Category Archives: Opinion

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 This after the board granted and, shortly thereafter, rescinded a similar stipend just four months earlier.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 […]

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 […]