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  • The Village Crier: Priorities
    Port Chester Village Board Priorities
  • Although the Amnesty Program has expired, the horrors that went with it still remain. Now they are even worse, because the lesser fees and fines went with it. I have been fighting against the misnamed program that brought a lot of misery to many homeowners in our village, causing many to lose their homes.
  • I commend the Port Chester Board of Education (BOE) for their positive perseverance. After the last bond failure, few held out hope than any new bond, however proposed, would ever get off the ground. Not only are we in a brand new moment, we now have before us a unique proposal crafted by a true cross-section of villagers which includes senior citizens...
  • Guatemalan immigrant Erick Mejia’s superintendent’s hearing after his arrest for carrying 19 bags of cocaine in his backpack on Port Chester High School property was on Monday, but no one except Mejia and close relatives – not even the 20-year-old’s fellow students and members of his senior class - will know formally how it turned out.

  • We are writing this letter with heavy hearts. On Dec. 29, 2016, our nephew Salvatore Brescia was the tow truck driver working for Vincent’s Garage who was killed on I-95 in Harrison by a hit and run driver. Sal’s funeral was on Jan. 3, 2017. Sal’s funeral was on Jan. 3, 2017. Eight different police departments came to assist in his funeral procession.
  • In a few short weeks the Port Chester Board of Education will decide on a new bond proposal. The Bond Advisory Committee overwhelmingly by a vote of 20-2 gave its recommendation.  As we all know, the amount came to a hair under $80 million.
  • Once again the Port Chester Schools are attempting to pass a bond to make needed improvements to our schools to accommodate our village’s continued population growth. While every resident will have the opportunity to vote for or against this project, it’s important that every resident has access to solid and factual information and that voting decisions aren’t influenced by false rumors, speculation, or intentional disinformation.
  • Beautiful People: Blanca Lopez
    Born in Lima, Peru, Blanca Lopez immigrated to the U.S. at the tender age of eight years old. It goes without saying that immigrants are some of the most vulnerable members of our society. 
  • The Bond Advisory Committee (BAC) was comprised of a diversified group of 30 residents of the Port Chester School District ages 25 through 70+. 
  • It is my intention to try to let all of the residents of Port Chester know what is happening in our village that might impact our quality of life if we are not alert enough to stop it. 
  • The Freelance Retort:The Christmas Ball Diaries
    And so begins “The Little Red Christmas Ball,” my new book which is—as the subtitle proclaims—a story for kids and anyone whoever was...and would be again.

    So, pretty much everyone...at least I hope.

  • This nation always has incidents of hate, bias and discrimination. Mostly these are isolated and often they are anonymous like the swastika painted on a Rye Brook street in 2010. 
  • Across almost every community in America, there is growing concern about the distrust that exists between police officers and the teenagers living in neighborhoods they patrol. Too many phone videos followed by protests and even riots corroborate this unseemly truth. 
  • Here we go again, fellow taxpayers. It’s almost one year to the day that the informed residents of Port Chester soundly defeated the worst bond proposal ever presented. So, what is the school board doing next? 
  • It seems that the Board of Education is not paying attention to what the taxpayers of Port Chester have been saying. In the Westmore News last Friday, Nancy Donahue, who is a member of the Alliance Group, wrote a very polite letter telling the Board of Education what they should be doing about the problem we have with the need for more classrooms and a few other problems. 
  • Many of you have heard about a proposal currently before the Westchester County Board of Legislators for the County to enter into an agreement to lease the County Airport for 40 years to Oaktree Capital Management.  
  • Almost two years ago I received a phone call from a good friend who said he knew who the new Port Chester High School football coach was. He called me because I was on the Board of Education and we had not voted yet.

  • We strongly encourage anyone who regularly drives along North Ridge Street headed towards the Hutchinson River Parkway, or who lives in the area, to attend the Village of Rye Brook’s public hearing on Dec. 13 regarding the ill-advised proposal to subdivide 259 North Ridge St. into three lots. 
  • On Nov. 29 I attended a Port Chester school board meeting where a new bond proposal was given to the school board. The board commissioned a group of 30 residents to try and come up with a plan to ease the overcrowding in our schools, mainly at our high school and the JFK elementary school. 
  • After months of advocacy from groups like the Sustainable Port Chester Alliance, the Port Chester Industrial Development Agency (IDA) recently released a draft statement on community benefits.
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