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Ardsley Trustee Heads To 5th Term, Full Of Energy

ARDSLEY, N.Y. — Ardsley village trustee Larry Nardecchia Jr. stood in front of his house on a recent morning.

He said it was all right to park across the street, and then pointed to his solitary 2002 Ford Focus in front of his garage.

“I have a four-car driveway because I have eight kids,” he said. “Now my parking lot is empty and my house is empty.”

Nardecchia, 70, is running unopposed for village trustee in Tuesday’s elections. Now seeking his fifth two-year mandate, he has a long history in Ardsley government, having worked at the recreation commission since 1977 and served as deputy major.

He has also been the Ardsley Democratic Party chairman for 30 years.

“That’s been forever too. I can’t get rid of it. Nobody wants it,” he said, already sitting at his kitchen’s table.

The phone rang. It was his daughter Edith, who was driving from Washington, D.C., where she lives and works as a political consultant.

Christine, 19, a sophomore at Pennsylvania’s Villanova University, is the last of Nardecchia’s eight children still in school. They come from two marriages. After his first wife died in 1986, he married Loraine, with whom he lives in a house on McKinley Street.

He said he was born very close, precisely “4,000 feet down the road.”

“In 70 years I moved only 4,000 feet,” he said. “Like a slow glacier.”

Edith arrived, kissed him, and soon started making tea. The phone rang again. Nardecchia picked it up.

“What’s cooking?” he asked the caller.

This time, a customer wanted some advice on how to deal with a soggy backyard.

A civil engineer who graduated from the Manhattanville College, Nardecchia still consults on drainage analysis and other subjects, after spending a lifetime working in public service. He has been the president and a regional board member of the Civil Services Employees Association, a labor union.

Nardecchia said he still campaigns, even though running unopposed. If the village has a small number of votes, he said, it will lose its voice on the town government.

“It’s important that people vote,” he said.

Besides keeping involved in senior programs, during his next term Nardecchi plans to work, along with the other trustees and the mayor, on the project of a garage building on Center Street, intended to solve the village’s chronic parking problem.

“That’s my golden dream,” he said.

He went outside the house and strolled the sidewalk that ran through his yard to a gate facing the Ardsley Middle School at the back. He built the sidewalk as a shortcut for his daughter when she was still attending the school, he said, but once other students knew about it, they wanted to use it too.

“Now I have 55 kids going back and forth,” he said.

He walked back to the front and towards the flowers near the fence.

“The last roses of the season,” he said, slightly touching them.

Edith appeared at the door. He went inside. Half-hour later, he would go out again — to help another daughter move some furniture.

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