May 2009

Assemblyman George Latimer Brings Bad Budget & MTA Tidings to New Rochelle from Albany Statehouse

May 31, 2009 - 00:40
3 comments" alt="180C12E6-2B19-4AA6-AECA-B35AA3792538.jpg" vspace="10" hspace="10" border="0" width="134" height="200" align="left" / In general terms Assemblyman George Latimer spoke of the realities of the New York State budget in these trying financial times.  The state budget reflected the downturn of the economy.  State revenue has dropped and there was a gap in the budget of 17 million when the Senate voted.

The federal stimulus which is being used to ease budget shortfalls has strings attached.  Spending cuts were proposed for health care and "emotional ads" were used to influence legislators to try to lessen these cuts.  Some prisons were closed and transfers of prisoners were made to fill up other prisons.  Five billion dollars additional in income taxes was projected by taxing those making over $200,000 in income (or $300,000 for couples filing jointly).  An attempt to gain concessions on pay raises was rejected by the unions, consequently the Governor said he will lay off workers.  Latimer emphasized it takes nine separate votes to settle the budget.  He voted against most of the proposed budget, citing as an reason that a business can easily move from Rye to Greenwich to obtain lower taxes.

Saturday in SoNo

May 30, 2009 - 03:38

Crate and Barrel RUGS, and Drexel HERITAGE FURNITURE....Rockwell posters, and dishes and more...all at SoNo's SATURDAY SIDEWALK SALES...beginning by the HISTORIC LOEWS THEATRE..ON MAIN STREET.. AT 591 MAIN..walk up and down the street...from Main to North and back again....throughout SoNo....Rangoli’s and Bella Bellas and Little Mexican Cafe have their tables out....Mexican Corner, and
Subway too...stroll past the Curtain Shoppe but not without passing Consign it on Main and the Habitat Restores...Green and fun and food for all...the SIDEWALK STROLL IS THE PLACE TO ROLL THIS SATURDAY IN SONO...
SONO...SONOMA MOUNTAIN IN CALIFORNIA...a green new planned community, integrates unique design into its new urbanism....we are SONO residents and businesses are committed to making SoNoNewRo...the greenest, most fun area in the world..walkable, clean, and the best place to shop...stay tuned....moments of study bring areas of greatness..SoNo is getting greater by the day.....

MEMO: NRPD and CSDNR Should Collaborate to Build an iPod Database

May 29, 2009 - 20:52

A0399F4A-E886-4758-8927-FFA9D9B727D1.jpgWith all the talk about "shared services" between school and city officials how about getting the ball rolling with a simple project designed to take a bite out of crime. Let's take a page from the police department in Portsmouth, New Hampshire which is now working with local school officials to create an "iPod registry" as a way to deter theft of mp3 players and similar devices.

The police department in Portsmouth, NH is collaborating with Portsmouth High School to create a database of student iPods (and other MP3 players) in hopes of deterring thieves. The increasingly common occurrence has caused the school's "resource officer" (aka police officer on duty inside the school) to collect information about students' digital audio players, including serial numbers, descriptions, and pictures that are filed away. School officials hope that, with the information readily available, stolen iPods will be easier to recover.

Union Chief Marty Daly Says Schools Contract "Fair"; Admits Seeking Shorter Contract to Seek Bigger Raises Sooner

May 29, 2009 - 19:07

29F67974-057E-42F9-8E91-885919E53184.jpgMarty Daly is in the Journal News today talking with old pal Aman Ali about the story we broke two days ago: New Rochelle Employees Union Announces Tentative Contract with New Rochelle School District; 2-2.5% Pay Increase.

The pull quote from the article is Daly's admission that the union wanted a shorter than normal contract so it could go back to the bargaining table in 18 months:

"We're hoping that by the time this contract expires, the economy will be in a much more robust position," Daly said. "We didn't want to commit to three years of below-average salary increases. Once the economy gets much stronger we can negotiate for more competitive raises in the future."

Competitive? With what? People across the country are experiencing massive jobs cuts, pay cuts and reduced hours. Just having a job with no pay cut would be "competitive" in the current market.

