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Deirdre Curran April 20, 2014 at 10:32 AM
Oh, look! I still have a couple of FB messages from Catherine's husband David Walker from last July Read More(2013) back when we still thought she was helping me behind the scenes to beat SPI into the ground. Check this out: Conversation started July 19, 2013===David Walker=== 7/18, 8:42pm===David Walker: love to chat at some point tomorrow when I am between clients. txt me your phone number if u will (914) 299-7788. Ive got some ideas for a next step====I don't think I ever saw that message, but after the July 31st debate with Tom Murphy a few days later it didn't matter. Later in August when the Anti-SPI movement was having a "Save Playland" day at the park, he sent me this: August 25, 2013===David Walker===8/24, 11:34pm===David Walker: hi Deirdre, I was hoping to come tomorrow to the Playland event, but I am taking my kids to Philadelphia for a few days for a mini vacation. Don't doubt my love for Playland though. I was as shocked as you at Catherine's wording about Playland at the debate. She has my vote for other things but I was very disappointed in her stance.===To which I replied: August 25, 2013===Deirdre Curran===8/25, 4:30am===Deirdre Curran: Hi David, appreciate the note and we would have been happy to have you, it's a beautiful day here, so I hope we get a good turn out, sorry you and kids will not be there. I'm also sorry we were *all* blindsided by her statements about Playland at that debate. The opening statements were bad enough but when she doubled back later on on a question about demographics and unnecessarily pulled Playland back into the discussion to make her point and finished throwing the park under the bus and proceeded to stomp on it's carcass I'd had it. The *only* reason I didn't get up and walk out in fury at that point was because the wall was on my left and you were on my right and I didn't want to embarrass YOU. The good thing that came out of it is that I and everyone else in my group whom she has been talking privately with for months (or longer) now really know what her true colors are and where she stands on the issue. She is no ally of Playland, that much is crystal clear. I just hope we can still save the park from Sustainable Playland and their supporters like Astorino, Judy Meyers and Catherine. Enjoy the trip to PA with the kids, hopefully the weather there will be as nice as it is here today.
Deirdre Curran April 20, 2014 at 10:34 AM
Yeah. That happened.
Deirdre Curran April 20, 2014 at 12:58 PM
Looks like the biggest chunk of their costs went to their PR firm. $38,777. Yah. They paid thatRead Moremuch for PR and they still can't sell this garbage. Maybe they should have had an actual, viable plan in place before they spent that much to have someone market it for them. Oy Vey.
Bob Zahm April 19, 2014 at 11:14 PM
The vetting process was blown apart when Rye insisted on being part of / having final say on theRead Morerev iew. At that point, the ball moved FROM SPI to the County and City. Until those groups work out what's what about review / signoff / etc, any vendor would be throwing money and time out the window suffering through an endless series of, potentially, meaningless reviews. No, Deirdre, there's nothing SPI should be doing right now except letting the governments figure out how they're going to work together. As they probably never will, this deal (SPI and potentially any other bidder) is dead.
Charmian Neary April 19, 2014 at 11:51 PM
Bob, it's clear you're not familiar with municipal government -- and the often lengthy process ofRead MoreRF P review --yet that doesn't stop you from offering your opinion. So go ahead—It's a free country—but you're wrong. As for this deal being dead -- from your lips to God's ears. Happy Easter and let's hope only Jesus rises from the dead.
Deirdre Curran April 20, 2014 at 09:55 AM
No Bob, you should try watching the videos of the review meetings with the Committee. The vettingRead Morepr ocess was blown apart when after telling Pete Harckham in February that they were eager to come to all the review meetings scheduled and that they promised they would come prepared, they spent two hours never being able to answer questions about what their parking plan would be. The moment the vetting process REALLY blew out of the water was when Kim Morque finally slipped up and admitted that SPI never intended to have the Amusement Park be busy and profitable. BOOM. **THAT'S** what blew the vetting process out of the water. The letter from Rye is not a legal action and should have been expected. Especially by people who do these development things for a living. That's just an excuse, and a lame one at that. As for the Ken Jenkins lawsuit, the one he had in place last year never stopped them from continuing forward before, and the current one was filed on 12/31/13 - so they knew about it before they ever agreed to engage in the review process. Yet they eagerly agreed to the schedule when it was put together. This group never expected to be under any scrutiny. This SMACKS of someone (gee, I wonder who, Plunkett? Astorino?) telling them "never mind, don't worry about any review process, you'll breeze through it, that's all taken care of, you've got the deal no matter what." Except a little old thing like PUBLIC OUTCRY came up, that they never planned on, and then the review process got a lot stickier. And they and their "plan" cannot hold up to the scrutiny. Open your eyes Bob. And if SPI thinks TWO legal challenges are a problem, they'd better take note at the next Board meeting this week that a third one is on the horizon over their failure to engage in the Parkland Alienation process. If no one else will do it, I will. And if they think I won't, all I can say to them is, TRY ME.
