Column: Looking for a villain

Next week, Major League Baseball begins its second season. Sports Editor Mike Smith can’t wait for some playoff action. Photo courtesy

Next week, Major League Baseball begins its second season. Sports Editor Mike Smith can’t wait for some playoff action. Photo courtesy

Postseason baseball—especially when one’s team is out of contention—can acquaint a man with strange bedfellows. Maybe that can account for why I spent my Tuesday night watching the Yankees’ Wild Card game in a Red Sox bar with a bunch of Phillies fans.

But I have to admit, watching the Bombers end their season on a three-hit performance with a room full of rabid anti-fans didn’t give me the sort of rush I was looking for. In fact, I kind of found myself feeling bad for the Yankees.

Well, almost.

As you may have gleaned from previous columns, I hate the Yankees. But watching Tuesday’s game, seeing the few Yankees fans in attendance cringe and groan each time A-Rod chased a ball out of the zone, I couldn’t help but feel at least a twinge of sympathy.

Part of it stems from the fact that this 2015 team wasn’t your typical Yankees squad. Big money and free agents? Jacoby Ellsbury and his $150 million were on the bench for much of the night.

Instead, the lineup was filled with promising newcomers like Rob Refsnyder and Greg Bird. But as well as these new players—especially Bird—acquitted themselves during the season, seeing them flailing at sharp offerings from Dallas Keuchel all night was a definite letdown, especially for fans like me who hoped to see a little more firepower from a club that has lived and died by the longball this season.

Now don’t get me wrong.

These Astros, especially when Keuchel is on the mound, are an intriguing bunch. With guys like Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve and “El Oso Blanco” Evan Gattis out there, they’ve got enough personality—and lumber—to hold anyone’s interest for a long postseason run. But in the days leading up to the game, my father, a Mets fan who loathes the Yankees, brought up a good point. He was hoping for a Yankee win on Tuesday for one reason: the longer the Yankees stuck around in the playoffs, the longer he’d have a team to root against.

A quick look at the teams left standing doesn’t offer much in the way of pure villains. Sure, the Cardinals are essentially the Yankees of the National League, but the Pirates? The Cubs? The Rangers? It’s tough to find a reason to root against these squads.

That is, unless they’re playing the Mets.

Then I’m sure I’ll find a reason.


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Letter: Parker’s charging station legislation flawed



To the Editor,

On Sept. 9, Catherine Parker convened a hearing on her proposed legislation to dedicate 10 percent of parking spaces to electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at new or renovated parking lots owned or financed by Westchester County. But before the Board of Legislators conspires with the New York Power Authority to install these units, they should ask three critical questions:

What will it cost?

More than its proponents will admit.

Many state and federal programs entice communities to do their bidding with initial capital costs and temporary subsidies. When those contributions expire, however, the county will find itself stuck with maintenance costs, including labor—and the associated increases in healthcare and pension expenses—indefinitely.

Who pays?

All taxpayers pay directly; commuters and other drivers pay indirectly.

Let’s not forget the non-monetary cost of converting 10 percent of available parking to EV charging stations. Commuters, local businesses and their customers will be inconvenienced by reductions in already scarce parking, while just 1 percent of vehicle owners park and recharge. Intended as an incentive to invest in low-emission vehicles, in practice this would penalize all other drivers seeking a place to park.

It’s easy to say that the state government is paying for this initiative, but it’s important to remember that no government—at any level—has money of its own. All government spending is funded by our hard-earned current or future tax dollars. New Yorkers don’t have infinite bank accounts, so we have to make smart choices or end up paying ever higher taxes for all manner of government “freebies.”

Who benefits?

Tesla owners.

Whether those taxpayers are in Westchester or any other New York county, it’s safe to say that most of them don’t have—or can’t afford—an electric vehicle, which because of its limitations is by definition a second car. Do we really want to allocate scarce resources to benefit the 1 percent who can afford a $79,000 Tesla? Surely that money would have equal or better impact on our environment by improving bus or rail service.

