Rockland County voters will go to the polls on Tues Nov 5 from 6a-9p to choose their first new County Executive in 20 years. Here are closing arguments from the Democratic and Republican candidates, David Fried and Ed Day.
Nyack School District voters narrowly approved a $26.4 million dollar bond referendum on Tuesday night by 51.6 to 48.4 percent to fund infrastructure improvements and technology upgrades. About one third of the bond will be used to upgrade athletic facilities including installation of an artificial turf field at Nyack High School. Seven years ago, Valley Cottage voters turned down a turf only referendum by 63%. On Tuesday night that voting district passed the measure with 56% giving the revised referendum a thumbs up. Voter turnout in VC was 46% higher in 2013 than 2007.
On Tuesday, October 29, The Nyack Board of Education is asking voters to approve a $26.4 million dollar bond referendum.
Here are two statements supporting and two statements opposing the bond.
In support: David MacCartney, Dr. Don Hammond and Michael Lagana
In opposition: Bryan Burrell, Rick Tannenbaum
by Richard Dysinger
I had the honor of running for School Board in 2010 and learned a great deal about the challenges this district faces. I do not envy the job that those elected have had to face with the budget challenges of the last four years. I have been a vocal advocate against the 2% cap and have pushed for increased spending in certain areas during these difficult times. So it breaks my heart to state that after careful review I will vote no and encourage my neighbors to vote no on this bond referendum.
by Marcy Denker
The Nyack School District and the community should take the time to dig deep into the implications of any proposed changes to the landscape as it impacts green infrastructure concerns at the high school and downhill in the rest of the village.
When Nyack School District residents go to the polls on Oct 29, they will be asked to approve a $26.4 million bond to repair school buildings, upgrade technology and install artificial turf. Some bond opponents have criticized the schools for not spending any of this money on education, which they say needs as much focus and funding as facilities. At the September 17 school board meeting, a parent stated that “75% of our 9th graders are performing below grade level.” Nyack Schools Superintendent James Montesano said that statistic was misleading, saying the district was making progress addressing some of the documented deficiencies and pointing out some of the specific programs created to address students at risk.
The Nyack Board of Education is asking voters to approve a $26.4 million dollar bond referendum later this month. Although most of the monies will be dedicated to repairing infrastructure and upgrading technology, most of the discussion in social media and at two public forums sponsored by the schools has been about replacing natural grass fields at Nyack High School with artificial turf.
Here are two POVs from Rick Tannenbaum, a Valley Cottage parent who opposes the bond and Owen Voutsinas-Klose, a student who urges voters to support the referendum.
by Florette Kupfer
At Friday’s Nyack String & Band Camp concert at the Nyack High School, we were told that if the proposed school bond passes then money will be allocated for air conditioning to upgrade the auditorium and the cafeteria. But what I find disturbing is that this same bond calls for installing artificial turf on the high school field. I support upgrading the building with air conditioning but not installing artificial turf.
It’s a little like winning the People’s Choice Awards and then winning the Oscar. Nyack High School’s Chamber Orchestra received a Superior Rating in last weekend’s National Orchestra Festival in Providence, RI finishing third out of seven elite schools in its class. Last month, the school’s music program won a prize valued at $11,000 as the top popular vote recipient in the NEMC “Music Is Life” contest.
Nyack’s Chamber Orchestra will be performing and competing in Prague and Vienna later this month in the 2013 Young Prague Festival Competition.