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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 20, 2014 at 04:20 PM
Deirdre, if you're moving on the alienation thing, let me know because I am. No need to duplicateRead Moreef forts. I'll defer to you. ; )
Tom Murphy April 20, 2014 at 09:57 PM
SPI's plan du jour has had less land use scrutiny then the average homeowner would get for adding a Read Moresmall extension to their home. What is really troubling to me is why are we still entertaining this charade in any form? Would any elected official feel comfortable turning the keys of Playland over to SPI at this point?
Bob Zahm April 21, 2014 at 01:03 AM
@Charmian - The review meetings are pointless. My comments are based on experience in manyRead Morecontract negotiations and RFI/RFP competitions. When the "buyer" is no longer able to provide an authoritative approval (and that is the case for both the county exec and the BoL based on the City of Rye's letter), the best thing the vendor can do is step back until the rules are cleared up. The vendor is in a no-win situation when the rules are changing and any further response will only lead to the vendor competing against themselves. The best SPI can do is to wait until the BoL, Astorino, and the City of Rye figure out who has what authority in this so-called process. Depending on your point of view, that's a good thing because SPI's deal is effectively dead or a disappointment because it means that another couple of years have been lost in terms of finding a fix for Playland.
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.