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December 2009

Gov. Paterson Says New York State is Officially Broke, Cuts State Aid to New Rochelle Schools and City Government

December 10, 2009 - 20:23
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Announcing that New York State has run out of cash, Gov. David Paterson announced yesterday that he had issued an executive order directing the state budget officials to cut-off state aid to schools, local governments and nonprofit service providers such as hospitals until the State has some money. In effect, New York State is now going to "slow pay" its debts and obligations until tax receipts catch up some time next year.

Budget Director Robert Megna told the Associated Press "We've had a revenue collapse over the last 24 to 36 month period. The state's cash position is at its weakest point in recent history."

At the last school board meeting, Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak revealed that New Rochelle schools may lose up to $3 million in state aid already budgeted for in the school budget approved by voters last May. In addition, the state is increasing required pension contributions which will cost the district another $2 million. Schools officials have yet to announce what will be cut.

1 Dead, 12 Injured in Chicago High Rise Fire on 36th Floor; City Calls out 1/3 of all Equipment, 300 Firefighters

December 10, 2009 - 16:34
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wbbm1210chestnutstfire2.jpgThe New Rochelle City Council voted Tuesday to cut $800,000 from the proposed City budget which may mean layoffs for Police, Fire and DPW if their respective unions do not agree to across the board pay reductions. The City Manager has discretion in how to implement the budget cuts and is still negotiating with the unions who have resisted calls to re-open current contracts.

Fire Chief Ray Kiernen told the council that layoffs would mean closing one firehouse and have a negative impact on response times.

Some council members have expressed concern about the impact of reducing the number of firefighters just as more new high rise apartment buildings and condos have begun filling up in New Rochelle. Avalon 1 & 2 are nearly full and Trump Plaza is reportedly at 60% occupancy. At 420 feet tall, Trump Plaza is the second tallest building in Westchester County.

Beechwood Avenue Fiasco

December 10, 2009 - 09:43
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The city spent 5 millions dollars to buy the land at beechwood avenue in order to move the city yard. In its current condition it is unusable and probably needs 1 million in renovations, road work, grading etc. Why does New Rochelle's leaders always spend like drunken sailors? Why do they listen to developers that don't understand new Rochelle and build things we don't need?

As I said before (before construction) the Avalon building should have been condo's. Renters don't care about the city. The second Avalon should have been condo's. The 600 Apartments proposed for echo bay should all be condos. ENOUGH WITH THE APARTMENTS!!!! The only reason anyone in power would continue to allow apartments is to continue bringing people into New Rochelle that don't vote and don't care. Bramson and Stowe MUST GO!!!!

Move the Library and rent the Space

December 10, 2009 - 09:36
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I remember as a school child, any report or research paper required a trip to the library or if lucky enough you knew someone with an encyclopedia britannica. The Library was a depository for books, music, old newpapers on microfilm etc. Then along came the internet. The internet is a million libraries at your fingertips. So the question is : WHY DO WE CONTINUE TO OPERATE THE LIBRARY AS THOUGH THE INTERNET DOESN'T EXIST?
An enlightened society surely doesn't want to tear down a library but an enlightened society wouldn't spend millions of dollars a year so insiders can justify their paychecks by turning the building into a hangout for pedophiles, homeless, free internet access and creating programs they try to justify their existence with.
Heating, air conditions, lights, maintenance. water payrolls, insurance, for what? There is so much empty space at the old city hall building (already heated and cooled) that the city could easily run a scaled down version of the library offering books, music and free internet, exactly what a library is supposed to be. Then the city could turn the library into a shopping site, collect rent and increase sales tax revenue while cutting the library costs by 75%.

New Rochelle's Political Contributors, Development, Favoring Extensions - Does it Make You Wonder?

December 10, 2009 - 04:29
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In a recent reply to a posted comment, the suggestions raised my curiosity about the make up of a political contributor base. The initial results were "interesting", both in the amounts and variety of contributions. Most interesting were the 5 seperate contributions, each for $1,000.00, made by members of the Ratner family (as in Forest City Ratner)based in Cleveland, OH. These are all legal, transparent contributions made by people who support Mr Bramsons run for office. Did I mention they all live in Cleveland(a beautiful city in it's own right)? Apparently, you can check the lists of political contributions on the New York State Board of Elections website. Who Knew? So, if you're interested in how your favorite politician is getting to where he/she's going, visit the site. You never know what might turn up.

