Thanks for sharing, Larry. It takes guts to write it.
I'm pretty sure that the silent majority agrees with your sentiments on both of these subjects --especially with respect to the predators. Medieval justice is appropriate. View Comment
That's all well and good, Christina (and I've already signed the petition and e-mailed our govt officials), but $4.4 million is peanuts compared with the $125 million budget and $32 million bond (that you personally supported when it was $75 million --crazy). GEA or no GEA... we are on the path to fiscal insolvency. Our schools will never be great, long-term until we have a right to work law in NY State and break the union stranglehold on the taxpayers. Our teachers salaries and benefits are too high to be sustained. My ex-superintendent over in Katonah-Lewisboro has a pension that pays him $208K per year (for life) that is TAX-FREE... as well as lifetime health benefits. This is the norm, not the exception in many Westchester districts. You're asking us to fight Albany for scraps, rather than fighting for real long-term stability. No one is going to stay in NY long-term if things continue this way. Who will step up to diffuse the pension bomb before it goes off?
The first line of your post assumes (and excuses) that our high school taxes translate to good schools? This is false.
By the way, there should be NO county government. Another waste of money. Fairfield County (and the rest of CT) does just fine without it. View Comment
The Sox have won 3 WS in the last 10 years... what's Paul's beef?
Getting players like Damon and Youkillis after their prime is nothing for the Yankees to be proud of.
I'm not a Red Sox fan, btw.
Go Rays! View Comment
So, 'taxpayers'... who are you voting for?
Do you live in Westchester? Have you paid attention to ANYTHING Astorino has done? You have a problem with him admitting he smoked dope? Did you vote for Bill Clinton or Barack Obama or George Bush? Hope not...
You sound really well-informed. Nice job. View Comment
How does one get to a point in life where they post comments like the ones that Nigel has offered up? Tell us, Mr. Hart... what were the 1950s like... in England where you grew up... a lot of Tweeting then too? Oh, you were born in 1967.
If Greg Ball were a Democrat and the Mahopac students black, Nigel would've breezed past this story and continued on with his gluten-free cheerios Saturday morning, rather than posting a comment. Instead, he turns his back on the reading comprehension skills I'm sure he has and declares that Ball is taking sides --which is code for: Greg Ball is a white, conservative racist. That fits better with Nigel's world view. The only reason the Senator even made a statement on this incident was because the media has blown it up to Bridgegate status. It's a joke. And when Ball did comment, he actually didn't play the blame game. He said fans on both sides were wrong, the Mahopac officials are doing what they should and appropriately punishing those who deserve it and that Mt. Vernon should do the same. Should be the end of the story --and this article. But, no.
Mr. Hart goes beyond his criticism of Ball and then calls another poster, Nina, a racist. In November, Nigel surfaced on the Daily Voice with "tea bagger" in his first post. Classy. It seems as though social media is a blessing and curse for him, just like it is for these stupid kids. Hope he doesn't Tweet!
What's not mentioned in these stories is how some kids will do what they can just to be mean. Sure, some kids may turn out to be racist. But, some are not. Some are just jerks who latch onto the most outlandish thing they can say to hurt their targets the most and get a rise out of them. Both are wrong, but there is a difference. And let's remember that 16 year olds will do things that they will shake their heads about in disbelief years later. "Juvenile" is a noun and an adjective. Many people 35 and over are lucky that cell phones, Twitter and Facebook didn't exist when they were in high school.
Lastly, both teams are totally lame for only putting up 83 points total. Fans should've been asleep, not sparring. At least neither of the coaches left the game early... View Comment
Your post is race-baiting and useless.
The Mt. Vernon fans were the problem, not the team. The Mahopac cheerleaders and players were getting it pretty good from the MV fans (especially the adults). Superintendent of Mahopac thought it was inappropriate. Grown "men" were throwing things at the fans (shirts apparently). There is a video that shows a bunch of middle-aged Mount Vernon guys standing at the foot of the bleachers near the end of the game, deriding the Mahopac students. One of the MV men also gestured up to the stands, apparently calling on one of the teens to meet him outside. Who knows what was fired back and forth.
None of this is to say that the Mahopac fans and their reactions both during and after the game were acceptable. I'm just addressing your "what evidence" question with respect to Mount Vernon.
You should do your research before making stupid, incendiary comments. View Comment
"negotiations with all unions which resulted in a significantly reduced trajectory of salary and benefit increases (reduced to 3 percent)..."
But, everyone still gets automatic raises, regardless of performance. The trajectory still points up from now until the end.
I work in the private sector and since 2008, have received a few raises, along with a hefty paycut. The paycut came because the money wasn't there for my company. We ALL received that paycut (61 of us)... not because we were doing a bad job, but because sales were down and our partners didn't want to fire anyone. The family members that run my company participated in the paycut as well. This is what needs to happen here. The BCSD needs a paycut. The tax base cannot support this astronomical budget any longer. Most teachers are doing a great job, but they --along with all administrators-- need a paycut. Everyone keeps their jobs, but make a little less. 5% paycut across the board. Maybe 7%. I've made due, they will too. The math, long-term, leads to default if we don't do something like this.
