This is actually really embarrassing for the folks sponsoring this bill. Should it be illegal for all politicians who currently hold office to campaign for another? If so... then bring THAT bill forward. Otherwise, stop wasting everyone's time with this (small-time) political theater.
Notice that they aren't saying he's doing a bad job as county executive --just whining about him being absent. Rob must be doing something right if this is the best the opposition can muster as a criticism. View Comment
Make your way through our community and see what reaction you get from people when Colette Dow's name is brought up. Smiles all-around. She is one of the most popular residents we have because of her generosity, spirit, smarts and ability to work well with others. And Colette is a doer. Many of us are amazed at how she packs it all in each day.
I'm guessing that Tom had space limitations for this article, so allow me to share some more of Colette's resume. She was appointed to the Town of Pound Ridge Recreation Commission in 2013, was elected as the Treasurer of the Pound Ridge Business Association in December 2013 (as Ruth highlighted) and she's been the Treasurer of the Pound Ridge Theater Company since 2007.
Colette is a religious education teacher, was a member of the Environmental Steering Committee that spearheaded the inaugural Go Green Day in Pound Ridge on April 26th and, as a member of the Pound Ridge Partnership, has participated in Pound Ridge PRIDE Days and Harvest Festivals.
Colette is a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Bonaventure University. She is chair of the Board’s Finance Committee, a member of the Investment, Academic Affairs, Development and Athletics Committee. She was a member of the School of Business Capital Campaign Steering Committee that raised over $10 million during the recent recession to build a state of the art School of Business building. She believes passionately that it is part of her responsibility as a trustee to connect with the students which is why she participated in a service trip with 50 SBU students in January to help those in need in some of the poorest communities in Freeport, Bahamas and has been mentoring two groups of students on campus since November 2013 in the completion of their legacy projects.
Colette’s professional experience includes nearly 10 years at a public accounting firm and another approximately 10 years through May 2007 at a large investment bank where she held various global management positions, including Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Global Fixed Income, Rates & Currencies Division and, from June 2005 until May 2007, Managing Director and the Chief Operating Officer for that bank’s internal alternative asset management business, where she was responsible for managing operations, human resources, technology, and treasury globally.
From 2008 through August 2012, Colette became a Founding Partner, Senior Managing Director and the Chief Operating Officer of a financial services holding company located in New York City, and a Manager and the Chief Operating Officer of its wholly-owned registered broker dealer.
In October 2012 she founded the Pound Ridge School of Dance. The dance studio is right here in Scotts Corners.
This is exactly the type of person who should serve on the school board.
And... last time I checked, Pound Ridge has no representation on this board.
The BCSD would be lucky to have her. View Comment
Everyone needs to relax. The parents involved are not bullies. 'Bully' is the most overused word on earth now. Good God... enough.
People lose their cool and sometimes do it in places (and ways) that they wished they hadn't. Pretty sure Mshonest doesn't know any of them.
Sorry, but this was not worthy of any press.
Move on. View Comment
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