Issuu on Google+ Vol. 13/Number 19 An end to Sluice Gate-gate! Rye City Mayor Douglas French, center, cuts a ribbon for the new Bowman Avenue Sluice Gate held aloft by Rye Brook Mayor Paul Rosenberg, left, and County Executive Rob Astorino. The project has its origins in the April 2007 floods in Rye that caused $80 million in damage when the Blind Brook overflowed its banks. For story, see page 23. Photo/Liz Button Rye native Jason Bateman films on Purchase Street By LIZ BUTTON STAFF REPORTER Home to the iconic Rye Playland amusement park, and an attractive suburban landscape that includes picturesque ocean views, sandy beaches, grand homes, verdant treefilled parks and quaint storefronts, the City of Rye has long been a draw for filmmakers to use as a backdrop for their movies. For two consecutive Sundays this month, actor Jason Bateman, a Rye native, filmed scenes on Purchase Street and Mead Place for his new movie, “This Is Where I Leave You,” based on the 2009 novel by Jonathan Tropper co-starring Tina Fey, Jane Fonda and Timothy Olyphant. Yet, when a film crew embeds itself in a public place, concerns can arise, such as disruption to the flow of business and potential public safety issues. It’s not all glitz and glamour; clearly, the city has a lot to consider each time it gets a proposal from Hollywood. According to Chapter 93 of the city code, it is the city’s intent to encourage, but not solicit, producers and others to use the city as a setting for movies, television shows, commercials and photographs. Eleanor Militana, an assistant to the city manager, said the city FILMS continued on page 26 June 28, 2013 Teachers, district settle new contract By ASHLEY HELMS AND LIZ BUTTON SOUND SHORE REVIEW STAFF The Rye City School District and the Rye Teachers Association have worked out an agreement for a new teacher contract in a matter of months, circumstances that are a far cry from the three years of aggravated contractual negotiations spanning 2007 to 2010 that proved to be a divisive force in the community. The new contract, which calls for partial salary freezes and modifies and extends the union’s existing contract with the district, which was set to expire on June 30 of this year, will be in effect from July 1, 2013 until June 30, 2015. Over the years, settling a union contract before a current one has expired has not been commonplace in Rye. However, the divisiveness during the last round of negotiations seemed to be a constant reminder of the need for both parties to settle amicably, and on time. According to Board of Education President Laura Slack, the negotiation teams reached an agreement last week, and a contract was drawn up. The union voted to approve the agreement on June 25 and the Board of Education passed the memorandum of agreement at its meeting that night. The new deal was reached before the current contract, dated June 9, 2010, was set to expire on June 30. The current contract, negotiated to be active for six years, took effect retroactively after the union worked under an expired contract since 2007. In the new contract, there is no salary increase for the 2013-2014 school year with a 1.5 percent salary increase during the following school year that does not take effect until Feb. 1, 2015. Over the life of the contract, the 1.5 percent salary increase is only paid during the last five months. “Step” salary increases, which are incremental increases in salary based on previous professional experience, will be frozen for the first seven months of each year. Changes were also made to health insurance premium contributions for retirees and active staff, along with reduced buyouts for those who waive the right to accept health insurance. These changes will result in lower costs for the school district, according to administration officials. In the 2010 contract, teachers’ contributions to their healthcare premiums were 8 percent, as per the expired contract, and rose to 12 percent for the year 2010. In 2010-2011 and 2011-2012, that contribution rose to 14 percent. Contributions rose once more, to 15 percent, in 2012-2013. Discussions on a new contract began a few months ago, Slack said. The board president attributed the relative speediness of the process to efforts to cooperate on both sides. “I think that the administration and the RTA leadership were able to work collaboratively to come to an agreement that is in the best interest of the community and school district,” Slack said. “The administration, the board and the faculty were hopeful to reach an agreement before [the 2010 contract] expired. We worked TEACHERS continued on page 22

Rye Sound Shore Review 6-28-2013

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