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June 2009

New York State Comptroller Questions $14,216 in "Emergency" HVAC Purchases by New Rochelle Schools

June 21, 2009 - 05:25
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http://www.osc.state.ny.us/localgov/audits/schools/2008/new_rochelle.pdf

Interesting reading

EDITOR'S NOTE: Pages 10-11 are the section on Emergency Purchases. The Comptroller's office cited the District for not providing specific and adequate guidance on purchasing services in case of emergency, purchases which totaled more than $90,000. In particular, the Comptroller questioned two non-competitive contracts for HVAC repairs for $14,216 where the only indication that the repairs were "emergency" purchases was the word "emergency" hand written across the vendor invoice. The Comptroller called the invoices "questionable" and asked why the District did not bother to even make a few phone calls to "obtain comparative prices."

Celebrate Father's day on SoNo's Main Street

June 20, 2009 - 16:32

Come to where Bettie Davis. Lou Gehrig, George M. Cohan and more came for Fathers day by the Historic Loews theatre...sponsored by HABITAT FOR HUMANITY IN HONOR OF ALL FATHERS..AND FAMILIES..AT 591 MAIN STREET.
Hear Ron and Mark, two Jazz professionals..who will make your Dad's day Special....you can eat after at Bella Bellas, Rangolis, Little Mexican Restaurant, some of the many other restaurants in SoNo...


Join us…call Jim Killoran at 914 403 4821...spend this FATHERS DAY, where THE GREAT WALKED AND WALK AGAIN…on MAIN STREET in SoNo NewRo...REDISCOVER MAIN STREET...

Learn More at SoNo NewRo Online

Thomas Paine Cottage Rededication This Sunday

June 19, 2009 - 17:13

F4F309BD-2826-4C09-85E1-688EE858D772.jpgOn Sunday, June 21, the New Rochelle Historical Association will hold a "lawn party" fundraiser to celebrate the rededication of the Thomas Paine Cottage after its recent historically accurate restoration. Assemblywoman Amy Paulin will be on hand. Ms. Ruby Dee, Actress-Writer-Activist, will address the gathering.

There will also be a special presentation of a proclamation by our City Councilman, Richard St. Paul, representing the City of New Rochelle.

For more information visit the Thomas Paine Cottage website.

Tickets: Advance, $45.00 per person At the door, $50.00 per person (Mail or drop off a note with your name and your check to ) Huguenot and New Rochelle Historical Assn. Tom Paine Lawn Party 20 Sicard Ave. New Rochelle, NY 10804 914-633-1776

The Thomas Paine Cottage is located at Sicard Avenue and North Ave, across from New Rochelle High School.

Will the New Rochelle Post Office be Demolished?

June 19, 2009 - 03:00
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Senator Schumer's visit to New Rochelle on behalf of Cappelli who wants to demolish the Post Office to build Le Count Square has raised concerns of residents.   Mayor Bramson, who admits the proposed development will include demolition of the Post Office which is on the National Register of Historic Places, was questioned on his WVOX show this week about whether proper procedures were followed to allow tearing down of the building.  Bramson has promised to verify his position that the proper procedures were followed and report the answer on his next WVOX broadcast which should be on Tuesday June 30.

Bruce Danielle Head of Security to be Dismissed?

June 18, 2009 - 20:24
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Bruce Danielle Director of Security is facing possible termination due to lack of BOE following proper procedure. The BOE was put on notice this week with a letter from the state informing them that Mr. Danielle was hired under improper procedures. Mr. Danielle was hired on December 1, 1997, with a salary of 103,940 by the end of 2007. More information including a copy of said letter from state to follow.
I guess not enough paper shredders were bought by the BOE.

Bruce Negrin on WVOX 1460 AM Tonight at 8 PM: NewRo Master Plan? Costco v. BJs

June 18, 2009 - 20:17

Call in at 914-636-0110

Tonights Topics - we will pick up on some of the conversations posted here:

New Rochelle has no “Master Plan” – Well, what are your ideas?

Costco vs. BJ’s- What are the implications for New Ro?

Did the City Council Discuss Business Retention Incentives? Is this a start of something worthwhile?

The end of political party allegiance

Revamped New Ro City website should offer voting referendums

What Happened to Mrs Taylor?

June 18, 2009 - 18:38

Through the grape vine I was told that Mrs. Taylor would not be coming back to House 4 as a Guidance Counselor. I am extremely upset. She is Professional. Whenever I call her she always returns calls and emails expeditiously. She loves the Students and works hard in their regard. She is getting a BAD DEAL. As parents and students we need to make it know to the administration. They can not replace her with an incompetent counselor. Is that what we need. It should be the fault of the Administration in House 4 to make proper notification to Parents if a counselor is out of the office on Maternity Leave. Put the blame where necessary. I can not stand for this to happen to an Excellent counselor while those lacking skills and knowledge still remain in the school and receive TENURE. Perhaps that is the plan, so that our children do not GRADUATE. Help me save Mrs. Taylor's job write a Letter to Mr. Kenny the head Guidance and Counseling and voice your displeasure

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