Category Archives: Columns

Column: Refacing instead of replacing

To be more accurate, the statue of Lucy is going to be refaced. The likeness of Lucille Ball, in her hometown of Celoron, N.Y., is so scary looking that the town has decided to have her refaced. The newspaper headlines vary, but my favorite is “Upstate town terrorized by demon Lucy statue.” Thank goodness refacing […]

Column: Springtime in New York

The last week or so has been a pretty decent time to be a sports fan in New York. Between the Yankees-Mets series over the weekend and the possibility of a second round showdown between the Islanders and Rangers the local sports scene has been positively abuzz as of late. Not too shabby for late-April. […]

Column: Springtime events throughout the community

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending County Executive Rob Astorino’s State of the County Address. The county executive remains optimistic that Westchester County is heading in the right direction. He pledged not to raise property taxes and restated his goal of balancing needs versus wants. He also expressed his confidence in the county’s […]

Column: Meter feeding remains a concern

At a recent Board of Trustees public workshop, the trustees gave our parking enforcement officers the go ahead to issue tickets for meter feeding on Pondfield Road, Park Place and Paxton Avenue. The law against meter feeding has been in the village code for decades, but with a history of lax enforcement. The decision to […]

Column: Budget answers you need to know

The 2015-2016 school budget is a big topic around Rye. A few questions seem to come up frequently, so I’d like to take the opportunity to address them here. What does the budget include and why do we need an override? The budget maintains Rye’s educational program. It preserves the academic excellence and rigor our […]

Column: How we got our Rye golf course

As we note the 50th anniversary of Rye’s acquisition of its own golf course, it would be well to recall how it came about and who deserves the greatest credit for the acquisition. The course used to be privately owned and the time came when we on the City Council began to hear that the […]

Harrison Round up

Baseball 4/14 Rye d. Harrison 7-0 On April 14, Rye hurler Tim DeGraw turned in a gem for the Garnets, tossing a complete game no-hitter against the Huskies as his squad cruised to a 7-0 win at Rye Recreation Park. DeGraw hit two batters, walked three and fanned six over the course of his first […]

Column: Retaliation fatigue

I consider myself something of a baseball purist. When it comes to watching Major League games, I’m all for the direction the sport is going in. Fewer runs are being scored, ERAs are lower across the board, and speed, pitching and defense—not the ability to hit home runs—are of premium importance to teams looking to […]

Column: The capital costs of maintaining a village

In tandem with our yearly operating budget, the trustees, village staff and I have crafted a very comprehensive capital budget. It is quite far reaching and aggressive as we deal with a village infrastructure, both above and below the ground, that is now 100-plus years old. For the years 2014-2016, we have budgeted $3.46 million […]