Category Archives: Columns

Column: Doing what we can to help the downtown

As the holiday season fast approaches, our business district still has a distressing number of empty store fronts. To truly understand the current situation, I sought to gain the landlord/owner perspective. As an overview, the vacancy factor in Westchester County is currently between 5 percent and 6.2 percent. Some Bronxville landlords have 100 percent occupancy […]

Column: Within these walls

“This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.”–Theodore Roosevelt The Eastchester community lives true to these words especially at Bronxville’s ‘Four Corners.’ Beginning in the 1920s, the wide intersection at Midland and Pondfield avenues […]

Is experience worth it?

Pretty much everyone has heard the old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words, but, did you know that experience is worth a thousand pictures? Or a thousand dollars, or even more, when it comes to remodeling. In fact, some may say experience is priceless. This is especially true for those that have […]

Proud of my council colleagues

When I accepted an appointment to the City Council in January of this year, it was important that I was comfortable with my perspective fellow council members. I was not looking for colleagues who had precisely my views on issues; indeed, I strongly believe the City Council should be comprised of people with a diversity […]

Column: Halloween is coming

I am very proud to announce that three Harrison High School students have been recognized by the 2015 National Merit Scholarship program for their outstanding academic performance. Catherine Rocchi has been named a semifinalist, the first step in a process that grants scholarships in the spring. Matthew Rube and Olivia Barbelescu have been named commended […]

Column: Asking more from our athletes

Over the last few weeks, area football teams have been making headlines, and not just because high school playoff season is about to kick off. On Sunday, the Monroe-Woodbury school district announced that it was suspending the remainder of the Section IX Crusader’s JV football season after allegations of verbal hazing within the program arose. […]

Column: Is experience worth it?

Pretty much everyone has heard the old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words, but, did you know that experience is worth a thousand pictures? Or a thousand dollars, or even more, when it comes to remodeling. In fact, some may say experience is priceless. This is especially true for those that have […]

Column: Where is Rye’s $40K?

This column on Nov. 22, 2013, was entitled, “State law not applied in Rye’s top cop search.” The law in question requires competitive bidding, which was not used by the City Council in hiring a recruiting or search firm to find a replacement for the retiring police commissioner. The term “top cop” is used here […]

Column: A question of loyalty

I found myself in an odd position on Saturday night. I was pacing the New Rochelle sidelines, taking copious notes after each play from scrimmage as the Huguenot football team did its best to defend a perfect record. While that might not sound like anything out of the ordinary given my job description, it was […]

Parking woes are only temporary

Due to the long awaited start of the Kensington Road project and the receipt of a federal grant to renovate the Garden Avenue lot, parking has taken center stage at Village Hall. To recap, the village displaced merchants, commuting residents and residents needing 24-hour parking from the Kensington lot. This was a difficult task. The […]