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There has been a lot of talk about tens of thousands of new jobs coming to the region with the construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge. But what will the work opportunities really look like?
We might get a better idea Wednesday morning, when bridge project officials host the first in what they promise will be a new series of meetings. Although no one will walk out of the sessions with...Read more »
Years ago, when someone wanted to get up on a soapbox, he got on a soapbox. Today, he gets a Facebook page. Consider, for example, Can This Grungy Sock Get More Fans Than Nita Lowey, a page that fails miserably in its stated goal to attract more supporters than Rep. Nita Lowey (D-Harrison) but nonetheless receives points for the creativity of its title. The site doesn't pull punches: “Nita Lowey...Read more »
Westchester County Democrats don't appear to be fielding challengers against Legis. Mike Kaplowitz (D-Somers) and Legis. Virginia Perez (D-Yonkers), the lawmakers who crossed party lines last year to give Republican County Executive Rob Astorino the two Democratic votes he needed to enact his 2013 budget.
But that doesn't mean Kaplowitz and Perez aren't looking over their shoulders.
“I'm...Read more »
East Ramapo School Board President Daniel Schwartz didn't say exactly how officials discovered that they shouldn't be holding interviews for appointments to the School Board behind closed doors, but he did reverse the board's policy Thursday, pre-empting a Newsday story citing critics and a legal opinion questioning the legality of such secrecy.
At 9:32 a.m. Thursday, I emailed Schwartz to...Read more »
Not surprisingly, New York and Texas have had vastly different reponses to securing schools since the tragic massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
In New York, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo made it a felony to have a gun on a school campus.
In Texas, at least one school is arming employees and teachers. On Wednesday, this resulted in one employee being shot during a gun training, according...Read more »
Terrance Raynor, a former Mount Vernon police chief, has the inside track to become Mount Vernon's next top cop, a City Hall source speaking on condition of anonymity told Newsday.
"Raynor's the administration's first choice," the source said.
Mayor Ernie Davis declined to comment Wednesday on his first choice for the job, saying he intends to fill the post by the end of the...Read more »
Parents and administrators from a dozen lower Hudson Valley school districts are aiming to flood Albany with letters about high-stakes testing, the tax cap, teacher evaluations and the loss of local control in school districts.
“Parents have to get involved,” said Tracy Pyper, advocacy chairwoman for the Westchester East Putnam Region PTA and chairwoman of the consortium, said in a news statement....Read more »
If you live in the City of Poughkeepsie, it could be worse. You could live in Detroit. Or Flint. Or Milwaukee.
The Forbes 2013 report on America's Most Miserable Cities ranks Poughkeepsie at number 18, sandwiched between Cleveland at 17 and Gary at 19. The magazine released its annual list of the most miserable cities this week, citing Poughkeepsie's inclement weather, long commutes and high...Read more »
Who's the most liberal Republican in congress?
It's Rep. Chris Gibson (R-Kinderhook), according to the National Journal, which ranked lawmakers based on the votes they cast last year.
That might be a surprise to heartland conservatives, but it shouldn't raise an eyebrow among Gibson's constituents, which include people from liberal bastions like Woodstock, Saugerties and New Paltz. But...Read more »
By seeking to publicly vet the private groups that someday might manage Rye Playland, the Westchester County-owned amusement park, the Board of Legislators has managed to garner criticism from both well-heeled women and construction workers.
Folks from Rye packed the Westchester County Board of Legislators public hearing on Playland last week. Most were angry 30-something ladies who wore expensive...Read more »