Molly, you have had the most informed and insightful comments on this string. You laid bare the destructive, corrupt, and insidious nature of these rulings. I hope people will carefully read each of your comments. Any sane person will become increasingly enraged as they begin to fully realize what has happened to this county/state/country. View Comment
I wish that were the case but please consider the following in response to your comment:
NY lost 2 Congressional seats. That didn't happen because of robust population growth. It has been an exodus, primarily of taxpayers. Maker vs Taker
As to Zoning, why did the Affordable Housing Judgement target communities having a variety of housing stock - from apartment over retail space, to co-ops, town houses, small single family home, to multimillion dollar estates? There was something for everyone who wished to work hard enough to afford what was within their means.
Regardless of where one lives, or whether one rents or not (the landlord passes on the financial exposure) it is the TAXES making homes unaffordable.
What made the judgment so offensive was precisely the insinuation of your dog whistle diversity and an assumption of prejudice where NONE existed.
If they Cuomo & HUD) wanted to make housing affordable, why didn't they allow for municipalities to earmark housing for workforce - teachers, police, firefighters, etc? That was NOT ALLOWED.
Net net, we have allowed liberal politicians to erect a fiscally unsustainable state- our children cannot afford it, and soon we won't be able to either. View Comment
The writer obviously took a Common Core stats class. Correlation, Causation - it's economic eg state mandated costs (Cuomo), etc, NOT this simplistic notion the writer pulled out of the sky like a 3rd grader looking for an excuse. Imposed 'diversity' and social engineering will make Westchester even more unaffordable. More Takers; less Makers. View Comment
Agree with their decision - a dead police officer.... And this man is REALLY gone from this earth, not like on TV when a murdered character gets up and can go him. That said, when these venues turn JayZ away, or any number of rap gangstas, I'll believe their sincerity. That guy was a crack dealer and shot his own brother! And yet, that somehow elevates him. We have become a truly sick society where real Losers, win. View Comment
Sorry to see the Knights fall, but congratulations anyway on such a competitive hoops season. These young men work very hard and are committed to each other as a team. They have an exceptional coach who is teaching them life lessons beyond the court. View Comment
Lisa'Love'. The irony of your name is not lost on me. You are sadly misguided and ignorant. By your own words, you refer to the student as 'a boy'. THAT is precisely the issue. He cannot be a knowingly willing participant - he is too young to fully understand his actions and the heinous manipulation by the adult perpetrator. § 130.05 Sex offenses; lack of consent. 3. A person is deemed incapable of consent when he or she is:
(a) less than seventeen years old; or (here the law details other conditions like mental disabilities, etc). You should also further educate yourself on what defines assault....with your attitude, it may keep others safer and you out of jail. View Comment
Richard, you framed things appropriately by noting the reprehensible nature of the 'encounter'. Under the law, rape can be penetrable, non penetrable, the offender can be abusing authority, the act can be coerced, the victim is a minor and therefore incapable of making this choice (statutory), and so on. This young man had his innocence stolen by a knowing adult who, at one juncture, had a fiduciary relationship with him, as a teacher. We do not know the details, and for the sake of this young man, hopefully much of that will be remain shielded. In any event, however it is detailed or defined, it was a sexual assault and abuse of power and trust View Comment
For those NYers unfamiliar with Rob, I can't tell you how fortunate we are to have an individual of his caliber and character willing to run. He is a straight shooting problem solver who gets things done. Regardless of class, color, or party affiliation, Rob reaches out. He has an urgency about him that eschews empty rhetoric and promises. Bless him and his family for the challenging campaign that lays before them. I urge people of all stripes to give this man a chance. View Comment
Astorino openly questioned County Government when he won his first term. It's state law, Mr Feiner. You know that as well as anyone. Maybe as Governor, Rob will help to overturn that law and return the millions of tax dollars counties are MANDATED to collect back to local governments/taxpayers. Cuomo certainly won't. View Comment
Thank you, Mr Zaleski, and also for your thoughtful comments and fact- based assessment of the damage Cuomo has wrought on NY State. This is no longer a game of politics; it is a pivotal time in our state and nation's history. I sincerely wish people of all stripes would be more considerate of the facts and recognize the consequences of their votes. View Comment
Respectfully, you couldn't be more wrong. Rob Astorino has done more for the residents of Westchester DESPITE Andrew Cuomo's gimmicks - tax cap? Don't think so, Tax free zones? Read the fine print. Rob has assembled a bipartisan coalition on the County Board, ending Ken Jenkins' reign of ridiculousness. Unlike Cuomo, Astorino is a problem solver. He has reduced the size of County government saving us millions, he has reduced taxes yet maintained, and in sone cases, increased the social safety net, and he has stimulated business growth in the county - which is the ONLY way we can make Westchester a far more livable place for a diverse population He is more than capable of campaigning and managing the county in a conscientious and expert manner, something that cannot be said for Cuomo. View Comment
Why the love fest with communists? The denial people are in over the utter base behavior and grinding oppression these people represent is baffling. The naïveté is dangerous and disappointing. It's a shame this man was gifted with 94 years on this earth and he used them in such an irresponsible and self-absorbed manner. View Comment
Let's see how they do on yet another state school project. EVERY project, large or small, has gone way over budget/time and included a lawsuit of some shape or form. The little boiler room project - disaster. A concession stand! STILL not completed because none of these PAID architects and engineers figured out how to hook up a toilet. Pathetic. The Auditorium needs to be fixed - not sure if reinventing Carnegie Hall was prudent. View Comment
And Duh.... Name recognition. The more people hear about Rob, and the more people hear the insipd divisive comments from Prince Andrew, the more the polls will shift in our favor. Maybe all the dopey upper east siders will get that a vote for Cuomo supports DeBlasio - happy shoveling otherwise. View Comment
I'm behind Mr Astorino regardless of what decision he makes. He is a rare individual who truly wishes to positively impact EVERYONE'S life, regardless of ideology, race, etc. Cuomo has spit in the hard working honest taxpayers eye one too many times. View Comment
Astorino has been the best thing for Westchester and will be the best thing for NY State. Funny how Feiner and other libs didn't care about a freshman Senator from Illionois running for President; someone who never ran anything except groups of anarchists I dare say, Astorino has more executive AND business acumen than Obama had when he ran. Cuomo Obama all cut from the same cloth. We deserve better. Our children deserve better View Comment
Preserve privacy?! What a joke. To thanks these brave people, this guy will probably release their names and addresses to the press if they own a gun..... Just as he did to thousands across our county, including victims of domestic violence and law enforcement officers. Our neighboring county released NOTHING and PROTECTED privacy. Unless compelled to file with his office, I wouldn't trust this guy with my kids homework. View Comment