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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.
HEALtheHARBOR.com April 23, 2014 at 11:25 PM
Rye City Manager Scott Pickup is no longer Rye City Manager. And rightfullyRead Moreso! http://rye.patch.co m/groups/announcements/p/earth-day-in-rye-deadly-unfinished-business
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Committee for Election Equality April 15, 2014 at 04:27 AM
Get to discovery, and let the depositions begin!!!
RyeDad April 15, 2014 at 08:48 AM
tedc, It is a real travesty that Leon was skipped over. He certainly deserved it for all theRead Morecorrup tion he exposed. ======================================= The other travesty is we still have Pickup as our City Manager. At the very least I believe he is guilty of mismanagement as far as what occurred at Rye Golf Club under his watch. ====================================== Do you know if Pickup is going to testify under oath at the Grand Jury? He is Rye's chief fiduciary officer so if he isn't, why not? What about Connors? He approved a $250,000 payment to RM Staffing and then was Pickup's choice to start a criminal investigation into RM Staffing. What about Pickups secretary whose kids supposedly had jobs at RM Staffing? What about French and Parker who conducted their own investigation into RGC? What about Nodarse who threw a FREE party complete with caviar and top shelf booze for Suzie Morrison at the RGC and then illegally withheld records of this event? ====================================== If none of these people are going to testify then who is? I think the credibility of the Grand Jury will be undermined if these people are not called to testify. Are we taxpayers going to pay for Brune & Richard or their auditors to testify while giving a free pass to the likes of Pickup?
Anne McCarthy April 15, 2014 at 09:05 AM
Fought like ferrets in a sack...the imagery is great.
Committee for Election Equality April 10, 2014 at 08:09 PM
Yep, win one for the Gipper here. Tedc, you have to wait to see what discovery brings. Obviously,Read MoreY andrasevich has zero plans to go down on his own...;)
Anne McCarthy April 07, 2014 at 02:37 PM
You make me laugh! I look forward to meeting you but not as a sit-in for Smellypants!
Committee for Election Equality April 07, 2014 at 02:39 PM
Committee for Election Equality April 07, 2014 at 02:41 PM
btw, the Committee's email is committee.for.electionequality@gmail not as was previously written.
Committee for Election Equality April 07, 2014 at 01:02 AM
"it's not counter-productive to hold Sack to the standards he campaigned on" Exactly, itRead Morei s IMPERATIVE to hold Sack to such standards. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me...;)
Committee for Election Equality April 07, 2014 at 01:31 AM
We interrupt this comment thread for an important announcement: Under IRS rules, an individualRead Morecann ot be treated as both an employee and independent contractor for the same job. The story brought a nearly immediate reaction from the FBI, which that same day subpoenaed Ingerman Smith's records. We believe this poses a BIG problem for Kristen Wilson and Harris Beach, a BIG problem!!!
RyeDad April 07, 2014 at 10:02 AM
Only these four idiots would partake in a celebration of a bridge that took them and Pickup sixRead Moreyear s to put back up. ====================================== Where's Killian? She could have told everyone how hard she works and thank Pickup for the great job he did.
Scott Peterson April 04, 2014 at 05:44 PM
After reading the damning article in the Rye City Review regarding the reinstatement of a convicted Read Moreliar to the police department and the policy changes made that allow said criminal to still profit from his crime, is it possible to expect the elected body to curtail the City Administration in any measurable way? The question to my mind is, why do we go through the charade of electing a City Council if they have no power other than to rubber stamp the decisions made by the employees? That the true owners of Rye, the PEOPLE, do not rally for change suggests that they consent to this form of tyranny. People do indeed get the government they deserve. We disallow pedophiles from being near kids but let law breakers return to law enforcement. That makes total sense, in bizzaro world.
Deirdre Curran April 04, 2014 at 07:05 PM
If SPI would simply re-vamp the plan to eliminate the Field Zone which provides no financialRead Morebenefit to the rest of the park OR Westchester County taxpayers - and it doesn't even pay down the debt service - then all this litigation and potential litigation would likely go away. And everyone could move forward. They are the cause of the problem and they have no one to blame for this "fiasco" but themselves...and of course, their partner in crime, Rob Astorino.