Who in our local and state governments has the courage to really stand up to the unions? Someone better, real soon. Time is running out. View Comment
Where do you get your information? Raid on the independence party? Astorino wouldn't give Cavallo and his minions jobs or do political favors for their endorsement... so they didn't endorse him this time around. He won anyway. He's met with Christie... so what? It's corrupt to do so? Fracking is a losing issue? Really? The unemployment rate in North Dakota is THREE percent (b/c of fracking). Cuomo is going to get trounced upstate. Religion? How is Astorino out of touch in NY... by believing in God? Cuomo and Astorino are both Catholic. What abortion laws will Astorino seek to change? Answer: ZERO Who is the radical when it comes to guns? Cuomo. He pissed off the police with his rant and new rules... oh, and everyone north of Westchester County (again). Astorino is showing that the Republican party can still be the big tent party. He won a landslide in Westchester where Dems outnumber Republicans 2 to 1. He reaches across party lines and across different communities (even in different languages... fluent in Spanish).
You are denying that there is an exodus from this state? Look at how we keep losing electoral votes as a state. Why and how does that happen? Hint: population decrease
Please don't pretend that you haven't been with friends, family, coworkers, etc. over the last few years talking about how expensive it is to live here and how you know someone who retreated to CT or NC or TX or FL or CO and they pay half or 1/3 the property taxes and have a home twice the size for half the price while paying far less for food and gasoline. Because you have. We all have.
Astorino will lose to those who want a hand out. Let's see how many we have on the dole come November. I like his chances. View Comment
Texas has had an influx of low, medium and high-wage jobs. It is the anti-NY. Cuomo has struck-out on fracking. People upstate hate him. PA farmers have become millionaires while on the other side of the border our governor drags his feet and does the bidding of environmentalists who tell him that it is dangerous. It is not.
I personally have drank the tap water (from a well) at the ranch of a friend who has had oil and gas fracked beneath the property for two years straight. I've been there 3 times.
Most important: this state needs a Right to Work law (like Wisconsin, Michigan, etc.) Cuomo will never make that happen. Astorino will at least try. The unions are destroying this state... starting with the NYS United Teachers' union.
We owe it to our kids and ourselves to try to turn it around in NY. Astorino is the guy. View Comment
Robmaur, did you vote for Obama? How were you able to overcome your outrage over the taxpayers having to pay for his Senate salary while he ran for president -- for TWO years! I'm sure you're also upset about him voting "present" most times he actually showed up. Oh how he wishes he could vote present right now while he occupies the oval office. Vlad is laughing...
Seriously, is this all you guys got? You have nothing else to criticize him on, huh? I guess you know what the rest of us do: Astorino is doing a great job and will be a great governor View Comment
Rica, do you know Paul personally? Strong words on your part. Hypocrite, horrible, cowardly? Nice.
He's better off in corporate America? Why? Because he may have different ideas on how to run a school district? Or... is it because he might be on a different side of the political aisle from you? Hmmm... he's also a bully. Popular word these days. Everyone's a bully. Everyone else is a victim.
The teachers who tried to ambush him at that school board meeting 18 months ago should be ashamed of themselves. Those are the bullies. They showed just how "open-minded" they were. Salaries and benefits are too high and it's destroying any chance at sustainability. Insolvency is coming, but if you ask them to contribute more or take a paycut (like many of us have had)... you're the devil!
Blame the Teacher's Union, NY State and Westchester County for the mess we're in. No one wants to move here anymore because we live in a fiscal cesspool. This is not up for debate. Enrollment is down and we live in the most taxed corner of the country. Kreutzer should get a medal for even taking this thankless job.
I went to John Jay and I can tell you that it's not what it was --and that has NOTHING to do with Paul Kreutzer.
p.s. People like Doug Both, Maureen Brown and Andy Dowling are the ones who bring shame to K-L schools... http://www.ag.ny.gov/press-release/principal-and-school-district-official-plead-guilty-defrauding-lewisboro-katonah View Comment
Stories about the Kennedy clan rival the interest generated from watching the salt melt ice on my sidewalk.
Though it would be nice if we could bring back the white dot from Willie's trial, just for nostalgia. View Comment
The schools do serve all the students, Sami. Yet we do need to rank them somehow. What do you propose?
I think that there should be testing, but not every year. The new obsession with many educators is to tell us that the tests don't matter. They do. We should all have some minimum standards.
Property values are very important when you live in the highest taxed county (and state) in the entire country. We are pushing our retirees and seniors out of this area. That's not what I signed up for. I want to stay here for the long haul, but the math isn't going to work. The unions and politicians have destroyed this state. View Comment