Issuu on Google+ Vol. 13/Number 22 June 7, 2013 Developer to run for Myers’ seat By LIZ BUTTON STAFF REPORTER Oh no you Ken’t County Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins, a Democrat, is suing to stop County Executive Rob Astorino’s agreement with Sustainable Playland, Inc. from going into effect. For story, see page 6. File photo Elementary teachers accused in testing scandal By ASHLEY HELMS STAFF REPORTER Three teachers from two elementary schools have been suspended due to alleged irregularities during district-wide standardized tests for English language arts and mathematics, according to school district officials. The teachers have been suspended with pay, according to an attorney representing them. The educators are said to have given preferential treatment to a small group of students in third and fourth grade. The issue was reported to the Westchester County District Attorney’s office last week and is currently being reviewed. Two teachers work at Osborn School and one is employed at Milton School. One of the teachers in question is Carin Mehler, the wife of Jason Mehler, who is seeking political endorsement to run for a seat on the Rye City Council in November. There is speculation that accusations of her misconduct may have been politically charged. According to Superintendent Dr. Frank Alvarez, a parent alerted the district to the possibility of testing irregularities on May 6. Once the alleged preferential treatment was brought to the district’s attention, officials reported it to the State Department of Education and the county District Attorney’s office. “It is alleged that the teachers provided improper coaching to a small number of students during the administration of the assessments in late April,” Alvarez said in a statement to parents. The superintendent has already met with parents of the classes involved to discusss the allegations. Lucian Chalfen, spokesman for TEACHERS continued on page 10 John Verni, a real estate developer and land use attorney from New Rochelle, told The Rye Sound Shore Review after growing speculation that he will, in fact, run on the Republican line to fill Democratic incumbent Judy Myers' seat on the Westchester County Board of Legislators. In the general election, Verni will challenge either Rye City Councilwoman Catherine Parker, who has been endorsed by Myers or former Mamaroneck Trustee Tom Murphy. Both Parker and Murphy, who have already announced their candidacies, are Democrats. Verni was expected to receive the county GOP nomination on Thursday, after press time. The county’s Republican convention, which was held on May 30, nominated legislative candidates for all 17 legislative districts except for District 4 and Myers’ District 7. Myers’ legislative district includes Rye, Mamaroneck, Larchmont and portions of New Rochelle and Harrison. Her county seat, in which legislators serve two-year terms, has been held by Democrats since 1992 and is considered now to be a Democratic stronghold. With deep roots in the Sound Shore area, Verni said he will be effective in addressing both district and county issues, like controlling high taxes and refurbishing Playland in a sustainable way that preserves its historic elements. “I love the Sound Shore and I want to see it stay the familyfriendly place that it is. I think there are a lot of important issues on the Sound Shore and the county level,” Verni said. Verni is a principal of Verco New Rochelle’s John Verni will be the Republican challenger in the race for Judy Myers’ District 7 seat on the county Board of Legislators. Photo/Bobby Begun Properties, a real estate development company he owns with his brother Chris, a former Larchmont trustee. He said he plans to move to Mamaroneck in the fall with his wife, Karina Gomez Verni and their four children. Over the last two years, Verni’s signature project has been the restoration of the historic Mamaroneck Train Station, originally built in 1888, to turn the dilapidated space into a new One Station Plaza. Re-opened in April 2012, the building's first floor is home to the retro Club Car RestaurantLounge, while the second floor houses offices, including the Verni brothers.’ Verni officially announced his intention to run at a June 5 press SEAT continued on page 11 Award winning newspaper Published Weekly

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