Scott Peterson April 04, 2014 at 09:45 PM
Credibility is the fundamental issue, isn't it, Ms. Curran? I sense this to be the case by theRead Morewords you've used to convey your thought on the issue of Playland. A Government that loses credibility loses any authority to rule and must revert to the use of force in order to sustain itself. A police officer who knowingly falsifies documents is capable of perjury on the witness stand or manufacturing, and or tampering with, evidence. A County Executive who considers property belonging to the citizens of the county as his real estate is capable of selling all N.Y.'s public sites to the highest bidder as Governor in the name of "privatization". I am not saying that the lying businessman will be a lying cop nor that the patronage minded CE will be a villainous Governor necessarily only that the train of logic leads to such conclusions if left to run to the end of the line. Since there is no shortage of unemployed, those proven to be incredible must have their jobs because it suites some interest. The City that employs O. Paul Shew's accomplice to be his replacement, a felon to carry a weapon and wear a badge, a planner who boasts of plagiarism and accountants who seemingly care more about how much we can borrow rather than how much we can save is hard to have faith in. Thankfully the school system make property here a reasonable investment but the credibility of that too is suspect now. Want to buy a house?
Charmian Neary April 07, 2014 at 02:39 PM
There are no words.
Bob Zahm April 07, 2014 at 07:10 PM
@PSL - You agreed to the terms of service. If your post violates them - which is determined byRead MorePatch at their discretion - they can take it down. Period. So your pleading would seem to be a waste of time.
Committee for Election Equality April 07, 2014 at 07:43 PM
Bob, let's talk about something more important. Are you clear on what your line of questioningRead Moreshou ld be regarding the absconded with park tomorrow night? It was also suggested that you have Anne McCarthy close by in case this Mount Rushmore of a City Council decides to utter some words and the going gets tough. Also, it is not advisable to look for an acknowledgement of a crime committed or a law broken, as that is only for a judge to decide. Our tulips have started to push up last week...;)
yvette goldman April 03, 2014 at 08:01 PM
That's where SPI plans on putting the condos and townhomes. I'm sure the streets will have cuteRead Morenam es like Carousel Drive and Dragon Coaster Road to remind us of what was once a beautiful family park. They're not going away. There's gold in them thar fields!
Deirdre Curran April 04, 2014 at 09:37 AM
Many of the Legislators I've talked to clearly see this for the Land Grab that it is and recognizeRead Moret he long term SPI plan is to eventually make that Amusement Park go away. We just need to convince ALL of them. This group needs to go back to wherever they came from and stop trying to co-opt public park land for their own private commercial real estate development and profit. We're on to them and there ain't nothing 'SUSTAINABLE' about them.
Committee for Election Equality April 02, 2014 at 10:35 AM
Can you go into more depth about what you mean when you wrote "scope limitations on the BruneRead More& amp; Richard investigation into Mr. Yandrasevich & "co-conspirators."
Committee for Election Equality April 02, 2014 at 11:14 AM
Are you saying they just tested Y's "entities?" What about the Golf Club as a whole - did Read Morethey test if cash disbursement and accounts payable reduction are reconcilable. "I was told essentially that cash testing was sufficient" - who told you this? Who selected the forensic auditors? Not making any accusations, but it is clear from B&R's bio that they are Sack's handpicked securities law firm...
tedc April 02, 2014 at 11:16 AM
Ah yes - "the party line" - on why no former fiduciary interviews were sought. Well itRead Moregoe s like this - the B&R sub-contracted forensic auditors found no CASH transfers between any of Mr. Y's various entities and any of the aforementioned prior Rye City fiduciaries. Essentially - no cash trail, no suspicion of any co-conspiracy. It's just that simple. I listened to this and then explained that cash testing was one of several tests required in a forensic examination. I was told essentially that this cash testing was sufficient. When I explained how trade and barter tests would be kind of basic here since the prime suspect ran a catering business that could provide high end private hospitality for political patrons and political donors behind closed doors and THAT might be a reason for politicians to secretly allow an RM Staffing start-up to violate every single Rye City Internal Control provision on its books at the time - I was met by a blank stare. Then I brought up the fact that the cases and cases $230+ A BOTTLE wine found in the castle could have been easily used in just such a patronage payoff scheme - used to "gifts" donors and supporters via mailings after events, or anytime in particular, and that very physical existence of this potential trade fraud indicator would cause any responsible forensic tester to throw a wider net covering trade and barter transactions - that too was met by a blank stare. And this kind of artificial B&R investigation scope limitation was exactly why stepped up and mentioned Mr. Plunkett, and New York’s Pataki Machine. Questions?
