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Board presses Montefiore to alter plans By PAULETTE SCHNEIDER Community Board 8’s land use committee resolved on Monday to oppose Montefiore Medical Center’s existing plan to build an 11-story, 93,000-square-foot medical facility on Riverdale Avenue near West 238th Street. Primary reasons for the committee’s stand were unanimous community objections to the project’s size and the anticipation of more street congestion, fewer parking spots and undue competition with established local medical practices. The committee resolved “that Montefiore be prohibited from receiving any Federal, State or local funding, including UJA contract funding for research grants or any funding not directly related to its care-giving operations, until such time as Montefiore Hospital responds to community concerns strongly stated at the Community Board 8 Land Use meetings by substantially rethinking the entire proposed project.” The resolution may be amended by the full community board.

Although the proposed construction is an as-of-right development that doesn’t require board approval in that it complies with existing zoning and other regulations, the committee recommended that the full board request a Department of Health investigation into the construction plan, involving a different kind of oversight. State Senator Jeffrey D. Klein and Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz wrote a letter on December 9 to Department of Health commissioner Dr. Nirav R. Shah requesting that he require Montefiore and WESTMED to file a certificate of need application for the plan before any construction can begin. The certificate is legally called for, the letter explains, because capital construction costs for a facility that provides therapeutic radiology services, ambulatory surgery and dialysis stations will exceed the monetary threshold that triggers either a full or administrative review. Furthermore, Department of Health review should also be mandated by the applicant’s status as a hospital regulated under Article 28 of the Public Health Law.

“Before such a facility is approved, it is crucial for the Department to examine if this facility is actually needed in Riverdale,” the letter concludes. “That is why we request that a CON application process be commenced and finalized before construction of such project is permitted to commence.” The committee’s resolution came toward the end of a jam-packed two-hour meeting that began with a presentation by Jeffrey A. Moerdler, the attorney representing Simone Healthcare Development Group. Simone was hired by Montefiore to develop the property, a lot that combines 3741 and 3735 Riverdale Avenue with a contiguous parcel at 3644 Oxford Avenue. WESTMED Medical Group was hired to operate the center, planned as a provider of multi-specialist care, radiology services and outpatient surgery—along with onsite parking. Moerdler outlined concessions made by his client in the wake of last month’s land use meeting, where Continued on Page 9

Protest over swastika burned into grass at Seton Park

By PAULETTE SCHNEIDER A Seton Park ball field was defiled last week when a vandal burned two swastikas into the turf. Three RKA students were there enjoying a baseball workout after school when they made the shocking discovery. They decided they’d better call home to find out what should be done. One mom called 311 and was told to call 911. Before long, the police and a parks maintenance crew arrived to obliterate the ugly marks and mend the turf. Community response was also swift on the final night of Hanukkah. Religious leaders galvanized an interfaith assemblage. They emailed congregants, who gathered with their neighbors in the park at dusk to light a big menorah—out in left field, right beside the patched-up spot. “The action that you guys took led to this event,” the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale’s Rabbi Ari Hart told the three young heroes who stopped their workout to report the problem. “We’re all standing against hate together. I know it was a really scary thing to see that, but maybe there’s a positive, which is what we’re doing here right now.” John Mueser, senior warden at Christ Church Riverdale, offered prayers for a life of peace, quiet and wisdom. “Our hope is that the light of our Advent wreath will be joined with the light of the Hanukkah menorah and the light that we all hold to eliminate the darkness.” “We’re here in solidarity with everybody,” said Sheikh Moussa Drammeh of Masjid Al-Iman—a Parkchester mosque that hosts an Orthodox Jewish congregation in need of a space to worship. “We’re not looking at race or religion. We’re looking at fellow New Yorkers

being attacked with a hateful symbol,” Drammeh said. “The hateful people are very, very small. They are very insignificant. But

our presence defeats that. So we’re here with you, and we will always be by your side when such things happen. And we pray that this will be the last time that

we discover such a sign. “We’re saying no to hateful acts,” Drammeh continued. “In our religion, Continued on Page 9

Rabbi Ari Hart lights the menorah on the last night of Chanukah as an interfaith crowd gathered in Seton Park in protest of the swastika which was burned into the grass of the park the day before.

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New safety measures on Metro-North trains By PAULETTE SCHNEIDER The now-infamous Spuyten Duyvil curve where a Metro-North train derailed on December 1 should be less of a potential hazard as of this week. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has installed a new feature that will warn engineers of the approaching mandatory speed reduction and will automatically apply the emergency brakes if the train fails to reduce its speed to the 30-mph maximum on the curve. The signal enhancement was accomplished during track repairs in the aftermath of the derailment, which resulted in four deaths and 63 injuries, some critical.

The engineer at the helm of the derailed train said he had dozed off and was shaken awake when the train started to screech around the curve. He was unable to stop in time to prevent the disaster. On the human side, conductors will be required to stand beside engineers in the control cabs as each train nears a critical curve to verbally confirm that the traveling speed is within the required limit. When a particular train layout precludes this arrangement, the conductor and engineer will communicate via radio. The improvements were directed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in a letter to the MTA last Friday and by the Federal

Railroad Administration in the form of an emergency order. “Metro-North is taking important steps to improve safety for its customers and employees, and I expect the railroad will continue searching for ways to improve its operations and fully restore its commuters’ confidence,” MTA chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast said. Metro-North will also reduce the maximum speed limits at 26 locations where there is a speed limit decrease of more than 20 mph. Signs will be posted by next week to alert engineers of these speed limit changes. The MTA will monitor speed limit com-

