Category Archives: Columns

Column: July 17: A day to forget

Downing of a passenger jet and invasion of disputed territory; all in one day. We can only hope, as one commentator put it, this is not a Francis Ferdinand day, referring to June 28, 1914, when the Austro-Hungarian Archduke was assassinated in Sarajevo, leading to World War I. If the downed plane was, as announced, […]

Column: The village will miss you, Rocco

As is custom, this will be my final column until post Labor Day and it is bittersweet. As I introduce you to our new village treasurer, Lori Voss, I will also be saying farewell to our superintendent of public works, Rocco Circosta, who has been a beloved village presence for the past 10 years. It […]

Column: I used to be more of a Kirk

When I was a kid, Star Trek was something fun to watch on a Saturday evening on what was then WPIX, channel 11. When I was about 19 or so, Star Trek was basically my religion. I was never one of those guys who put on pointed ears or dressed up as Andorian Ambassador Shras […]

Column: A black eye for the NFL

I’ve got to hand it to the NFL. If they were looking for a way to make Ray Rice not look like the biggest bad guy in this whole mess, they’ve succeeded in a major way. By now, everyone is familiar with the Ray Rice incident. In February, while in an Atlantic City casino with […]

Column: The logistics of parking in a changing village

On June 24, we had a very productive meeting with residents impacted by the Kensington Road development project. We listened to the concerns of those who are the boots on the ground and made changes to our parking/construction roll-out plans. Meetings of this sort demonstrate our community at its best, providing a cordial free flow […]

Column: Let’s do a better job on pedestrian safety in Rye

Roadway fatalities have been steadily declining in the U.S. over the past several decades. That reduction is largely due to safety improvements in automobiles like electronic stability control, better air bag systems and more crashworthy vehicle structures, as well as improvements in roadway design. One of the few areas in the realm of traffic safety […]

Column: Summertime news?

They say the dog days of summer are generally a dead time for sports. Generally, I’d have to agree. With MLB just around its midseason point—and plenty of games still to be played—playoff races don’t really start to heat up until August. With the NBA, NFL and NHL on hiatus, it means there’s generally little […]

Column: Everything’s coming up infrastructure

This summer, activity at Village Hall defies the traditional quiet of past years as we embark on a myriad of infrastructure projects. The Garden Avenue parking lot flood mitigation project is well underway and on schedule. Funded primarily with a grant award from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the project involves the construction of […]

Column: The water’s fine, now look at this kid fly

Infrastructure improvements continue to be a priority and several projects are currently underway. Harrison’s Engineering Department has initiated the design stage for roadway improvements, which include road widening, curb installation and drainage infrastructure installation. Drainage improvements are necessary in order to repair infrastructure and alleviate water issues. Westchester County has developed a response plan regarding […]