Category Archives: Columns

Column: Village moves forward on slew of projects

The past year has been characterized by unprecedented capital initiatives throughout the village, and the efforts continue. Though causing their share of temporary disruption to some neighborhoods, the trustees and I believe the completion of these projects will benefit the long term prosperity of our village. In the interim, we will work to minimize the […]

Column: Operations and limitations of the city

There seems to be some misunderstanding in the community with regard to how our city government functions, highlighted by the angst over rock chipping in Indian Village. Under our city charter, the day-to-day operations of the city are run by the city manager. The City Council hires and fires the city manager, but the manager makes […]

Column: How the town battles the snow

It appears that this winter season may bring repeated snowstorms with significant accumulations. I would like to bring your attention to a general description of how our Department of Public Works removes snow from our municipal roadways. Winter weather can be challenging for everyone. Our goal is to maintain safety for motorists and residents. DPW […]

Column: Cold weather, Soviet style

The late writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn made the world aware of punishment in a Soviet gulag when he issued “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch.” As I recall the story, Ivan is not sure why he was detained in the first place. But he is now doing a multi-year sentence in frigid Siberia. Despite […]

Column: A Super blunder

Like a lot of American sports fans, I’ve got some questions that need answering after last Sunday. Questions like “What marketing genius thought that Nationwide commercial was a good idea,” or “Was the Pepsi halftime show real, or just a scary fever dream?” But the biggest question of all is the most obvious; what the […]

Column: Show us those house numbers

I am happy to report that three new police officers have joined the Harrison Police Department. The officers were sworn in at a Jan. 30, 2015 ceremony in Town Hall. The new officers will complete their Police Academy training before receiving their assignments. I am completely confident that these new officers will carry out their […]

Column: The state’s agenda doesn’t help us

This past week Gov. Cuomo presented his proposed state budget for the fiscal year 2014-2015. To be on time, the state Legislature must pass a budget by March 31. Heavy on infrastructure repairs combined with an ambitious social agenda, the $14.16 billion proposed budget stays below the 2 percent tax cap only by exempting infrastructure […]

Column: What your tax dollars get you

As school board president, I frequently have the pleasure of meeting new residents in our community. I was recently introduced to someone who considers himself a rather new resident of Rye, having moved here within the last couple of years. He made two comments to me. The first was that he moved to Rye for […]

Column: Evil foreigners hack legitimate designers

Don’t be surprised if you find an exact duplicate of your present or future kitchen, replicated in such foreign places as North Korea, China or even New Jersey. Even where food is scarce and life is cheap, people still want a breathtaking kitchen and they will not be denied, even if it means using illicit […]