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Klein’s gun law praised by experts According to a recently release report on gun violence by the Brady Campaign and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the NY SAFE Act—a sweeping gun control package ushered through the legislature by Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) in January—has given New York State some of the toughest gun control laws in the nation. The authors credited the law, of which Senator Klein was the chief senate sponsor, with driving New York’s gun death rate down to one of the lowest levels in the country. Senator Klein said: “In the wake of the Newtown tragedy, I knew we had to take a comprehensive, no-nonsense approach to combating gun violence. That’s why on the first day of the legislative session, I led the charge to pass some of the toughest gun control laws in the nation. With the NY SAFE Act, we’ve taken steps in the right direction so that hopefully there will never be another Newtown. “Nationwide, New York has the fourth lowest gun rate, due in no small part to our state’s tough new gun laws. But I know that reducing gun violence requires action on multiple fronts. That’s why this year, I also secured $250,000 for proven gun violence prevention programs here in the Bronx. By working with the community and Governor Cuomo, I’ll continue doing everything possible to keep gun violence

off our streets and out of our schools.” Under the NY SAFE Act, New York no longer allows those with serious mental illnesses to possess a firearm, a provision that Senator Klein personally drafted into the law. The SAFE Act also banned the sale of assault weapons, reduced the number of rounds permitted in a magazine, vastly expanded the use of background checks during gun sales, increased criminal penalties for illegal gun possession, and created New York’s first statewide pistol and firearm registry. The law also established the NY School Safety Task Force, which is responsible for assessing school safety plans in the event of an armed incident. By passing the SAFE Act, New York’s gun laws were elevated to a “B+” in the report’s 2013 scorecard. New York had previously received a “B” rating in the 2012 scorecard. This year, only four states received higher marks than New York, while more than half received an “F. In the wake of the December 14th, 2012 shootings, Senator Klein and Governor Andrew Cuomo ushered the SAFE Act through the legislature on the first day of the 2013 legislative session. When Governor Cuomo signed the SAFE Act, New York became the first state in the nation to enact tough new gun laws after the tragedy. .




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Bratton’s first case

Editorial of The New York Sun December 5, 2013 Mayor-elect de Blasio’s decision to bring back Commissioner Bratton to lead the New York Police Department is a moment to mark two statements by the Court of Appeals hearing the stop-question-andfrisk case. One came as part of the court’s denial of the motion from the city to vacate Judge Shira Scheindlin’s entire set of orders. The court said that it was denying the city’s motion “without prejudice” to, among other things, “any application to us for a return of the cases to the District Court for the purpose of exploring a

has, in combination with the leadership of Commissioner Kelly, brought the crime rate of New York so low. Mr. Bratton must know that if Judge Scheindlin’s decisions are allowed to stand they will tarnish the good name of the department that he headed and is going to try to lead again. Mr. Bratton must know that his own reputation has been tarnished by Judge Scheindlin’s view of the case. If Mr. de Blasio drops the city’s appeal of the case, there is a risk that Judge Scheindlin’s regime could stand. A resolution of the case seems all the more logical since the next commissioner, with the next mayor at his side, declared, when his appointment was announced, that he believes in stopping, questioning, and, when indicated, frisking New Yorkers. So why would he want — or even tolerate — an outside monitor? Does he have confidence in his own judgment and that of the next mayor? For our part, we had confidence in Commissioner Kelly’s. Mr. Bratton will be lucky to keep crime as low as it has been during the Kelly years. That will be much easier if the stop-questionand-frisk case is resolved in a way that lifts Judge Scheindlin’s stigma from the NYPD.

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Around the schools... Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy

The school’s annual Winter Festival is on Thursday, December 12, at 7 p.m. The community is invited to enjoy the talent of RKA students as they celebrate the season in song and dance. As part of the event, the parents association is selling holiday gift items and School Spirit wear. A suggested donation of $5.00 is requested. The final tour of the year for parents of prospective middle school students is scheduled for Thursday, December 12, at 8:30 a.m. To register or for more information, visit

Riverdale Country School

For the fifth year, the Middle School is participating in the National Geographic Bee, a contest that uses materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The event, scheduled for Wednesday, December 18, aims to encourage the inclusion of geography in the classroom, to spark student interest in the subject and to increase public awareness about geography. Students in grades 6 through 8 will compete. One student who won as a sixth grader and again as an eighth-grader last year finished in the top 100 in New York state and qualified to compete in the statewide championship in April. Mike Sclafani, history teacher and dean of students for the eighth grade, spearheads the bee.

Horace Mann School

This past Tuesday, the Upper Division Community Service Program hosted its annual holiday dinner for Sanctuary for Families, a New York City-based organization that provides support services and housing to battered women and their children. Its main housing shelter, the Sarah Burke House, is located in The Bronx. Two hundred fifty mothers and their children attended the event, where HM students served a festive turkey dinner. For dessert, the mothers and children decorated cookies and made their own ice cream sundaes. Student volunteers engaged in face painting and crafts with the children while the mothers relaxed and enjoyed the Horace Mann Jazz Band’s concert of holiday music. Santa offered each child candy canes and gifts donated by Lower Division students and their parents. The children decorated Christ-

mas tree ornaments and a picture frame for their photo with Santa—a memento from the evening. The Horace Mann Theatre Company will celebrate its 11th season this year with a Middle Division Thespians production of Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man.” Performances are in the school’s Alfred P. Gross Theatre at 231 West 246th Street this Friday, December 13, and Saturday, December 14, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 or $5 for students and seniors. For tickets, call 718-432-4150, email hmtcboxoffice, or visit the box office in person just prior to the performance.

