I am disappointed that mr Gembka is leaving as well. Was he perfect, no. But he was accessible and listened well. If he hassled people for being late, good for him. Teaches good manners and responsibility. We got our few late notes - we deserved them. More important, I fear this is reactionary based on criticism of the BOE and Hochman. Blame Gembka for the issues and distract from hochmans own failings. I wish the search was on for a new superintendent instead. He is too political and divisive. Good luck to Tim Gembka, I am sure he will succeed. B View Comment
No sarcasm intended, but afraid of what? If they are afraid of reprecussions from the schools, then this is another example of how wrong Jerry Hochman and the board are. They think they are untouchable, like big govt.
they do not care about anything but themselves.
Everyone needs to stay the course and right this wrong. View Comment
Please ask that they step forward and make themselves heard. The board is doing the usual 'blindly stand by and dismiss all parents concerns'. And the Hochmam supporters are in 100% politics mode - sending mass e-mails and even putting an ad in the paper. They are making the retreat all the focus and labeling his critics intolerant or worse. All the while, they ignore the long list of valid and measurable concerns about the direction of the board and the superintendent.
Got to give Hocman credit, however - he is consistent and fair. From red-shirting, to school rankings, special education, inflated budgets and bullying (a favorite) - he ignores each concern equally.
I am sure there are less polarizing, and less politically motivated candidates out there that could step in and make a difference. 7 years is a fair shot at it, no? The distractions alone are enough to ask that he move on. The board is to blame here as well. One of them had the gall to say 'the idea of his resignation is absurd' - very telling View Comment
The important question is this.
Was the board aware of this and approve it? If so, they should all be reprimanded and punished. If the board was not aware, then Hochman went rogue. If this is the case Hochman should be severely disciplined for promoting such an inappropriate, insulting and politically driven 'retreat' without board approval. It is wrong based on content and wrong for him not getting approval - it was not even on the agenda for the meeting. I will not be satisfied until he accepts responsibility.
Based on his allowing his personal political beliefs to interfere with running a school district, he should STEP DOWN immediately. Take a look at his tweets. He is passionate about the SL Cardinals and hard core political positions. Now, that is fine as we live in a free country, he can think or feel what he likes. But he is a superintendent of a school system and there is no place for him here.
If I switched schools based on a handful of parents I did not like, I would have bailed after the first week - LOL. Certainly after the auction;). School is about the kids, not about the parents. I do not agree with every parent, on various things, but I respect most of them. I get a kick out of the mix of people, and admire all the involvement and community spirit. It was quite evident this weekend, for sure.
You got to get off the nasty race thing. We have mixed race and mixed religion couples, parents from around the globe, and mixed race kids, some adopted, from various backgrounds - it is quite cool. Nobody else is as angry as you about some perceived mistreatment and racism.
You comments on the DV are often condescending and void of respect of other opinion. You often get into name-calling. This recent batch about calling all PR residents racists and you subsidizing our school system is slimy, even from you.
You state above that 'a small batch of parents were not good enough for us'. (That could sounds quite bigoted to some) And you finish the post with 'lucky for ME.....' That about sums it all up.
If people have problems with you, don't try and blame race.
His hard line position and focus on bashing charter schools also seems out of place. Not only is this political issue big on his twitter page, he has had Diane Ravitch speak at the school to promote a book and cut up charter schools. She is one sided on the issue, and she and Jere love the idea of throwing 'race equality' in the mix here too. In hindsight, similar outrage should have surfaced with this woman's invitation to speak at BCSD. No speaker with another view on the issue was invited. Nor was the discussion at all relevant in educating our children right here, right now. I assume charter schools are a threat to him, but still, why is it his place to endorse one side or the other? Another example of Hochman using his position to promote a personal political view. View Comment
First of all, golf is a gentleman's game based on honesty, courtesy, and self regulating rules of the game. NOPE
Also, most people choose to play when there is nothing pressing back at the office. NOPE
These are private courses where members choose who they want as guests. NOBODY WANTS HIM, get over it.
Inconvenience an entire club of hard-working paying members? Sure, why not. He probably wants to wear cargo shorts too! Not to mention the weekend was LABOR DAY - Barack Hussein has never Labored for anything, except fundraising and campaigns. Go visit the families of the be-headed and stay away. View Comment
it is really dissapointing that the same people were again voted onto the board. They have done a poor job fiscally, with overblown budgets, and they get voted back in. The fact that Pound Ridge does not have representation and pays the greater percentage of taxes and cost per student, is unacceptable. They, along with anyone who helped draft the budgets, should resign instead of run for the seats again. View Comment
The BCSD is NOT, by any stretch, a productive or quality district. The rankings by school have fallen in the past 10 years, as taxes continue to rise. They spend-spend-spend. The unions are the problem, and the school superintendent and board here in BCSD are also a problem. They are dishonest, and self serving. They ignore problem children 'AKA Bullys' while preaching about it. There is police involvement at PRES because safety concerns are not being addressed! Cops in a school to contain a Kindergarten kid?? They are under investigation by the feds for these type and other issues, they have layer upon layer of un-needed positions but continue to ask for more $ - and again, rankings stink. I am all for us getting our share back from NY state, but i would prefer other administrators watching how the money is spent when we get it. So, check your comments - we do not have a good school district at all. It was better just a few years ago. And if you are concerned about home values, then you should be very disturbed. View Comment
Sore losers, perhaps.
