Category Archives: Columns

Harrison Round up

Baseball 4/14 Rye d. Harrison 7-0 On April 14, Rye hurler Tim DeGraw turned in a gem for the Garnets, tossing a complete game no-hitter against the Huskies as his squad cruised to a 7-0 win at Rye Recreation Park. DeGraw hit two batters, walked three and fanned six over the course of his first […]

Column: Retaliation fatigue

I consider myself something of a baseball purist. When it comes to watching Major League games, I’m all for the direction the sport is going in. Fewer runs are being scored, ERAs are lower across the board, and speed, pitching and defense—not the ability to hit home runs—are of premium importance to teams looking to […]

Column: The capital costs of maintaining a village

In tandem with our yearly operating budget, the trustees, village staff and I have crafted a very comprehensive capital budget. It is quite far reaching and aggressive as we deal with a village infrastructure, both above and below the ground, that is now 100-plus years old. For the years 2014-2016, we have budgeted $3.46 million […]

Column: How we got our Rye golf course

As we note the 50th anniversary of Rye’s acquisition of its own golf course, it would be well to recall how it came about and who deserves the greatest credit for the acquisition. The course used to be privately owned and the time came when we on the City Council began to hear that the […]

Column: The mayor’s inbox is full

Some folks are susceptible to sending email messages containing language which they would never have the gall to use to someone’s face. Some folks feel entitled to tee-off on elected officials as a matter of sport, the way callers often eviscerate the Mets or Yankees on talk radio.  And let’s face it, some folks out […]

Column: A frontrunner’s lament

Well sports fans, here we are; the NHL playoffs are upon us and the Rangers are the best team in the NHL, winner of the President’s Trophy and squaring off against a first-round foe in Pittsburgh that seems to be in disarray. Why then, as a fan of the Blueshirts, am I absolutely terrified? See, […]

Column: Harrison students can move to the beat

Congratulations to the Harrison High School students for their performances last weekend at the 2015 Heritage Festival in D.C. One hundred and eighty Harrison students competed nationally in music, dance and auxiliary teams and achieved the following awards: Marching Band, Gold, Percussion Ensemble, Gold, Dance Ensemble, Gold, Concert Band, Silver, Orchestra, Silver, Color Guard, Silver, […]

Column: The revised budget and impact of your vote

    For the last six weeks, the school board and administration have been hard at work vetting the superintendent’s recommended budget for the 2015-2016 school year as presented on Feb. 24 by Dr. Alvarez. At Tuesday night’s board meeting, that work came to fruition in a revised budget recommendation that reduces the proposed budget-to-budget […]

Column: What to do about ISIS

The New York-based Council on Foreign Relations last week published a massive “Special Collection” entitled The ISIS Crisis. Editor Gideon Rose said in warning that, “We can’t promise that after reading it, you’ll know exactly what to do. But we can promise that you’ll have the information you need to think about the question intelligently.” […]