August 2008

Liz Feld Urges Paterson-Bruno Agreement on Tax Cap

August 16, 2008 - 03:32

“Governor David Paterson (D) and Senator Joe Bruno (R) can take a giant step forward for property tax relief by coming to an agreement today on the 4% tax cap. New York families need property tax relief now. We cannot wait another year. If legislators in Albany go home on Monday without doing anything to ease the property tax burden on families, senior citizens and small businesses, they will be sending a clear signal that special interests matter more than the 74% of New Yorkers who support the tax cap.”

Central Office Restructure at the City School District of New Rochelle

August 15, 2008 - 23:23

The School District announced a major restructuring six weeks ago and, as usual, the parents and taxpayers of New Rochelle are the last enough. In fact, no announcement has been sent to parents and there is nothing about it on the NRED web site. In keeping with our interest to keep parents informed, here they are for reading pleasure:



Journal News Letter to the Editor

August 13, 2008 - 00:57

Melinda Herman, a New Rochelle resident, wrote a letter to the editor of The Journal News.  She offers some counter-arguments to the topics presented in this blog.  We would like to thanks Ms. Herman for taking the time to join the discussion by presenting her perspective.

Equal opportunity for all students

"...unfairly blames the school district of New Rochelle (North-south divide untrue, officials say) for educational inequality; yet his personal experiences at Isaac Young Middle School do not reflect systemic inadequacies or biases.

Our Reply to Mayor Bramson's Fiction that Ward Acres Was "under-utilized"

August 12, 2008 - 23:37

The Journal News published our letter responding to Mayor Bramson's recent comments on Ward Acres.

What in the world could Mayor Noam Bramson have meant by describing Ward Acres recently as "under-utilized" before his bitterly divisive interventions there? Ward Acres used to be busy all day long in every kind of weather as hundreds of families enjoyed the woods with their pets.

Since the imposition of Bramson's fees and restrictions, the park sits empty most of the time. Perhaps Mayor Bramson meant that Ward Acres had been "under-utilized" by people without dogs - but now, more than a year since the restrictions on off-leash dogs, usage of the park by non-dog-walking visitors remains negligible.

It appears what Mayor Noam Bramson meant is that anyone who disagrees with his personal agenda simply ceases to exist. Citizens of New Rochelle, be warned.

Ward Acres in The New York Times

August 12, 2008 - 23:33

In today's (June 29, 2008) New York Times, Diana Marszalek reports on New Rochelle's new dog run and Ward Acres licensing and fees:

"If the city can get away with charging money to walk a dog on a leash at Ward Acres, then why can't they do that at Hudson Park and Twin Lakes Park in front of the high school?" said Jeffrey P. Wiegand, a resident of New Rochelle who is part of the group fighting the city.

"That's not what our city is supposed to be about," he said.

Read the complete article here: New 3-Acre Dog Run Doesn’t Please Owners

We thank the New York Times for covering this controversy.

Youth Hockey Outreach Programs Targets Economically Disadvantaged Kids

August 12, 2008 - 23:23

New Rochelle is a richly diverse city. Its diversity mirrors the diversity of the United States but exists within the confines of a small city. Most of the residents find this situation appealing, particularly as it enables their children to learn how to interact in the kind of world they will likely be living in when they are adults. Youth athletic programs are an important part of the learning process in this regard. Thus, NRYH is committed to encouraging children from all over New Rochelle to participate in our program.