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 


Bob Zahm August 19, 2013 at 01:03 PM
Hey, this looks an awful lot like the letter that ran in the Journal News. Wonder if there's a coordinated attempt to make it look like there's support for this particular candidate as opposed to their being authentic, broad-based support.
HEALtheHARBOR.com August 19, 2013 at 10:41 PM
Catherine Parker; The right person to sell luggage and gifts. The wrong person to lead our communities! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Njx5JLOgxMA&list=TLiPwK0-fpxHI She stood by silent thru two administrations and watched as the City of Rye tried to commit WWII war hero Bob Schubert to the Westchester County Psychiatric unit. She stood by silent thru two administrations and watched as the City of Rye tried having Schubert arrested twice in an effort to stop him from speaking at City Council meetings. She stood by silent thru two administrations and watched as the City of Rye attempted to drag Andrew Dapolite thru the mud because he refused to lie for the City manager. She stood by silent thru two administrations and watched as the City of Rye Manager lied and lied and lied on issue after issue. She stood by silent on Rye’s bid rigging scandal. She stood by silent watching Mayor Doug French bring the City of Rye to a new all time low, over and over again as he cheated on his STAR taxes. She stood by silent thru two administrations and watched the people of Hen Island pollute the waters of the Long Island Sound and jeopardized their lives and the lives of every Rye resident because she was afraid to stand up to political pressures from her mentor Steve Otis and her new tax cheating Mayor of today Doug French. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqDvca5UwcY
Bob Zahm August 20, 2013 at 07:13 AM
Ray / Heal the Harbor - it would be great if you could recap what you want done, at this point, that hasn't already been done to address your point. Last I remember, some independent expert was supposed to do an inspection of the island, but I don't remember seeing a report having been published - did I just miss it or is there really no way to complete your quest?
HEALtheHARBOR.com August 20, 2013 at 08:42 AM
Bob, Below is the link to the report conducted last month and our latest video below. As you can see by reading the report. Rye is playing politics with the health and safety of the public. That would include your children also. We already have one case of a teenage victim on Forest Ave. She almost lost her life and I am sure will have problems for the rest of her life as a result of Rye's inactions. How many more do we need? What Rye needs to do is issue violations and follow up with enforcement which in turn will begin the remediation process that has been avoided for years. http://healtheharbor.com/corr/King%20Report%20Re%20Hen%20Island%207-12-13upload.pdf https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqDvca5UwcY&feature=c4-overview&list=UUSKIv_k38Xqk1FmYNjQDnzA%20%20
Bob Zahm August 20, 2013 at 07:46 PM
Ray, Thanks for providing the links. While not making it better, the findings appear to be very, very similar to those you've previously published. When we last engaged on this topic, I asked how you were going to try to bring this to a close as your repeated posts / presentations at Rye City Council meetings have apparently had no impact. Similarly, it seems that the County health department is uninterested in taking action. I'm not sure how many years you've been at this (more than 4), but isn't it time to find a new approach? I am skeptical that you'll get a different result with different elected officials as that slate has already changed once.
HEALtheHARBOR.com August 20, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Bob, This story is really about Tom Murphy and as I see it, how wrong Catherine Parker would be for any position that involves protection of the public. It’s not about me or my issues on Hen Island. Personally, I like Catherine. I just think she is not the right person for the job. Copy and paste the below linked video and then make your own choice. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Njx5JLOgxMA&feature=c4-overview&list=UUSKIv_k38Xqk1FmYNjQDnzA
Bob Zahm August 21, 2013 at 01:03 PM
If it's really about Tom Murphy, then what commitments has he made to resolve the Hen Island issue to your satisfaction? IF elected, he'd have no authority over the county health department and certainly none over Rye. So, I ask again, what are you changing in your efforts to try to effect your desired outcome? Last time you supported particular candidates for office didn't work out to well. Me, I believe Catherine Parker is the best fit for the job. Independent thinker as opposed to someone who's just going to just go along with the Democratic majority.
