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    “Today I'd like to note that the usual suspects are strangely silent.”

    Never fear Charmian, we’re posting - you just need to read down a little further.

    Quite a mudslide on Tim Chittenden, eigh? Do you believe it? Do you think there might, just might, be an official legal answer coming? I for one don’t make up my mind about a play during the overture – especially one as potentially salacious as this one.

    But one thing I do know for sure – our current police management capability and efficacy is below what this city had for decades before this. That’s the story that threatens children’s lives and puts unnecessary stress on all of us.

    Garnet Graduate

    Mayor Doug - Ask the BOE with added temporary RHS classrooms (more teachers) why isn't more parking be added to the RHS/RMS campus to improve local street safety? BOE has the parking design plans and costs-but will not pull the trigger.
    Make sure you ask Chittenden
    for his traffic safety comments!

    Average Citizen

    It is a little disheartening that when the PC hit the child, it was on here in a couple of hours. But the PBA issue has yet to hit the presses.

    What gives?

    And altough Tim and I have had some "gives & takes" here, I still will not only wait to hear his side, but also hope that the accusations are not true.

    Robert L. Byrne

    "Above Average Citizen"
    My opinion would depend on information regarding the lawsuit. Right now I have no information other than your sketchy outline. Both men will defend their behavior, and should enjoy a presumption of innocence. But my criticism concerned an abuse of trust, repeated improper labor practices, and needless and expensive FOIL requests.
    P.S. Why the anonymity?

    Jim Amico

    Phewwww, Ted and I still posting Exhonerates us!LOL!

    Charmian Neary

    During the often contentious Mayor's race this Fall, private conversations I'd had with the publisher of the Sound Shore Review were revealed on this blog within hours of when they occurred.
    Although they were leaked anonymously -- with significant and deliberate errors -- I had a pretty good idea of their source.
    I find it a shame that a citizen cannot have a confidential conversation with the publisher of a local paper -- but that's an issue I'll take up in the future.
    My point is a handful of sorry souls spent a whole lot of time on this blog savaging decent people -- and "news" found its way here in a hurry.
    Today I'd like to note that the usual suspects are strangely silent. news today on the front page of any papers?


    Robert L. Byrne,

    Surely you must also have the same opinion for the Officer (CURRENT PBA PRES.) who will be costing us millions in Taxpayer $$$ for the lawsuit brought against him & 2 of his fellow officers for the BEATING they laid on an 18yr.old in a routine traffic stop???

    Robert L. Byrne

    Some in Rye credited Bill Connors' most vocal critic, former PBA Pres. T. Chittenden, as a viable candidate for public office. Now his posturing is revealed for what it was: self-serving opportunism.


    I truly appreciate your explanation of the busing decision, Mr. Feeney. I have been a Rye resident for almost 8 years and never knew why busing wasn't available here.

    But I am still not convinced it wouldn't solve many problems. You said it only had a 50% ridership at the time. If I believe your numbers, that would mean that HALF of the children and the cars that we see now would be eliminated at peak hours.

    The 3 most recent accidents were not caused by speeding. They all occured at dismissal. While the Amico tragedy might not have been prevented by busing, the other two accidents may have been. Since speeding wasn't a factor in any of these accidents, I am left to believe that the sheer quantity of cars and children at drop off and dismissal is just a recipe for disaster. Frankly, when I see the chaos of cars and people outside of Midland daily, I am shocked that there aren't more incidents like the latest ones reported. I am quite certain that bringing busing back to Rye is not likely or favored by most. But I am not sure how the issue could otherwise be addressed. I think most people driving in school zones are reasonably aware. Children can be lectured and taught and informed but children, by their very nature, are unpredictable. So unless we reduce the numbers of pedestrians and cars at peak hours, I am just not sure what the answer is.

    The Old Garnet

    Re Busing:

    The minimal amount of past busing to/from the elementary schools (never to RMS/RHS) provided by the Rye City School District was more generous than required by NYS regulation (various distance/miles from school cut points). After conducting ridership surveys that yielded statistics that less than 50% of the families eligible for in-District busing actually placed their children on the buses, the Rye BOE eliminated busing about fifteen years ago (while I was a member of the Rye City School District Board of Education) having concluded busing to be a waste of taxpayer money. In two successive years in-District busing was eliminated followed by the cancelation of out-of-District busing (to private schools). Busing of special education students to out-of-District programs is required by NY State law/regulation and has been/continues to be provided by the District.

    Also, while somewhat efficient in getting the children to school in the mornings, busing is not effective in conjunction with the afternoon dismisals at the elementary schools due to in-school, after-school clubs or family determined/parent arranged after-school activities (dance, play dates, piano, sports, doctors appointments, haircuts, etal) requiring children to be picked up at school and delivered to their next activity on a timely basis rather than spending an incremental 15-45 minutes as the bus ran through its neighborhood routes.

    Busing in today's environment would cost millions of dollars annually, would inflate the School District budget and would result in an uptick in the tax rate of 1.5% to 2% in the first year followed by annual inflationary increases thereafter. Rye has been fortunate that the past dollars dedicated to inefficient and ineffective busing programs have been diverted and invested in the classroom in the delivery of educational services rather than
    on busing services not utilized by Rye's families.

    In short, busing is not the answer to Rye's traffic safety challenges. Modification of each individual's behavior and awareness is truly the answer.

    If anyone would like more details on the history of busing in Rye and the past actions taken by the Board of Education, feel free to contact me.

    Stephen M. Feeney

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