Community Talk

The place to speak your mind on everything from politics to potholes.

Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
Posts awaiting your approval 0
Betsy Ross October 29, 2013 at 11:29 PM
So who ghost wrote this for the FL Dem club? "Peter Harckham has cut taxes by 2.2% and reduced Read Morespending by a significant $100 million." Really? HE did that? I know he walked out of the last budget meeting in December 2012, shut the lights off and rang a loud bell... while his colleagues and the county executive did THEIR JOBS and passed the budget. How does this get glossed over? Andrea Rendo, rescue us.
Len Martello October 30, 2013 at 10:32 PM
YES, Pete Harckham and the County Legislature approved a county budget with a 2.2% reduction,Read Morecompar ed to Astorino's 1.8% proposed reduction. Astorino likes to take credit, but it was not his doing. Pete Harckham has been a consistent voice of reason in this district, fighting for families and the environment and cognizant of our taxpayer dollars. He always advocates for constituent concerns and he is totally visible throughout our communities. That's why he is so highly respected throughout the area, by Democrats and reasonable Republicans, Independents and Non-Party voters alike. Rob Astorino is part of the problem and Andrea Rendo is just another angry Tea Party candidate. She can't hold a candle to the hard work that Pete Harckham has done building relationships with the voters of our area.
Rica Mendes November 03, 2013 at 10:47 AM
Betsy, while I agree with you on some other comments (and I'm a registered Democrat, which clearlyRead Morey ou are not), I cannot disagree with you more. Peter is one of the most proactive politicians for the little guy, the big guy and Westchester than I have ever met. As a Fox Lane alumna and JJ district parent, I couldn't be prouder of my alma mater and Peter.
Len Martello October 29, 2013 at 03:37 PM
This entry is in response to Jennifer Cook's letter to Patch endorsing the Bedford Republican slate Read Moreled by Don Scott. It appears that Bedford Republicans have run away from their party's core values: suddenly "party" doesn't matter to them. It must be noted that the Republican candidate for Supervisor, Don Scott, served as a district director to former Tea Party Congresswoman Nan Hayworth. You won't find that anywhere in his campaign literature, though. The Bedford Democrats took a "no lawn signs pledge", a step at protecting the environment and natural beauty of our town. The Republicans, including Bedford 2020 member Mary Beth Kass, made a different choice regarding the environment, as you can see all over our roads and highways. As the wife of Republican Councilman Peter Chryssos, it comes as no surprise that Ms. Cook would again support the Republican ticket. The Bedford Democratic slate proudly embraces our party's values: Chris Burdick for Supervisor, Julie Hallowell Vulpescu and Meredith Black for Town Board, Simone Shapiro for Town Clerk and Judy Aydelott for Town Justice. Party values DO matter, from the local level up to the national level. Remember to exercise your right to vote on November 5th!
Len Martello October 29, 2013 at 06:11 PM
Staunch Democrat, Ms. Cook? I don't think so. Party values do matter, and we see the BedfordRead MoreRepubli cans running scared form their party affiliation. We hear no mention of Supervisor candidate Don Scott's work as district director for Tea Party Congresswoman Nan Hayworth. One can only wonder why. As the wife of Bedford Council member Peter Chryssos your endorsement of the Republican slate comes as no surprise to anyone. The Bedford Democrats proudly embrace Democrat values from the local right through the national level. Party values DO matter to Chris Burdick for Supervisor, Julie Hallowell Vulpescu and Meredith Black for Town Board, Judy Aydelott for Town Justice and Simone Shapiro for Town Clerk. Remember to exercise your right to vote on November 5th.
Jill Mango October 10, 2013 at 08:02 AM
I couldn't agree more. Looks like more time is needed to make a truly informed decision. ManyRead Morequesti ons still need answers.
CazNY#1 October 10, 2013 at 12:13 PM
This could cost more than it saves. Crazy not to wait until 2015.
Brian Stempel October 10, 2013 at 01:11 PM
This is a great summary. I agree. The timing seems rushed and the assumptions underlying theRead Moredecis ion to (potentially) close a school (likely LES) are suspect. Perhaps if the 8 month process leading up to the creation of the assumptions they are operating under were more transparent, the community reaction would be different. There are a lot of smart people in this town who care deeply about their children and their children's education. The board could (and should) provide to the community with all of the source documents (not just the powerpoint that was circulated) they used to get where they are now and allow us to help solve the problem. Let's 'crowd source' a solution together. We may be able to find a better solution. Even if we didn't, even if we reached the same conclusion the Board seems headed for, there would be far more buy-in because the process would be more inclusive. Given what we pay in school taxes and the potential damage to our community, we are owed that level of transparency and involvement.
Jean D. October 03, 2013 at 09:03 PM
You are fools to be supporting these cheats.
Marianne October 03, 2013 at 09:29 PM
Ew baby...you are drowning in the koolaid.
Jean D. October 03, 2013 at 09:49 PM
What koolaid would that be? The Koolaid that thinks cheating spying and lying is a good thing? Read MoreBr ainwashed much? I bet you are looking forward to the IRS making your health decisions? Koolaid...Puhleeeze. Jim jones has nothing on this govt. and they count on moon bats to keep them in office. Democrats are "easy to herd". As James carvile once explained.
Rob Cummings August 01, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Muscoot Farm -- Stroller friendly plus see the farm animals! Also the Truesdale Lake loop in SouthRead MoreS alem. It is on roads but they are local and lots of walkers all year round. Park at the Lewisboro Library and walk down to Lake Shore drive.
Lisa Buchman (Editor) June 06, 2013 at 10:14 AM
I loved all the music - the band belting out 'Sweet Caroline' was great!
