Scarsdale Inquirer: Justin Arest sometimes likes to “get into the weeds” of a topic. He likes to explain the ins and outs, sometimes diving deeper or clarifying much needed background information. At many public meetings, he can be seen peering at his laptop, digging into a topic and finding something credible to reference. In many cases, though, he likes to sit and listen intently, as listening can in many cases lead to better ideas. “I have thoughts, I have opinions. But I will keep my mouth shut and listen as long as other people want to share their views because, guess what? Maybe they’re better,” he said. Arest has always believed in volunteerism — he was class treasurer when he attended New Rochelle High School — and he always tried to prioritize public service in his life, even after starting a family and moving in 2013 to Scarsdale, where his wife grew up.
As the March 18 election approaches, Arest hopes to be re-elected to his seat on the Scarsdale Board of Trustees. A candidate on the Citizens’ Non-Partisan Party slate, he said he looks forward to turning good ideas into action. “If you have an opinion, it’s very easy to just criticize and it’s very easy to tell everybody else what to do,” said Arest. “It’s a lot harder to actually do it. Ideas can be cheap, but execution is what’s important.”