Other Boards and Councils

Advisory Council on Human Relations


The Advisory Council on Human Relations assists the Board of Trustees in fostering mutual respect and understanding among individuals in the community. They accomplish this by recommending activities and programs to enhance cultural understanding in the Village; administer conferences and meetings; and conduct inquiries and studies as to the cause of conflict, prejudice and tension in the community. Members of the Advisory Council on Human Relations are appointed by the Board of Trustees to serve two-year terms.

Advisory Council on Parks & Recreation



The Advisory Council on Parks and Recreation assists in promoting recreation programs in the Village of Scarsdale. They accomplish this by recommending programs to foster community support for recreation programs; and appraising the use of Village parks for the purpose of developing recommendations. Members of the Advisory Council on Parks and Recreation are appointed by the Board of Trustees to serve two-year terms. One nonvoting member is appointed by the Board of Education.

Council on People With Disabilities



The Council on People with Disabilities advises and assists the Board of Trustees in matters concerned with the issues and problems of interests of residents of the Village of Scarsdale with disabilities. They accomplish this by recommending activities and programs for the disabled; helping to increase the public understanding of the needs of people with disabilities; and reporting and advising on the existence of architectural or communication barriers within public buildings, areas, or recreational facilities and appropriate actions necessary to address such barriers. Members of the Council on People with Disabilities are appointed by the Board of Trustees to serve two-year terms.

Advisory Council on Scarsdale Senior Citizens



The Advisory Council on Scarsdale Senior Citizens advises the Board of Trustees in matters concerning the senior citizens of Scarsdale. They accomplish this by recommending activities to the Board of Trustees; increasing the public understanding of the needs and interests of senior citizens; and promoting participation of senior citizens in community affairs and social activities. Members of the Advisory Council on Scarsdale Senior Citizens are appointed by the Board of Trustees to serve two-year terms.


Advisory Council on Technology



The Advisory Council on Technology advises the Board of Trustees on the use of technology to improve the quality of community life and the efficiency and effectiveness of Village government. They accomplish this by exploring strategic options and develop recommendations on how the Village Board can enhance technology and internet access for residents and employees of Scarsdale; review and advise on the Village’s electronic records management policy; and identify areas to further exploit technology. Members of the Advisory Council on Technology are appointed by the Board of Trustees to serve two-year terms.

Advisory Council on Youth



The Advisory Council on Youth advises the Board of Trustees on matters concerning the youth of Scarsdale.
They accomplish this by developing and maintaining contact with the youth and youth-interested organizations in Scarsdale; assemble and disseminate information about youth activities; and recommend to the Board of Trustees activities and programs to be implemented to serve the youth of Scarsdale. Members of the Advisory Council on Youth are appointed by the Board of Trustees to serve two-year terms. Two nonvoting members are appointed by the Board of Education.

Board of Ethics


The Board of Ethics serves as an advisory board prepared to respond to matters referred to it by the Village Board of Trustees or administration. The Board of Ethics renders advisory opinions based upon the Village Code of Ethics, and may make recommendations with respect to the drafting and amending of this code. Members of the Board of Ethics are appointed by the Board of Trustees to serve five-year terms. The Board also includes a chairperson and either a staff member or elected official, both appointed by the Village Board of Trustees.

Cable Television Commission



The Cable Television Commission assists and advises the Village Board in developing telecommunications policy. They accomplish this by recommending regulatory standards for cable television in Scarsdale; reviewing and analyzing information needed for the administration of the franchise agreement and local regulatory requirements; and consulting with the Village administration and franchise regarding programming and use of public access channels as set forth in the cable franchise agreement. Members of the Cable Television Commission are appointed to serve five-year terms by the Board of Trustees.

Judicial Qualifications Advisory Committee


The Judicial Qualifications Advisory Committee is authorized by the Non-Partisan Resolution which is administered by The Town and Village Civic Club. The Committee’s function is to assist the Citizens’ Committee with the selection of individuals who are qualified for the offices of Village Justice and Acting Village Justice. The Judicial Qualifications Advisory Committee is made up of the chairpersons of the Democratic and Republican Town Committees or their designees and five (5) other individuals who are appointed by the Mayor. Of the mayoral appointments, at least two (2) must be lawyers, and at least two (2) must be non-lawyers.

Library Board



The Scarsdale Public Library is chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York. The Library Board of Trustees is legally responsible for all aspects of the library as an institution, including the physical property as well as the resources of the library service it provides. The duties of Trustees are few in number but broad in scope: to hire a qualified library director; to secure adequate funding for the library's service program; to adopt policies and rules regulating library use; to plan and evaluate the library's service program; and, to promote the library in the local community. Library Trustees are appointed to serve five-year terms.

Scarsdale Arts Council



The Scarsdale Arts Council assists and encourages the arts to flourish in Scarsdale. They accomplish this by raising public awareness and participation in arts programs; facilitate cooperation and communication among those sponsoring arts programs in Scarsdale; and attract grant support for Scarsdale arts programs. At-large Community Directors of the Scarsdale Arts Council are appointed by the Board of Trustees to serve two-year terms.

Town Board of Assessment Review


The primary function of the Board of Assessment Review is to preside over the Grievance Day public meeting to hear property owners’ claims of inequitable assessments. Grievance Day, which is always the third Tuesday in June, is the one-time annual opportunity taxpayers are afforded to make a claim of inequitable assessment. In addition, the BAR meets periodically over the summer to adjudicate the merits of the individual complaints. Members of the Town Board of Assessment Review are appointed by the Town Board to serve five-year terms.