I believe in the efficiency of markets. If there is a demand for EV charging stations, we can count on the private sector to provide them. As our county legislator, my goal will be to limit the cost and scale of government so we can keep and use more of our money to pursue our own priorities. The Board of Legislators should not preempt the actions of an entrepreneur who might create new jobs and pay taxes. Otherwise, it will be the 99 percent who picks up the tab.


Susan Watson,

Candidate for Westchester County legislator

Letter: Air traffic over Larchmont

To the Editor,

It’s a beautiful morning and I would enjoy sitting on my porch, but the daily roaring onslaught of airplanes over Larchmont is in full flight. Every 30 seconds or so, jets fly on their way to LaGuardia, and they are loud. This will go on all morning and resume at the same pace in the late afternoon and into the dinner hour. So I have come inside to write this letter.

Larchmont is not a quiet village. We all live with I-95 traffic booming in the distance and commercial gardeners’ gas-powered machinery, not to mention construction. But these constant fly-overs, aggravated by the racket of truly obnoxious regular helicopter flights, are intolerable. How and why is this happening?

Will it stop or at least diminish anytime soon?

I have seen many theories on why the planes are using our communities as their flight path and why they are flying lower and more frequently than ever. Some blame ex-Mayor Bloomberg, some blame LaGuardia construction, some blame Donald Trump’s new golf course. Whoever is responsible, I do not believe it is at all fair that the burden should fall on our area to the extent that there is virtually no period during the day that is free of air traffic roar. What can be done?


Mady Edelstein,


What’s going on in New Rochelle

New Rochelle Public Library

Both branches of the library will be closed for Columbus Day on Sunday, Oct. 11 and Monday, Oct. 12. For information on these and other events and programs, visit

Fall preschool programs

A number of free and engaging programs for infants, toddlers and preschool children are being offered at the main New Rochelle Public Library and the Huguenot Children’s Library, HCL, this fall. Participation is drop-in, on a first-come, first-served basis. The programs are made possible by the Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library and the Partnership for the Huguenot Children’s Library.

Yoga Tots: For ages 2 to 3. Taught by certified yoga instructor Susan Fried, who uses puppets, props and songs to take toddlers on a fun-filled yoga adventure. The sessions will run through Oct. 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the main library, and from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at HCL.

Music and Movement with Nora Maher: For ages 12 months to 35 months. Meets Tuesdays through Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the main library, and from 11:30 a.m. to noon at HCL. The fun-filled introduction to songs, finger-plays and games is on a drop-in basis.

Nursery Rhyme Time: A joyful blend of stories, songs and finger-plays for ages 12 months to 24 months and their parent or caregiver. Held on a drop-in basis at the main library every Friday through Nov. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 9:50 a.m., and at HCL every Monday through Nov. 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m., except Oct. 12.

Toddler Time: Lively drop-in sessions engaging 2-year-old children and their parent or caregiver in music and games. Meets at the main library every Friday through Nov. 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., and at HCL every Wednesday through Nov. 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., except Nov. 11.

3, 4, & 5’s Story Time & Craft: Drop-in sessions that involve seasonal and picture book themes that inspire fun stories, songs, and a take-home craft for children ages 3 to 5. Parents may choose one of two sessions at the main library: Mondays through Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., except Oct. 12; or Thursdays through Nov. 19 from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.; or between two sessions at HCL: Tuesdays through Nov. 17 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.; or Thursdays through Nov. 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Preschool Fun and Fitness: Conducted by the health and fitness team from Montefiore New Rochelle’s WIC Program, and provides children ages 2 to 5 with a fun-filled hour of movement, games, and healthy eating and lifestyle tips. The sessions will take place in the Meeting Room at the main library on Mondays through Dec. 14 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Registration is required, please call 637-1677.

Red Cross Blood Drive

The New Rochelle Public Library will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the library’s meeting room and theater stage.

The American Red Cross Blood Services depends on committed donors to give the “gift of life” to help ensure that quality blood products and services are always available when and where they are needed by hospital patients. One unit of blood can help save the lives of up to three people. The Red Cross needs donors to keep giving blood during all times of the year if it is to continue meeting patients’ need for blood: transfusions for trauma victims who have experienced accidents or burns; patients undergoing heart surgery or organ transplants; and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer and other diseases. A donation will help ensure that blood is available for those many patients who require this life-saving gift.