Deirdre Curran April 01, 2014 at 11:07 AM
Well. THAT was fast. Meetings usually run about two hours, this one was over in less than fifteenRead Moremi nutes. Recap: March 31, 2014 (yesterday) SPI sent a letter to Astorino's office saying, "...the legal actions mentioned above throw into question the County's entire approval process and we cannot continue with the PIP review unless these issues are resolved." They are talking about the SECOND lawsuit Legislator Ken Jenkins filed in December and the letter from Rye dated 3/20/14. Then this morning Kevin Plunkett sent a letter to Pete Harckham's committee saying that based on that letter from SPI "the Administration does not believe a meaningful discussion can take place at today's scheduled committee meeting. Without SPI present, it is inappropriate to discuss the PIP." Then Pete Harckham's Committee agreed to table the whole thing and suspend review of the PIP until a later time. So...
Deirdre Curran April 01, 2014 at 12:15 PM
Oh, and BTW - rather than show up to let everyone know that this is where they stand, SPI wasRead More(again ) a no-show for a Legislative Committee meeting they were called to be at. They bowed out by submitting a letter. Classy. If that were my plan and I were trying to sell it, I would have been there in person to go over this with the Legislators. The head of Central Amusements was in the room. Julie Killian, Laura Brett and Terry McCartney were in the room. Anyone from SPI? NOPE. No one.
tedc April 01, 2014 at 01:24 PM
Curious. I guess no one called ahead. Deirdre what did Msss Killian & Brett & Mr. McCartney Read Moredo at this session? Did they address the legislators - speak to individual legislators?
tedc March 29, 2014 at 12:12 PM
Excellent and informative. Thank you Tom Murphy. Catherine Parker - you were elected to representRead Moreus - WHERE DO YOU STAND?
Deirdre Curran March 29, 2014 at 05:57 PM
Yes, good question TedC. Where DOES the woman who essentially ran on an ENVIRONMENTALIST platformRead Morest and on this matter??? EVERYONE IN HER DISTRICT should be asking her that question.
Deirdre Curran March 29, 2014 at 05:58 PM
A great Op-Ed on the Journal News by none other than Rye's own TedRead MoreCarroll:-------http://www.lohud.c om/story/opinion/readers/2014/03/29/playland-needs-proper-management/7034327/
tedc March 28, 2014 at 09:10 AM
LOL Charmian! Well done. The definition is above btw but we know what you meant.
Charmian Neary March 28, 2014 at 01:25 PM
It was below when I wrote it. Also Patch shrank it. I hope it's readable. This is the bestRead Moredistincti on I've seen between someone merely being anonymous and/or quarrelsome, and someone intent on trolling. They always cry "censorship"
smellypants March 28, 2014 at 05:34 PM
Oh lighten up Charmian.
Deirdre Curran March 27, 2014 at 11:56 AM
Read Morehttp://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/westchester/2014/03/26/city-rye-wants-control-playland-makeove r-plans/6910499/
Charmian Neary March 27, 2014 at 03:38 PM
Catherine Parker said in the same meeting that she doesn't want increased Playland attendanceRead Moreeither .
tedc March 29, 2014 at 12:32 PM
Just drove down Central past "Gravel Park" and made the right onto the Post Road. ThatRead More&qu ot;curb cut" allowing cars to enter the park is now out from under the permafrost and its a real professional permanent job. This was no temporary set up. This was a "taking" - in progress. And remember, that park well within the 100 foot wetland buffer zone designated by Chapter 195 of the city code.
Committee for Election Equality March 29, 2014 at 01:39 PM
Mrs. McCarthy, along side of your State complaint, do you know if you can file a motion for aRead Moreprelim inary injunction to halt the taking in its tracks? A call to the Clerk of the Court on Monday may get you the answer.
Deirdre Curran March 29, 2014 at 06:01 PM
WHO - that was excellent and very clever.