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RyeDad April 23, 2014 at 09:46 PM
I'm going to miss Wilson looking so affectionately at Pickup during city council meetings. ThenRead Moreagai n, I don't think she will be around much longer.
Deirdre Curran April 23, 2014 at 08:11 PM
BRAVA again Anne! And breaking news: Scott Pickup will no longer be City Manager as of midnightRead Moreton ight. Did the Park-ette finally do him in?
Anne McCarthy April 23, 2014 at 08:22 PM
Wow. Mayor Sack and the Council surprise us week after week. Phew. We begin to move forward inRead Moreth e post-Pickup era.
Deirdre Curran April 23, 2014 at 08:37 PM
It feels kinda good, doesn't it? The Doug French era nightmare is becoming a more distant memoryRead Morewee k by week. Looks like Rye has some actual Leadership now.
French Toast April 23, 2014 at 12:46 PM
But it's still a piece of sh*t!
Scott Peterson April 23, 2014 at 01:01 PM
I don't know smelly, perhaps I'd explain that the statue is of a pile of poo so that people mayRead Morereme mber a time when crap was allowed to pile up, so they can avoid reliving it.
tedc April 23, 2014 at 01:16 PM
I agree Scott. Someone on a high court bench once said "Sunlight is the bestRead Moredisinfectant.&quot ; That and "Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable" are two motto's I operate our media properties under every day.
Bob Zahm April 23, 2014 at 01:28 PM
Ted - sales taxes / utility taxes / surcharges / etc. are not deductible on your federal incomeRead Moretax. So, with the Rye Board of Ed's approval of the budget last evening including an assumed $913k of revenue from a utility tax (although the tax will not be discussed for enactment until after the budget vote, interesting way to try to not stir people up before the budget vote), this year's budget requires a tax increase consisting of an upped property tax and a new tax. Together, they could amount to over 3.25% tax increase on Rye residents. But of course, that won't be made clear in the "pro budget" materials about to issue forth.
tedc April 23, 2014 at 02:04 PM
From Uncle Sam: “Topic 503 – Deductible Taxes. There are four types of deductibleRead Morenon-bu siness taxes: • State, local and foreign income taxes • State, local and foreign real estate taxes • State, and local personal property taxes, and • State and local general sales taxes To be deductible, the tax must be imposed on you and must have been paid during your tax year. Taxes may be claimed only as an itemized deduction on Form 1040, Schedule A. State and local income taxes withheld from your wages during the year appear on your Form W-2. You can elect to deduct state and local general sales taxes instead of state and local income taxes, BUT YOU CANNOT DEDUCT BOTH. If you elect to deduct state and local general sales taxes, you can use either your actual expenses or the optional sales tax tables. Deductible real estate taxes are generally any state, local, or foreign taxes on real property levied for the general public welfare. They must be charged uniformly against all real property in the jurisdiction at a like rate. Many states and counties also impose local benefit taxes for improvements to property, such as assessments for streets, sidewalks, and sewer lines. These taxes cannot be deducted. However, you can increase the cost basis of your property by the amount of the assessment. Local benefits taxes are deductible if they are for maintenance or repair, or interest charges related to those benefits.”
Bob Zahm April 23, 2014 at 07:04 PM
@Ted - that's absolutely correct. But, you still can not deduct the utility tax as it's notRead Moreclassifi ed as either a property tax or a sales tax.
Committee for Election Equality April 22, 2014 at 10:14 PM
Greenwich Hospital Emergency Room, 10:18 PM...Little Stephen was hit by a car on his bicycle coming Read Morehome from soccer practice tonight. PLEASE say a prayer for my little Stephen
RyeDad April 22, 2014 at 10:31 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with Stephen hoping all is well.
Scott Peterson April 22, 2014 at 11:03 PM
I sincerely long for good news of your son Committee and look toward your reporting soonest.
Bob Zahm April 22, 2014 at 09:59 AM
@Andrew - I'd said to Ray early last year that I would not post on MyRye until he did something toRead Morec lean up the site. That included posting "rules of the road", forcing use of real-world names, or actually filtering out insulting/inappropriate content. With his filter on posts, I believe he's gone a long way to making MyRye a respectable site.
Bob Zahm April 23, 2014 at 01:32 PM
Not sure what the issue was, but MyRye is back. Glad to see it, Ray.
French Toast April 23, 2014 at 02:03 PM
Ray or Jay? The author of myrye is Jay Sears, not Ray Tartaglione.