Donors need to be at least 17 years of age. Donors may drop-in or register by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, or by visiting Donors should bring a photo I.D. and allow for an hour to complete the donation. Refreshments will be provided.

New Rochelle Art
Association’s juried show

The 100th Annual Open Juried Show of the New Rochelle Art Association will be on display through Oct. 25 in the Lumen Gallery at the New Rochelle Public Library. Pieces on display will feature art made in oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, pastel, graphics, sculpture, fine crafts, photography and digital art.

Fire Prevention Month

October is Fire Prevention Month, and this year’s theme is “Hear the Beep When You Sleep” from your smoke detectors. There will also be fire promotions and an awards ceremony later this month.

Don’t forget to sign up for emergency notifications. Please sign up to receive alerts and messaging through email, text and calls via our NewRoAlert system at

The Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle

Golf outing and dinner

The Boys and Girls Club of New Rochelle will host their 53rd annual golf outing and dinner on Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Wykagyl Country Club. This year’s event will be honoring the Gonzalez family and will recognize Pat Swift with the Service to Youth award. All donations raised during the event will benefit the children of the Boys and Girls Club and will help pay tribute to this year’s honorees. For more information or to register and pledge a sponsorship amount, visit

Monroe College

Fourth annual Monroe Miles

On Saturday, Oct. 17 Monroe College is pleased to present the fourth annual Monroe Miles, a 5K run/walk that will celebrate Monroe College’s Homecoming and the New Rochelle community. The event, which will kick off at 458 Main St. and end in front of Gaddy Hall at 380 Main St., is open to all interested runners and members of the Monroe College community. The college will provide refreshments upon completion of the run/walk and supporters are more than welcome to cheer on participants from the sidelines. T-shirts will be given to the first 300 participants to check in.

All entries must be submitted online at There will be limited race day entries. A $15 entry fee must be paid online at the time of entry. Children under 12 are free. All proceeds will go to the Boys and Girls Club of New Rochelle.

Awards will be given to the top 10 male and top 10 female finishers. Plaques will be given to the first two male and female finishers and medals to finishers No. 3 to 10. Awards will also be given to the first three male and female Masters Athletes in 10-year age groupings: 40–49, 50–59, etc.

For teams, the top five finishers from each team will be scored. For more information, call 275-3056.

BID Family Fun Festival

Window Painting and Mask Making

Families with children ages 8 to 12 years are invited to paint seasonal scenes for Halloween and Thanksgiving on the windows of downtown businesses, beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, meeting at the Library Green. Also that day, a mask-making workshop geared for younger children will take place in Library Green, under the green tents. In the event of inclement weather, a rain makeup date will be available by calling 654-2116.

Families must pre-register in order to paint a window. Please email or call 654-2116.

This program is a BID Family Day, made possible by a partnership with the New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District in conjunction with the library, city school district and Parks and Recreation.



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A simple reminder of how and why we matter

By HOWARD Sturman
Several weeks ago, I accompanied one of our salespeople to the office of the advertising director of a giant retailer. In and of itself, getting the appointment was a big deal; if we could convince him to advertise with us, it would be an even bigger deal. 

Although I firmly believe in the values and benefits of our five weekly newspapers, I must have been a little intimidated by the size and importance of this retailer because the first question I asked was, “What do you think of local newspapers, especially as an advertising vehicle?”

To my delight, the advertising director demonstrated a true sense of excitement.

“I love them,” he said. “While I live in New York City during the week, reading my local paper is the first thing I do when I return to my weekend home in the suburbs. Like everyone else, I’m keenly interested in what’s going on around town, so let’s talk about how advertising in your papers can help us.”

And we did.

Not so surprisingly, the meeting had the kind of happy ending we had dreamed about.

I think this little story dramatically illustrates the importance of local papers to their communities—both to readers and businesses, which depend on them to build customer traffic.

What’s more, and for good reasons, I believe the newspapers that comprise our Home Town Media Group warrant your support, especially from an advertising standpoint; after all, no one offers what we do: a captive audience who appreciates hard news about their community, and prefers shopping locally whenever possible.

I like to characterize us as a scrapbook of the local scene, with each and every week representing a new entry in an ongoing, exciting saga.

