Here is just part of this morning’s commentary aired on WVOX on the TJ McCormack Good Morning Westchester Show:
The Mayor addresses the Council of Neighorhood associations in White Plains tonight at the Board of Education 5 Homeside Lane at 7:30 P.M…and it will be interesting to see the rosy message he gives the neighborhood associations who love his aw-shucks boyish charm.
Maybe he will tell the council about the new projects about to be proposed for White Plains as he mentioned last week in the televised Common Council meeting…without mentioning what they were—why didn’t he? The media dumbness this administration exhibits month after month is amazing to me…say what the projects are, please?Give people in White Plains some hope.
Well if I were the Mayor at the Council of Neighborhood Associations tonight, I would propose the following for the next four years in White Plains…
1. A true marketing plan for the City of White Plains...
2. A crusade against overcrowded, illegal housing in White Plains and the slumlords the city has been protecting for years.
3. A welcome center for new residents and a registry of rental housing available in town – this way all sublets, multi-family homes could be licensed and monitored
4. A Housing Registry and Advisory Commission Clearing House for all apartments in the city that would regulate and inspect all tenant housing and residential housing in the city…
5. A realistic parking policy that would encourage shopping in White Plains, not keep persons from coming.
6. A 24-hour homless policy –not turning the homeless out on the street at 6 A.M. but sheparding them into jobs, educational programs, etc. so they do not wander aimlessly and get into mischief.
7. Negotiating contracts based on the inflation rate instead of long term contracts that have fixed settlements. This might bring labor peace.
8. Sharing sales tax revenues with school district to lower school taxes.
And for the School District—
1. Conduct a management efficiency survey to trim administration.
2. Eliminate school busing to save some $10 Million in costs.—returning to neighborhood schools.
3. Establish a district academy for learning disabled as Superintendent Connors recommended 10 years ago. It would cost about a million dollars but would save the costs of enrolling the disabled at district expense in private schools
4. Start a Teaching Fellows Program for new teachers that would hire them for two years and allowing them to achieve a masters in two years simultaneously… similar to the New York Teaching Fellows program— the new teachers could be teaching assistants first and move smoothly into fulltime teaching positions.
5. District should prepare their own assessment tests for Common Core Standards to assess where their students are and where they should be.