Category Archives: Columns

Column: Some numbers on the sales tax front

Local sales tax collection is a reliable barometer of the health of the economy as a whole and local business districts in particular. The village just received its second sales tax payment of $233,000 for this fiscal year from New York State bringing our current total to $459,000 or just under 52 percent of our […]

Column: United Nations at the plate

The United Nations has been around a long time, 70 years in fact. Compared with the mere decade and a half that its League of Nations predecessor survived, seven decades is a very long time. And no one responsible is today talking about putting the U.N. out of its misery. Why is the U.N. still […]

Column: Caprice

Winter will soon be waking spring but hesitates to whisper of the season, knowing spring will lift her head, fling off his ermine robe, once again place blossoms at his feet and flee to place her hand in summer’s.   Mary Louise Cox, poet laureate of the Town and Village of Mamaroneck      

Column: Saturday night special

When I was eight years old, I was convinced of two things: first, that I was going to pitch in the major leagues, and second, that I was going to spend my offseasons touring the country as the first-ever professional athlete/stand-up-comedian. Neither one of these dreams may have come to pass, but I still love […]

Column: How we remember our presidents

When I was a boy, we celebrated President Lincoln’s birthday on Feb. 12, the actual date of his birth; and we celebrated President Washington’s birthday on Feb. 22, his actual date of birth. Of the two dates, the 22nd was the one more likely to be taken off from school or work. Nowadays, you hardly […]

Column: A long winter

It’s officially here, people; the worst time of the year for sports fans. I don’t mean it’s a bad time for fans of Section I athletics. If anything, with sectionals just ramping up, this may be the most exciting time of the winter. But if you cast your gaze out beyond the local scene; there’s […]

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 […]