We appreciate those of you who already support us and we yearn to move even more of you over to our side. And to show you our appreciation, every issue, beginning in October, will contain a highly-visible box noting your support.

It serves as just another way of celebrating your importance to us.



There’s more to life in the ‘burbs

It’s peaceful here in the ‘burbs. Our nights are filled with the sounds of crickets, not the sounds of traffic horns. We’ve got two or three neighbors, not two or three hundred. We’ve got fresh air, trees and lawns, parking spots for our minivans, a bit of elbow room.

Still, our counterparts living in the big city wonder about our quiet life, thinking it is perhaps a tad provincial, assuming we are missing out on something. “What of art?” they may ask us. “What of culture?”

Clearly they haven’t taken a look at the fall schedule at The Performing Arts Center. We here at The Center take great pride in the fact that the artists you can see and hear on our stages are not only of the same caliber as those you can catch on a night out in Manhattan, they are, in fact, the very same artists.

For example, on Sunday, Oct. 11, we’ll be presenting the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Orpheus was founded in New York City in 1972 by a group of musicians who aspired to apply the chamber music principles of individual participation and personal responsibility to an orchestral setting. Central to these principles was the musicians’ commitment to rehearse and perform without a conductor, which they do to this day at their home base in Carnegie Hall.

The conductor-less orchestra concept is interesting enough by itself, but on Oct. 11, our audiences are in for an even bigger treat—the chance to experience the world premiere of contemporary master Wolfgang Rihm’s new “Duo Concerto,” written especially for Orpheus and the award-winning husband and wife team of cellist Jan Vogler and violinist Mira Wang. It won’t be until a few days later that the piece will be heard at Carnegie Hall in New York City; the European premiere isn’t until the 24th.

The concert, a celebration of German Romanticism, includes works by Mendelssohn and Schumann in addition the Rihm premiere. It will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11; tickets are $80, $65 and $50.

Also in October: classical piano quintet The 5 Browns, Oct. 3; and the hilarious and very talented Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Oct. 4. On Oct. 10, Vertigo Dance Company brings us contemporary dance from Israel that explores the connections among society, art and movement. Back by popular demand, the world-renowned Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center kicks off their four-concert series on Oct. 17. And as the weather gets cooler, the Performing Arts Center turns up the heat on Oct. 24 with Ana Gasteyer’s “I’m Hip,” a show that evokes the swagger of an era when a lady ruled a nightclub and an audience knew they were in for a good time.

So there you have it. You don’t have to schlepp into the city to be on the cutting edge of the performing arts scene; life right here in the ‘burbs has got plenty to offer.

Mara Rupners is the director of marketing at
The Performing Arts Center. The Performing Arts Center,
Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road,
Purchase, N.Y. 10577

Box Office: 251-6200
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, noon
to 6 p.m. and on weekends
before performances

Column: There’s only one October

Next week, Major League Baseball begins its second season. Sports Editor Mike Smith can’t wait for some playoff action. Photo courtesy

Next week, Major League Baseball begins its second season. Sports Editor Mike Smith can’t wait for some playoff action. Photo courtesy

If you’re not absolutely tingling with anticipation for next week to arrive, I’m going to have to ask that you renounce your baseball fandom immediately.

Yes, we’re finally here. After slogging through a 162-game season, it’s playoff time once again, and I’d be hard-pressed to remember a time when there was as much baseball buzz in the area heading into October.

On one hand, you’ve got the Mets, the brash upstarts with a fearsome rotation who just clinched the NL East title for the first time in almost a decade. On the other hand, you’ve got a Yankees team that is still attempting to nail down that final win and has far surpassed expectations this year—though you wouldn’t know it judging by the grumblings of the fanbase on the airwaves of WFAN.

The Mets are preparing for a first-round showdown with the one team in the postseason that can seemingly match them ace-for-ace, as Grienke, Kershaw, and the Los Angeles Dodgers come to town, while the Yanks’ postseason fate is still technically uncertain. But even before the Bombers (likely) take the field on Tuesday night for the one-game playoff, there are so many questions that will no doubt be captivating the tri-state area.

Will Tanaka be healthy enough to pitch?

