August 2008

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Levee Goes Dry as "American Pie" Tavern Loses Liquor License

August 19, 2008 - 17:38

Beechmont ClosedIf you drive your Chevy to the levee you are going to find that once again "The Levee" is dry - at least until Westchester County officials relent. The operators of the Beechmont Tavern were busted for serving alcohol to minors, not having a bouncer at the door, and over-occupancy all of which comes with a $7,000 fine and a suspension of their liquor license.

Are New Rochelle teachers worried about hidden cameras at school?

August 19, 2008 - 14:46

Do New Rochelle teachers share concerns about the use of hidden cameras

"Almost a quarter of teachers have voiced their concerns about 'hidden' surveillance cameras in schools, a survey said Monday. A survey of nearly 250 primary and secondary school teachers by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) found that 84.6% have CCTV in their school and more than half (52.9%) said it made them feel safer.

Cop-Cams Increase Traffic Fine Revenue by 3,000% in DC suburb

August 19, 2008 - 12:56

MEMO: City Council Members
RE: New Ways to Solve Budget Problems

Reduces traffic violations...check!
Raises much-needed cash for the City...check!
Frees up police resources...check!

What's not to love about cop-cams? Sure, civil libertarians will cry foul but pointing so-called cop-cams on public streets is not a violation of anyone's civil rights and can help the City deal with reckless drivers at a minimal cost with a potentially huge payoff.

McClatchy DC reports:

Keeping Costs Down - CSE Meeting CYA Tips

August 18, 2008 - 18:48

The DoSE is required by New York State law to provide you with copies of ALL of the reports, evaluations, records and any other document BEFORE the CSE meeting begins. What this means specifically is that prior to their Chairperson calling the CSE meeting to order you are entitled to receive a copy of every document that may be referenced in the meeting. The DoSE hates this law and will do everything in their power to convince you that this is not the case. Excuses will be things like, "the law does not say that" (it does), "we have advice from counsel that we do not have to provide the documents before the meeting starts" or that right before the meeting is sufficient notice, "this is the way we always do it", "we will go through them at the meeting anyway", etc. Do not believe it.

Keeping Costs Down - The "Pre-Meeting" Hustle

August 18, 2008 - 18:47

Given the number of people involved in a CSE, including "outsiders", the District may lose control of the outcome in a CSE meeting so when a parent does get past the delaying tactics, the DoSE will go to Phase Two: inviting the parent to attend a private "pre-meeting" to "discuss" your child's case. Do not fall for this. There is no "pre" in this supposed pre-meeting; the ONLY purpose of this meeting is for the DoSE to get to the parents alone, without the presence of members of the CSE who might not tow the District line, and dupe them into signing away their rights.

Keep Costs Down - Top 5 CSE Delaying Tactics

August 18, 2008 - 18:44

1) "the dog ate my homework" - the District can shred your letter and then claim it never received the letter. Now a complaining parent is forced to resubmit the letter and the 30 day clock starts ticking all over again.

2) "the time machine" trick - A simple way to get an "extension" to the 30 day limit is to simply not time stamp incoming letters until after someone complains about a case being out of compliance. The District simply stamps the letter "received" on a day less than 30 days before the complaint is made and "voila" the District is in compliance.