Yes he is but because he is a white man he will get off with a slap on the wrist of community service, halfway house, restitution of the funds stolen etc. The minority tellers who stole a mere $850K from their bank's customers will be going to Sing Sing
Ok, but what about the biggies in the Wall Street banks who stole $billions and ruined the economy? Their banks are fined and the denizens of the executive suite walk scot free. Bonuses and golden parachutes for the suits and the slammer for the tellers. What the hell ever happened to the principle that we are all equal before the law? View Comment
Hey Ossining Resident you read an edited version of the original Ossining Daily article published after the mayor was called out about his self-awarded firefighter designation which he has posted on his campaign material. Nothing wrong with being an Associate of the OFD but it is wrong of the Mayor to state that he was a volunteer firefighter. This is a case of 'stolen valor'. View Comment
The incumbent Ossining Mayor is NOT a "Volunteer Firefighter" as he claims in the above interview. He is an Associate Member aka a social member one of Ossining's Volunteer Fire Companies and is not certified for exterior or interior firefighting as the regulations require. As regards his other bosat that he loves going to historic sites. Perhaps he does but as the organizer of numerous historically oriented tours of in the Village for many years I can state that he has never attended any of these local events. View Comment
There is no "stir" here in Ossining or Cortlandt for that matter
and these communities are is far from "energized" about a Papal visit to Philadelphia in 2015. Some people have expressed a hope that that the Pope might possibly visit New York City and if so, they may try to go see him. View Comment
it's interesting that an Ossining Resident chose to establish his restaurant in Tarrytown. He is of course entitled to do that but it would be interesting to know what factors went into his decision. View Comment
I recall that back in 2005 I proposed a trail within the Kil Brook Gorge one of the most scenic places in the Village the critics called it " Parachute Park". They also rejected the River Walk concept and the dedication of 45 acres of Village-owned land next to the Crawbukie Park. There was sneering as well when I pushed through the legislation to officially designate several existing other plots of land in the Village that were used as parks for years but never put on as such in the officially registered park list. It's unfortunate that Ms. Castaldi has joined league of people of this Village who claim to know the cost of everything, but the value of nothing. Had she fulfilled her obligations as a Trustee by attending meetings and finishing her term she might have more credibility and learned what it takes to complete a mission of service to the community. View Comment
Ossining’s “top-down” planning approach for developing Downtown Ossining runs counter to the needed revitalization of this neighborhood. A venture like this requires that the Ossining community buy into it at the very beginning and not later. While it is true that the community has been presented with several alternatives, all of them support the Village Administration’s vision of a densely built, out of scale city. Despite their protestations that the massive block representations of the structures are not final and that there will be later consultations with relevant community boards like the Historic Preservation Commission and others, the fact remains that the major decisions have already been made and anything after that is literally window-dressing.
Regardless of what the buildings will actually look like, they will be massive, block-out light and air and overwhelm the immediate surrounding neighborhood. Two of the most negatively impacted buildings will be the one story commercial building on Spring Street just to the south of the parking lot. Another is the Calvary Baptist Church on St Paul’s Place. This building dates back to 1834 and is on the National and Village Historic Registers. (Incidentally, this building was damaged during the construction of the nearby Post Office several years ago and given its great age, the chances for further harm should not be lightly dismissed.)
During the recent public presentation the consultant group made reference to the idea that in order to attract developers the project would have to be large enough to turn a profit. This is true. The more rentable space there is the more developers like it but the reference is to major developers and the fact is that there are smaller developers that are ready, willing and capable to take on smaller-sized projects, under the right conditions.
I suggest that the Village give away its parking lots to those developers who will build a smaller-scaled, less dense projects that are in general sync with the architecture of the near-by historic district. Further, these developers should get a five-year tax holiday. The fact is that these lots have not produced tax revenue for 50 years and a few more years of no taxes is not going to make up for all that time. Furthermore ownership of buildings and rental tenancy in them should be conditioned on membership fees of a Business Improvement District in order to finance maintenance security and other quality of life projects commercial Additionally, some of the lost revenue will come from the sales taxes that the new stores will generate and we should not discount that existing neighboring business will see a surge in sales as well. In addition, the State of New York has a number of tax and other incentives to bring business into Downtown Ossining as this area meets all the criteria of the State’s various economic development programs.
Chief Burton is not a numbers cruncher. He is a down-to-earth blue collar, awe-shucks, kind of cop. Bill10562 If you live or work in the Village of Ossining don't nit pick what the Chief Burton said. Praise what he and his force do to keep us safe. View Comment
As some of you may know, St Ann's School in the Village of Ossining recently closed and now, St Teresa's is on the way out. Only St. Augustine's School is left. Wondering if there has been conversations or studies on the feasibility of a consolidated Catholic School System. I personally believe in public education but I do think that Catholic and other private schools add value to our society. Studies have shown that while certainly not perfect, overall, Catholic School have been effective particularly in urban areas that have large racial and ethnic minorities. In a strange way Catholic Schools seem to be the model for many of today's Charter Schools.
I never attended Catholic schools when I was growing up in the tough Williamsburg section of Brooklyn in the 1950s but I had friends who did and while they invariably complained about the strict discipline every single one of them went on to college and on various levels were went on to become successful people, even the ones who were thrown out of RC schools for serious disciplinary problems -- a measure that is generally not available to public school officials. View Comment
Hi Shirley: You are to be commended for taking on this much needed job. I just got the notice of your event so I am not sure I can make it but I will try to see if I can reshuffle my schedule
Miguel Hernandez View Comment