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Pat Puleo Statement to BOE, 9-21-11 

Yonkers Board of Education Meeting September 21st, 2011 Saunders High School YFT President, Pat Puleo addressed the board during open comments: “…nail on the head, with lies, that were not there. With lies that we don’t give back. With lies that we don’t volunteer all the time. It’s not gonna resolve, it’s not gonna be …

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PDF’s from SBP presentation to YCPTA, 9-19-11 

Documents (pdf) from the Superintendent's presentation to the Yonkers Council of PTA's on Monday, September 19th, 2011: Westchester Cost Per Pupil Cuts Equal Cuts Equal 2 General Fund Instructional Cost

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Mayor Spencer Interviewed by Hezi Aris (Yonkers Tribune) 

Starting at minute 13:00, the conversation turns to education and the state funding formula. According to Mayor Spencer, the only state funding formula is a political formula, or someone would have emailed it to him by now (at 15:30). Minute 18 gets pretty good, too. The whole interview is interesting, given what we've been …

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Conversation with John Murtagh 

Meeting with Yonkers Mayoral Candidate John Murtagh August 25, 2011 Thank you to Mr. Murtagh for taking the time to meet with us. We prepared a list of questions, based on parent feedback after sending a broadcast email asking for questions. While not everything we discussed (e.g. the Pearls playground/Habit for Humanity issue of a …

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Conversation with Mike Spano 

9-8-11 Thursday night, Mr. Spano spent nearly 90 minutes with a few parents in a living room in the Park Hill neighborhood of Yonkers. County Legislator José Alvarado accompanied him. While several parents asked questions, the transcript below simply uses ‘YPU’ to indicate when they were speaking. The following is a transcribed and edited account …

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YPU Neutrality 

Those of us associated with Yonkers Parents United have decided, as a group, to remain neutral in the primary. We have met with as many candidates as possible, asked them about their plans for education in Yonkers, and published their answers to these questions here, and informed our neighbors of what we have learned in …

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News12 Candidate Debates 

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WBWPC Forum at the YWCA 

These notes are from the Westchester Black Women's Political Caucus candidates' forum hosted at the Yonkers YWCA on Monday, August 22nd. It took me a little longer to transcribe than I thought it would. The following is each mayoral candidate's opening remarks, and their answers to 2 questions. First, what they would do about the …

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Candidates Forum Tonight! 

Just a reminder to attend the Mayoral Candidates Forum hosted by the Westchester Black Women's Political Caucus at the Yonkers YWCA at 87 S. Broadway this evening. Time is set for 6pm. Hope to see you there! Peace, -KG

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Act as if what you do makes a difference. 

It does. -William James

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Notes from Meeting with Chuck Lesnick, 8-5-2011  ☆

YPU Meeting with Chuck Lesnick August 5th 2011 Law Office of Chuck Lesnick 733 Yonkers Ave 10704 Chuck Lesnick Adam Brill, Communications Director to Yonkers City Council President Kevin Gray Rafael Herrero Michelle Soto Three members of Yonkers Parents United (YPU) met with Mr. Lesnick and Mr. Brill on Friday, August 5th. These notes were …

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Notes from Meeting with Andrea Stewart-Cousins 

Thursday, August 4th, 2011 Thank you to State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (AS-C) for meeting with us for more than an hour today. These are the highlights of my notes from the meeting, comments in brackets are my own thoughts, everything else is paraphrased attributed by initials. If I got something wrong, or make a misstatement …

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Questions to Ask 

If you were to sit down with a 2011 Yonkers mayoral candidate or elected official responsible for representing Yonkers in Albany, what question(s) would you ask? What would you want to know more about? The thing is, several of us will have this opportunity during the coming weeks, and it is important we make the …

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“This Year Is An Enigma.” –Notes from SBP Meeting, July 20th  ☆

The Superintendent greeted us last night with, "This year is an enigma." I sat 2nd row, house left, and wrote 6 pages of single-spaced notes. The following are highlights, but include most of what was presented. Click here to download the pdf file of the powerpoint slides. There is a lot of info in those …

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Superintendent’s Presentation, Wed. July 20th  ☆

If I can connect to the internet from the auditorium at 1 Larkin, I'll try to post updates from the meeting live as comments on this post. If there's nothing from me here for the next couple of hours, then know that I couldn't connect and will post a summary later tonight. Let's keep our …

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The Coolest Treehouse In The World 

I posted this on the Facebook page, but I'm adding it here as well. The Coolest Treehouse in the World Building something like this would be exactly the kind of transformative project I think Yonkers needs right now. We need something to point at and say, "We did that. We built that for our kids …

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Mike Spano, 7-20, 2pm  ☆

Private followup meeting with State Assemblyman Mike Spano (Thank you, Dan!) to discuss possible future policy options for YPS. At this point, if you're able to go, you may have already contacted Dan Lipka, but if not, please contact him directly by email. I haven't worked out those links on this site, yet, but if …

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Bernard Pierorazio, 7-20, 6pm  ☆

Public meeting scheduled by YPS Superintendent Bernard Pierorazio in the auditorium at 1 Larkin (YPS administrative building/library building). This meeting is scheduled for one hour, and has been announced he will present the finalized changes to the school system to go in effect this fall. There may or may not be an opportunity to ask …

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Andrea Stewart-Cousins, 8-4, 2:30pm  ☆

We have a meeting with State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins to discuss current and future policy improvements regarding YPS. If you would like to attend this meeting, please contact me to make arrangements, as we're limited in the number of people who can attend (3-5). And, please, in the comments suggest questions that should be asked. …

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