Category Archives: Columns

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 […]

Column: PSI: Phoenix

I’ll come right out and say it; just because I think this latest Super Bowl controversy is dumb, it doesn’t mean I’m not enjoying the heck out of it. It’s rare that an on-field scandal makes its way off the sports pages. But even if you have avoided ESPN, sports talk radio and blogs for […]

Column: Curb the spread of flu in your home

During the cold season, the flu is undesirable. Help curb the spread of sickness in your home by targeting your most touched surfaces.  Door knobs and locks Every time you enter or exit your home or any individual room, chances are that you’re touching a door knob and/or turning a lock. Any surface that you’re […]

Column: Who controls city speech

Cities can speak with various voices. They can speak formally, through ordinances or resolutions. They can speak through actions, such as choosing to enforce or not enforce rules. They can speak by following one or another policy. Not very often does city speech figure explicitly in judicial decisions. But it happened last month in a […]

Column: Squeaky wheels

The past few months, the City Council heard an increasing number of complaints about rock chipping. The primary source of the complaints was from neighbors of a construction site on Highland Road where rock chipping began more than seven months ago and stopped only days ago. The chipping did not stop because the developer completed […]

Column: Things looking up for the business district

With the new year comes good news for our business district as vacancies are finally dwindling. I am cautiously optimistic that we have turned the corner on the post-recession downturn. During the worst of the “vacancy” period, I was often asked what recourse the village had to provide a disincentive to leave stores empty. The […]