Committee for Election Equality April 19, 2014 at 03:10 PM
0y vey, Silicon Valley is looking better and better...
Committee for Election Equality April 19, 2014 at 07:49 PM
ok, Maureen's either out of town, on a girl's night out, OR at the Westchester with the familiesRead Morecre dit cards...;)
Who April 19, 2014 at 08:07 PM
Na na na na, na na na na, S-P-I, goodbye/Na na na na, na na na na, Fake Green Space, goodbye/Na naRead Moren a na, na na na na, Big Field House, goodbye/Na na na na, na na na na S-P-I, goodbye/Na na na na, na na na na County Cronies, goodbye/Na na na na, na na na na, Lights, Noise and Traffic, goodbye/Na na na na, na na na na, S-P-I, goodbye================================= http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsaTElBljOE
Committee for Election Equality April 19, 2014 at 08:38 AM
Messrs Peterson and Jovanovich, would gather that Mehler, Copolla, Gold and Topol would viewRead MoreAlvarez -Slack-King as the evil axis. As history has taught us, one of these days they will spread themselves too thin, fight their abusive battles on multiple fronts, try to turn the screws on the wrong one(s), look around, and watch their walls cave in...just like Peter Jovanovich who has practically been laughed out of Rye.
Committee for Election Equality April 19, 2014 at 08:47 AM
You might as well add to the list Alvarez-Slack-King-Jovanovich-French-Parker-Filippi-Killian. InRead Moref act, Alvarez runs this school district much like French ran the City - with avarice and deceit and had his co-pilot, Jovanovich, in place at every turn in the bend much like Alvarez uses Slack and vice-versa. "Does anyone else want to come up to the podium"- if we hear that a few more times we are going to vomit.
Committee for Election Equality April 19, 2014 at 08:54 AM
Throw in a few trolls like Louse Dumas, French Toaster-schmuck, and Dita and it is quite the crew.
tedc April 18, 2014 at 03:55 AM
It's now spring of 2014 and we still don't have these answers. Thanks Banana Ryepublic.
zxcvb April 18, 2014 at 09:58 AM
Looks like Astorino forgot to do his homework. Even the committee that recommended SPI had concerns Read Morethat were never addressed. Based on this performance and no other accomplishments a promotion to governor would be in order, of course.
Scott Peterson April 18, 2014 at 10:43 AM
There is logic in your statement zxcvb when viewing the available evidence. It appears that whenRead Moreon e can not be fired or convicted for lack of provable evidence, one is promoted. When considered, this appears to be standard operating procedure within civil service as a whole. Our political system being described as the choice of two evils implies that neither choice is worthy but rather one is less intolerable than the other. I have no faith in our current Governor's capacity for reason tempered with compassion but he is the devil we know while the CE is the one we know less. As the Executive has been allowed to assume power over the Legislative at the national level with some little effort, the Executive at lower levels have followed the example set. Maybe just firing the lot of them and hosting a jobs fair is the only reasonable choice.
tedc April 17, 2014 at 01:39 PM
Update: The BOL's Democratic Caucus has put out a separate statement on the SPI fiasco. It provides Read Moredetailed remarks from many Westchester legislators. Notably absent from it is any mention of - or comment from - Rye's Catherine Parker (D).
RyeDad April 17, 2014 at 01:48 PM
tedc, In defense of Parker maybe she is changing her party affiliation again. Perhaps she will beRead Morea Republican this time. She can join the ranks of Carolin "Cunning" (ham) and Arthur Trampleman.
dita von struedel van trappyodel April 17, 2014 at 11:50 PM
Shame on all of you SPI haters! The very small minority has trumped the interests of the wholeRead Morecoun ty. I look forward to hearing your insights on how this mess called Playland doesn't fall into the sea from neglect and rot. I'll remind everyone the next time someone is hurt or maimed on a ride or there is a riot who the luddites were who were responsible for the Park's demise. Thanks for nothing.
