Our next profile features Thomas McCormack, a 21-year Edgemont resident who is the co-head of commercial litigation at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP. Tom has been involved in the Edgemont community in numerous capacities, including as President of the Edgemont School Board. He believes that becoming a village is the right path for Edgemont’s future.
When did you move to Edgemont?
We moved here in 1997, and live in Old Edgemont.
Tell us about your family.
Betsy and I have been married for 30 years. We have five boys, all of whom have attended Edgemont schools. The older three graduated from Edgemont High School in 2008, 2010, and 2013, respectively. Our two youngest are still at Edgemont High School; one is currently a senior and the other is a sophomore.
What have been your major Edgemont community involvements?
I was a member of the Edgemont School Board from 2007 through 2013, and served as President during my last year. I was also a member of the Edgemont Village Exploratory Committee (EVEC) that examined the possibility of incorporation in 2005. And I’ve been a coach of several youth basketball, baseball, and football teams over the years.
Why do you support incorporating Edgemont into a village?
I support incorporation for several reasons. It is important for Edgemont to have local control over our services, costs, and land use issues. I’m concerned about the ever-increasing tax burden on Edgemont residents. I am also frustrated with mismanagement of several key issues by the Town of Greenburgh.
It is also important to recognize that New York law has long provided a right for communities to create a village within a larger town. The law provides various protections and rights for communities that elect to do so. Any discussion about incorporation should recognize that key point.