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Bronxville,Tuckahoe Mayors will Help River Rescue

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. -- The mayors of Tuckahoe and Bronxville may not have gotten an invitation, but they plan on showing up anyway to the County Executive's River Rescue this Sunday.

"I absolutely plan on being there," said Mayor Mary Marvin of Bronxville. "And not only do I plan on being there, I plan on participating."

Tuckahoe Mayor Steve Ecklond was busy Thursday afternoon trying to change his Sunday plans so that he could get there to lend a hand as well.

"As soon as I found out, we posted the information on the village cable access channel and are trying to get it on to our website as well." Ecklond said. "I am hoping Tuckahoe is very well represented."

Astorino announced on Wednesday that the county would sponsor operation River Rescue where volunteers can come and pull branches, debris and garbage out of the river.

"This is not going to be the answer to all of our flooding problems, but at least we can make the path of the river clear and that may help out," Astorino said.

Marvin said that Deputy Mayor Robert Underhill and his wife also plan on lending a hand.

"I have heard from some of our residents that they are signing up on the website," Marvin said. "I think some of our Boy Scouts are going to be there too."

Marvin said she is going to take the opportunity to talk to county officials about a measure to begin dredging the flood-prone Bronx River.

"The river used to be dredged annually up until about 1979," Marvin said. "I hope we are going to be able to get that done again."

Marvin said that a few years ago someone found an old fashioned telephone booth in the river near Headquarters Field.

"I totally support cleaning the river, it's a great first step," Marvin said. "It can only be beneficial to have a clear and wider path for the river."

Though the cleanup effort is not taking place in Tuckahoe, Ecklond too supports the clean-up effort.

"I think it is wonderful," Ecklond said. "Any steps we can take to alleviate some of the flooding is a good thing."

In Tuckahoe, low-lying areas on surrounding Yonkers Avenue almost always flood during heavy rains. The Bronxville School sits in one of the low-lying area and has had repeated and very expensive damage thanks to flooding.

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