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tedc April 23, 2014 at 12:44 PM
Such civility in the face of such dishonesty. Thank You Anne. Many many many in Rye deeplyRead Moreappreciat e you being 'point of the spear' on this city hall caper. And Thank You too city council.
Barry O April 23, 2014 at 12:31 PM
Tell them its a statue of Mayor French
smellypants April 23, 2014 at 12:38 PM
LOL - but it isn't fat or sweaty enough to pass for him.
French Toast April 23, 2014 at 12:46 PM
But it's still a piece of sh*t!
smellypants April 22, 2014 at 05:33 PM
Thanks Bob. I'm against this tax but can't attend. Is there another good way to contact them? I Read Morewant these government and quasi governmental organizations to get their goddam hands out of my pocket. I'm tired of it. Cut some staff or eliminate some wasteful "feel good" programs or bust up the lousy Teachers Union. Make others contribute.. why always the taxpayer?
tedc April 22, 2014 at 08:45 PM
Bob - aren't local and sales related taxes still deductible expenses? (I'm a reformed CPA so please Read Moredon't bring up my tax law 'record.')
Scott Peterson April 22, 2014 at 11:47 PM
So far as I am aware, sales tax or gasoline tax, as examples, are not deductible. I would notRead Moresuspe ct a utility tax, which is really just an added sales tax with an exotic name, would be deductible either. Again, I don't know the tax law any more, and certainly very likely much less, than you tedc. However, it seems to me that such a deduction would open Pandora's Box in as much that there could be a reasonable argument that such a deduction is discriminatory in nature. School systems are in a damned if they do and damned if they don't situation. If they don't invest more into the system, they are open to ridicule if something goes wrong. If they do invest more into the system, the new costs means more money needs to come from someplace, meaning the tax payers. If uncontrollable costs deny any new investment yet require new funds, they are damned once again. Finally if the school board actively attempts to lower controllable costs, they are damned. I would never call our school board members the sharpest tacks on the pad but for even seeking the position, considering the circumstances. they certainly are among the bravest fools I've experienced.
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.
tedc April 21, 2014 at 08:18 PM
Saw that. I suspect Typepad. But that's just a guess.
Andrew Dapolite April 21, 2014 at 09:45 PM
I emailed Jay. He was unaware. Bob, you still read MyRye? I thought you were boycotting, or wasRead Morethat just the commenting?
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.
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
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.
Eric Kamander April 22, 2014 at 05:13 PM
Note that Alvarez uses the fact that the state has no regulations against classroom teachersRead Moreproctor ing their own class during state assessments as an excuse for allowing such a foolish practice, but has no issue prohibiting students from silent reading after their exams even though the state has no regulations against silent reading after students are done with their exams. However, what's the most disturbing is that the administration takes no accountability for last year's testing scandal even though they were obviously responsible for forcing a flawed proctoring system.