Deirdre Curran August 22, 2013 at 07:08 AM
At least Tom Murphy has a mind of his own rather than just being a mouthpiece candidate for the outgoing Judy Meyers. Judy is the one pulling all the strings behind Parker's candidacy and platforms/positions. And while spending months essentially leading on several members of the Save Rye Playland group who vehemently oppose Sustainable Playland and leading us to believe she felt the same way as we did for the same reasons, she has even as recently as last month consistently and steadfastly continued to bang their drum and publicly support them in spite of all the information that has come out about just how bad a plan it is. Even ASTORINO changed direction on that, and it's HIS BABY, but nope, not Catherine Parker. Tom Murphy knows that SPI nonsense is a joke, and he's not afraid to say it. Parker is still desperately pandering to that crowd for their votes even though she KNOWS it's a bad idea/plan.
Deirdre Curran August 22, 2013 at 07:14 AM
Oh, that's right, I forgot to mention, those deep pocketed SPI supporters on the Board and Advisory Council have a boat load and a half of money for political campaign donations that can be sent to candidates that support them. Important to keep that in mind. They are LOADED. And Catherine Parker knows this, just as Judy Meyers did and Rob Astorino does. KA-CHING!
HEALtheHARBOR.com August 22, 2013 at 12:52 PM
Like I said "Catherine Parker; The right person to sell luggage and gifts. The wrong person to lead our communities!" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Njx5JLOgxMA&list=TLiPwK0-fpxHI
tedc August 22, 2013 at 01:38 PM
Deirdre - Monsignor Astorino was on the Rye train platform this morning and I just missed button-holing him about the Playland independent audit. I also wanted him to know how cold it was on that January day he illegally and without any warning cancelled the Route 76 Bus and left all those poor people stranded in that cutting wind, wondering when the bus would be coming. Many were caregivers of Rye Seniors waiting for help and wondering if it was coming.
HEALtheHARBOR.com August 22, 2013 at 10:46 PM
I say Deirdre Curran for Rye City Council!
Bob Zahm August 23, 2013 at 07:29 AM
Yes, Ray, by all means. But to really get the views mentioned in this thread out for the voting public, about Deirdre, you and Ted running together?
Deirdre Curran August 26, 2013 at 10:27 AM
HA! Me on the City Council! I'd be lobbing a lot of f-bombs. Sorry guys, no can do. I work about 80 hours a week as it is and cannot afford my exorbitantly expensive Rye apt. much longer and the rent will be going up even more shortly. It's impossible to find anything in this town in my budget, let alone one in my budget that will allow me to have my three animals (2 cats and a dog). I've had to expand my apartment search outside of not just Rye, but beyond Port Chester, Rye Brook & Harrison to now also look in Mam'k and New Rochelle. Not likely I will even be living in Rye by the end of this year. Trying to stay around long enough to be able to vote in the local elections - AGAINST Julie Killian, for sure, and definitely against Catherine Parker in the Sept. primary in two weeks. If you know of anyone local with a one-bedroom apartment in the $1200-$1300 rent range that will allow 2 well behaved cats and one small very well behaved dog, have them email me at curranspets@gmail.com
Deirdre Curran August 26, 2013 at 10:28 AM
Ted - I so wish you had confronted Astorino about Playland.
HEALtheHARBOR.com August 26, 2013 at 12:01 PM
tedc August 27, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Guess what's been "delayed" again Deirdre?The Ride Elimination Plan. Journal News just confirmed another two week stretch out. So the park can close and then with the lights down the bombs can fall. Brilliant Monsignor Astorino. Give Plunkett another raise!
Snarky Jones August 27, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Uh-oh, looks like these deep-pocketed SPI supporters MUST BE bankrolling Catherine and friends...they're certainly NOT paying their property taxes. The Narains still owe $385,000 in taxes on their 2 waterfront properties. Deirdre is right-sizing her lifestyle to her income, why don't the Narains? Sell one of the houses, pay the taxes. What's that? Why right-size when you're getting free real estate financing on the backs of public school children. Well, because it's morally repugnant. What's with the blank stare? I'll be thinking of the "generous" and deep-pocketed SPI supporters when I write my school taxes check this week.
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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