How will rookies like Luis Severino and Greg Bird fare during their first-ever postseason?

Should current Yankees rub the head of Derek Jeter for good luck in the postseason?

The Mets, too, have their own uncertainty as they head toward their first postseason since 2006. Over the last month or so, Terry Collins has employed seemingly endless permutations of lineups and defensive alignments, but will need to determine which players have earned starting spots in the NLDS. His deep pitching staff also gives him flexibility—and decisions to make.

But even if you’re not a fan of New York teams, there is so much that makes this one of the most intriguing postseason landscapes in recent years. Three teams from the NL Central will be in the mix, vying for the pennant: the long-suffering Cubs, the steady Cardinals and a Pirates team that is hoping to channel 1979 for this year’s run.

Toronto, perhaps the best team in the American League, could potentially be without its all-world shortstop.

The last AL wild card spot? That’s still up in the air with the Angels, Astros and Twins all hoping to extend their season and earn a shot at the Yankees.

For the next five weeks, each baseball game is appointment viewing. You don’t know what you’re going to see, which players are going to raise their games or who will crumble under the pressure. Even for fans like me, those without a rooting interest, there’s more than enough drama to keep me invested.

I just hope the rest of you feel the same way.


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Neil Degrasse Tyson talks science and news at Manhattanville

Famed astrophysicist and TV host Neil Degrasse Tyson took the stage at Manhattanville’s Reid Castle on Sept. 9 as a part of the school’s ongoing Castle Conversations series.

Famed astrophysicist and TV host Neil Degrasse Tyson took the stage at Manhattanville’s Reid Castle on Sept. 9 as a part of the school’s ongoing Castle Conversations series.

By James Pero
One of the first things that famed astrophysicist Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson did upon taking the stage for a lecture at Manhattanville’s Reid Castle was temper any undue expectations. 

“So, I’m just alerting you in advance,” he said, addressing the fully-packed auditorium. “There will be no song or dance; I don’t play the piano.”

What Tyson did offer, however, was his perspective.

“This is an exercise in looking at the world through the lens of an astrophysicist,” he said. “When I read the newspaper, maybe I see it a little differently from how you see it.”

On Sept. 9, as a part of Manhattanville’s continuing lecture series, Castle Conversations, Tyson—a famed astrophysicist, author, and TV host of Fox’s Emmy award-winning series “Cosmos”—took the stage, not to awe the audience with his vast knowledge of our universe, but to engage attendees in a category just about everyone is familiar with: the news.

The chapel at Manhattanville College was sold out, moving many attendees to the upper balcony to watch the show. Photos/Sirin Samman

The chapel at Manhattanville College was sold out, moving many attendees to the upper balcony to watch the show. Photos/Sirin Samman

“News stories, politics, society, there are things that happen and you’ll see how I saw them,” said Tyson.

Throughout the course of his hour-and-a-half long lecture, Tyson stayed true to his mission, weaving through topics both personal and universal. In one of Tyson’s opening subjects, he tackled the fervent public blowback “Cosmos” experienced after announcing that his reboot of the original series, which was hosted by Carl Sagan in 1980, would appear on Fox in March 2014.

“I told people I’m going to host ‘Cosmos,’ and people said ‘Oh, that’s great! Is it going to be on PBS?’ I said no. ‘How about Discovery Channel?’ No. ‘Science Channel?’ No. ‘Well, where?’ And I said, on Fox,” Tyson proclaimed to a roar of audience laughter. “That’s when the liberal folks started shaking and frothing at the mouth.”

Tyson went on to explain that although Fox has come to be known for the “acerbic” conservative commentary featured on Fox News, it is also the same company—or conglomerate of companies—that gave audiences everything from the movie “Avatar” to beloved shows like “The Simpsons.”

One of Tyson’s biggest laughs from the audience came after a joke about how hot the chapel was. “We’re in this chapel and everyone is sweating and waving fans, I feel like there should be gospel music playing,” he said.

One of Tyson’s biggest laughs from the audience came after a joke about how hot the chapel was. “We’re in this chapel and everyone is sweating and waving fans, I feel like there should be gospel music playing,” he said.

