<<The Silver Tassie by Sean O Casey, Photos by and courtesy of Stephanie Berger
As the old joke has it, what do you get when you crossbreed a Mafioso and a semiologist? An offer you cannot understand. That’s what I felt at Ireland’s Druid Theatre Company’s offering of Sean O’Casey’s The Silver Tassie at the Lincoln Center Summer Festival. The Hibernian brogue is thick enough to be cut with a buzzsaw, and my brain couldn’t negotiate more than ten percent of it. This despite the fact that I reread the play a couple of days before.
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Mattingly Leaves ACS, Presided Over Tragedies but Reformed the Agency.
Judge Richter is Successor.
John B. Mattingly is retiring as Commissioner of the Administration for Children's Services (ACS) after seven years in the trenches. At the age of 66, he will return to the child welfare foundation he headed in Baltimore.
His departure is in striking contrast to Jay Walder's jumping ship after 21 months at the MTA to take a far more lucrative position running a railroad in the Orient. Yet Walder may have performed a service by his surprise exit. His manner had alienated many of the people he had to deal with, and the financial chasm between receipts and expenditures had only widened, although through no fault of Walder's.
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YONKERS, NY -- Yonkers Federation of Teachers President Pat Puleo said, “As usual Mayor Amicone has his facts wrong. The teachers union had little to nothing to do with the recent court ruling; the issue was between Office of Inspector General Dan Schorr and the YFT Welfare Fund. The Welfare Fund is a totally separate entity from the union. The YFT Welfare Fund is comprised of teacher representatives, administrator representatives, and a representative of the Yonkers Board of Education Trustee. [Editor’s Note: The Yonkers Board of Education Trustee is an appointment made by Mayor Phil Amicone.]
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Yonkers Mayor Amicone addressed Assemblymen Mike Spano. J. Gary Pretlow, and Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins by letter admonishing them with regard to their letter of July 21, 2011, to Governor Andrew Cuomo, in which they requested discretionary funding for pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) and sports programs to benefit the Yonkers Public School District. Mayor Amicone admonished the three most prominent members of the Albany Delegation in his letter o them dated July 25, 2011
Mayor Amicone's seething verbal dressing down of the Albany Delegation asserts that Yonkers Board of Education (YBoE) Superintendent Bernard Pierorazio informed him that neither he nor the Board of Education Trustees, appointed to the board by Mayor Amicone, were consulted prior to the Albany Delegation addressing Governor Cuomo. Mayor Amicone’s tirade grew to greater heights of termerity when Mayor Amicone suggested the Albany Delegation is ignorant of the needed resources required by the YPS. His harangue continued when he stated further that he has implored them to comprehend that the YPS are desperately in need of and deserving to receive a fair share of education funding. Mayor Amicone escalated his contention that the Albany Delegation had acted on their own rather than having acted in unison and by his implied direction, especially in their communication with Governor Cuomo.
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New York, NY -- Businessman and congressional candidate Bob Turner (R-C, NY-9) today demanded that the Obama Administration stop paying the salaries of Palestinian terrorists in Israeli prisons. The issue is reported in today's Jerusalem Post.
The jailed terrorists are being paid an aggregate $5 million per month by the Palestinian Authority, which is given the money by the U.S. government, the report says. Mr. Turner said that the $5 million in monthly US payments should be halted immediately.
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The death penalty was recently the subject of a Times op ed by David R. Dow, entitled “Death Penalty, Still Racist And Arbitrary.” In a letter to the editor, James A. Dueholm wrote in response, “David R. Dow attacks capital punishment on its statistical bias against minorities. Death penalty opponents have brought arbitrariness upon themselves.” The writer pointed out state laws were enacted to assure fairness and equal treatment by “assur[ing] that a first degree murderer would die regardless of the race of the victim or defendant.”
However, the writer went on to point out, “A closely divided Supreme Court with the hearty concurrence of those who now complain about the arbitrary nature of capital punishment struck down these laws making discretion an inescapable part of the process.” The reference is to the requirement allowing defendants to present to the jury any and all mitigating circumstances in hearings following a finding of guilt.
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Yonkers, NY -- The following is an official statement by Mayor Phil Amicone regarding the ruling issued on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, by Judge William J. Giacomo of the New York State Supreme Court ordering the Yonkers Federation of Teachers (YFT) Welfare Fund to comply with the Yonkers Inspector General subpoena for documents by this Friday, July 29 at Noon.
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