Category Archives: Columns

Column: No atheists amidst the shrapnel

I read the other day about a town where the custom had been for the local council to start meetings with someone reciting the Lord’s Prayer, a central feature of Christianity. The town has been told by the courts not to do that anymore. The idea is that this practice amounts to government endorsement of […]

Column: Breaking down the village budget

At the Board of Trustees December meeting, our village auditors from the firm of O’Connor Davies presented their review of our financial statements for the budget year June 1, 2012, to May 31, 2013. I am pleased to report we are in the best financial shape in recent history. The village received an unqualified opinion, […]

Column: Decking the halls, the malls and more

I’ll let you in on a little secret. Santa’s workshop isn’t at the North Pole. It’s actually located on a small, non-descript side street in Mt. Vernon. There you will find a 110,000-square-foot warehouse overflowing with ornaments, wreaths, toy soldiers and sleighs, where 160 elves work tirelessly seven days a week for three months of […]

Column: Protect the player, not the plate

Although Major League Baseball’s winter meetings failed to yield a ton of hot-stove action last week, there was some notable news that made its way out of Florida that caused something of a stir. It wasn’t about Mark Trumbo and it wasn’t about Curtis Granderson. MLB decided to make the game a little bit safer […]

Poetic License: Special Edition

The following poems were sent to the Mamaroneck Review by a reader in the belief their publication would make the author’s holiday season bright. They are presented in that spirit. Silver Song and White Clouds By Jon Billet A tune falls down from the sky into my golden tea cup. I drink this heavenly prayer. […]

Column: Holiday kitchen dreams

Most of us spend more time in the kitchen than any other room in our house and this is especially true throughout the holiday season when the kitchen becomes the focal point of your home. During this time of year, kitchens are not only filled with the immediate family, they’re also cluttered with welcome, and […]

Column: Let’s master this plan

As I complete my first term as your mayor, I would like to bring your attention to our master plan. Since I came into office, the Town Council has worked very hard in reviewing and amending multiple iterations of the draft plan. The master plan serves as a guide for all decision-makers, regarding the future […]

Column: City Council Updates

Upstream flood mitigation At the core of the city’s flood mitigation plan has always been upstream development and the Westchester County Airport. The city, along with its flood commission, has been persistent in collaborating with Westchester County to identify solutions to retain more water upstream. This month, the city had another productive meeting with county […]