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RyeDad April 22, 2014 at 10:34 PM
Keep up the good work Ray and Heal the Harbor. Thank you for all the awareness you have brought toRead Moret hese issues. I hope you get the Westchester County award. You deserve it.
smellypants April 23, 2014 at 08:49 AM
I'm sure Anne would welcome a statue of Mr. Floatie in the reclaimed park..... with open arms! Read MorePla yland has enough crap of its own to deal with.
Scott Peterson April 23, 2014 at 10:33 AM
Half of my suggestion is in jest and half is less a joke. When I read the piece, I honestlyRead Moreenvision ed a statue of Mr. Floatie, gleaming as the light of the setting sun, standing in a manner like the Planter's Peanut man without the cane or top hat. As the image came to me, I felt that it conveyed my sense of the issue quite well. The entire situation at Hen island and the City and County's dogged determination to do nothing strikes me as a large steaming pile of excrement so I saw the appropriateness for such a statue. The idea of a memorial is to give people a point of reference to remember. I deem that the nonsensical way public officials conduct the people's business should be recounted through the ages if anything is to be learned from the experiences of Hen Island.
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.
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
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.
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