Manhattan College

The college community mourns the death of Brother Francis Bowers, former provost and academic vice president and dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. He passed away peacefully on December 6 at the age of 93. Brother Francis, a New York City native, was born Robert William Bowers in 1920. He graduated from Cathedral Boys High School and had a brief career on Wall Street before joining Manhattan College, where he spent more than half a century. He began his career at Manhattan as a summer-session English instructor for three consecutive years. During his tenure he served as associate professor of English and world literature, chair of the graduate and undergraduate English departments, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, provost and academic vice president of the college, and academic advisor for intercollegiate athletes. He was inducted into the Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004 for his involvement with Jasper student-athletes. “Brother Francis contributed greatly in many ways to the College, serving selflessly and always cheerfully wherever he was needed over the course of 54 years,” college president Brennan O’Donnell said. “He was, first and foremost, an extraordinarily dedicated and effective teacher who challenged and inspired three generations of Jaspers. His life was a gift to his students and a blessing to his colleagues.” He entered the Brothers of the Christian Schools in 1942 at the Barrytown, New York, novitiate. He graduated from The Catholic University of America with a B.A. in 1946 and a Ph.D. in 1959. He earned an M.A. from Fordham University in 1952. A funeral Mass was scheduled for Wednesday at the college’s Chapel of De La Salle and his Brothers. Burial is at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Valhalla, New York.

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The University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut, has announced that Vanessa Ramales earned a Bachelor of Science in marketing and that Benjamin Aronowitz earned a Bachelor of Arts in communication during fall commencement on December 8. The University of Hartford, centrally located in Connecticut, provides a distinctive educational experience across seven schools and colleges for one of the most diverse student bodies in New England. Hartford’s faculty members are attracted by the opportunity to challenge and support students as they pursue degrees in more than 100 programs in the arts, humanities, science, business, engineering and technology, education, and health professions. Chartered in 1957, Hartford has more than 5,000 undergraduate and 1,600 graduate students from 48 states and 63 countries, with 75,000 alumni worldwide.

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Events at the Riverdale Y Senior Center

On Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 at 10:30 am, Mr. Anthony W. Robins, will present an illustrated lecture, ‘Grand Central Terminal 100 Years of a New York Landmark,’ at the Riverdale Y Senior Center. On Feb. 1, 2013 the beautifully restored Terminal, which has long been recognized as a Landmark, celebrated its Centennial, accompanied by exhibitions, events, and Mr. Robin’s new book that includes remarkable history and stunning architecture bringing the terminal to life. Mr. Anthony W. Robins is an author and historian specializing in New York architecture and history. He has lectured for universities, museums, and private groups around the world. Sponsored by the New York City Council of The Humanities. Please contact Vicki Matalon at (718) 548-8200 x224 for more information.

Penny Social at St. John’s School

St. John’s Church will host a Penny Social on Saturday, December 14, at 1 p.m. It will be held at the Old St. John’s School located at 3030 Godwin Terrace in the Bronx. Donation is $5 which includes refreshments and 50 Penny Tickets. There is free parking available. For more information, call 718-5433003.

JWV invites new members

Neumann Goldman Post 69 and Ladies Auxiliary of the Jewish War Veterans (JWV) are looking for members to help. It is well

known that organizations such as the JWV are losing members mainly due to aging. If you are a dues paying member of JWV and no longer affiliated with a Post, you are invited to join It is a very simple matter to transfer your membership to this Post. You are not required to attend meetings, but if you would care to, they meet on the third Sunday of each month in the Kingsbridge Veterans Hospital. If you care to join or donate to JWV/LA of the USA, it is also very simple to do. Interested parties can call 914-337-0277. If you answer, leave a return telephone number.

Scholar Fr. Joseph Koterski to discuss “Infancy Narratives”

Renowned scholar and theologian Father Joseph Koterski will discuss the Biblical “Infancy Narratives” in the St. Margaret of Cortona Church rectory meeting room at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec, 16th. The rectory is located at 6000 Riverdale Ave., corner of West 260th St. The lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Father Koterski is a man of many interests and talents. He is a Professor of Philosophy at Fordham Univ.; Editor-in-Chief of the International Philosophy Quarterly (since 1994); co-editor of the Fordham University Press book series on “Moral Philosophy and Theology;” as well as a fine teacher and public speaker. The presentation is co-sponsored by the Bronx Right-to-Life Committee and the St. Margaret’s “Respect Life Committee.” Barbara Meara, who is chairperson of both committees, pointed out that Father Koterski has addressed “our December meetings on various topics for a number of years now.”

Handel’s Messiah to be performed at BCC

It’s the holiday season and time to celebrate. Nothing gets you more in the spirit than a performance of Handel’s Messiah. But this Messiah gets the Bronx treatment and features the Bronx Opera Chorus and The Orchestra of the Bronx. It includes readings from Congressman Charles B. Rangel, New York State Senator Jose M. Serrano, Bronx County Civil Court Judge Elizabeth A. Taylor, City Councilman G. Oliver Koppell and other civic, community and business leaders from the Bronx and beyond. Admission is free and it all takes place on Sunday, December 15th at 3 p.m. in the historic Hall Fame Playhouse of Bronx Community College at 2155 University Avenue. Free parking is also available on the college’s beautiful landmark campus. For more information call 718.289.5973

Riverdale Y to offer Winter Break for Kids

The Riverdale Y will have a Winter Break for Kids for ages Kindergarten-Grade 5 on 12/23, 12/24, 12/26, 12/27, 12/30 & 12/31. The six day package costs $480 / Y Member: $390 or you can choose to go on a daily rate: $85 /Y Member: $70 The program is from 9:00am-5:00pm. Lunch provided each day. Recreational swim each day-please bring towel and swim cap. Swim caps can be purchased at the Y. Program may include, sports, art, drama, gymnastics, martial arts & Lego Robotics. Registration Deadline: Monday, December 16.

Vacation days will run from 9:00am5:00pm with early drop off and late stay options available. For more information, contact Joe Smith at 718-548-8200, ext. 261. To register, ext. 201. The Riverdale Y is located at 5625 Arlington Avenue.