But, answer this just so i am clear on some definitions.
who is a more of the racist?
1. the pimply faced high school kid, going thru puberty, who tweets a few pretty bad things --- OR, for instance:
2. Mayor DeBlasio, and all his power, who shuts down 3 very successful charter schools, depriving inner city children, specifically, a great education. And he is going after more of them.
Are they same, or is one worse than the other? View Comment
some humnas have a very important function in nature: to post really dumb comments. Gotta go - off to stalk down a dog, or squirrel, or baby seal or something -- just not satisfied tonight. View Comment
Barbara - are you an educator, or a parent of a public school student, or both perhaps? I am a parent in the BCSD school system. I think charter schools are a great idea and option for parents. View Comment
She has no right being at a publicly funded BCSD school humping her books and railing against charter schools. Charter schools are the best thing to happen to public schools in a long time, especially in the inner city. Why do people wait in lines in hopes that their children get into these schools? Because they have a choice and the education is better in these charters (public school charters, to be clear) than in most current public schools. There is some accountability for results – great idea. Why is she so against them? Maybe she is just protecting the union position, I guess? In addition, she is insincere about them not accepting handicapped children – as it is a lottery system. Question for BCSD: Can we expect that a speaker with an opposing view will be invited to speak at Fox Lane soon? It would be nice to understand both sides, no? View Comment
Thanks to Tom Renner and the Voice for posting this article, and thanks to Dawn Decker, from L'il Beans Toys in Pound Ridge for providing a convenient drop spot. Quick clarification - we are collecting new, unwrapped gifts. Merry Christmas and God Bless View Comment
'VERMONT' sort of charm? I have to believe that even you, lIlli, cannot keep a straight face when you write this. It is very clear who she supports in this and every election. Just take a look at the 5 year old (and recent) political window signs adding to the charm of Scotts Corner, if you can see past the rusty BBQs. If the ticket is focused on cleaning up the look of the town, then its ardent supporters and candidates' friends should lead by example. It is a classic, 'We know best how to fix things, with your tax money', but not practicing what one preaches. For the record, that Farmers Market ‘aint all that’ (even though the cute little ‘Vermont like’ torn Xerox copy paper in a plastic page cover, taped to the pole says so). It could be quite a lot nicer, more inviting and more active - and i would support it. I do not know enough about it to comment further, just that the Italian bread costs $10 a loaf, so I have not been back in a year. It may be a pleasant place to gather on a Sunday, and I am all for supporting the locals, but the 5 tables in front of the shop, do not a Farmers Market make.
To her credit, however, it was a perfect set-up for the Democratic campaign booth on Halloween Night. Hopefully you guys were able to snag Sponge Bob’s vote.
I feel compelled to chime in here. We live in a small town, certainly divided on the political front, and this campaign is ugly. We will be running into each other at town and school events, so let’s hope it remains civil. I am going bullet points.
1. While it is totally irrelevant in this campaign, anyone who refers to the Tea Party as Tea Baggers should be called on it - disgraceful. The Tea Party is one who simply wants fiscal responsibility, and wants government to stay the heck out of peoples every move. I too would like to see this and I respect the Tea Party. ‘Tea Baggers’, as you VERY WELL know is fowl term, look it up in urban dictionary. So funny, ha-ha – do you want your children using the term? You can disagree, but that is name-calling at its worst. This has been going on, driven by media hacks, since the inception of the Tea Party. Classy.