Lisa Buchman (Editor) June 06, 2013 at 10:12 AM
Heather, thanks! I saw you in the crowd! These are awesome. It was a perfect night for it! I'll add Read Morea link to your post from mine.
John Craig June 03, 2013 at 11:50 AM
Regarding paragraph 5 -- the retirement incentive. I haven't read anything to suggest that theRead Morereti rement incentive and the insurance switch are related or that that KLDTA asked for one to get the other. When I read the initial release from the board, I saw them as 2 different cost savings initiatives. ---The district indicated that each retirement saves a net of $32,500 per year. Early Retirement Incentive Plans (ERIPs) are fairly common stuff among downsizing private organizations. I think it makes sense to use them here to accelerate cost savings. ---The original petition was well written. Now that we have addressed point #3, I think it's time to make further progress on point #2 -- a financially sustainable contract. ---And, experience suggests that if you really want to move forward in a collaborative way, you have to let go of the past. Continuing to harp on past mistakes undermines point #5.
Sara Weale June 03, 2013 at 12:36 PM
Thanks for your comment. I agree that we all need to move forward -- but in my opinion, althoughRead Morethi s side agreement made a long-overdue change in health care carriers (while maintaining a high level of health care benefits/access to teachers, retirees and their dependents), the KLDTA again asked for retirement incentives in return - just as they did for the December 2010 MOA that extended the terms of their contract for two years and avoided going to Triborough. Under the 2010 MOA, KLDTA requested a $10,000 retirement incentive and 21 teachers took the offer (including the current leader of KLDTA) -- resulting in an outlay of $210,000 by the district. Although some savings might have been realized for "early" retirements, it is difficult to calculate the exact amount because the district has no way of knowing when a teacher would have retired without the incentive. If 20 additional teachers take the new retirement incentive which was increased to $17,500 for some reason -- that is a total cost to the district of $350,000. Don't forget that regardless of the incentive, teachers retire with full pension and retiree health care benefits. Yes - the district will realize some savings from the incentives -- but we likely would have realized similar savings without incentives and natural attrition/retirement of our teaching staff. What I think we need to pay attention to as a community is that it seems the only way that KLDTA leadership will agree to changes in the status quo is if they get something in return. The last two agreements with the KLDTA will likely result in approximately $500,000 spent by the district in retirement incentives over a five year period -- money in my opinion, better kept in the district system during these difficult economic times and in the tax-cap environment. In my opinion, finally switching health care carriers did not merit financial rewards for teachers likely retiring in the next three years anyway.
Katonah19 June 06, 2013 at 08:08 AM
For more insight, take a look at BOE Member Charles Day's statement on retirement incentives inRead Moreexc hange for KLSDTA's agreement to changes in Health Care here: http://bedford.patch.com/groups/opinion/p/days-statement-on-kl-union-contract-changes
Portia Torte May 31, 2013 at 10:21 AM
The whole intersection needs to be modernized with a fully working light and turn lanes to keepRead Moretraf fic moving. Maybe a cheaper alternative is converting the intersection into a roundabout. Roundabouts keep traffic moving and can handle large amounts of traffic including turns without the need for traffic lights. A roundabout would preserve the rural character of the community.
Donald Diamond June 04, 2013 at 07:07 AM
A full functioning traffic light at the Shell Station would provide dramatic relief that would notRead Moreb e costly. In the meantime, issuing tickets for the failure to signal would help.
yvonne stellar June 05, 2013 at 03:58 PM
There is so much traffic everywhere you go. So many people-7 billion, 8, 9, 10 billion coming.. Read More get ready for
Lisa Buchman (Editor) May 28, 2013 at 10:44 AM
This letter was written in response to KLSD Forward Together's petition. The members of the KLSDRead Morecom munity group have also penned an open letter to the teacher's association, here: http://bedford.patch.com/groups/opinion/p/open-letter-to-katonahlewisboro-teachers
Nick Richards May 28, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Pretty offensive and arrogant tone throughout this response. Whoever wrote it clearly has noRead Moreconcept of how to communicate with a community without insulting its members. "you do not know, or fail to understand" (translation: "you're wither uniformed, or too stupid to understand that you're wrong") "Your request to intervene, though seemingly well intentioned" (translation: "you seem well intentioned, but we're allowing for the possibility that you aren't." Way to question the good faith of your audience) "Please do not insult us" (but we'll freely insult you, as we're doing with this response) "many well intentioned individuals in the community cannot know what they do not know" (translation: "you're uniformed, so just be quiet.") "please do not presume that you are the only people who “have not seen raises or bonuses in recent years" (translation: "We know you didn't say or imply this, but rather than express solidarity with you, the members of the K-L community, we couldn't pass up yet another opportunity to impute ignorance and bad faith to you.") "Do you really believe that the economy only affects this community" (translation: "We like this line of attack so much, we decided to double down on it, regardless of how much it mischaracterizes the position of Forward Together KLSD.") "you do not seem to realize" (translation: "If you didn't get the message before, allow us to say yet again that you're either ignorant or too stupid to understand. We thought this would be a suitably offensive way to end our response.")
John Craig May 28, 2013 at 08:59 AM
I like that members of the Board are willing to make independent statements. We need more of that. Read More And then hopefully they can see public reaction more clearly. ---- For me the retirement buyout is a positive. It is a fairly common way that the private sector accelerates cost savings. ---- BUT the important aspect of this statement is Mr. Day's benchmarks: Bringing the contract more in-line with those in nearby districts. ---- The health care savings is great, but we need to see teacher contribution to insurance premiums more in-line with the private sector. ---- Ultimately the district needs to bring total compensation to a level that allows for sustainable budgets that don't compromise student education.... or force more significant layoffs.
See more »