MMCC holds annual toy drive

Mosholu Montefiore Community Center (MMCC) is gearing up for the holidays with its annual toy drive. Thanks to Simon & Schuster and DKE Toys for their generous in-kind donations of more than 200 books and toys combined. “We are very grateful for the generosity of Simon & Schuster and DKE Toys this holiday season,” said executive director, Donald Bluestone. “Thanks to their donations, we can deliver on our hope to put smiles on the faces of nearly 500 children.” MMCC aims to bring added holiday cheer to its Daycare, Pre-Kindergarten and Head Start students by providing them with stuffed animals, toys and books in time for the holiday season. The initiative spans multiple MMCC locations serving the Bronx community. MMCC’s Main Building, North Side Annex and Van Cortlandt Child Development Centers, which provide educational and childcare services to low income children, will distribute all items donated. ‘We are extremely thankful to Simon & Schuster, DKE Toys and the Bronx community we serve for their contributions this year,’ said educational director, Nora Feury. ‘Every donation makes a difference and adds to the holiday cheer for each child enrolled at our MMCC Child Development Centers.’ Toys and books can be donated at MMCC’s Main Building located at 3450 Dekalb Avenue. For more information, please contact Main Building at (718) 882-4000.

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Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. today invited Bronx residents to make a difference in their community by joining their local Community Board. The Office of The Bronx Borough President will be accepting applications for all 12 Community Boards from city residents who reside, work or have professional or other significant interests in the Bronx. ‘Participation on local Community Boards can provide Bronx residents with a forum to share with their community their expertise and talents,’ stated Borough President Diaz. ‘There are great things happening in the Bronx that involve the participation of community boards. It is important that community residents participate in the decisions that are building the ‘New Bronx,’ and our community boards are a great place to do so,’ said Borough President Diaz. Applications are available at the Borough President’s Community Board office at (718) 590-3914 or at your local community board office. Interested applicants may also get the application on line at The deadline for submission of applications for the next round of appointments is February 7, 2014.

Riverdale AARP Chapter to meet

Riverdale Chapter 1546 of AARP will meet on Wednesday,December 18th at 12:30 p.m. at the Riverdale Presbyterian Church 4765 Henry Hudson Parkway west in the auditorium. At the last meeting of the year we will be entertained by Celilia Tenconi, an Argentinian songstress and performer from

Lee Perry Gross Music who will deliver a lively repertoire on this holiday season. The community is invited. Refreshments will be served. For more information call Manfred Segal at 1-718-549-0088.

Koppell hails TLC agreement on accessible taxis

I am very gratified that the TLC has reached this agreement which will require that 50% of yellow cabs be accessible to people with disabilities within six years. Providing accessible taxi transportation is a civil rights issue. Equal treatment should be provided to all citizens regardless of disability. We have provided access to buses for the disabled for many years. Providing accessible taxis is long overdue. I have sponsored legislation requiring that all yellow taxis be accessible for a number of years. While a limited number of accessible cabs are on the streets and in production, until now, real availability has not been achieved. Unfortunately, it has taken court action to make real progress because my legislation did not pass.

Riverdale Y to hold seminar on parenting

The Riverdale Y will be holding a seminar on parenting. STEP (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) puts an end to morning madness, tantrum troubles, food fiascos, sibling squabbles, uncooperative students, chore challenges, homework, whining and bedtime battles. STEP workshops show you how to have a happy, cooperative children without throwing tantrums of your own. Understand behavior and emotions while selecting the best approach of dealing with

Lunchtime holiday concerts at Hutch Metro Café

The Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA), Hutchinson Metro Center and Hudson Valley Bank present two free, Thursday lunchtime holiday concerts at the Hutch Metro Café located at Hutch Metro Center, 1200 Waters Place (between Eastchester Road and Westchester Avenue). On December 12th, enjoy a concert by students of the Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music; and on December 19th, soprano Elizabeth Farnum will perform a medley of holiday music. Each concert includes two performances - at 12:15 and 1:15pm. December 12th features music by students of the Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music. The repertoire includes sets by the school’s sax quartet, string quartet and choir. The Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music is for students seriously interested in continuing their music studies, including various bands, string orchestras, full orchestra, piano and choirs. December 19th features a concert of holiday music by soprano Elizabeth Farnum. Elizabeth is a specialist in contemporary music. In addition, she is an active performer in many diverse musical styles, and her performances of modern music, early music and musical theater have taken her throughout the U.S., the Caribbean, Alaska, Europe and Japan. Ms. Farnum’s main career focus has remained in the field of modern music, and she is one of the most sought-after performers of this repertoire

today. Elizabeth lives on City Island, NY with her husband Kenneth, a piano technician, keyboardist and music director/ arranger for The GIZMO SynFauxNY. During the lunchtime series, you can shop for some unique holiday gift items at the bronxArtworks Holiday Trunk Show and Craft Sale. BCA’s Artisans Collective will be on hand displaying and selling their imaginative creations in all price ranges. Items include crocheted hats, ethnic masks, illustrations, jewelry, knitwear, note cards, paintings, paper mache masks, post cards, sculpture, vases, and more. For additional information about these concerts or other programs and activities of the Bronx Council on the Arts, visit BCA’s website at or call 718-931-9500 x33.

Riverdale Y to offer family time on Dec. 25

The Riverdale Y will be open to the community on December 25, 2014 from 10:00am until 2:00pm. Family Time at the Y will have Gym Time from 10:00am-1:00pm. Children will enjoy our big blow-up bounce castle and other fun equipment for younger and older children. Counselors on hand to organize pickup games. Swim Time will be from 10:00am-12:00pm. Come make a splash in our heated pool but don’t forget your swim cap and towel. Parents must be in the water with children under age 5.There will be Two Movies for your children to enjoy. One at 10:00am and the other 12:00pm and lunch will be available from 11:00am-2:00pm. Enjoy a slice of pizza from Block Pizza (Kosher) or a quick meal from Riverdale Kosher Market! Come early for a bite to eat or have lunch with the family. You don’t have to be a member of the Y to participate. For more information, call (718) 548-8200, ext. 200. The Riverale Y is located at 5625 Arlington Avenue.