This reality, he explained, referring to the notion that “Cosmos” would be broadcast on one of the most diverse networks on TV, is “an extraordinary fact.”

“It meant that science was no longer relegated to the science ghetto channels of the high numbers,” Tyson said. “If there’s one thing we wanted ‘Cosmos’ to do, it was [to] reach the widest audience possible, and that would not have happened on other channels.”

In many ways, Tyson has, in recent years, enjoyed a success similar to that of Fox’s “Cosmos.” He has successfully—where many academics of his caliber have failed—brought a passion for science and the universe to the masses.

For proof of that, “Cosmos’” critical acclaim isn’t the only barometer; there’s also Tyson’s Twitter account, which boasts a whopping 4.2 million followers—a number that Tyson will gladly explain is exponentially larger than the likes of any of his kin.

However, Tyson’s academic background isn’t the only force driving his unprecedented mainstream appeal. Underlying that success has always been his hallmark mixture of wit and candor that, at times, seems to boil over into borderline contempt—especially for those on the wrong side of science.

In one moment during Tyson’s Reid Castle lecture, he scolded journalists for spreading misleading information about “super moons,” which he explains, to scale, are like ordering a “super” pizza which is 8.03 inches as opposed to 8. In the next moment, he catapulted the audience into laughter by pointing out the absurdity of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, the Republican chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Space, denouncing the existence of manmade climate change.

Neil Degrasse Tyson spent much of his lecture at Reid Castle sifting through popular news and sorting the truth from embellishment.

Neil Degrasse Tyson spent much of his lecture at Reid Castle sifting through popular news and sorting the truth from embellishment.

More than anything, Tyson successfully instilled in the audience the same yearning for empirical knowledge that he, as one of very few astrophysicists in the world, has made a career of.

In the midst of a tirade concerning the safety concerns of genetically-modified foods, or in his opinion, a lack thereof, Tyson took a rare pause from his animated lecture.

“You can choose to not want [them],” he said. “But do so from an informed position.”



Column: Defending the Dark Knight

Over the last two weeks, Mets hurler Matt Harvey has been embroiled in an innings-limit controversy. Sports Editor Mike Smith thinks that protecting pitchers’ arms is a complicated issue.  Photo courtesy

Over the last two weeks, Mets hurler Matt Harvey has been embroiled in an innings-limit controversy. Sports Editor Mike Smith thinks that protecting pitchers’ arms is a complicated issue.
Photo courtesy

I’ll be completely honest with you: I don’t quite know yet where I stand on Matt Harvey.

Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the last two weeks, the saga of the Dark Knight has been unavoidable. With the surging Mets heading for their first postseason berth since 2006, the issue of Harvey and his innings limit has reared its ugly head; and Harvey’s agent, Scott Boras, has clashed with Mets’ brass about the potential overuse of the right-hander.

Harvey’s people claim that the Amazin’s were in danger of pushing Harvey past the 180-inning limit recommended by Dr. James Andrews, who performed Tommy John surgery on the ace in 2013.

The Mets, predictably, balked at that assertion.

The result has been the sort of infighting, double-talk and uncertainty that has been the Mets’ calling card over the last decade or so.

Perhaps it is no coincidence that the Mets—who are still a near-lock to clinch the NL East—have struggled down the stretch, dropping back-to-back series against the Marlins and the Yankees.

Everything came to a head on Sept. 19 when Harvey, tossing a one-hitter against the Yankees, was lifted after the fifth inning and a shaky Mets’ bullpen imploded to gift the game to the Bombers.

A loss to the Yankees, precipitated by a premature Harvey exit?

That was a perfect storm for Mets fans who flooded sports talk shows the following day, demanding the front office ship the righty away as soon as possible.

Mets fans know that, given the acrimony between Harvey and the front office, it’s highly unlikely that he will resign here once he hits free agency. If that’s the case, they feel, why not push him now, while the Mets have a shot at the title.

After all, look at what happened to the Nationals when they shut down flamethrower Stephen Strasburg a few years back.

Harvey, some fans opine, is too concerned with preserving his arm—and the chance for a huge payday down the road—and his selfishness is sabotaging the Mets’ postseason chances. After all, they say, nobody ever had Tom Seaver on an innings limit.

