December 2009

Merry Christmas to All and to All a Good Night

December 24, 2009 - 12:41

Christmas morning, sitting around the tree with the family. I can't imagine a better place to be. Wide eyed children, shredded wrapping paper flying through the air, all laughter and smiles. To my friends old and new, family and neighbors, I'm hoping you all experience the same magic I see in my children's eyes on Christmas morning. Albeit my good fortune stands in contrast to those who serve this country, far from home during the holidays. A Christmas wish for peace and the best gift of all, Christmas morning around the tree when you get home.

"A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Let's hope it's a good one, without any fear" John Lennon

Merry Christmas to All

John D

LeCount Place Countup: Still No Kohl's Deal, 33 Days since Capelli told Council that Retailer would Sign Deal

December 23, 2009 - 20:15

On November 10, 2009, Capelli Enterprises told the New Rochelle City Council that Kohl's Department store would sign an agreement to take space at New Roc City in "a week to ten days away" or no later than November 20th.

According to the Duration between two dates Calculator at it has now been 33 days since Capelli said the Kohl's deal would be signed with no announcement of a deal.

To put this in context, we provide a look back at the May 2009 discussion on the 12th MOU Extension. See how many things you can find that do not jibe with the recent vote of the City Council to approve a 13th MOU Extension.

Firefighters in Tentative Agreement with City of New Rochelle; Deal Would Avert Layoffs

December 23, 2009 - 19:45

img6.jpgThe City of New Rochelle and Firefighters UFFA Local 273 have come to a tentative agreement that would defer money owed under contractual raises until retirement. In exchange, the City will not layoff any firefighters this year. Union members and the City Council would both have to ratify the agreement. We will publish details of the accord as we get them.


Bruce Negrin Radio Program - New Ro News & Views returns Dec 31

December 23, 2009 - 17:44

Fellow New Rochelleans, New Rochelle News and Views will return to the airwaves on December 31 hoping to hear your proposed resolutions for the City in the New Year. In 2010 I promise there will be a lot to talk about

New Ro News and Views
Thursday Nights 8 to 9pm
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Happy Holidays and I look forward to hearing from you soon.


New Rochelle Firefighters.

December 22, 2009 - 19:04

The recent 6 New Rochelle Firefighters that have been laid off due to irresponsible managing of city funds has put our city and our family's at risk for death and or injury. Why couldnt the city council look into letting go DPW ? POLICE ? But the city decides to make a decision based on what ? They have let go some of the bravest men who put there lifes on the line to protect our wonderful city day in and day out. How about letting go people within the city hall area. Let go of parks and recs not jobs that protect us. Im not certain dont quote meon this but since this new mayor came in he has messed up since day 1. Tha previous mayor didnt want to let go of new rochelle firefighters. This is a really big issue that pisses me off that the city council of new rochelle makes the mistake with mis-managing money then decides to take it out on the fire department. I think there should be a investigation into the people who run our city because they are not doing a good job at all. I will be planning on protesting and also writing the state government to let them know this issue new rochelle has. I hope and pray that the firefighters laid off get there jobs back. I want people to stand up for the city of NEW ROCHELLE and voice there word to the media. One last thing before i go. IF the city has money problems in this poor economical time.

18 Months Later, New York State Education Department FINALLY Agrees to"Review" Second Answer Sheet

December 22, 2009 - 18:58

Last week, David Abrams, the New York State Assistant Commissioner of Education, claimed there was no need to even consider my request for an investigation into why there were two different versions of my son's answer sheets for his Chemistry Regents Examination from June 2007, because he had spoken with Don Conetta, the Principal at New Rochelle High School, and Conetta told him "there was never a second answer sheet generated in the school". In response, I assured Abrams that there were two versions of the answer sheet and, if necessary, I was prepared to drive to Albany and present them to him in person.

NOTE: I fixed the links to the two docs so you can now compare the "on initials" version with the "two initials" version.

Last night, I received the following reply from David Abrams.

Dear Mr. Cox,

Does Integrity Mean Nothing to Certain City Council Members?

December 22, 2009 - 14:25

Last May when Louis Cappelli was granted his twelfth extension on LeCount Square, Councilman Allbert Tarantino expressed serious reservations about the condition of the area and said he had serious reservations about voting for it in the future.  Councilman Jim Stowe endorsed Tarantino's statement and voted "yes" but added,  number thirteen was the "bewitching" hour.

But when the vote for the thirteenth renewal was made tonight, after Councilman Tarantino voted "no" apparently Councilman Stowe had a different opinion of the condition of the Le Count Square and voted "yes."  This time it was Councilman Richard St. Paul who made a favorable statement about the developer but voted "yes" because of the economic conditions.  He added the next time he will not vote "yes" if the developer does not bring in Target and Kohl's.  The rest of the Council voted favorably.