Great Music at Christ Church presents

A Christ Church Christmas The choir of Christ Church Riverdale, Timothy Brumfield, Director, performing choruses from G.F. Handel’s MESSIAH and featuring GLORIA by John Rutter, accompanied by brass and organ.


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them. Become lifelong friends with responsible people who happen to be your kids. FREE introductory orientation class on January 7 from 7:00pm-8:30pm (by RSVP only). 10 workshops begins on January 14 from 7:00-9:00pm. Registration is now available at the Y. For more information please contact Joe Smith at 718-548-8200, ext. 261 or email The Y is located at 5625 Arlington Avenue.

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Monday, December 16

TODDLER TIME 10:30 a.m. Spuyten Duyvil Branch Library 650 West 235th Street Toddler Time is for ages 18 months to 39 months in the care of a parent and or caregiver. The program is 30 minutes long and is conducted on a ticketing basis (first come, first served). The program includes books, music dance rhymes and scarves or shakers. The maximum attendance is 50 adults and children combined. For more information, call 718-796-1202.

PJ NIGHT 5 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Pajama Night with LINC (Literacy Inc.) for childen with read aloud, craft and light refreshments ages 5-12 yrs old. For more information, call 718-548-5656.

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OPEN COMPUTER LAB 11 a.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue Attention new computer users: Come to the Riverdale Library and get assistance on using the computers. Do you need to learn how to open a free e-mail account or practice going online and exploring the Internet? How about learning how to save a document or copy and paste text? Come to this open lab and ask questions and learn from doing. First come, first served. For more information, call 718-549-1212.

Friday, December 13 Riverdale

LECTURE 10:30 a.m. Riverdale Y Senior Center 5625 Arlington Avenue Anthony W. Robins, will present an illustrated lecture, “Grand Central Terminal 100 Years of a New York Landmark.” Contact Vicki Matalon at 718-548-8200 x224 for more information.

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STORYTELLING 3 p.m. Van Cortlandt Branch Library 3874 Sedgwick Avenue Festive Fun for Everyone. A celebration of holiday stories presented by Getchie Argetsinger. For children ages 4 and older. For more information, call 718-543-5150.


CHINESE RIBBON DANCE 3:30 p.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue Come learn the Chinese ribbon dance! Margaret Yuen, Director of the Red Silk Dancers will demonstrate the dance and show you how to wave a long silk ribbon to create rainbows, dragons and waterfalls. No previous training required and all materials will be provided. Recommended for ages 4 to 12. Limited to 20 participants. For more info, call 718-549-1212.


TEEN ADVISORY GROUP 4 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street What’s happening in your world? What’s the hottest book, movie, or cd right now? What programs does the library need? Let us know, and you can earn community service credit for your school. For ages 13 to 18 years. For info, call 718-548-5656.

Saturday, December 14



MEDITATION 6 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Feel the energy within. Sahaja Meditation is a simple, time-honored technique. It helps reduce stress and increase wellness. For more information, call 718-548-5656.


LECTURE 7:30 p.m. St. Margaret of Cortona 6000 Riverdale Avenue Renowned scholar and theologian Father Joseph Koterski will discuss the Biblical “Infancy Narratives” in the St. Margaret of Cortona Church rectory meeting room. The lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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e-READER HELP 11 a.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue Learn how to download free e-books from the New York Public Library. Get help on using your iPad, Kindle or other tablet or e-reader. First come, first served. Tuesdays @ 11:00 a.m. (some exceptions, please check the online calendar or branch calendar) Wednesdays between 2 and 4 p.m. by appointment only. Please call Lynda at 718-549-1212 to make an appointment.

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BABY LAPSIT 11 a.m. Spuyten Duyvil Branch Library 650 West 235th Street Baby Lap-Sit time is held twice a month at the library for infants to 17 month olds in the company of a parent and or caregiver. The program is 20 -25 minutes long and consists of books , music, exercise rhymes , action rhymes and circle time. The maximum attendance is 50 (combined attendance of children and adults ). Please arrive at the library by 10:45 a.m. at the latest. For more information, call 718-796-1202.


SCRABBLE 2 p.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue If words work you up and crossword puzzles keep you going, come to Riverdale and share your passion with friends every Tuesday afternoon for a lively game of Scrabble. Pre-registration required. For more information, call 718-549-1212.


FAMILY MATINEE 2 p.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue Parents and children are welcome to come to the library to enjoy family friendly films in a relaxed environment. Featuring the movie, “The Princess and the Frog.” For more information, call 718-549-1212.

SECOND GRADE BOOK CLUB 3:30 p.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue This club for 2nd students and their parents/caregivers. The goal is to make reading fun, We will instill the joy of learning by supporting recretional reading in conjuction with Common Core Standards. An optional booklist is provided. Parents are welcome to bring snacks to share. For more information, call 718-549-1212.


Wednesday, December 18


INTERMEDIATE MEDITATION 10:30 a.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Join us for an intermediate meditation class. This session is open to those who’ve been regularly attending the weekday beginner’s class for a couple of months. Learn to go into a deeper meditation and learn new techniques that will help your spiritual ascent. For more information, call 718-548-5656.




PENNY SOCIAL 1 p.m. Old St. John’s School 3030 Godwin Terrace Donation is $5 which includes refreshments and 50 Penny Tickets. There is free parking available. For more information, call 718-543-3003.

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MUSIC@NYPL 2 p.m. Spuyten Duyvil Branch Library 650 West 235th Street Musician Koh Kazama introduces the audience to the world of classical guitar and its unlimited possibilities. Kazama explains the background of the guitar and the musical pieces, while highlighting guitar sounds beyond the simple plucking of the strings. For more information, call 718-796-1202.

