Frannie’s Goodie Shop to Open Today

As noted here yesterday, Frannie’s Goodie Shop is opening today. I am looking forward to hearing reviews from those that make it there today. Below is a picture of the store as their new staff is initiated. Use our link under restaurants to get more information about this new addition to Mount Kisco’s downtown businesses.

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Salaries of Elected Village Officials

In New York State, per state law, most villages hold their elections in March. Some villages, like Mount Kisco, have opted to have their elections in November. Overall, there are more positives than negatives to have the elections in March. It saves money to have the elections in March and more voters show up in November to vote than in March. One negative aspect is that the voters vote along political lines even though the local parties are separated from the national and state party agendas. Mount Kisco has had Republicans voting on Democratic lines and vice versa. In Mount Kisco, the local candidates on the Democratic line have won almost all of the elections for the last decade.  Democrats have not lost an election since Mayor Paticia Reilly beat Michael Cindrich in 2001.

Recently, the Journal News published a list of the local village elections and the salaries earned by the officials of each village.  Comparing the villages having elections this year, Mount Kisco’s elected village officials are the highest paid (see chart below).  While the trustee salaries have not increased lately, the mayor’s salary was increased during the last several years.  While the salaries are not a great deal of money, it is difficult to explain why our police officers are among the lowest paid in the county and our elected officials are among the highest paid.

  Mayor Trustees
Mount Kisco            $     11,000              $       6,500
     
Briarcliff Manor            $               0              $               0
Bronxville            $               0              $               0
Buchanan            $       6,500              $       5,000
Croton-on-Hudson            $       5,000              $       3,000
Elmsford            $       6,600              $       4,000
Hastings-on-Hudson            $       4,000              $       2,000
Irvington            $       4,800              $       2,400
Larchmont            $               0              $               0
Pelham            $       5,000              $       2,000
Pelham Manor            $       5,000              $       2,000
Pleasantville            $       5,500              $       3,300
Port Chester            $     12,633              $       5,200
Scarsdale            $               0            $               0
Sleepy Hollow            $     10,000              $       4,750
Tarrytown            $       4,800              $       2,400
Tuckahoe            $       7,282              $       5,075

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Sweet Week in Kisco: Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s and Opening of Frannie’s Goodie Shop

Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 12, is Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s from Noon to 8:00 p.m. Ben & Jerry’s is located at 639 E. Main Street near Lexington Avenue. I have a lot of good memories walking with (and sometimes carrying) my three oldest girls to Ben & Jerry’s from my first home in Mount Kisco at Timber Ridge.

Enjoy the ice cream at Ben & Jerry’s on Tuesday and prepare for the opening of Frannie’s Goodie Shop on Wednesday, April 13. Frannie’s Goodie Shop is located at 134 E. Main Street, next to the movie theater. Frannie’s Goodie Shop will have self-serve frozen yogurt and serve twelve flavors with mix-ins. The link for Frannie’s Goodie Shop is posted at the right side of this screen under the Restaurants heading.

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Photo of the Week

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Mount Kisco police start new undercover operation? Law breakers surprised by stealth police car perched on tow truck?

Seriously, can’t we take better care of our vehicles? During the winter I saw salt spreaders being towed away by a tow truck.

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Quotation of the Week

No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change. – Barbara de Angelis

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Mount Kisco AYSO Starts Spring Season

This weekend, Mount Kisco AYSO started its spring season with practices and games for its travel divisions. Mount Kisco AYSO offers soccer to about 200 players for a cost that everyone interested can afford. Mount Kisco AYSO is a volunteer organization supported by community. For more information, use their website linked at the right of this screen.

From left to right below: volunteers Paul Toro, Beth Mannion and Abigail Sarokin work at the registration desk, Paul Toro holding a check from funds raised from the Mount Kisco Rotary Club Annual Pancake Breakfast, Mount Kisco AYSO U14 team celebrating after a season-opening win at Ardsley.

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Mount Kisco FD Brings WTC Steel Beam for 9/11 Memorial

This Thursday afternoon, the Mount Kisco Fire Department, as part of its 9/11 memorial under construction, brought a steel beam from the World Trade Center. The steel beam was donated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and coordinated by Mount Kisco fireman John Boddie. Chief of the Mount Kisco Fire Department Michael Boles led a ceremony to commemorate the event.

As we have previously written, the memorial is set to be placed on the north side of the Mount Kisco Public Library and will feature two granite towers rising from a reflective pool; each tower will be engraved with the names of the 343 brave firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11. The memorial is being constructed and financed solely by volunteer labor and donations of all sizes from local firefighters, residents, and businesses.

To donate, send a check payable to Mount Kisco Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 91; Mount Kisco, NY 10549. You can also call the Mount Kisco Fire Department 9-11 Committee’s chairpeople, Paul Felice at 914-241-4593 and Rich Alexander at 914-218-8334.

The photos below were taken by Sharon Keck of soundshorephoto.com. Her website has great pictures of our region’s parades and fire departments.

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Charity Event at Ann Taylor for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Ann Taylor Shop in Mount Kisco, 31 South Moger Avenue, will host a fundraiser for Team in Training of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. On Wednesday, April 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, the doors will be opened for shopping, fashion, discounts, prizes and raffles supplied by local merchants. The suggestion donation collected at the door is $20. All proceeds will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in support of Team in Training.

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Photos of the Week: Life Returning to Leonard Park

The following pictures were taken by Art Nelson and show spring coming back to Leonard Park.

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Board of Trustees to Hold Meeting on Budget

The Board of Trustees of the Village of Mount Kisco will hold a public hearing on Monday, April 4, 2011 at 7:30 pm in Village Hall to discuss the proposed budget for the 2011/2012 fiscal year. Mount Kisco residents face a property tax increase of approximately 3.66 percent under the proposed 2011-2012 village budget.

Over the last seven years, since Mayor Cindrich was elected, the Mount Kisco property tax rate has increased by 52.44% over the last seven years on a compounded basis. During that same period, the inflation rate only increased by 18.77%.

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