fences.

The Village encompasses just over 1 square mile at 666 acres. It is 12 miles from midtown Manhattan and just 2-½ miles from the Bronx border. With an average residence size of 2.8 persons, we are very much the norm in Westchester County, though the average family size of 3.45 is higher than the Westchester average.

Also on the higher end, vis a vis the Westchester County average, is the number of households of residents living alone and over 65 which in our Village is 26.4 percent of our residents. The overwhelming majority of our Village residences, (72 percent), were built before 1913. Currently, 60 percent of our residents live in single-family homes while 40% reside in apartments, co-ops and condominiums.

The Village has no County roads and only one State road: Route 22. As a consequence, the Village cannot repave or improve the road in our own budget.

Clearly, we have always been a unique community and Trustee William Kraft early on envisioned even greater things for us writing on Village stationery that “in the course of time, we will have one of the finest villages along the line.”


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