December 2009

To Advocate = To Be A Parent

December 04, 2009 - 18:48

I heard Bob Cox on WVOX this morning where he highlighted one the reasons he developed the New Rochelle Talk of the Sound. While I may not agree with much of the comments on the blog, I do understand and agree with his generalization that many parents in our school district are stifle, ignored, and simply discouraged from getting involved or much less advocating for their children in some schools. While I do agree that we have many good teachers and caring administrators, there are many occasions when something is wrong and if you complain, there is Fort Apache attitude of How Dare You Complain. In being suggestive or critical of some school misgiving, parents are punished, blacklisted, and in some cases as Mr. Cox, physically prevented from entering our school grounds. Note: Mr. Cox has a mission against the school district and it’s epic! Yet, his saga began by simply advocating for his child, when he was right, and the school district began a costly legal campaign to derail, discourage and silence him. Well, he won and the school district and Taxpayer lost. All he wanted was a simple correction and a well deserved apology.

All About ICLEI: Part III

December 04, 2009 - 18:08

This is Part III in a 7-part series "All About ICLEI"

All About ICLEI: Part I - The Mayor's Speech
All About ICLEI: Part II - The ICLEI Pilot Program

In Part I and II we heard from Mayor Bramson, and begun to unravel the organizations behind ICLEI and the often vague or undefined terms used to describe ICLEI, which we now continue.

What are the Five Milestones for Climate Mitigation?

The methodology underlying the Five Milestones provides a simple, standardized means of calculating greenhouse gas emissions, of establishing targets to lower emissions, of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and of monitoring, measuring and reporting performance. ICLEI has developed a software tool, Clean Air Climate Protection (CACP), that helps cities comply with the methodology.

New York State Regent Confirms Existence of Letter Withheld by New Rochelle Schools Superintendent Organsciak for Past 16 Months

December 04, 2009 - 00:35

The other day Bob Marrone asked me on WVOX about the impetus behind creating this web site. As I was preparing to read the content of the following email exchange (below) to the school board that night I avoided getting into any details on the air as that might have given the BoE time to prepare some covers story for the information contained in the letter.

For the past six years I have been repeatedly lied to by school officials who have sought to cover up the repeated failures of department heads and staff to do their job with regard to my oldest son who has since graduated from New Rochelle High School and gone to college. With him safely out of the school system I am more comfortable beginning to reveal the full extent of the lies, deceit, abuse, incompetence and retaliation that I have experience in the New Rochelle School District over those years. In fact, I have thousands of pages of transcripts and records which I intend to publish over the coming months. The picture they will paint of the New Rochelle School District is not a flattering one, to say the least.

Local Media Take "Shortcut to Puerto Rico" at Don Coqui

December 03, 2009 - 20:42

don coqui2.jpgNight Club Entrepreneur and Culinary Raconteur Jimmy Rodriguez played host to local media yesteday over at his newest creation, Don Coqui. Jimmy invited reporters to come by and check out the recently reopened hot spot. Befitting my status as New Rochelle's rising media start, I had planned to attend but had to cancel at the last minute.

New Rochelle Announces New Cell Phone Recycling Program with Drop-Off Locations Throughout the City

December 03, 2009 - 18:04

cellphonerecyc.jpgAs part of its ongoing sustainability efforts, the City of New Rochelle has launched a new cell phone recycling program. Cell phones, PDAs and related accessories (chargers, earphones, Bluetooths, etc.) can now be dropped in collection bins conveniently located at four sites throughout the City.

“Reduce, reuse, and recycle are the fundamentals of environmental conservation. Our new cell phone recycling program accomplishes all three,” said Deborah Newborn, Sustainability Coordinator for the City of New Rochelle. “This program will conserve natural resources, as all the parts of the cell phones and accessories will be reused or recycled in an environmentally-responsible manner. And, the elimination of these items from the waste stream will also reduce the volume of trash collected by the City, saving our taxpayers money.”

New York State Same-Sex Marriage Bill Defeated in Albany 38-24

December 03, 2009 - 16:51

The New York State Senate defeated a bill that would have redefined marriage in New York State in a bipartisan 38-24 vote. Below is a new release from the New York State Catholic Conference:

New York State Catholic Conference Executive Director Richard E. Barnes made the following statement today regarding the defeat of a bill in the New York State Senate by a vote of 38-24 that would have allowed people of the same sex to "marry" each other:

"On behalf of the Bishops of New York State, we are extremely pleased and grateful that the New York State Senate in a bipartisan vote rejected the concept that marriage can be anything other than the union of one man and one woman.

"While the Catholic Church rejects unjust discrimination against homosexual men and women, there is no question that marriage by its nature is the union of one man and one woman. Advocates for same-sex 'marriage' have attempted to portray their cause as inevitable. However, it has become clear that Americans continue to understand marriage the way it has always been understood, and New York is not different in that regard. This is a victory for the basic building block of our society."

The Catholic Conference represents New York State's Bishops in matters of public policy.

H & R BLOCK - Jackson Hewitt and Identity Theft

December 03, 2009 - 15:41

One of the biggest and most under reported sources of identity theft occurs at tax time. Large firms like
H&R BLOCK and JACKSON HEWITT hire part time workers every year for a few months to do peoples taxes and then they're gone. They have access to all your personal information and your families information like SS#, bank accounts, address etc.. everything a person needs to steal your identity and your money. The best thing to do is find a tax preparer near you that has a year round business and no temporary employees for tax season. A family run business is the best!!!. The following link is a NY Times story about a White Plains H&R Block MANAGER that stole hundred of files and sold them. It happens much more than they report.

All About ICLEI: Part II

December 03, 2009 - 14:38

This is Part II in a 7-part series "All About ICLEI"

All About ICLEI: Part I - The Mayor's Speech

Our series began by providing video and text of the Mayor's Announcement that New Rochelle was one of three cities selected to participate in an ICLEI initiative. This got us wondering who is ICLEI, what the Mayor hopes to accomplish specifically and what alternatives to an ICLEI partnership exist for New Rochelle.

Our goal in this series is to drill down on this statement and understand the organizations and terms behind it. When we find a new term or organization in a description of a preceding term or organization we will seek to explain that term or organization and continue to drill down until each term and organization is explaine

We began with the Mayor's announcement...

What is the ICLEI initiative Mayor Bramson is talking about in his speech?