AARP MEETING 12:30 p.m. Riverdale Presbyterian Church 4765 Henry Hudson Pkwy. West Riverdale Chapter 1546 of AARP will meet. We will be entertained by Celilia Tenconi, an Argentinian songstress. The community is invited. Refreshments will be served. For more information call Manfred Segal at 718-549-0088. BOOK DISCUSSION 1 p.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue This month the group will be discussing Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. Book club participants must reserve copies of each title through the Library’s catalog system. Reserve your copy by placing a hold online at or visiting your local branch. For more information, call 718-549-1212.


TEEN MOVIES 4 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Come join us for this monthly program in which we’ll be showing great feature films selected by our Teen Advisory Group! For ages 13 to 18 years. For more info, call 718-548-5656.

Committee rejects Montefiore plan, requests Health Department oversight These measures are meant to ameliorate the feared parking problems. The site will also generate business for local restaurants, Moerdler said, notwithstanding a small café designed not for staff but as a respite for patients who have just fasted prior to medical procedures. And there will not in fact be an onsite pharmacy, so local businesses will benefit from the facility in that regard as well. In addition, space will be made available

for community meetings, and products used in the project will be locally sourced where possible. The developer will take responsibility for any damages caused and will provide supplementary snow plowing as needed. It will also look into making Oxford Avenue a one-way street, as suggested by a community member last month. “Other than that, we are planning to proceed with the project as generally described at the prior meeting and with-

Community protests hate vandalism in Seton Park Continued from Page 1 the commandment said ‘do not follow evil acts with evil acts. Respond to evil acts with kindness.’” H.I.R.’s Rabbi Avi Weiss asked the dozens of children present to gather around the menorah. “I bless you that in the days ahead and in the years ahead, whenever you see bigotry, whenever you see hatred, whenever you see racism, to stand up and to say no—this is unacceptable,” he told them. “Hanukkah is about responding to darkness with light,” said Rabbi Hart as he lit

Riv. Y offers teen program

The Riverdale Y is offering a program to children and teens ages 8-15 called Teens in Action. The program is on Wednesdsays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is starting on January 3 for 16 weeks. This functional training program incorporates a ‘boot camp’ style of training. All classes will be held in the Y gymnasium. Cost: 16 weeks, $240; $160/Y members. Anyone who is interested in this program, contact Lisa Bruskin at 718-548-8200, ext. 241. The Riverdale Y is located at 5625 Arlington Avenue.

the candles and led the group in singing “Maoz Tzur,” the familiar Hanukkah tune. “We certainly hope that this was the work of a misguided child, someone who didn’t understand the significance of a swastika—a symbol of hatred, a symbol of persecution, of death. But let’s be clear. A swastika is not child’s play. And when these kinds of symbols appear in our community, we have to respond. And we have to respond with light,” Rabbi Weiss said. Rabbi Barry Dov Katz of the Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale was unable to attend but sent a message of encouragement and support. Elected officials were outraged when they learned of the incident. “There is no place in Riverdale, or anywhere, for these offensive symbols of a hateful and lethal ideology that shamed the world. I don’t know what kind of demented individual or individuals would do such a thing,” Congressman Eliot Engel said. “I ask anyone who may have seen something to call the police immediately with all information. This abominable behavior cannot be tolerated, and those responsible must be made to account for their actions.” Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz agreed

that whoever is responsible should be prosecuted. “A swastika is the worst symbol of hate. It’s hard to believe that anyone could be that hateful or that stupid, but unfortunately there are some evil people out there,” he said. “We know they’re losers, but they can be dangerous. That is why these symbols must be removed immediately and anyone who draws, paints or etches them should be denounced and prosecuted if caught. I appreciate the swift response by the NYPD and the Parks Department in responding to the complaints of community members.” The NYPD’s 50th Precinct has turned the matter over to the Bronx Hate Task Force for investigation. Whether the vandalism was an act of hate or simply an act of mischief, it generated practical as well as spiritual actions. “We’re looking into reaching out to the local schools to do some education about what swastikas are and why that’s really not OK and what anti-Semitism is all about because that’s a very important conversation to have,” Rabbi Hart said. “Let’s look at how much darkness a little light can chases away.” All eight candles stayed lit together for some time, even in the wintry breeze.

out modifying the size or scope of the project,” Moerdler concluded. “However, the project is not finalized, and there still may be further developments.” Traffic studies were not yet performed, he said in reply to a question. A statement from Montefiore mentions that “other ways of configuring the building” would be looked at. “Montefiore’s main campus currently provides 25,000 specialty care visits each year to Riverdale residents, which will be brought closer to where people live,” the statement says. “In addition, a 12 percent increase in the 65+ population is expected in that community in the next five years, so we want to provide local comprehensive care.” Assemblyman Dinowitz responded to the concessions. “Most of those are good things,” he said. “But it doesn’t really address the main problem. The problem is volume. The problem is mass. The problem is capacity.” If these remain the same, he said, the development doesn’t “address the problems facing our community.” Other Montefiore sites have ample parking around them and are not “squeezed between two buildings” like the current site, he pointed out. When the proposed development was discussed in November, Montefiore was represented by senior vice president and chief medical officer Dr. Andrew D. Racine. No representative from Montefiore was on hand at this meeting, and that absence was strongly criticized by many attendees. “Montefiore is not meeting the needs of the community and I have a major problem with that,” Klein said in a statement. “We need all hands on deck to fight this, so I encourage Riverdale residents to contact my office so that we can continue to fight back.”

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Continued from Page 1 community members came out in force to express their outrage. Off-site parking for staff with an eco-friendly shuttle bus to the site and to other Riverdale locations—as suggested by Assemblyman Dinowitz—is now planned, enabling patients of the facility to utilize all of the onsite parking. In addition, the building’s parking spaces will be made available to the community at night.

