This is a special note to our so-called school district leadership: Now that you got your budget passed can we drop the "suck it up" nonsense and start talking seriously about how the reality of the collapse in home values impacts the ability of residents to support the public school system?
I was there so I know you were practically giddy last Tuesday when you managed to dupe 5% of New Rochelle's registered voters into passing your deceptive, bloated school budget. You even deluded yourself into believing that getting 2,200 votes out of a possible 40,000 showed that the community came out to "support" your budget. Great. But now the chickens are coming home to roost.
If you do not cease soon with the campaign rhetoric and PR spin, you are going to find yourself paying the price for failing to make genuine efforts to build widespread community support for your budget. Yes, you "won" -- by lying to the public and running as close to a secret election as is possible -- but now comes time to see what you really won as news comes today that the tsunami of wealth destruction caused by record declines in home prices continues unabated.