Mount Vernon's best Superintendent of Schools was Dr. William Pratella. He improved the schools to the point where many of them were recognized nationally as being "schools of national excellence". When he was forced to resign, mainly because Mayor Ernie Davis wanted an "African-American" Superintendent, the schools went right downhill, with the failing rate of students increasing year after year, starting with Pratella's succesor Ronald Ross, and continuing right through with Welton Sawyer and Judith Johnson. Now we'll see if Dr. Hamilton can reverse all the major damage that was done by his predecessors of the past 20-plus years.
I can't be optimistic about this, because I know how poorly run are the schools. I'm a realist and believe the students will continue to have one of the highest failing rates in the state. View Comment
You mean like we gave Ronald Ross a chance and we gave Welton Sawyer a chance? They contributed to the destruction of the Mount Vernon schools (along with the negligent BOE trustees). Hamilton IS getting a chance, but he will be watched very closely, under a magnifying lens at all times. View Comment
I wonder what is Hamilton's real interest in serving as Superintendent of Mount Vernon schools, other than the attraction of a salary of a quarter million dollars and many thousands of dollars in bonuses? Why would he leave the New Jersey school system after being there for so many years? Those are just some unanswered questions. View Comment
Oh my, the hypocrisy on the Left continues. Why is it not mentioned in the article that Maloney is a Democrat? If he were a Republican, it would be emphasized several times. And the Left would be calling for his resignation, for using a drone without FAA permission. View Comment
According to Obama and Pelosi, the cost of health care would be going down, not going up. But as usual, any time the Federal government gets involved in anything, they just can't get the numbers right. Doesn't surprise me with the ACA - Obama and Pelosi lied from the start, and they continue lying. If Obama really wants to make a difference with affordable health care, he'll issue one of his famous executive orders mandating that ALL public and union employees in all services and industries MUST participate, and pay out of their own pockets. Then maybe we'll see a lowering of health care costs because those crybabies will scream so loudly, the medical industry will just have to comply. View Comment
Now we can wait and see if Hamilton will actually greatly improve the schools or continue to destroy them, as his predecessors did.
When the Board trustees selected him, they did note that he does not have certification in New York. Has Hamilton since received his certification?
Looking over his contract (which is available on the website), it seems it's loaded with all sorts of financial goodies, but nothing requiring that he emphasize the improvement of the students, incompetent teachers and administrators, and other major problems that have been existing for many years and continuing to grow.
Oh, and whoever typed the contract should consider returning to school themselves, and learn how to correctly spell the word "Superintendent". View Comment
It's very disturbing to see small children being manipulated by Queen Hillary. Reminds me of everything I was taught in school about the 1930s German youth and how they were manipulated into paying homage to that country's newly elected leader. View Comment
There is nothing "tacky and tasteless" about the comments made by myself and another. Apparently you don't have a sense of humor when it comes to others making humorous comments about one of your elitist politicians.
And I do take note of your hoping Hillary will decide to run for President. She'd be a terrible grandmother to her daughter's soon to be born prince/princess so it's best to keep her away from the child. View Comment
You're right on about Cuomo and his participation of the 2008 financial meltdown. He not only condoned the criminal actions by his Wall Street banker friends, but he also encouraged the actions. And of course he refused to prosecute any of them. View Comment
And why shouldn't "welfare housing" be placed in an "affluent neighborhood"? Those "affluent" people are so very liberal when it comes to helping those who are less fortunate, but they don't want them in their own backyard - they dump them into Mount Vernon, which has more than its fair share of welfare people. I say, ALL welfare housing should be placed in affluent areas - maybe the welfare people will be encouraged to get themselves out of their miserable circumstances and become self-sufficient. View Comment