jerry, I agree with your comment one hundred percent. But every time I posted my agreement, someone at the DV deleted it. Maybe they don't like that many people actually see it the way you and I do. View Comment
Mount Vernon residents can expect that most of the money the state sends for "pothole repairs" will be diverted into other "projects" (also known as private bank accounts). The condition of the roads is worse than ever, and they continue to deteriorate. But then when you remember who's running the city, you'll know the reason. View Comment
cyotos - you are 100% spot on with your comment about Hillary Clinton. Thankfully we don't have to worry about that other disaster in Congress, Nancy Pelosi, running for President - she's content to living the high life her position of wealth has afforded her. View Comment
cryptoguardian - let's not forget that Spano continually ignored the Federal government's mandate about creating affordable housing in Westchester, and kept kicking it down the road, and now THE Republican has to deal with it. View Comment
This bridge has been shut down several times over the past few years, usually for a couple of months at a time. Thanks to the previous County Executive Andy Spano neglecting this part of the county, the people in a low-income area are continually inconvenienced and forced to take alternate more costly routing to their employment. View Comment
JstDaFcts is right, kids should not be used to score political points with ANY party, Left or Right. But the Left had no problems with Bill DeBlasio using HIS kids to score political points.
And I agree that paying taxes puts undo stress on us. Why should I have to send MY money to pay for the multitude of vacations taken by President Obama and Michelle Obama? And why should I have to pay taxes for myself and for the one-percenters who pay no taxes, people like George Soros, Warren Buffett, Jamie Dimon, and Lloyd Blankfein, as well as the wanna-be one-percenters like Reverend Al Sharpton?
Take a look at the city's web site and you'll see how sadly lacking it is. The budget for last year is still posted, but the new current budget has been in effect for two months. Maybe the Mayor doesn't want the people to see the current budget with all its discrepancies, etc? View Comment
He destroyed the city, starting with the first day of his first term. Now he's more than mid way through his fourth term and the city is in shambles. His commissioners are all appointed by him, none are elected, and they have done a shoddy job of running things in their respective departments.
Mount Vernon's streets are filthy because the police do not enforce city ordinances, under indirect orders from the Mayor himself.
Crime is perceived as being at a lower rate because many crimes are not reported, and of those that are, the police are hiding the numbers, again under indirect orders from the Mayor himself.
The schools are among the worst in the state, with about 60% of the students failing (thanks to the previous Superintendent, Welton Sawyer), and now the Mayor wants to take full control of them? That will definitely be the end of what could and should be a quality education for the students. View Comment
I don't support the Libary tax. It's another unjustifiable tax on top of other unjustifiable tax burdens, and the people just can't afford to be putting out more money. And especially for the Library, which is already funded by the state and various grants. Why do they want millions more from us? View Comment
I don't know why my comments are being deleted by the DV. Maybe they've been threatened by Mt. Vernon Mayor Davis for publishing truthful comments by concerned citizens?
I'll write it again. Expect Davis's speech to be a litany of lies about all the so-called positive things he's done, and promises that will never be fulfilled. View Comment
@cryptoguardian - did anyone in the public ask each of the candidates, "What is your real, sincere interest in being Superintendent of the Mount Vernon Schools, OTHER than the attraction of a salary of a quarter of a million dollars per year?"?
Nothing is being said of the salary and benefits and other provisions of a contract. Will it be a one or two year probational contract, or a full five years contract with all sorts of severance goodies if the person fails in his job? View Comment
I guess this is the best they could find? But then, who would want to be a Superintendent of the disastrous Mount Vernon School District?
Based on the information quoted in the DV article, here are my comments:
McCalla - NO. He was already involved in the MVSD years ago, and he chose to leave. So he should not be given the opportunity to further destroy the schools. He once said he would never be an administrator, so why did he
change his mind? Did the offer of mega bucks have anything to do with his decision?
Harris - NO. He said the "students need to be held to the highest moral, academic and ethical standards.” What about the administrators, teachers, and ALL others in the educational system? Maybe he has double standards?
Tomko - NO. I almost considered him to be the best candidate of the four, but after reading his "joke" about the "low taxes" in Mount Vernon, I pushed him out. The unjustifiably high taxes in this city are nothing to joke about.
Hamilton - MAYBE. Not much is known about him, other than what has been mentioned in the article, so I won't decide one way or the other.
BUT, whoever is selected as the Superintendent, he will be under the cloud of control administered by the Mayor, Ernie Davis, who exerts much control over the school district.
If the people of Yonkers allow the Mayor Mike Spano to take control of their schools, expect to see the failure rate of students to increase substantially, and for hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to be misappropriated, just as is happening in Mount Vernon, with their Mayor Ernie Davis running the schools, right into the ground. View Comment