2. I understand Allan protecting his wife, as I hope that he would. I think it is getting the best of you – I am sure everyone the better come Nov 6. However, remember that this is a political campaign and people will respond and question what they feel is inaccurate. I have not read a single personal attack on either of the candidates. Being called out for positions or possible mis-statements should be expected. It is public office we are looking at. Some of your reply comments sounded mean-spirited. I see you wheeled them back, thanks.
a. I too see a conflict in interest with the PRP and a board seat. Alison does too, as she mentioned, rightly, at the debates she would resign her position if elected. This does NOT TAKE AWAY any of the work the PRP does, I applaud them.
b. The TEP project is a potential mess and will raise taxes. It come with a huge spend, moreover, it will not guarantee new business to Pound Ridge. The issue with waste water is number one, and a solution has not been explained by Alison’s ticket. Do you really think it wise for PR to borrow that sum of money in hopes of getting it back from the US govt – especially with what is going on in DC now?
c. Tax records on non-profit organizations are public – and when running for office, all should be transparent. If only 10% of the funds in IOFA go to help programs, and there are payroll and donation issues, it does not sound like a success to me and is open to scrutiny. You cannot knock for people asking questions. The term money laundering is probably over the top, agreed.
d. Not participating in a Voice interview concerns me. I have no idea if you and the author get along, nor care. But, he has been very fair and writing just the facts and answers. I think it was a mistake for the entire ticket to not respond. It makes me question the ability to ‘think and react on ones feet’.
3. Just my opinion, but I think the Dem Committee ‘handlers and consultants’ have tossed candidate Boak out to the wolves in order to press their political agenda, which is not relevant in this small town election. The mailers, opening comments in debates, Pool house position/blame, and the general agenda are very divisive. Meanwhile, I am sure the committee chair sleeps well every night, while you and the other candidates/families are dealing with serious voter concerns.
4. Who cares if someone posts anonymous? If something is inappropriate, it will be taken down. People may post without a name for various reasons. Not worth getting hung up about.
5. Campaigning at the Scotts Corner Children’s Halloween night was lame. Say what you like, but it would have been nice to take a ‘night off’ from this election and keep it about the kids.
Hopefully, all this other stuff will be put aside, and voters will take the following things into consideration on Tuesday: Level of experience, character, dedication, credibility, focus, vision and listening skills. That is what I look at in any candidate.
If there is a beer summit, count me in for a glass of Becks. But, if politics and religion come up, I am outta there!
I wish the best of luck to all. Ben Bisordi
I too was at the library Tuesday night, and certainly did not see it as the author saw. I saw the Lyman ticket sincere, offering detailed plans for Pound ridge, and able to answer any questions, however critical. I saw passion, concern and very GENUINE answers from Dick Lyman and his group - they are capable of taking a position, and sticking with it. On the flip side, I saw very calculated responses from the Boak ticket, offering no details at all. They spoke well, and were engaged, but with no substance or solution on any issue. Everything sounds romantic, until the idea of ‘how’ is raised. In fact, I found Ms Boak perhaps offensive based her criticism, in placing blame on everyone for everything. And no, she did not answer a single question directly, with any meat on the bone. Not the water issue, the ethics issue, the ‘full-time’ job issue, or the TEP questions. She was, in fact as stated above, reading most of the time from notes and her own flyer. Meanwhile, she has sat the board for a few years, so where is all the need for 'change' coming from?
I think it very admirable that all of these candidates, from both sides, were at the debate - that they would give up personal time to serve Pound Ridge. I see that each candidate truly loves and cares about Pound Ridge (no matter what the years or political affiliation). They all have much to be proud of. But, my feeling that the Lyman ticket will better serve the town was confirmed tenfold at the debates. He and his experience put him miles ahead more knowledgeable about the infrastructure, due diligence, the laws and the important PR issues than candidate Boak. He will work hard and stay focused to keep Pound Ridge a great place to live and raise a family.
For the author to dub the debates a run away, is crazy. I understand it is only opinion, which is his to give. But for a long time, opinion too, was that the world is flat.
Benedict D Bisordi - Pound Ridge View Comment
Dicks comment about 'carrying the water' were so not entitled, however you may want to spin it. He is the polar opposite of elitist, but comment as you like. He spoke in a way explaining 'he has earned the right to be supervisor' and he certainly has - far moreso that his competition.
Regarding Peters' opening statement, yes he did not present well, I agree with you here -- it happens, but he still gets my support based on content. Again, he is not a 'politician', but he rebounded when he answered the direct questions well and sincerely, and with a solid and detailed plan. He is so focused on protecting the environment, that those who have similar concerns should vote for him regardless of his speech giving talents.
Sherene DePalma presented well - also agree. But, not much detail in her responses - she is an attorney, she should be able to present.
I do not question Ms Boak works hard and gives her heart for her beliefs, I am sure she does. But that does not make her qualified to run this town (either full or part time paid). The same goes for her involvement in the Peace Corp. View Comment
Nice little shop - I am glad we have it in our lovely town. I agree with Nina - we need more of these merchants and less ideas on how to spend tax dollars. Sorry Ruth, but right now, any articles/discussion of shops and Scott's Corner are going to quickly turn political - there is an election in 2 weeks, and one ticket is basing the entire campaign on how bad the town looks and how we need 'change', and how we should spend, spend, spend. I really hope Dick Lyman gets the nod. A vote the other way can potentially ruin this great town. View Comment