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Deirdre Curran April 24, 2014 at 09:39 AM
Click here to see the separation agreementRead Moredocuments:=====http://rye.patch.com/groups/announcements/ p/city-manager-separation-agreement
Scott Peterson April 24, 2014 at 10:57 AM
In as much as Mr Culross seems to represent the benchmark as compared to the seeming baselineRead Morerepres ented by Mr. Shew and Mr. Pickup and that Both Mr. Pickup and Mr. Shew resulted from the consideration or lack thereof undertaken by City Councils past, perhaps it is wise to allow Mr. Culross to take the lead in finding a suitable candidate to replace him. In light of the fact that the Mayor, whom I hold in higher regard than I do for most people, was a vote for Mr. Pickup, his opinion on the matter is to be taken with a grain of salt by me. I doubt my opinion on the matter may be deemed more or less valuable but then my vote for City Manager was never invited. If in fact Mr. Pickup violated laws, I do hope for the sake of right that this isn't the last we have heard of him though I suspect it may be. I do not begrudge Mr. Pickup the credit he is due for having tried but I do judge that his failures to succeed are the result of not being properly prepared to do so. Had there been more thought and care in considering him for the post, it may have been evident to those who voted to support his posting that he wasn't the right person for the job to begin with.
Scott Peterson April 24, 2014 at 11:24 AM
I was pleased to note that there is no statement within the agreement by the City to suspend orRead Morebrin g about the suspension of any investigations or possible prosecution resulting from said investigations into any of Mr. Pickup's activities or lack thereof while in the employ of the City. I don't mean to imply that any such investigation or prosecution is an eventuality but I do sense that the omission of such conditions from the severance agreement is cause to suspect there may in fact be an investigation or that there could be in the future. If Mr. Pickup broke laws and the City of Rye does nothing but fire him, Mr. Pickup may simply become the problem of another community and their possible suffering will be the City Rye's responsibility and as such reflect the community of Rye as a whole poorly. Granted this is only my opinion.
Deirdre Curran April 24, 2014 at 08:48 AM
Amen. Looks like hings in Rye are finally headed back in the right direction under the newRead MoreLeadershi p. It seems to again actually *have* some real "Leadership". Nice job, Joe. Good old pragmatic common sense goes a long way.
Deirdre Curran April 24, 2014 at 09:38 AM
Click here for links to the documents:Read More======http://rye.patch.com/groups/announcements/p/city-manage r-separation-agreement
james April 24, 2014 at 12:42 PM
not a link Deirdre
Deirdre Curran April 24, 2014 at 09:51 AM
I caught that little blurb from Terry M. Keep on them about that. For the separation agreement,Read Morecli ck on this link:=====http://rye.patch.com/groups/announcements/p/city-manager-separation-agreement
Anne McCarthy April 24, 2014 at 12:12 PM
Confusedious is right - Councilman McCartney had a comment about the parkette last night.Read More========== ============================= McCartney was right to point out the Rye City Review article didn't include the news that the Council would revisit the park issue after 2 Central is occupied and new traffic patterns observed. Removing gravel and seeding the property is an interim step, as I say in the article. The Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Committee already recommended considering using the park as a parking lot. The article in the Rye City Review didn't describe that the Council will consider this recommendation - probably in the fall (2 Central will be ready for lease in June, tenant improvements and time to observe traffic patterns -including school pedestrian traffic- put us into September, October). It seems the Council's consensus was to reverse Pickup's "mistake" of opportunistically graveling over the property. I appreciate such consensus as it results in my not having to bring legal action against the City for alienating parkland (there is no statue of limitations). ======================================= Where McCartney was wrong, however, was in his reasoning that a parking lot may make the area safer. It's just not logical that providing an area for more moving traffic will make the area safer. It will make it less safe. McCartney describes driving thru the area and watching a kid on a bike cross the intersection. It's worth noting, very little has been done over the last decade and a half in the area to improve pedestrian or vehicle safety. There are like a dozen recommendations that could be implemented to improve pedestrian safety and vehicular traffic flow - none of them include a parking lot. ======================================= McCartney also described wanting to keep the City's options open with respect to the lot. Options are fine...what troubles me is the lack of acknowledgement by the Council of the need for the City to go through a legislative process to convert the area to a parking lot. This cumbersome process does kind of limit our options - as it should, as it was intended to when NYS created its Public Trust Doctrine.
Anne McCarthy April 24, 2014 at 12:38 PM
Statute of limitations, grrrr, among other typos and grammatical errors. I'm no Scott Peterson!
Bob Zahm April 24, 2014 at 09:19 AM
You can not legally refuse to take the test. There is no "opt out". All not taking theRead Moret est does is biases the performance of the child's school downwards, hurting the performance rating of the child's teacher and potentially putting the school on the "under performing" list which can result in intervention by higher levels of gov't.
Interested Bystander April 24, 2014 at 09:47 AM
Let's keep in mind that no matter how one feels or thinks about SP's competency, he's still aRead Moreperson with a family to support-a kid in college, one in private school. A bit harsh perhaps in light of how we all have families--just like him.
Deirdre Curran April 24, 2014 at 10:01 AM
This is true IB, and any time I encountered Scott, he was also very nice to me. I can't make aRead Moreperso nal judgement call on the man nor should I. One of the coldest nights of the winter after a Council meeting I left my bag in the chambers on the floor under my chair. My coat was in my car, my car was locked, keys, wallet with money for a cab and cell for were all in my bag. After everyone else had left and I was walking out, done talking to the last stragglers, I heard Scott calling me from inside, trying to chase me down because he'd found the bag. If he hadn't done that and instead chosen to just keep it safe and call me in the morning I would have been stuck outside, no way to get home, everyone else having left, no money for a cab, no phone, no coat in below zero temps. I really appreciated him doing that. Small thing, but it saved me from one awful night. He didn't have to go to that trouble. Any time I encountered him in the hallway I got a smile and a pat on the back. I never had a conversation with him, but I think the message was some version of "good job". With that said, the writing has been on the wall for a long long time that people were not happy with the way he was doing his job...and yet things just didn't seem to change. The "parkette" is just the latest example of how he seemed never to get the message, just like Doug French never did. I suppose maybe now the kid in private school will have to consider public school, and the one in college may have to find a way to help pay for it. And that's life. It sounds like he's got a decent severance package and is being given around three months before the actual paychecks stop. Hopefully he will move on to other things successfully. This was a really painful episode to watch lo these many months, and I'm sure it was painful for all involved in making the decision as well as Mr. Pickup and his family. Everyone needs to move forward in a more positive way.
Anne McCarthy April 24, 2014 at 10:53 AM
I always have a tough time mustering up empathy for someone because they may not be able to affordRead More$ 90,000/year in private education costs. Binghamton is lovely and Rye has great schools. Yes, we're all human. There is no doubt Pickup had a good skill set. City Manager is a tough job. But this resignation was a long time coming. Pickup had 2 character flaws that prevented him from doing his job: he is a compulsive liar who is also arrogant. This is what did him in. The Dapolite matter should have set him straight (mea culpa, yards, yada). No, Pickup plowed his way through without any regrets or repercussions and went on to call RGC members an angry mob and take zero responsibility for that mess. Then, he went on to steal a park, lie about it, too, and remain arrogant throughout. What was next? Yes, Pickup is a person, best of luck to him, the City of Rye is better off...aka, good riddance.
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.