But it’s not that simple.

In my mind, Harvey is in a tough spot. Of course he has to think about his future. He could be leaving hundreds of millions of dollars on the table if he throws caution to the wind and ends up going under the knife again. On the other hand, he has a duty to the team to help them win ballgames to the best of his ability.

The real kicker, however, is the fact that arm health is an inexact science at best. The 180-innings limit is arbitrary. He could have gone out in his first start of the season and reinjured the elbow. He could throw more than 200 innings this year and be the picture of health. We just don’t know.

What we do know, is that it’s in the best interests of both Harvey and the Mets to figure this thing out as soon as possible. They’ve got a chance to do something special this year; let’s just hope they don’t ruin a promising star in the process.


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Fried wins primary; Rackman not done

Liz Fried is congratulated by a supporter after learning of her decisive victory over Councilwoman Shari Rackman in a Sept. 10 Democratic primary for Rackman’s District 6 seat. Fried will now appear on the ballot line in the general election as the Democratic candidate.  Photo/Andrew Dapolite

Liz Fried is congratulated by a supporter after learning of her decisive victory over Councilwoman Shari Rackman in a Sept. 10 Democratic primary for Rackman’s District 6 seat. Fried will now appear on the ballot line in the general election as the Democratic candidate.
Photo/Andrew Dapolite

Polls closed at 9 p.m. on Sept. 10. 

By 9:10 p.m., Liz Fried’s camp said they were confident they won the New Rochelle Democratic primary for the District 6 seat on the City Council against incumbent Councilwoman Shari Rackman.

Fried, 62, ultimately won by a 67-percent margin, with an unofficial vote tally of 489 to 239 having captured 14 of the 16 voting districts.

In her victory speech at NoMa Social, Fried congratulated her opponent on a “spirited campaign” but told the Review it’s
just a start.

“Winning tonight is different from winning a tennis match,” said Fried, who’s an avid tennis player. “I don’t feel like I won. I feel like it’s a start. But I’m excited to do this job. To have an opportunity to work with the other council members is really what I did all this for.”

But the race for the seat
isn’t over.

Rackman, 51, told the Review following the primary that she will run on the Reform Party ballot line in the general election against Fried.

“I feel I served my district well over the last four years, and many of my constituents have asked me to run, and I will do just that,” Rackman said. “There’s still work left to be done, and I intend to be on the council to do it.”

The Reform Party ballot line was originally the Stop Common Core line, which Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican, ran on during his failed bid for governor last year. Astorino renamed the line the Reform Party earlier this year.

According to Westchester County voter registration numbers, there are no registered Reform Party voters in all of Westchester, which isn’t surprising considering it’s a new-born ballot line.

In New Rochelle, Democrats outnumber Republicans in District 6 by a nearly 2 to 1 ratio, 4,205 Democrats to 2,252 Republicans. Of those 4,205 Democratic voters, 728 voted in the primary, with Fried taking a convincing two-thirds of the total votes cast.

But if the primary results
carry over to the general election in November and Rackman garners one-third of the Democratic vote combined with the Republican vote, which she is expected to carry because of her opposition to the city’s Democratic Mayor Noam Bramson, it will enable her to close the gap that was exposed in the primary between the two candidates. Then such a race could hinge on which candidate is able to wrestle votes from the district’s large pool of non-affiliated voters, 2,160.

Barry Caro, Fried’s campaign manager, doesn’t seem worried.

“The results of the Democratic primary were a resounding endorsement for Liz Fried’s positive, results-oriented style,” Caro said. “That pragmatic approach will go over just as well with members of other political parties as it did with Democrats.”

As of Sept. 16, city Republicans did not have a candidate for District 6; instead opting to use an opportunity to ballot, which allows registered Republican voters in District 6 to write in the name of the candidate of their choice, for the Republican primary. If Rackman received enough write-in votes from Republicans, she could, in theory, be offered the Republican line. The opportunity to ballot results won’t be known until Sept. 24, after press time, at the earliest.

Rackman said there has been no communication between her and the city’s Republican Party but she didn’t rule out accepting any other party line’s nomination saying, “If and when other opportunities arise, I will decide what I’m going to do then.”