Category Archives: Opinion

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 […]

OP-ED: Harrison receives rating upgrade from S&P

By FRANK GORDON On Dec. 18, 2013, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Service announced it raised Harrison’s credit rating to AA- from A. This rating upgrade indicates that, in S&P’s opinion, the town/village is better able to meet its financial obligations than was the case when the rating agency last performed a similar assessment. S&P also […]

Op-Ed: Parking permits don’t always permit parking

By Frank Gordon With the advent of the holiday season, users of the Harrison municipal commuter lots may find it increasingly difficult to find parking, even though they may have paid $600 for an annual parking permit. Harrison shoppers heading to New York City via Metro-North are certainly a factor in the reduced availability of […]

Op-Ed: Rahm Emanuel and the Rye City charter

By Peter Lane To paraphrase a comment attributed to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, “No good scandal should be wasted.” When you strip away the sardonic humor—that Rahm was always a scream at our fraternity “Goth” parties—this particular axiom makes a good deal of sense. After all, any scandal, Rahm’s word was actually “crisis,” is an […]

OP-ED: Astorino or Bramson? Who’s for our middle class?

By PETER LANE If I had a buck for each time Democratic politicians have invoked their concern for the “middle class,” I would be instantly catapulted from that socio-economic state to the exalted “one percent” of the country where many high-end Democratic operatives and bundlers—and yes, Mitt too—are happily ensconced. While I’m aware that too […]

Op-Ed: Dollars and sense and Rye’s non-existent PBA contract

By PETER LANE Sometime this month, September 2013, a panel of three arbitrators will issue a decision that settles Rye’s open issues with its police employees through the two-year period ending—Are you ready?—Dec. 31, 2010. The salary portion of the award will, if these arbitrators act in their usual fashion, be fully retroactive. That is, […]

Op-Ed: Peter, Scott and Joe and snow in August

By PETER LANE What do Peter Jovanovich, Scott Pickup, Joe Sack and snow in August all have in common? If you allow me the political equivalent of poetic license, I will attempt to make the connection. Outgoing Councilman Peter Jovanovich, whose term ends this coming Dec. 31, has announced his intention to seek an independent […]