Category Archives: Columns

Column: Playoff fever

In the aftermath of the college football championship game, one thing is readily apparent; it could not have worked out any better for proponents of the playoff system. This year, for the first time ever, the College Football National Championship was decided by a four-team playoff scenario. The decision to do away with the old […]

The State of the City

By Mayor Joe Sack In one respect, 2015 is beginning just like 2014. For the second year in a row, this traditional State of the City address by the mayor has been upstaged—and rightly so—by the swearing-in of councilmembers Richard Mecca and Richard Slack. But in another way, the start of this year is actually […]

Column: A new age

Now that Generation-Xer’s are approaching middle age, the marketing industry is frantically trying to predict what the Millenials will be attracted to in terms of houses, cars, appliances, and yes, even cabinets and countertops. I asked my 3-G (third generation) Smart Phone who are the Millenials but it just sat there and stared back at […]

Cheers for Verizon

One of the first issues I dealt with, after being elected to my first term, was to revive negotiations with Verizon, regarding their FiOS service. Where and when the service was offered was at the sole discretion of Verizon and, for quite some time, we were informed that Verizon was not expanding its footprint and, […]

Column: This year brings changes to the village

    The year 2015 brings many changes at Village Hall.  Last year’s unprecedented turnover of staff was bittersweet and we did lose decades of municipal government experience. However, with every change there are also positives.  New staffers bring new ideas and energy that benefit the Village. Technology is one such area where our new […]

Column: Middle East parties, tread warily

The standing of the Palestinian Authority, PA, is bound to have been enhanced by the appearance on television of its President Mahmoud Abbas front and center in Paris among heads of state and government including the prime minister of Israel. I do not criticize our president for his absence, since I have no knowledge of […]

Column: The fix is in?

When I stop and take measure, it’s pretty apparent that I’ve got a lot of crazy friends on Facebook. I’m not talking about your garden-variety social media neurotics either. Excessive baby photos, manic swings and compulsive relationship status updates; those are all par for the course. But somehow, it seems like, for whatever reason, about […]

Column: A year in review

Before getting into strictly Rye events over the past year, I want to emphasize three foreign affairs developments of great significance. The first is the rapid emergence of the Islamic State. The second is the decline of the Russian economy and of Putin’s prestige with the drop in oil prices. The third is the rapprochement […]

Column: End of year points of interest

This time of year prompts particular questions about the day to day whys and where fors in the village. Prime among them, now that it is peak shopping season, is the frustration seeing our parking enforcement officers seemingly intent on their meter duty and oblivious to driving infractions, most notably vehicles crossing double yellow lines […]