Category Archives: Columns

Column: The etiquette of snow removal

Owning a home on the corner of Forest Avenue and Redfield Street has given me a unique perspective on snow removal. The sidewalk in front of my house is a well-traveled path for strollers, joggers and dog walkers. Within three blocks I can walk to an amusement park, a nature sanctuary, a pharmacy, a market, […]

Column: Zero-sum game with the $20 bill?

Gail Collins in her New York Times op-ed piece on March 21 urged removing Andrew Jackson’s face from our $20 bill in favor of a yet-to-determined American heroine. Fortunately, there is room for both the lady and the president. Bear with me, please, while I take you around Robin Hood’s barn before getting to the […]

Column: Bracket bustin’

You would figure that by now, I would’ve gotten the hang of this thing. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament kicks off this week, and with it comes what promises to be yet another futile and pathetic bracket prognostication from yours truly. I watch a lot of college basketball throughout the year, but it seems that […]

Column: Local government versus state government

In early February, the Siena College Research Institute conducted a statewide poll of registered voters to assess their views of government in New York. Overall, 66 percent of the respondents thought their local governments were on the “right track” while 42 percent thought our state government was headed in the wrong direction. In evaluating whether […]

Column: Controlling school district costs

The superintendent has put forth his proposed budget for the 2015-2016 school year and I am happy to report there is a lot of community conversation going on about it. As the board and administration continue to work on the budget, we welcome and hope for community engagement. In fact, on March 24, we will […]

Column: Use of force by Rye police

While we know that photos can be altered, Rye is very lucky that the battered face on page one of the March 13 Rye City Review is a white face and not a black or brown face. If it had been black or brown, the boy’s image would have been splashed across media far and […]

Column: Alma matters

The NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament doesn’t start until March 15, but on Saturday evening, I got my first dose of March Madness when I watched my alma mater defeat Albertus Magnus College to advance to the Division III Sweet Sixteen. You’re not going to see any game highlights on ESPN, you’re not going […]

Column: Money for the court, new faces for the town

I am happy to report that, after a lengthy application process, the Harrison Town Court has been awarded another grant from the Judicial Court Assistance Program, JCAP. JCAP was established to help provide our state’s town and village courts with resources and equipment needed to fulfill their critical role in our justice system. The funds […]

Column: Traffic concerns persist around school

The dreadful winter that we are experiencing with constant periods of snow that narrow the roadways, followed by ice and bone-chilling cold has served to crystallize the problems near the Bronxville School at drop off and pick up times. The village police department has purposely turned a blind eye to many of the vehicle infractions […]

Column: Insight into the city manager search

The single most important decision the Rye City Council will make is squarely on the horizon. In the next few months the council will select and hire the next city manager. Although our current city manager, Frank Culross, has ably filled the role and admirably steered Rye towards a more credible and reliable government, given […]