I believe you are wrong about commuters not paying their fare share. The rates are not inexpensive and have been going up on the Metro North about 11% each fare increase for the past almost 5 increases in 5 years, and the service has gotten worse. I believe the are increase money is going to cover their deficit for mismanagement. You cannot continually raise the fares to cover your business losses that you are creating because of mismanagement. The commuters have nothing to do with it. They actually have record ridership so where is all the extra money going? I agree that they need an audit so we can all see where the money is going and not speculate. View Comment
You don't always know you're going to a store, it is sometimes spontaneous, and you would not always have a reusable bag with you at all times. Especially when you're commuting back and forth to work everyday on the metro north and other transportation and just pop in spontaneously like most people to shop after work and at lunchtime. It would be very inconvenient to most of Westchester. Like I said before, there are other ways to be environmentally friendly and being a commuter is. Also paper bags come from trees. View Comment
No one ever considers in the discussion that there are commuters every day that use the same stores and ride the buses and trains. Not everyone is driving a car (that is also environmentally friendly) and you need a plastic bag with a handle to carry if you're walking. Especially if it's raining. View Comment
Where is a picture of the mugshot? I would like to see who this person is by the photo since the homeless walk the streets of White Plains everyday, and who knows what will come of the legal process. View Comment
I hope the governor does put pressure on the MTA to refund customers. They never refund for anything that they deem is out of their control (or in their control for that matter). After they were out of service for the pending storms last year, they had a day where they did not collect tickets to make up for the disruption. But if you're a monthly ticket holder (which is the majority of customers who ride the train everyday), how are you getting "refunded". You already pre-paid your rides for the entire month. That only benefits daily ticket purchasers who are not the regular riders because it costs more to travel that way everyday. Someone should get on their case about this. At least offer a discount purchasing your next months monthly ticket. View Comment
Someone should also investigate why there is a "Police booth" at the White Plains station with no police there full time (hardly ever). The only time I see them in full force is if there's an alert out or recently because of increased traffic when the New Haven line was out of service. I once got stuck in the elevator there at rush hour because the elevator door would not open for me to get out. I pressed the alarm and it took several minutes for someone (from the newsstand) to come to my aid and investigate. I was thinking, the police office is just upstairs. When I got out by pressing a certain button I was told to, the doors opened and I went upstairs and banged on the police door for answers and no one answered. They were nowhere to be found. I noticed someone coming after I got on my train about 20 minutes later. When I complained about this (their absence), I was told that the station has cameras everywhere and they can reference them for crimes. Also, that the ticket booth attendants can always call for emergencies if they see something happening. That gave me no assurance because you want someone there to prevent crime, not just report it after it occurs. Or if no one's around just study the tapes afterwards. What does that do in the moment when it is occurring? The ticket booth is not open all hours and I'm sure they will not come out of behind their glass screens to assist. Also their sight of range is only in the ticket booth area. I'm really surprised that there have not been more incidents. There has been an increase of vagrants around the station, right next to the non-manned "police office". View Comment
I agree that the park is both tired and old. The food is way overpriced and a day there will cost at least $200 for a family of four. The price you spend is not worth the experience unless it gets needed renovations. Concessions should not cost you, for example, $32 for two 5 pc chicken tenders with fries and a soda. You could eat more reasonably at the Pier restaurant. View Comment
This is a major transit hub in a big city and there are never any police there with consistency. There is a police office there (where the old ticket booth used to be) with a big sign reading Police with no police inside and no bell or instructions on what to do in an emergency. I guess we have to just yell and hope for the best. It is really a joke that is not funny and there should be a manned officer there at all times. There has been an increase in panhandlers there over the years and nothing has been done about them. View Comment
I don't understand why the Mt. Kisco childcare director feels that she needs to cut middle income scholarships because the "poorer" parents have to pay extra in their percentage of child subsidies and give more scholarships to them instead. You mean only paying a quarter of your daycare is not generous enough and you get doubly helped by having a scholarship in addition to that? That is ridiculous. The middle income people do not qualify for any government assistance and if you add in all the scholarships financial aid subsidies etc for the "poorer" people, it's the equivalent of a 100,000 a year job. Meanwhile the middle income people have to pay for everything full price like rent, electric, heat, healthcare, childcare, etc. and have to tighten their belts to have any discretionary income or savings left over. It is very unfair and ridiculous that the county executive is being called out for making people be financially responsible for the care of their own children. I wish I only had to pay 25 percent of my child care bill. There's a saying that you need some skin in the game for a reason, Otherwise you take everything for granted. View Comment
Highly skilled special ed teachers are not babysitters. This speaks to your ignorance about the special education services provided.
You must have no children left in the school district with your recommendations to cut all the things that any respectable school district has, AP classes and the arts (which by the way has plenty of students).
I hope the school district never has to entertain your ideas. View Comment
They made the wrong choice because a monthly pass holder like me got no benefit other than you waited a few extra days to buy the monthly pass for November. Either way I paid the same amount so I did not ride "free" as the monthly pass runs from November 1st to the 30th. The only people who "benefited" and I use that word lightly, were the ones who buy a day to day ticket pass. My October monthly pass means I prepaid the whole month in advance. There should have been a discount for train pass users off their November train pass. I don't think the MTA thinks about their regular everyday customers when they make these decisions. We are the ones who ride the train everyday paying a lot of money for these monthly passes and are the ones who never get any refund or discount if something goes wrong. Whether they allowed us to ride "free" or not November 1st & 2nd means nothing if your November monthly pass covers you for those days anyway. I have a Westchester county bus pass attached to my November monthly and there were no free rides on the Westchester MTA buses the bus driver told me so I had to have my pass on November 1st anyway. So the free bus thing only applied to NYC. View Comment
SOMEONE, AND I'M GUESSING IT'S THIS LETTER'S AUTHOR OR SUPPORTER, SENT A SPAM EMAIL TO PARENTS IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT WITH THIS SAME MESSAGE ANONYMOUSLY. I SAY SHAME ON YOU AND HOW DID YOU OBTAIN OUR PERSONAL EMAILS ILLEGALLY? View Comment
I agree with "hvpatriot because I was thinking the same thing about the safety issue. I agree with having a community "garden but not on school grounds. All safety issues should have been spelled out and addressed before this was given approval. The article seems to suggest that there was plenty of broad language to go around that did not have direct answers. The "northsalembiker" commented on what he heard from the school which seems to be more than what is in the article, so yes he does not have all the facts.
"Dawn to Dusk" is a pretty long time and there are plenty of children on the school grounds after 2:10 with after school and sports activities. They are also there during the summer for pre-season practice. The one board member who disagreed with the garden was a police officer and that should tell you something because he knows about the possible ramifications and looks at if from a safety standpoint first.
This is not a public park but a school, and schools should have different rules regarding strangers. Just because they are residents of North Salem does not mean anything.
For such a garden to exist, there needs to be clear rules posted and it needs to be monitored during school and after school hours. If that is not possible, then the garden should be elsewhere or just for the exclusive use of the school and/or schoolchildren and parents. View Comment