It Is Just Not Right 

Back to school! And back to standing up at the Board of Education meetings for the case of the reassigned teachers. It saddens me deeply that this is still necessary. I have recently experienced first- hand how people come together in this town and reach out to one another in time of need. How is it possible that some of these same people don’t see anything wrong with playing games with a teacher’s career and well-being.

 I am glad that the ordeal is over for yet another teacher and that she is back in the classroom. It saddens me however that our Board and Superintendent maneuvered her into needing a settlement to get back.

Meanwhile, we are still spending money on a leave-replacement teacher and attorneys our School District can ill afford. Mrs. Mehler is still reassigned and has yet to receive an assignment for the new school year. At least the Board seems to have recognized that putting Mrs. Mehler in Siberia is not the best game plan.

What is their game plan? Perhaps wait till the very last minute to press charges (not later than three years after allegations) only to be able to keep Mrs. Mehler out of the classroom even longer? Why? For what?

 Our School District is not breaking any rules, regulations, guidelines or any laws by keeping Mrs Mehler reassigned. They can reassign any teacher at any time. That doesn't make it right and I strongly feel it isn't right. I personally feel that our board and superintendent should not get a carte blanche when it comes to our children's teachers. Do you?

– Boukje van den Bosch-Smits


A Business Career Counts

I appreciated the coverage of my July 20th event in the recent edition of The Rye Record; there are many weeks to go until Election Day, and I'm sure much more will yet be said about this race. The news story highlighted my years of public service in Rye, but I thought it important to also emphasize my 20-year resume in business, to highlight the balance of experience I bring to public office.

I am proud to have served as a sales and marketing executive for three corporations over those 20 years, two of which were wholly-owned subsidiaries of Nestle S.A. and ITT, respectively. During those years, I was assigned posts inside other major corporations, involved in marketing for specific projects, with IBM, AT&T, and Shearson Lehman. In these positions, I have held responsibility for significant revenue targets, managed staffs, had regional responsibility over reporting units that spanned the U.S. While some are familiar with the public responsibilities I have held, they may not realize that my corporate career overlapped my four years on the Rye City Council and nearly half of my time on the County Board of Legislators. Being directly involved in budgeting, market share strategies, product pricing, coordination of advertising services, and much more, I have brought to my public service a tangible experience of how business functions - and what it takes to expand business and profitability.

The campaign, and especially the debates to be held, will evidence both candidates' experience. I've learned what every one else in business has learned: growing jobs and advancing economic development is not done by slogans or simple prescriptions. It is foolish to assume sound bytes will suffice, given the complicated decisions that go into any business’ decisions to grow, shrink, move, stay, add jobs, cut jobs, and so forth.

Those reading The Rye Record, neighbors of mine for nearly 30 years, have succeeded admirably in finance, marketing, publishing, health care, education, manufacturing, law, and a myriad of other fields by hard work, and by a tough-minded understanding of the realities of their respective profession and/or industry. It is how they have achieved the resources necessary to live and thrive in this community. And it is their pragmatic sense of balance that will ultimately decide whether I will have the opportunity to serve them for a second two year term as State Senator.


George Latimer


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# Joan Walters Drake 2014-02-07 18:59
Dear Judy Ryen: I am sorry we have never met; I write to wish you well in your retirement. FYI, I got my first Rye Library borrower's card in 1938 when I was 7 years old and a student at Milton School. Marcia Dolphin was head librarian and Miss Doris Bird, my neighbor on Milton Point, was in charge of the Children's Room on the wonderfully magical 2nd floor. I used to ride my bike to the library on Saturdays to return last week's 2 books and check out 2 more. We had to be very quiet in the library and it seemed almost a holy place to me. The children's room had books on display, arranged by Miss Bird, and its shelves full of the most interesting books in the world; I always wanted to take more than just two and it was hard to leave the rest behind to wait for another day. After my visit to the library I would go to the Saturday matinee at the Rye Playhouse which was situated where the Town Offices now stand. Weekends were a great treat in contrast to the confines of the classroom. I know the library has changed greatly; I visited there to do some family research about 5 years ago. It does not have its former cloistered and magical quiet and its totally book-focused atmosphere, yet it serves all the new needs of the day. I'm glad you were there to help Rye residents of the past 29 years to learn to love books as Ms. Bird & Ms. Dolphin did for my generation. I have visited and/or used libraries on several continents but Rye Library is still my favorite. All the best, Joan Walters Drake, Washington, DC, February 3, 2014
# Anne McCarthy 2014-03-23 09:39
Mr. Seitz is right on here with his observations of the zoning board. The only thing I disagree with is that this particular instance sets a bad precedent...the precedent was set long ago. This instance is simply par for the course. Profit motive was entirely the reason variances were granted to 2 Central Ave (the old Black Bass). The neighborhood objected, the property is in a flood zone, and the larger building will create additional traffic and parking challenges. The only reasons the variances were granted were Rex Gedney was the architect and Jon Kraut the lawyer. With Alan Weil at the helm of the zoning board for more than 10 years now, it's really King Alan's royal court and nothing resembling a functioning municipal government.
# Anne McCarthy 2014-04-04 23:13
By simply saying something is a false accusation without presenting supporting evidence further illustrates Mr. Weil's obnoxious, dictatorial style. He presents no supporting data that he isn't influenced by profit or contacts. Just more blathering declarations by King Alan. Do unto others Mr. Weil...I am doing unto you. NYS ZBA guidelines recommend 3-5 year terms for members. There is absolutely nothing generous about your service. You are a destructive member of this community and should be treated as such. I, for one, won't bow down.