Rye Reader April 18, 2014 at 09:36 AM
Champagne chilling indeed! But I won't pop the cork until SPI's demise is official.
Deirdre Curran April 19, 2014 at 09:58 AM
Right, Rye Reader. I'm with you. Waiting for the official Death Notice.
Deirdre Curran April 19, 2014 at 10:00 AM
See this News12 Link for an interview with Rye Mayor Joe Sack - as he gets it right and talks goodRead Moreo ld plain Common Sense. Joe is featured in approx. the last third of the clip: ==========YAY FOR RYE MAYOR JOE SACK!! He's the last half of this interview and he's talking common sense! http://westchester.news12.com/multimedia/interviews-on-future-of-rye-playland-1.7730120
tedc April 17, 2014 at 04:54 PM
"Gas is usually from the station across from the home depot and my wife uses the valeroRead Morestation by Costco on occasion." You are a smart value shopper indeed. Those are the places I would insist on doing my own swiping and before doing so take a good look at the card slot. There is a lot of action at both spots.
Scott Peterson April 17, 2014 at 07:21 PM
Indeed tedc although the station near home depot is full service and the machine they use is manned Read Moreby their staff. This doesn't rule them out naturally although none of the places I shop are either ruled in or out, they are just the most likely places it occurred. Again, I have no way of knowing how or where the card data was obtained only that it never left either of our hands for the past few months except wherever my wife may have handed it over. After some further consideration though I remembered that we typically order pizza using the card so there is another avenue that may or may not be a dead end. In anticipation, we buy our pizza from Al Dente in town and have no more or less reason to suspect them as any of the other places we shop. I mention them only because I shop there on occasions including the day before the attempted fraud occurred and to acknowledge that giving my card number over the phone, to anyone, is a risky proposition in any event. As to the value shopping, that could just the the ole Florida redneck in me shining through. As far as I can tell, the only way to save money is to not spend it unless needed and when there is a need, spend it as well as possible.
Scott Peterson April 19, 2014 at 11:08 AM
Update: Wayne PD is investigating security footage from the mall and the stores therein where theRead Morefr auds occurred. Having been forwarded a copy of the footage already obtained, there is little hope of an arrest at the moment. However, I have reason to suspect the Detective investigating the crime is a crusader so I have reason for holding onto to what hope there is. A report has been made with Rye PD but they suggested there would be nothing to come from it as the report is merely a formality required by the banks in order for them to investigate the crime and presumably to meet the requirements of their insurers. Having done more than expected of me, at least from my perspective, if nothing else, I trust that I avoid the regret of not having done so and I find some measure of contentment in that.
Committee for Election Equality April 15, 2014 at 04:27 AM
Get to discovery, and let the depositions begin!!!
RyeDad April 15, 2014 at 08:48 AM
tedc, It is a real travesty that Leon was skipped over. He certainly deserved it for all theRead Morecorrup tion he exposed. ======================================= The other travesty is we still have Pickup as our City Manager. At the very least I believe he is guilty of mismanagement as far as what occurred at Rye Golf Club under his watch. ====================================== Do you know if Pickup is going to testify under oath at the Grand Jury? He is Rye's chief fiduciary officer so if he isn't, why not? What about Connors? He approved a $250,000 payment to RM Staffing and then was Pickup's choice to start a criminal investigation into RM Staffing. What about Pickups secretary whose kids supposedly had jobs at RM Staffing? What about French and Parker who conducted their own investigation into RGC? What about Nodarse who threw a FREE party complete with caviar and top shelf booze for Suzie Morrison at the RGC and then illegally withheld records of this event? ====================================== If none of these people are going to testify then who is? I think the credibility of the Grand Jury will be undermined if these people are not called to testify. Are we taxpayers going to pay for Brune & Richard or their auditors to testify while giving a free pass to the likes of Pickup?
Anne McCarthy April 15, 2014 at 09:05 AM
Fought like ferrets in a sack...the imagery is great.
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