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
There are plenty of multi-cultural activities and assemblies in the BCSD. I assure you.
Children have lost their happiness b/c too many parents are trying to compete with one another, so they're over-scheduled every day... after school. I agree with letting kids be kids. Parents have to be in charge of that, though. View Comment
Barbara, it's parents that want the choices with respect to schools. Charter schools were brought on by what parents and students wanted. Watch the movie "Won't Back Down."
The NY State Teacher's Union is not a Union protecting students, parents and taxpayers. It has the teachers' interests in mind --that's it. You know this, right?
Diane Ravitch is now the defender of the status quo. The defender of tenure after 3 years. The defender of retirement in your late 50s. The defender of salary/benefit/pension plans that are destroying this state (she wants more $ spent!). She is the defender of the union stranglehold on our schools.
There needs to be testing. As much as we have? Probably not. But, we need more reading, writing and arithmetic. There will still be plenty of time for the arts and recess. I can't believe how much "fun" my kids have at school sometimes. (movies, parties, this or that country day/week/festival... enough)
Worst of all, Dr. Ravitch (in her infinite wisdom) suggested to parents in that forum that we just have our kids opt-out and not take the state tests. Wildly irresponsible because if we have too high a percentage of kids doing this, our schools could lose funding from the state. Our school board did not do us a service here. View Comment
If Diane is indeed a historian of any kind, she should kick off each speech by quoting herself from 1970 to 2006 because she's literally changed every position she's had. Her credibility is non-existent.
She was for No Child Left Behind, until she wasn't. She was a proponent of Charter Schools, until she was against them. She was in favor of national standards, until she opposed them. She believed in teacher accountability, until she didn't. She gave speeches and wrote books about the deterioration of our public schools and the "rising tide of mediocrity," but now claims that there is nothing wrong with the American educational system and no reforms are needed. (reformers = "profiteers")
She wants the federal government out of the classroom... but then talks about how we need more funding for education FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.
Lest we forget, she sent HER KIDS to private schools.
So what happened in 2007? Well... that's when Joel Klein turned down Diane's girlfriend Mary Butz (a longtime school principal) for a job heading up NYC's principals-training program. After that, she began publicly and incessantly attacking Klein and did a complete about-face on many of her life-long positions. As Klein cleared the way for more charter schools, Dr. Ravitch vilified these schools (and those who run them and teach in them) more and more.
She is trying to sell books.
She should write under a pseudonym at this point... View Comment
You wouldn't have voted for a county executive if you knew he would be opposed to legalizing weed? That's a serious statement?
Anyone aware of how this is shaking out in Colorado? Not going great.
This country needs less single-issue voters.
I (like most people) could care less about this "issue." Yawn. View Comment
Really nice, Benny B. That's a lot of kids. I hope everyone gets into town by Dec 13th and drops a toy or two off. And if you don't have one already... what a great excuse to patronize Lil Beans. Thanks to Dawn too.
Merry Christmas. View Comment
The kiddies and I just stopped by Mr. Bruce Heerdt's home to say hello and give our thanks (for his service in WW2). This is a great and interesting man who has lived in Pound Ridge his whole life. 90 years young. If anyone reading this has any free time on their hands, please take a day to drop in on him. Our Neighbor to Neighbor group has more details. Bruce is on 117 High Ridge Road. He has a live in nurse, Rita. She'll let you in.
Also... thank you to U.S. Air Force vet, Mr. Lyman.
Please remember our vets always, not just on November 11th. View Comment
Pound Ridge (like NY) is wonderfully diverse. Just look at our voter registration -- and these message boards!
Post-election though, we need a moratorium on the terms "bucolic woods" and "semi-rural character." Over here in District 1, everyone has to drink a shot of Patrón every time they slip up. View Comment
I agree with Nigel that opinion pieces do reveal character traits (and beliefs) of the writer --but they also shed light and truth on the subject they're writing about. It's hard to deny that it's a little of both.
As far as Larry goes, most of his articles have been non-partisan pieces on town employees and business owners. Take a look at them. And his first article out of the gate on the DV garnered criticism mainly from Republicans in town. Including yours truly. When I met LB at Harvest Day he asked me if I could "see the teeth marks" on him.
The questions he had for the candidates were identical for both sides, so it was their opportunity to answer them however they saw fit. He played it right down the middle. They should have at least answered them. If anything, it was free press! Mr. Baschkin is not some shill for any political party, Nigel. He's a writer who receives criticism and praise from everyone. That's how it ought to be. View Comment
Nigel, you seem to have a keen interest in ethical boundaries, as do I. We're on the same page here. It's important for everyone in Pound Ridge to be aware of our town's Code of Ethics. Pay particular attention to subsection D --> http://ecode360.com/6832396
I'd be interested in your interpretation given your support for certain candidates. View Comment