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
As happy as some of us might be for Dick, this was a win for Pound Ridge more than for him. The entire town will benefit from a Supervisor Lyman's leadership. And the sweetener here is that his character is the only thing eclipsing his qualifications. We are lucky to have him. View Comment
Not sure why my reply here was taken down?
Our public and private schools around here are great, so it really shouldn't matter where the kids are sent. All PR taxpayers should get a say in town affairs.
The candidates kids have nothing to do with the election. View Comment
Actually, I'm supporting the team that doesn't have to say anything to get elected. They really don't. And I don't have to play that game either. Feel free to ask around town about my brutal honesty. And while you're at it, know that I admire Dick Lyman for his --which is why I'm putting my neck out for him. He's worth it.
Ali's worked side by side with him. She knows it too. View Comment
Allan, either she shares some of the blame... or, here's an idea... she takes some of the credit (for those that like the poolhouse). Take your pick. But, you guys cannot be critical of town government and the poolhouse "debacle" without criticizing your own candidate. And James Best (a big supporter). And we know how often Dan Paschkes has been thrown under that bus, just look at the tire marks on him. (nice e-mail by Kevin Long today, endorsing Ali and Sherene only... telling)
While you're enlisting the "fact checkers" why don't we just get it out there: the pool house, while over budget for sure, was not 2x over. Here are some items included in the final accounting (outside the original plan): the new fencing @$6k; landscaping at $1.5k; a wheelchair lift for the pool $5k; new patio $20k; ventilation system $8k; new hood and Ansul system (to meet new code) for kitchen $9k; water fountain and bottle filler specced by Mr. Best and plumbed without Dick's knowledge $5k..... shall I go on? Which would you have cut. Please tell everyone.
The fact checkers should also note that Ali offered generously to help by writing press releases and by selling laser etched brick pavers for the patio as a fund raiser. No pavers were ever sold and she never wrote a press release. And Mr. Best has sure been silent as a mouse about his "help" hasn't he? News flash: based upon Ali’s characterizations about the gross incompetence on this project, he is done doing any work for the Town of Pound Ridge. Just sayin'…
You want millions spent in Scotts Corners to pretty it up, millions more on that rec center and money spent on Conant Hall b/c it’s not up to your standards –but then at the same time campaign for votes telling residents how wasteful town government is and how your slate is full of fiscal hawks. Really? Pick one.
Ali was and is a member of town government. There are only 5 of them. If she had a problem with the costs and the overruns, then step up and say something. Don't do it a few weeks before an election to grab votes. Hollow. It is easy to sit in the stands and throw cans and bottles at the players on the field-- it is quite another to put yourself out on the field.
This is bleacher creature banter. View Comment
..... and the project that "didn't get done" (the rec center) would have gone way over the budgeted amount that the taxpayers approved. So, it didn't get built. Ali can't have it both ways. If we had the rec center up right now, she'd say "it went over budget." Now that we didn't, she says "it didn't get built."
We can get it built. It has to go back on the ballot as a referendum for more $. Let's see if the people of PR would vote 'yes' on that.
Dick Lyman has NOTHING to do with any of this.
Very odd political attacks.
In the category of "say anything to get elected." View Comment
There are many holes in this article. (still unsure how the DV even published it?)
"Currently in the town, many projects run over budget or simply don't get done. Work on the town poolhouse has gone double over its projected budget. Boak believes her non-profit experience will help keep projects from cost overruns."
MANY projects run over budget? MANY projects simply don't get done? That's simply not true. If it were true, Pound Ridge wouldn't be the envy of the town's around it when it comes to fiscal management.
Conveniently left out about the poolhouse: Ali herself was the person who audited and authorized the payment of each and every invoice on the project. SHE WAS IN CHARGE OF THIS. I'm clueless as to how she could score any political points on this issue. Doesn't make any sense. View Comment
Actually, Geerge only ONE member of the current board has been investigating this (and doing it behind the scenes without sending press releases to the DV every week). And that board member is Dick Lyman. So, if you're following your own advice, you shouldn't vote for Dan or Ali? Peter and Bonnie are "new blood" as well. And you should vote for Dick.
Happy to have you on board. View Comment
I'm actually greedy here and think that the entire Republican slate should've been endorsed. Ira is a nice guy, but Sean has been ranked higher by his peers in half as much time in practice. That is telling. He's a rising legal star.
Just because Ira has been going door to door more doesn't mean he'll be a better judge than Sean.
And, Ira was a tad shady at the debate. The judicial candidates were given clear rules beforehand as to how their 5 minute statements were to be confined to their legal experience. No politicking allowed. Letting everyone know about your endorsements and then mentioning how you'll be opening an office above Northstar (who is already a client of yours) rubs people the wrong way. I don't want my town judge in cahoots with the local watering hole. We don't need any more conflicts of interest. View Comment
Dems R Gr8t has had more posts pulled down off this site by the editor than any other poster I've seen. Please, though... leave this one up!
Larry wouldn't have all these articles posted on the DV site over the past 5 months if he didn't know how to write. Nice try, D/R/G8. View Comment
Are you a writer for the DV? I clicked on your name to get your CV and grab your e-mail, but it's linked to a page with other DV writers without you listed there.
Will Dick Lyman be getting a featured article in the 'news' section on Monday morning? I would expect that to happen now. Thanks.
And, please have his story featured at the top of the homepage as this one was.
And, please make sure he is in your e-newsletter, listed in the first spot on that, as this story was this morning.
Thanks, again. View Comment
Allan, that was a mouthful, man.
I guess we’ll agree to disagree.
Reading what you wrote basically gives credence to everything I said.
1. The DV does indeed have a policy on posts and pulls them down for violations of those policies. Comments that are threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libelous, etc. are pulled. I’ve not seen a comment pulled because of length, nor do I see it in the DV rules and regs.
2. I’ve been in town longer than you, so yes, I remember getting buzzed from those jets. It sucked. But, I’m sure Gary didn’t appreciate the muscling. Ali as supervisor wouldn’t either. That was my point.
3. I saw the post with the Hitler comment in it. Ali was not compared to that monster. The statement was made as a metaphor. Basically, despots give rousing speeches too… doesn’t mean they’re good speeches. That was the gist. Would it have been my choice of words? Nah. But, Ali was in no way compared to a genocidal maniac.
4. IOFA has public financial records. If they’re wrong, beat up the IRS, not the posters on the DV. Salaries are salaries. Travel expenses are travel expenses. If the data is misrepresented, blame those doing the books. I give to the Wounded Warriors b/c of the % that actually goes to the troops. Many do their research on these to see what % goes to the actual purpose of the charity compared with those running the charity. Put it out there on IOFA and put it to rest.
5. No one is attacking the PR Partnership. The question is whether or not a candidate for political office (or standing board member) should be involved in something like this while at the same time serving the town as a public official. The ethics board and (I believe) most residents see a conflict of interest here. And now… so too does Ali. She said she’s resigning next Tuesday should she win! Why? You don’t have a problem with it. Fine… uncle.
6. You’re not so sure 3 year old pictures of PR landmarks are irrelevant? C’mon, don’t dance on that one. It was a play to get the voters to believe that we’re in a shantytown and that the Dem slate would fix it up. There are people in her own campaign who are not happy about that one. The political consultant should give you $3K back.
7. You’re defending your wife. Sean’s defending his Dad. I would defend my Dad and my wife probably more fiercely than both of you put together. The motives are admirable. Regardless, the voters will wade through this all and decide who has the “stuff” to run this town the best for the next two years.
I got to be post #50. Has to be a PR DV record.
I should get like a free sandwich or something.
And 2 Hoegaardens.