Daly told Ali the raises were fair because they "keep pace with the cost of living."

my pet peeve

May 28, 2009 - 22:13

The Citi Of New Rochelle will officialy own hudson park for 125yrs.Iam 43yrs old i have been going to this park most of my life.I can couny on 2 hands how much work has been done here.Recently was on the citis web site didnt finish the story,but there appears to be alot of work going to be done at ward acres.If i read it correctly ward acres is considered historical, Historical my butt.Lets not forget about wild cliff.Which has lied dormant for 3 or 4 years now.I would also like to comment on recent bloggs.While this memorial day parade was 100 times bettter then prvious ones.There still seem to have less marchers and alot less watchers.The school and library budget,iam sure there must be a loop hole or two we could find.Not long ago i seem to recall not 1,not 2 but 3 votes for the library budget.Petty sad when our school employees are just as bad as the kids.My kids,4 boys 3 of which go to these so called schools.Last, but not least 3 of my kids have the flu.Which type of flu you asked dont know doc wont say.

Join Bruce Negrin on WVOX 1460 AM Tonight at 8 PM: School Elections, North End v. New Rochelle; Councilman Lou Trangucci

May 28, 2009 - 14:19

Bruce Negrin Radio Show "New Rochelle News & Views" Tonight at 8p on WVOX 1460 AM or

The media blackout (I took ill) has ended and New Rochelle News & Views will be back on the air tonight.

We will discuss the school elections. Even though a week has passed there is still much to talk about.

The misconceptions of the North End vs New Rochelle as a whole.

And hopefully Councilman Lou Trangucci who was scheduled to appear last week.

Listen in and call up. Your voice needs to be heard and believe me someone is listening. 914-636-0110 is direct studio line

Sidewalk Sales Begin in SoNo !

May 28, 2009 - 10:31

Sidewalk Sales today in SoNo right thru of themost fun times.. you can stroll, get amazing bargains...and great food!!!!
On Main Street and around the town...what a day! Many wait all year for this to happen...even if the sun isnt shining it is at the Sidewalk Sales...come and support local, get out, the business owners have special surprises for stop, stroll and hit the Sidewalk in SoNo!!!!!

Learn More at SoNo NewRo Online

New Rochelle Memorial Day Parade 2009 - UPDATED IMAGES

May 28, 2009 - 01:43

William Moye, the Honorary Grand Marshal for the New Rochelle Memorial Day Parade, was introduced by Eugene McLeer, President of the United Veterans Memorial and Patriotic Association. Moye gave the invocation, calling on the "mighty ruler of the universe," and recounted that many of the departed veterans had given their lives for their country. The New Rochelle High School Band under the direction of Robert Freeberg stirringly played the National Anthem, deepening the patriotic mood of the day.

Mayor Noam Bramson introduced Council members and other dignitaries present. In his remarks he said today is one of showing "gratitude" and "deep respect" for all who gave their life for their country. Next County Legislator James Maisano, himself a Marine Corps veteran, said, "This is a day to honor all our veterans." He thanked all those who participated in the ceremony especially the veteran groups. He also made special mention of all the sacrifices of those who served, especially the true patriots from New Rochelle who lost their lives. "Greater love has no man than to give his own life for his country." He spoke of Captain Nathan Hale who when caught in 1776 by the British said, "I regret I have but one life to give for my country."

New Rochelle Employees Union Announces Tentative Contract with New Rochelle School District; 2-2.5% Pay Increase

May 27, 2009 - 15:04

29F67974-057E-42F9-8E91-885919E53184.jpgNew Rochelle School District employees will receive an across the board pay increase of 2% next year and 2.5% in the following year under a tentative two-year contract announced today. Under the deal, if ratified by the rank and file, salary increases would be postponed until the second semester of each year. There would be be no increase in employee contributions to health insurance benefits.

There will be a union meeting at 3:30 and 4:30 PM on May 28th at Room 367 New Rochelle High School and a vote by secret ballot held on June 1st.