I feel the same way about all the right-wingers who say that they hate living in NYS. I'd say to them as Anita sang in West Side Story "Why don't you shut up and get gone?" Plenty of folks who just can't wait to come here to take their place. View Comment
As I heard someone say at a public hearing "It's a school, not a brothel". Time for the 'FASNO' crowd to get over themselves and understand that most of White Plains has no issue with this project. We need greenspace not a bunch of new private homes that most of our adult children couldn't afford anyway. FASNY's made concession after concession, and it looks to me like case law favors them anyway. Can we move on already? View Comment
Right, and I'm expecting a call from the College of Cardinals asking me to be the first Jewish pope. Get real. Cuomo's no bargain, but "Soup Is Good" Robbie is an empty suit and a Tea Partier. Looking forward to seeing the back of him in 2017.
Progressives, send a message, vote for Howie Hawkins on Tuesday. View Comment
According to Siena, only 54% of Republicans are supporting Astorino, and 34% are supporting Cuomo. Guess Robbie shouldn't be packing his bags anytime soon. View Comment
Pataki would have never gotten elected Governor in the first place if Mario Cuomo had let go of his ego and not run for re-election. Pataki started off just OK as Governor (he did accomplish a few things at first), and then he was out of ideas (he had only a few to begin with) and without any inspiration, and despite his change rhetoric his administration was full of patronage (I know, I worked in it). His last campaign for President was pathetic and he is nothing now but a tired retread. Hang it up, George Elmer. View Comment
Rasmussen is a Republican-leaning poll which is on average off by 5-6 points, see realclearpolitics.com to see how they stack up (they showed Romney leading by 1% on election day 2012). Astorino will lose by 20-25 %, he is an empty suit, and I'm no Cuomo fan. I'm voting for Howie Hawkins to protest tweedledee-tweedledum politics. View Comment
Astorino's only real jobs plan is for himself. When Republicans talk about jobs, they mean bigger profits for millionaires and minimum wage jobs for the unemployed. Cuomo's no bargain, but Astorino is a joke. View Comment
My wife and I will both be retiring in the next couple of years and look forward to a space like that proposed by FASNY to be able to take walks in a natural setting, and we know others in our age group who feel the same. Ms. Jaffe, with all due respect to her concerns, is not in touch with the majority of White Plains residents who do not share her hostility to this project.
I've seen recent comments from FASNY opponents who say they would like to see this tract used for housing. If ms. Jaffe were correct, and the majority of the rest of the tract were wetlands, then that would make this a rather infeasible idea. From what I have seen having walked the property I believe Mr. Botti's assessment far more.
So if by some chance the idea of single family homes on the tract came to pass (and of course there is the mere detail that FASNY owns the land) what that would do would be to add more homes to a market where supply still outpaces demand and lower the values of our homes. Of course if the tract would be used for affordable housing for poor and working people that might be different, but if I were a betting man, I wouldn't give good odds that the opponents would support that idea. View Comment
The majority of White Plains residents do not oppose FASNY. The opponents tried to get their chief spokesperson elected to the Common Council and he lost by a good margin to a new and relatively unknown candidate. It's time that WP stopped giving veto power on new projects to vocal minorities based on how loud they complain, and that elected officials stop kowtowing to them. Who remembers the naysayers who said that the SHORE housing some years ago would destroy their neighborhood? I live near there, and last I checked the community is just fine.
As someone who loves our public schools, I think that having another vibrant private school there only enhances WP's image as a city for quality education. As I heard someone say recently "It's a school, not a house of ill repute." I've heard no feasible alternative for the site put forward, and having it empty does not enhance anyone's quality of life.
Those who worry about the expense should think about who will bear the cost if the City illegally turns down the FASNY plan, and they sue (which I would do if I were them) and win. How loudly did you all complain about the perks that Cappelli got for his projects? I'm sorry for your discomfort at the thought of change, but it's what life is about these days. I don't recall anyone asking me if I wanted Walmart in downtown WP, but there it is, and as I much as many of us despise them, we have to live with it. View Comment
Astorino is the guy who said about people on Medicaid who couldn't get their teeth fixed "Soup is good", so nominate him for the Marie Antoinette "Let Them Eat Cake" award. He's an intellectual lightweight and a Tea Partier to the core. I don't always agree with Gov. Cuomo, but next to Astorino he is Mahatma Gandhi. The GOP is in sad shape if Astorino is the best that they have. View Comment
The Harlem line is running at least 10 minutes late every day, regardless of weather. Today they cancelled the 7:37, and the train before arrived 10 minutes late and packed to the gills. It took me 25 minutes to get on a train. I agree with WPEyesNEars, MNR is fudging the numbers. Maybe if commuters kept their tickets in their pockets they might pay attention. View Comment