November 2008

With Hillary Clinton Going to State Dept., Will Lowey House Seat Free Up for Bramson?

November 21, 2008 - 20:54

The New York Times is reporting that Hillary Clinton has accepted Barack Obama's offer to become Secretary of State under the Obama Administration:

Hillary Rodham Clinton has decided to give up her Senate seat and accept the position of secretary of state, making her the public face around the world for the administration of the man who beat her for the Democratic presidential nomination, two confidants said Friday.

Back in 2002 when Hillary Clinton decided to run for a U.S. Senate seat from New York, she stepped in front of Rep. Nita Lowey, who was seen as a likely candidate for Daniel Patrick Moynihan's old seat.

Isaac Young Noose Incident

November 20, 2008 - 15:18

I came across this video on the web today and it got me wondering where things stand with this case. We sure aren't going to hear anything about it from the school district. Last I heard there was a lawsuit. Anyone have details? Also, is it really true that the white supervisor was given just a three week suspension? That seems like an incredibly light "punishment" for such a heinous act.

New Rochelle Cracks Down on College Students

November 19, 2008 - 21:42

Aman Ali of The Journal News is reporting:

The city is stepping up enforcement of its housing codes in light of rising complaints about housing with overcrowded tenants.

"This is happening a lot with college students where you have multiple people living in one unit," Councilman Richard St. Paul said. "Or you'll have houses renting out basements illegally to another family. Then it becomes a safety and quality-of-life issue."

Some New Rochelle residents are weighing in:

"The problem isn't the college students, the problem is that City Hall is allowing absentee and local landlords/home owners to rent apartments out illegally to ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS!"

" my neighborhood its got nothing to do with Illegals and all to do with college kids who rent illegal apartments and bring nothing to the area but noise, beer bottles and lots of unwanted cars."

Dear Blabby: Summer Camps for Special Needs Kids

November 17, 2008 - 00:41

Dear Blabby,

My son is extremely high functioning, slightly speech delayed, could use some work on attention skills etc. I am looking for a camp that will motivate, stimulate and move him along. Does SEPTA compile a list of appropriate Day Camps for children with special needs? How do I get my hands on it to begin some research?



Dear J.

SEPTA might be a good place to start but don't forget the New Rochelle Recreation Department. Contact Nina Shawn-Gainor at that office. You can also try school social workers. They often receive a lot of information about summer camps both in and out of New Rochelle.

You might even be able to get some financial assistance. There is a "campership fund" foundation that raises money to assist those in need to attend camps. Joanne Goldman or Carol Feldman at the school district central office at City Hall may be able to help you with that.

Why is Barnard Elementary School not a Neighborhood School?

November 16, 2008 - 17:47

If the City School District is such a believer in neighborhood schools and diversity, why is Henry Barnard Elementary not a neighborhood school? Is it in the wrong neighborhood? Why is it just for the smaller children? Very few would argue that parents who send their children to Barnard are extremely happy. It seems to be a great program. It is probably the most desired program in the district. Why would any parent want to give up such a great program? Returning Barnard to being a neighborhood school may be one of the most unpopular ideas among some of the homeowners in that neighborhood and families whose children attend the school. We would be interested to learn what people have to say on this topic. The fact is that the children from that very "diverse" neighborhood are not able to automatically attend Barnard. We find it hard to believe that this was a random decision on the part of the City School District of New Rochelle.

School District Has a Little Fun Playing “Kick the 15 Minute Lunch Down the Road” With Trinity Parents

November 15, 2008 - 16:40

As is typical of the City School District of New Rochelle, they have parents at Trinity running around in circles. In this post we reveal evidence of the use of delaying tactics in order to not address an issue. In “Parents Mobilizing to Address 15 Minute Lunch” posted on this blog on Friday October 3, 2008, we reported on efforts by parents drafting a letter requesting a time extension of the 4th and 5th grade lunch at Trinity Elementary School. Currently, 4th and 5th graders at Trinity only have 15 minutes to eat. This includes standing in line to purchase the lunch. In an extraordinary effort by a group of parents, a letter was drafted and 129 signatures were gathered. This effort is extremely significant due to the fact that each signature represents a family and not an individual. Furthermore, the number approximates 15% of the total families at Trinity Elementary School.

New Rochelle Planning 8.25% Tax Increase

November 14, 2008 - 11:42

As the country slides into what many expect to be a difficult and prolonged recession, The Journal News is reporting that the City of New Rochelle is planning to increase taxes, increase park fees and reduce services.

(Finance Commissioner) Rattner and other city officials have been working on ways to find new money sources in light of the city's shrinking revenue streams over the years. A public hearing on the proposed $150 million budget is set for 8 p.m. Dec. 2 at City Hall. The City Council is expected to vote on the budget during its regular legislative meeting Dec. 9.

Among the cuts is reducing trash pick up to once a week and raising the fees for Omnicards to access to parks.

Organisciak to Balance School Budget on Backs of School Children and New Rochelle Families

November 13, 2008 - 21:41

Even though he lied to her in a previous story about Trinity School, Diana Costello had no problem ringing up her old pal Richard Organisciak for a quote. Costello has a story up on Gov. Patterson's proposed decreases in increases in local school funding from New York State.

"Sitting here right now, I couldn't see how this wouldn't make its way into the classroom," said New Rochelle Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak, whose district would lose $3.2 million and see a 2 percent drop from last year's aid. "That shakes me up a little bit."


- Teacher salaries and benefits are the biggest chunk of the school district's budget. The teachers union contract negotiations begin this month.

- How about looking for some concessions from the teachers union?

Is New Rochelle the "Best Places to Raise Your Kids"?

November 13, 2008 - 16:10

In ranking the city among the best places to raise kids in the United States, Business Week magazine describes New Rochelle as "the suburban home of Rob and Laura Petrie in “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” is still a relatively affordable place in ritzy Westchester County. New Rochelle is an ethnically diverse place with a bustling downtown and a mix of single-family homes and apartments."

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