Mayor Bramson and Majority of City Council Members "Stab Property Owners In Back While Kissing Their Cheeks"

December 09, 2009 - 19:45

Watching the Lying, Good for Nothing Mayor Bramson, along with his mindless majority council member followers (Albert “Turn Coat” Tarantino of District #2, James “The Jerk” Stowe of District #3, Barry “Beaker” Fertel of District #5 and Marianne “The Neck” Sussman of District #6), no one needs to wonder why New Rochelle is where it is at today, broke and down in the dumps. I’ve come to realize that our mayor and these council members like to hear themselves talk. It’s quite amazing the words that come out of there mouths to try and justify a tax increase. They try and make it seem that they did us, the home owners of New Rochelle, a favor by lowering the tax increase from 8.5% to 5.5%. It really is amazing. Not only do they try to justify the increase, but at the same time they are saying that not only with the increase in property take effect but services will also be cut at the same time. This is just like getting a kiss on the cheek while at the same time they are stabbing you in the back not with one but with two knives in each hand. The only two councilmen that Bramson can’t mind control are Louis Trangucci of District #1 and Richard St. Paul of District #4, which I was a bit shocked. So now our taxes will increase while our city services decrease thanks to Bramson and his mindless, kiss ass followers.

New Rochelle Board of Education President Implicated in Superintendent Scam; Cindy-Babcock Deutsch Approved Coverup

December 09, 2009 - 18:56

After more than a year of denials, the New Rochelle Board of Education turned over education records for a New Rochelle High School student that the Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak had repeatedly denied existed. Board members have blamed Organisciak for repeatedly telling them there was no such letter but Talk of the Sound has learned that the letter in question, a letter from the NYSED Department of Assessment dated August 25, 2008 was circulated to all of the board members at a board meeting on October 28, 2008. At the request of then-Board President Cindy-Babcock Deutsch, the Board agreed to withhold the letter and send instead a highly misleading "summary" letter from Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak (pdf).

Journal News Breaks Major Story on Yankee Event at Greentree Country Club

December 09, 2009 - 18:41

The Journal News broke a major story today about the....oh wait...sorry...we broke this story last month. Oops.

Here is the JN's slightly stale version of our story from before Thanksgiving: Yankees event a hit, but New Rochelle officials call it illegal

As the Journal News appears disinclined to tell readers that Talk of the Sound broke this story two weeks ago, allow me.

A-Rod, Joba, Girardi and Past Yankees Stars Appear at Illegal Event at New Rochelle Club as City Officials Stand Idle

Greentree Country Club and Steiner Exec Socked with Large Fines for Illegal Yankee Event with A-Rod

For those wondering WHY the event was allowed to proceed even though the event was reported by the Journal News prior to the event you will want to read about the connection between the City Manager responsible for enforcing City Ordinances and the Greentree Country Club.

City Manager Charles Strome's Country Club Biggest Tax Delinquent in New Rochelle, Over Half-Million Dollars

In other news, the Journal News is reporting that the Hindenburg has crashed, repeat the Hinderburg has crashed.

Time to revisit the Library- and move it!

Submitted by Tom Jeferstahl on Wed, 12/09/2009 - 17:58

I remember as a school child, any report or research paper required a trip to the library or if lucky enough you knew someone with an encyclopedia britannica. The Library was a depository for books, music, old newpapers on microfilm etc. Then along came the internet. The internet is a million libraries at your fingertips. So the question is : WHY DID WE LET THE LIBRARY TURN INTO A DAYCAMP?
An enlightened society surely doesn't want to tear down a library but an enlightened society wouldn't spend millions of dollars a year so insiders can justify their paychecks by turning the building into a hangout for pedophiles, free internet access and creating programs they try to justify their existence with.
Heating, air conditions, lights, maintenance. water payrolls, insurance, for what? There is so much empty space at the old city hall building (already heated and cooled) that the city could easily run a scaled down version of the library offering books, music and free internet, exactly what a library is supposed to be. Then the city could turn the library into a shopping site, collect rent and increase sales tax revenue while cutting the library costs by 75%

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