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Letter to the Editor: In Support of Tom Murphy

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This is a letter to the editor submitted by Mamaroneck resident Ira M. Millstein.

I am writing to express my enthusiastic support for the candidacy of Tom Murphy in the Democratic primary race for County Legislature. It's our opportunity to vote for someone who has consistently used leadership and intelligence to solve difficult issues confronting our community.

When Mamaroneck faced myriad legal issues and crushing legal bills Tom formed a committee of local attorneys, including myself, to advise the Village on alternate strategies to settle cases reasonably and protect taxpayers from growing legal fees. He took this action as the lone democrat on the Board. He believes that elected officials have a responsibility to offer solutions to the problems of their community whether they are in the minority or majority.

Tom is an honest, intelligent, pragmatic problem solver whose skills are sorely needed in our County government. I  urge my fellow democrats to support him on September 10. We need democrats who aren't afraid to lead.

 

Ira M. Millstein

Mamaroneck, NY 

 

Deirdre Curran August 28, 2013 at 12:19 PM
Yes TedC, saw that last night, am not at all surprised. I also wouldn't be surprised to find out that it's because the whole deal they are trying to work out with Central Amusements is imploding. They want the keys to our 85 year old historic landmark, multi-million dollar operation park on October 1, 2013 and they won't even have their "revised" operational plan submitted for review until Sept. 5th, 2013 - less than month before they want the good people of Westchester County to hand over management of the park to them. I'm also hearing through the grapevine that they have now whittled their "cash on the table when they walk in the door" amount down yet again...from the paltry $4 million it was last at to....ZERO. Zero dollars. $0.00. They want to take the park over without having a penny up front to do it. (Because, of course, the whole point of this thing was to correct the financial issues at the park, so suuuuure, that makes *perfect* sense.) That's what I hear anyway. I could be wrong, but I've got a pretty good grapevine going at this point. This further delay is ridiculous. There is no excuse for anyone taking this group seriously for any reason at this point. Absolutely ridiculous. And as for Snarky's comments, yes Snarky, as a self employed dog walker living well below the local poverty line I am quite aware that when I'm having trouble meeting the monthly rent and bills on a regular basis because the Rye rent keeps going up (hey, wonder if that's related to how much my Landlord's TAXES keep going up....with the astronomical school budget?) I need to recognize that as much as I love where I live (and it ain't no ten million dollar mansion, I can tell you that), I am indeed living beyond my means by staying in Rye and I need to be fiscally responsible and downsize/relocate to something less expensive. That's just called common sense. But I guess if you can own the kind of property in the first place that can actually garner $385k in back property taxes, you may have lost sight of the concept that an over-abundance of some expensive material things just isn't really necessary to a happy life. I thought they'd gotten caught up with their tax thing back in Februrary. If they'd like to rent the extra property out to me, my MaltiPoo and my two cats I'd be happy to throw them $1400 a month as long as it included the utilities (I'll pay the cable). Maybe I can help them get caught up on their back tax issue...I'd love to live on the waterfront. Morally repugnant is a phrase that suits this group well, I'm afraid.
Deirdre Curran August 30, 2013 at 11:48 AM
As for the further delay in SPI's submission plan, is anyone asking, "Who is going to use those "pay for play" soccer fields and private-pay/use indoor "sports facility/field house" that SPI wants to eliminate almost 50% of the pakring lot for? I'll tell you who: PEOPLE WHO CAN AFFORD TO PAY FOR IT. And that's according to Kim Morque himself. He was specifically asked that question at a community group meeting he did a presentation for in Larchmont back in May. I was there. I heard the question, and I heard his answer. Who will be able to use that new "amenity" that Westchester so badly needs? Not just any old resident of Westchester County. Only the residents who can AFFORD to pay the prices. And let's remember folks: IT'S A WESTCHESTER COUNTY PARK. Smacks to me of Alienation. Pretty sure that's against the law when you're talking about a PUBLIC PARK. TedC? Leon? Anyone want to look into this for me? If they are still going to include that nonsense in their plan, it's deplorable. We'll lose all that parking lot revenue, restrict who can use the new facilities being built based on economic demographics (hmmmmm...) and with no parking lot for patrons to park in, even if they DO leave the amusement area with rides the same size, it will FAIL. No parking....no patrons. Common Sense please? SPI? ARE YOU THERE? HELLOOOOOO SPI.....EARTH IS CALLING.
Deirdre Curran August 30, 2013 at 11:52 AM
Oh, and back to the original point of this whole posting: Both Tom Murphy AND Catherine Parker are well aware of the points I am making and BOTH know that I am correct. BOTH have said so to me in discussions about Playland and the whole SPI plan. The difference between Tom Murphy and Catherine Parker is that Tom is willing to publicly STAND UP against this nonsense, because he knows it is the right thing to do. The same cannot be said for his opponent. She's still happily towing the old SPI line, with her cheerleading pom poms out. KA-CHING. $$$$$$$$
Deirdre Curran August 30, 2013 at 11:54 AM
(Who's got a lot of money for campaign donations? Oh, that's right, Sustainable Playland's Board of Directors and Advisory Council....)
Deirdre Curran September 07, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Here ya' go folks, right off the SPI web site tonight...the new and "improved" Playland Improvement Plan. Still calling for those totally inappropriate soccer fields and a 95,000 square foot indoor sports facility/"field house" right smack where the parking lot is. Great idea. Where are people going to PARK THEIR CARS? TedC, have at it! http://www.sustainableplayland.org/pdf/PlaylandImprovementPlan090613.pdf

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