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Oliver Koppell At the end of the month, Councilman Oliver Koppell will once again conclude a stint of public service. Term limits that he so vigorously opposed against the public will, have finally come to reach him. He is carefully not couching this forced departure from public office as a “retirement.” Truth be known he is seriously contemplating a run for State Senate at age 73, against incumbent Jeff Klein. Mr. Klein’s sin is that he and other Democrats of independent mind have linked up with Republicans in the State Senate to form a bi-partisan coalition. In Oliver Koppell’s world of Democratic Party orthodoxy, this is the ultimate sin. But to many observers, the coalition has offered a bright ray of sunshine in the traditional Albany gridlock, finally allowing the kind of collaborative processes envisioned by the founding fathers to flourish. This will be unfortunate. If Mr. Koppell runs, he will attempt to validate a lackluster twelve years on the City Council, which he leaves, as former Parks Commissioner Henry Stern might say, without leaving an impression. The piddling member item money he brought was no more or less that we would expect of anyone, he left us with a rezoning plan that has robbed local residents and businesses of tens of millions in potential property values, but not so restrictive that it precludes projects such as the proposed Montefiore Medical building. Mr. Koppell believes that communities such as Riverdale are perfect as they are. They are not. A dynamic community that evolves and changes for the better would be infinitely preferable. Public schools, to Mr. Koppell, should never be criticized, even when they are profoundly failing our local children and providing powerful disincentives for young families to settle or stay here, as evidenced by the departure of his own children (and ours). We won’t pile on with unfair criticism. Oliver Koppell has brought to our minds an unquestioned integrity to his political career, a virtue in and of itself. The tragedy of Oliver Koppell is what might have been. He is a brilliant fellow, but not brilliant enough to allow us to forget it. This has translated into political ineffectiveness and timidity, a symptom of his career in every office he has held. As a member of the State Assembly he wore he ambition on his sleeve, declaring the inevitability of his rise to the Speakership. This hubris had a chilling effect on his legislative career. He entered the race for borough president in 1979 as the leading insurgent against Stanley Simon, but by the time the primary election dust had cleared, finished fourth of four candidates. He was elevated by his legislative colleagues to the post of State Attorney General, replacing another Bronxite, Bob Abrams. Mr. Koppell somehow managed to offend his predecessor and make the least of this golden opportunity. He went on to lose the primary to a little known Brooklyn State Senator, Karen Burstein. His effort four years later to reclaim his post fell flat to a surging (we didn’t know just how surging) Eliot Spitzer. In 1999 he ran for Community School Board at the behest of this newspaper and the United Federation of Teachers. His local drawing power at the polls pulled an entire slate of seven candidates in behind him, insuring the creation of a high school for Riverdale. But after insisting that he become board president, he caved into political pressure from Bronx County Democratic Leader Roberto Ramirez (just before Ramirez orchestrated a political pogrom against Congressman Eliot Engel), and rehired local schools superintendent Irma Zardoya to the chagrin of this newspaper and the teachers union, a decision that went on to have severe negative unintended consequences for the academic performance of students here (including the furthering of what has so far been a 90% annual drop in admissions to specialized high schools by local kids). Mr. Koppell further gave aid and comfort to the dark forces of censorship in the community by his defense of the sinking fortunes and performance of local schools, and criticizing our role in truthfully reporting the bad news. Similarly, Mr. Koppell betrayed his protégé and political ally, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, when he publicly opposed Dinowitz’s ultimately successful bid to become Chairman of the Bronx County Democratic Committee. Instead Koppell stood with the worst elements of the Bronx Democratic Party, Councilman Larry Seabrook, Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo, former Council Member Maria Baez and various members of the nepotistic Rivera clan. His mistakes certainly don’t outweigh the totality of his career. But at this time and at his age, we’d prefer to see Mr. Koppell step off the stage and assume the well-deserved role of elder statesman. Another run for another office will certainly diminish his accomplishments by bringing his failures to the fore.

DeBlasio’s critical selection for schools chief By ANDREW WOLF Mayor Bloomberg held a press event last week to tout what he claimed to be a “historic” high school graduation rate. Usually those in charge of the city school system wait until the official results from the previous school year are issued by the state education department, an event that is still months away. That, though, will take place under a new mayor who, if he’s smart, is going to release such statistics compiled by his predecessor with a great deal of care. Mr. Bloomberg is taking no chances. He wants to leave with the perception intact that his education program has succeeded. He certainly won’t depend on Mayor-elect DeBlasio to act as his agent in this regard. All the more so because every story of triumph raises the bar for the incoming mayor and the individual he will choose as Chancellor of the City Schools. Before any attempts at a victory lap should be greeted with a more careful examination of the statistics. Have the numbers been artificially enhanced through controversial devices such as “credit recovery,” a particularly questionable program that gives children course credit for subjectively graded “projects,” even though the student failed the actual course?

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Other figures such as the remediation rates at City University colleges have disclosed a picture of high school graduates with their city diplomas in hand, yet still unprepared to complete successfully even the simplest college-level work. If we are to succeed in truly “fixing” our schools, we need to begin with the truth. What do our children know, and is it enough to allow them to succeed in life, both as educated citizens and full participants in our economy? My advice to Mr. DeBlasio is to appoint a bluer-than-blue ribbon panel of non-political experts to evaluate the numbers and tell us honestly how the children are really doing. Nothing will work until we put aside the spin and tell the truth, no matter how painful, no matter whose ox is gored. A good choice to head such a panel would be Prof. David Steiner, the dean of the School of Education at Hunter College. It was Mr. Steiner who, during his all-too-short tenure as state education commissioner, restored integrity to the state testing program by admitting that “cut scores” were set artificially low (largely under his predecessor) to “cook the books” and make the results look much better than they actually were. That’s why standardized test scores have seemingly declined

