What is always the scariest is living near these homes with over the top decorations that promote violence. People go too far. The article has White Plains in the heading but the picture is from Ossining.
Wonderful alternative to leaf blowers that blow leaves, dirt & garbage into the streets all over White Plains. Noise is horrible!.Roadside pickup on Franklin Ave where I live means blowing leaves in street. They take up parking spots and clog storm drains. Elder woman in my building picks up leaves 1 by 1& puts in plastic bags. Who is libel for her if she gets hurt? The bags line up in back yard. She thinks the yard looks better. Why are leaves becoming trash?
This is a historic site and I do hope the school can continue at the site for the students who probably live in the area. They often come into time to shop and have helped the economy of the city. I hope the historic buildings can be repurposed for a modern use and the campus remain open. There are two buildings that predate the coming of the sisters and I hope they stay as they are. What will happen to the church? View Comment
Take a walk just north of walkway pictured above with the County's effort to replant alien plants with native plants and bringing back wetlands next to Bronx River. N White Plains Train station has ruined many cars from flooding. Mamaroneck River has had much attention in Mamaroneck due to damage from 2007 flooding. Bronx River has had some clean outs. Development causes flooding especially covering all open space with concrete and covered roads. Plantings that absorb water is imperative. See where you can get involved to plant trees and modify development in your area that takes into account flooding but rivers naturally flood. This what happens and when it rains heavily in a short time it is just normal. It is the highway that should not be there. Astornio was behind the Bronx River changes and Feds came in Mamaroneck. View Comment
Great that there is help but problem is people in these situations are often in denial or not even aware of the abuse. Outsiders/ family/friends can't always help & when reported to authorities there is not much of a positive reception. Have neighbor who is experiencing mental anguish resulting in strange behavior affecting her neighbors (excessive use of bleach, nails in hall, burning food,loud yelling, putting food under plastic in recyclable bag; throwing out recyclables) and reports to police, building department; Management/Board in White Plains leads nowhere. View Comment
I hope these rentals have success but they went in tearing down some old buildings and giving pedestrians a terrible side walk during construction. The Maple sidewalk near Waller Apt is horrible and the boards and fences are horrible. Not picking up garbage and cement is under dirt just next to sidewalk that has metal scaffolding on small uneven walking area. Light was hanging into middle where I was walking and workmen didn't treat me well when I complained. City did not check this spot as I asked and it is dangerous. And it is next to Funeral Home that takes care of their property and one post is damaged from construction on driveway. View Comment
Too much of a "good" bet, can lead to disaster. White Plains has too many restaurants and then many go down. People don't want the casino at Sterling Forest for ecological reasons. Foxwoods gave back to the Native Americans of Ct, income and the land was robbed from them. I went for the museum. Yonkers still has the race track and this was a big deal way back when I lived there. Yonkers is 4th largest city in NY State and the track and now the casino is a big draw. View Comment
Students who don't pay should not be allowed in classes especially after the semester begins. Maybe, a lay-a- way plan where when you pay up, you take the course. Or, pay after each class only if the students pays for half. Illegal should not get scholarships if one citizen is turned away for not be able to afford school. Suing costs money and hard to get if there are no bank accounts. View Comment
Smaller classes and smaller schools (by # of students) work better at meeting the needs of the students. Larger schools might save money but the end result is students not getting educated. Principals need to know every child and teacher to endure that learning happens. Long bus rides means children getting up early to catch a ride and as children age they need more time to sleep in mornings. Most children as they age go to bed later especially if parents work and they don't have their suppers till 7. Consolidate educational, police and fire administrations but not at the child level. View Comment
Teachers in private schools do not have the same requirements as public schools. They do not need to be certified by state with expensive educational requirements (masters level) and these schools don't have the same requirements as public when it comes to state/federal laws-IDEA, No Child Left Behind, Common Core, Free or reduced lunch just to name a few. Teachers in private schools might not be paid uniformly and negotiate with each teacher so women could be making less. Public schools have mainstreamed special need students including ESOL that many private schools don't. Class sizes in private schools are usually smaller. I also had duty assignments like study hall so less prep time. I worked in White Plains for 31 years. My pension is still taxed on Fed level and I actually spend the most in White Plains and sales tax in city is the way White Plains functions. I can't or never could afford a house in the city that some say over paid me. Now with tier 6, how are schools going to afford to pay those 130,000 salaries till 63? Two new teachers can be hired when one older teacher retires. District does not pay my pension but puts in a percentage for each present employee. This is determined by state. I also had to pay into my pension and new hires will as well. View Comment
One has to distinguish administrators that are in schools (not in District offices) like a principal. In schools, administrators are unionized contracted employees but district heads negotiate separately with Board of Ed. This allows for different numbers with different people who a district hires.. BOCES serves multiple districts so putting districts together in itself doesn't lower salaries at top. Public blamed unions & teachers for financial problems but over-time was not touched as well as coaching or stipends paid to certain staff for extra work or longer work year going toward pensions. NY state does not care about superintendents making big salaries cause it isn't that big when you look at a district's total budget. State giving teacher pensions to lawyers hired by districts so this needs to change as well. Psychologists and Social Workers get teacher pensions cause they are in same teacher unions but lawyers? Consolidation creates more layers in a bureaucracy and does not always cut costs. Westchester County is an example of a bloated Gov. group serving all of county so there is duplication of people doing the same things. Gov. has leaders who come and go but everyone else stays forever and inefficiency is rewarded by hiring more government workers as well as non-teaching staff in schools. Firemen and Police pensions are costing public even more.
Some administrators are collecting pensions from other states in addition to these salaries. Some get other perks like a car, house or paying for trips related to job. Remember, most get more than Governor. Then there are those administrators below them that divide up the Superintendent's job as well as secretaries. Schools are bureaucracies and many layers till you get to class level. Remember school taxes are in some municipalities separate from the rest of the government as in White Plains. You also pay taxes for schools on your phone bills. And, the public largely doesn't vote in school elections turning down pensions. The Superintendent is not in a Union and negotiates his/her own salary. By law, schools need a Superintendent but not all those assistant superintendents. But, the public and state went after the teachers and civil service workers that actually have direct contact in the classroom where the children are. Less than 2000 came out in White Plains' school elections so Boards just keep dishing out salaries that will attract the best of the best. View Comment
Wow, what a blow to his family. I will always have good thoughts about Guy who I worked with many years ago. I was the one who made those collages for his beloved hockey teams that he coached that he kept in office. He was a mensh if I spelling right or not, but a good person who will be missed by students, staff, alumnus and his family. He was about my age and it seems so sudden. What a loss and I am crying just thinking about it. View Comment
OMG! I made grammar mistakes but I did to be briefer. Have to write for audience but other comments (not the Joe guy) were hard for me to understand and I actually wanted to. This site does not allow editing. Where are these teachers teaching with DWI convictions? I did not know any while teaching in White Plains. Joe@home might be critical but this cop if he was drunk or even impaired with ambien will have a difficult time trying to go back to work. Cars are killers in the wrong hands. WB actually said the criminal justice system does not work. Courts are not blind and the side with the better argument wins. Doctors who are sued have trouble in their practice whether there was nothing that was their fault. I am not in a debate and just stated my own opinion. View Comment