Scott Peterson April 21, 2014 at 05:41 PM
I don't hold that a person's formal education provides intellect but I do hold that intellect isRead Moredis played by those who seek to know. If the statement that the interim Commissioner has not sought to be better informed is true, then he casts the G.E.D. program in a poor light while the shadow is caused by a lack of intellect irrespective of education. None of my above offsets the underlying point that incompetence has become feral for want of being controlled by the masters. Belittling those with a G.E.D. belittles the point by association of the one who is trying to make the point. Unless of course there is compelling evidence that a degree does in fact impart intelligence to the recipient. I accept that the studying for degree does provide more information in general, as well as to the subject matter studied in particular, in a controlled setting. However, anyone with the intelligence to be curious, the desire to learn and the will to see it through can realize the same benefits in time, without ever entering a classroom. If sheep skins had brains rolled inside them it seems unlikely that the our only marketable industry, our school system, would be involved in a very public scandal. I mean there is enough sheep skin involved in this alone to offer animal husbandry classes to all the students. Without interested shepherds actively involved, the most domesticated animal must eventually return to its wild state for want of care.
Charmian Neary April 20, 2014 at 03:39 PM
It's too bad, Deirdre, that we didn't talk at the time. She told me in May that she had alignedRead Morehers elf with SPI. She had all sorts of rationalizations for doing so. In retrospect they were very similar to her rationalizations for voting along with French/Jovanovich/Keith so often on the council—even as she passed herself off as the "lone Democrat" (which wasn't true of course) while she shadowed Judy Myers all over the southern part of the 7th CL District. When Catherine runs again she'll have trouble producing even a dozen Democrats involved with politics in Rye who haven't lost all faith in her—she's worn so many faces in such a short period of time. When I raised my concerns with elected Democrats the only defense they could offer was that the Republican John Verni was no friend of Playland either. So that was their slogan, I guess: *Catherine Parker, she's no worse than the Republican* If anything happens to Playland as a result of this deceit, Steve Otis and George Latimer and members of the Rye Democratic Committee will have to answer for why they pushed her candidacy knowing she had already lied about something so important to Rye's heritage for so many people. My conscience will be clear. I haven't voted for Catherine in years.
Brook Packard April 20, 2014 at 04:55 PM
The SPI tax filings can be downloaded and viewed on the Playland for the People blog. As forRead Moreelected officials who continue to support something that is just plain wrong environmentally, ethically, and financially, let's hope there's still a democracy left when it's time to reelect them. http://playlandforthepeople.wordpress.com/2014/04/20/sustainable-playlands-tax-filings-finances-part-2/
Anne McCarthy April 20, 2014 at 05:26 PM
Great post here Charmian. Couldn't agree more. Many faces, none of them appealing.
Charmian Neary April 21, 2014 at 11:08 AM
Catherine the "Conduit" Parker appears to have been going along with suppressingRead MorePlayland' s seasonal attendance. Morque feigned surprise when other legislators expressed a desire to see Playland thrive. If the whole point of your shoreline development project is a commercial sports facility then increased attendance at that pesky amusement park isn't optimal to your plans. Not to mention SPI has never over 3 years explained exactly how the money raked in at their country club indoor lacrosse center benefits the county in any way, let alone "saves" Playland.
Bob Zahm April 21, 2014 at 12:15 PM
Charmian - when it comes to negotiations, I disagree that there is a fundamental difference between Read Morecommercial and governmental negotiations. while there are some different tools, the same kinds of tactics exist. Any commercial trial / negotiation like what is now in flight for Playland is doomed. Period.
smellypants April 21, 2014 at 12:45 PM
No one in their right mind would continue to spend money and time being "vetted" by anRead Moreent ity, the BOL, who may not have the ultimate say. Rye says it should have the ultimate say. Not a fan of SPI but I would not spend another dime if I were them given the dysfunctional relationship between the BOL and the City.
Interested Bystander April 22, 2014 at 08:42 AM
I think you're right about the amusement park. The operations side is a mess: torturous entranceRead Morepro cedures, bottom-of-the-barrel staffing and many other nitty gritty stuff that makes PL a real grind for parents. We take the younger kids to PL only after months of nagging and then it's a once-each-summer experience. It's certainly not run "right", right now. Geesh, even the new sign on PPR is cheesy.
Deirdre Curran April 22, 2014 at 10:14 AM
Yeah, I saw that new sign, it's pretty awful.
dita von struedel van trappyodel April 22, 2014 at 02:43 PM
It is a dangerous, crime-ridden, dirty noisy disaster. I say tear the rides down and make it aRead Morereal seaside park. DC - what financial information can you provide to back up your asssertions that PL is a "profit making entity" or that "even in a bad year it covers its operating costs" ? Interested Bystander is a smart man who is correct in his assessment.
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