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in recent years, after years of huge gains and boastful press conferences touting those gains by everyone from district superintendents to Mayor Bloomberg. By telling the truth, superintendents and even mayors running school systems may not look as good, but the truth is that the children are equally tall whether we measure them in feet and inches or centimeters. We need to measure the content of their minds the same way with a uniform, impartial scale that we can all accept as an accurate reflection of their achievement. To tell the truth often takes courage, which is why Dean Steiner’s integrity was so admirable. It was important for the children of New York State. Even more significant will be Mr. DeBlasio’s choice as chancellor of city schools. This will be the person charged with actually devising the educational strategies that will bring real improvement. Whispering in Mr. DeBlasio’s ear is former Deputy Chancellor Carmen Farina, who some feel would like the post for herself. But Ms. Farina brings some heavy baggage. She has been a proponent of “progressive” education programs such as whole language and constructivist (a.k.a. “fuzzy”) mathematics. She was chosen as Joel Klein’s deputy when her predecessor, Diana Lam, was forced to resign following revelations (initiated by yours truly, wearing my then other hat as a columnist for The New York Sun) that she had improperly placed her husband on the Department of Education payroll. Ms. Farina herself resigned in 2006 in the shakeup at the start of Mr. Bloomberg’s second term. Ms. Farina is said to be narrowing the list of potential candidates for Continued on Page 15

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DUBLINERS 7 p.m. Sarah Lawrence College Suzanne Werner Wright Theatre “Dubliners” by James Joyce, Created collaboratively by the ensemble using movement, music, improvisation and puppetry, it is an event of struggle and epiphany. Directed by Sarah Plotkin. Thursday, December 12, Friday, December 13, and Saturday, December 14 at 7 p.m.; Free, RSVP required. For more info, call 914-395-2412.

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MODEL TRAIN DISPLAY 11 a.m. Lasdon Park Route 35 Visit the main house all decked out for the holidays and see the Polar Express during the first ever holiday train show. Greens, trees and holiday plants will be on sale in the Shop at Lasdon, along with a surprise visit from Santa. Admission: $2 children (ages 2-12) and $5 adults for the benefit of the Conservatory project. For info, call 914-864-7268.

1813 until his death in 1901. Otello is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Arrigo Boito, based on Shakespeare’s play Othello. It was Verdi’s penultimate opera, and was first performed at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, on February 5, 1887. A special reception will close this series of events dedicated to commemorate one of Italy’s greatest composers. Members of the Westchester Italian Cultural Center and the Bronxville Women’s Club $20, Non-Members $30. For more information, call 914-771-8700.

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HOLIDAY DECORATIONS 1 p.m. Trailside Nature Museum Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Create beautiful decorations from natural materials for the holidays. Co-sponsored by Friends of Trailside Museum and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. For more information call 914-864-7322.




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LECTURE & BOOK SIGNING 2 p.m. Lyndhurst Carriage House 635 South Broadway Preppy Handbook author Carol McD. Wallace lectures on the American heiresses like Anna Gould who went to Europe and traded their wealth for titles. Wallace will sign her book To Marry and English Lord, which helped inspire Downton Abbey, following her talk. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 914-631-4481.

HOLIDAY CRAFTS 1:30 p.m. Cranberry Lake Preserve 1609 Old Orchard Street Kids can have fun making holiday crafts for their loved ones. Fee $7; pre-registration required. For more information, call 914-428-1005.

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MODEL TRAIN DISPLAY 11 a.m. Lasdon Park Route 35 Visit the main house all decked out for the holidays and see the Polar Express during the first ever holiday train show at Lasdon. Greens, trees and holiday plants will be on sale in the Shop at Lasdon, along with a surprise visit from Santa. Admission: $2 children (ages 2-12) and $5 adults for the benefit of the Conservatory project. For more information, call 914-864-7268.

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DECEMBERFEST 3 p.m. Music Conservatory of Westchester 216 Central Avenue Westchester Choral Society and The Westchester Review have teamed up to present Decemberfest, an afternoon of prose and poetry readings, choral music and carols, together with wine, delicious edibles and a silent auction. Admission $25 General/$15 Students. Tickets at door or pre-purchase. Visit or (914) 472-3639.

ARCHAEOLOGY OPEN HOUSE 1 p.m. Croton Point Park Croton Point Avenue Explore the past and work on the collections with members of the New York State Archaeological Association/Lower Hudson Chapter. For more information, call 914-862-5297.



CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT 3 p.m. Iona College Christopher Murphy Auditorium Chamber musicians of The Symphony of Westchester will perform works by Shubert, Mozart and Schumann. New this season is online ticketing at the Symphony’s website: www.

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OTHELLO BY VERDI 6:30 p.m. Westchester Italian Cultural Center One Generoso Pope Place Viewing of 1996 performance at the Metropolitan Opera. Starring Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming, and James Morris. Conducted by James Levine. Giuseppe Verdi, one of the most influential romantic opera composers of the 19th century, composed a total of twenty-eight operas from


Continued from Page 14 chancellor being considered by Mr. DeBlasio. There is speculation that no one will emerge and the new mayor might implore his old friend to “temporarily” fill the post herself, in a maneuver like that which landed the head of George W. Bush’s vice-presidential search committee, Richard Cheney, the vice presidency. After a few months of on-thejob rehabilitation and demands for Ms. Farina’s retention, she would then be given the job permanently. Yet the need to have a dynamic chancellor committed to standards and curriculum became apparent earlier last week, when Mr. DeBlasio appointed a committee to design his signature pre-kindergarten program. This panel was heavy with social service types and light on educators. The rap against pre-kindergarten programs is that they have little academic rigor and often become nothing more than a glorified babysitting service at public expense. Babysitting will not achieve Mr. DeBlasio’s lofty goals. It is time for a chancellor who is a real educator to take the reins. And the list of those under consideration, with the notable exception of Board of Regents Member Kathleen Cashin, who brings a sterling record of achievement and real results with the city’s poorest children to the table, is filled with ethnic placeholders and failures from other cities. If someone can’t succeed in Cleveland, why import failure to New York? Will a feel-good affirmative action chancellor trump a candidate who has shown she can really achieve results for all children?

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