Category Archives: Opinion

A rare failure of the president’s political mojo

By Peter Lane I’m sure we can all agree the political and media firestorm over the Bergdahl affair has far overshadowed the earlier Obama pronouncement made at the recent West Point commencement ceremony. I refer to the president’s statement that we will be withdrawing all of our forces from Afghanistan no later than Dec. 31, […]

OP-ED: Governor is right; educate our prisoners

Politicians are always touting new ways to cut taxes. After all, who really wants to pay more money to the government in light of recent economic turmoil? Whether people are still talking about the economic crisis of 2008 or the economy in general, taxes are always a heavily-weighted topic of discussion. Taxes are almost always […]

OP-ED: Making the (political) point spread

By Peter Lane In the world of politics, your bottom line is an election victory, even if you have to hang a chad or two to achieve a narrow one. That is not so much the case in the coming New York gubernatorial election, in which margins matter to both sides, albeit in very different […]

OP-ED: A view of Harrison’s unjustified parking bargains

By Emil Toso It is not commonly understood that Harrison taxpayers are providing 250 free shopper parking spaces in our off-street lots located in various areas of our business districts. Those spaces are provided for approximately 100 business property owners who have not themselves provided any customer parking for their real estate investment rentals, stores […]

OP-ED: There was a coup in town; I now live in a colony

By BARRY S. GEDAN It’s an odd feeling to awake one morning, after 31 years as a resident of the unincorporated area of the Town of Mamaroneck, to find that I, my spouse and the 12,000 other souls residing in the unincorporated area have been colonized and are being ruled from the near abroad. It’s […]

Op-Ed: Belmont rejects proposal to benefit library

By FRANK GORDON Last week, I wrote about the status of negotiations with Con Edison over the amount the Town of Harrison will be paid for Con Ed’s use of a portion of the town’s commuter parking lot for about a month in October 2013. I described how the compensation from Con Ed has two […]

OP-ED: Con Ed owes commuters, should fund library

By FRANK GORDON It has been several months, but Harrison residents have yet to hear anything about the status of negotiations with Con Edison over the amount the town will be paid for Con Ed’s use of a portion of the town’s commuter parking lot for about a month in October 2013. For the most […]

Op-Ed: Official reserved parking spaces an outmoded perk

By FRANK GORDON In early December, David Martin, the mayor of Stamford, Conn., announced the elimination of all official reserved parking spaces on the ground floor of the parking garage for the government center, Stamford’s City Hall. Prior to this change, 20 spaces had been reserved for municipal government officials on the first floor of […]

Opinion-Editorial: Stipendgate, Part II

  By FRANK GORDON In Stipendgate, Part I, I reviewed the process by which the Harrison Town Council inserted a $12,000 annual stipend for the police chief as one of its last-minute changes to the 2014 adopted budget. This after the board granted and, shortly thereafter, rescinded a similar stipend just four months earlier. This […]

OP-ED: Stipendgate, Part I

By FRANK GORDON It was around 11 p.m. on Dec. 19. I had been sitting for three and a half hours in one of the more unusual Harrison Town Council meetings I had ever witnessed. Unusual, in part, because it was punctuated by no less than three half-hour intermissions—one while the council met privately in […]