January 2010

Barry Fertel and Marianne Sussman Set to Appear at CNA Meeting at American Legion Hall

January 20, 2010 - 21:51

Confederation of Neighborhood Association Meeting Wednesday January 20, 2009

7:30 p.m., American Legion, 112 North Avenue, New Rochelle.  Parking is available across the street in the Mormon Church lot.

7:30 p.m. Announcements
7:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Presentation

Council members Barry Fertel and Marianne Sussman will give their views how they make decisions for their district and for the City as a whole.  
Questions from the audience.
8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Confederation Business Meeting
This is open to the public, but only Presidents and official delegates may vote. 
Possible items:  by-law changes, nominations of officers,
North Avenue rezoning, any neighborhood problem.

Peggy Godfrey, Secretary

New Rochelle Department of Public Works Booklet Available Online

January 20, 2010 - 20:52

dpw truck.jpgDPW Commissioner Jeff Coleman uploaded the Department of Public Works booklet online. The booklet contains detailed information on the services provided by the Department of Public Works.

More than just collecting the trash, the Department provides a wide range of services to both the individual resident and the City at large. Stormwater management, recycling, engineering, traffic engi- neering, maintenance of public buildings, sewer and drain maintenance and snow/ice control are a few of the activities in which the Department engages.

Please note that in 2010 the weeks containing Veterans Day and Election Day will be normal refuse collection weeks. This change was put in effect last year after the publishing of our information booklet and hopefully will improve recycling rates during weeks that are traditionally below normal.

New Rochelle Youth Court Applications Now Available, Deadline is Monday January 25th

January 20, 2010 - 20:41

The “Youth Court” Program administered by the New Rochelle Youth Bureau is entering its 26th year of operation. It has trained over two hundred fifty (250) students in all aspects of the Criminal Justice System and Court Procedures, enabling them to serve as Judges, Prosecutors, and Defense Attorneys handling cases which are diverted from the Westchester County Family Court.

Presently, we are accepting applications for our Youth Court Program. Interested youth residents in grades 7th through 10th can obtain an application by contacting Ms. Betsy Baum at (914) 654-2045, 8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday. Messages may be left in the voice mailbox after 4:30 P.M.

All completed applications and required materials must be returned to the Youth Bureau office on or before Monday, January 25, 2010.

More here

New Rochelle School Board Performs Tax Certiorari Two-Step to Justify Secret Meeting

January 20, 2010 - 19:48

DSC_0573_2.jpgIn announcing a School Board meeting on January 19th, 2010, the district web site states:

Board of Education Special Meeting
Members of the Board of Education will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, January 19 2010, 7:00 P.M. in the Carew Room at the Administration Building, 515 North Avenue, New Rochelle, New York.

7:00 P.M. Special Meeting
The Board anticipates making a motion to go into Executive Session to interview candidates for the position of tax certiorari counsel, during which they expect to discuss legal matters, pending and proposed litigation, and matters leading to the appointment of counsel including, but not limited to matters of prior employment history.

I struck by the line which reads: “...[the board] expect to discuss legal matters, pending and proposed litigation...”

Memorial Service for Former New Rochelle Police Officer Robert Haggerty on Friday

January 20, 2010 - 19:25

Robert Haggerty, 46, retired New Rochelle Police Officer passed away suddenly on New Years Day. Survived by his two sons, Michael and James, his former wife Gina Haggerty, two Aunts Dolores Haggerty Lockwood and Alice Haggerty. A Memorial Service will be held this Friday, January 22,2010 at 4 PM at Blessed Sacrament Church.

The Churches of Lincoln District

January 20, 2010 - 03:54

While researching for this project, I read that the school board connected with the New Rochelle church leaders to promote understanding and kindness as the Lincoln children started in their new schools.

In a report by John Kaplan called "Civil Rights USA - Public Schools Cities in the North and West 1962, New Rochelle" he writes "The superintendent of schools also wrote the head of each relighous organization in New Rochelle asking that cooperation with the school board be urged to provide for the proper acceptance and adjustment of the transferrring pupils; he also held meeting with each of the elementary school principals and with the custodial staffs to assure a smooth reception to the transferees."

As I drove up and down the streets in or adjacent to the Lincoln school district I noticed so many churches. Some were handsome and large, others small and intimate, tucked among houses. I tried to photograph as many as I could. If I missed your church, please post a photo of it in a comment.

Shiloh Baptist Church, Lincoln Avenue

Gospel Tabernacle Church on Lincoln Avenue

St. Catherine African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church on Lincoln Avenue

Lincoln School Desegregation Today (Part VII): The Plans and the Ruling

January 20, 2010 - 02:53

Editor's Note: This is Part VII in an Eight-Part series on school desegregation in New Rochelle presented in anticipation of the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Court's Landmark Decision in Taylor v. New Rochelle Board of Education one year from now.

Previously: In Part I, New Rochelle gerrymanders the Lincoln school district starting in the 1930s to create a "Negro elementary school". In Part II, the Board of Education's hire consultants who recommend desegregation. In Part III, as white voters approve a plane to build a new Lincoln School, black parents mobilize with the help of civil rights attorney Paul Zuber. In Part IV, parents engage in civil disobedience at New Rochelle Schools, Zuber files Taylor v. New Rochelle Board of Education. In Part V, Zuber presented his case to Judge Irving R. Kaufman. In Part VI, Judge Kaufman made his ruling.

Lincoln School Desegregation Today: Part I - Early Gerrymandering
Lincoln School Desegregation Today: Part II - The Dodson Report
Lincoln School Desegregation Today: Part III - Frustration Grows

New York State Legislature Torpedoes Obama's "Race for the Top" Funding

January 19, 2010 - 20:59

New York State was never eligible for President Obama's "Race for the Top" Funding but today's move by the teacher's union has killed any chance that changes could be made to meet Department of Education requirements to get New York's $700 mm share of the $4.35 billion dollar Race to the Top program.

Just last week over 800 New York school districts and charter schools committed to participate in the state's application for the federal grant. The Board of Regents said on Sunday that 94 percent of the eligible districts and schools had signed memorandum of understanding supporting the application for the Race to the Top funding. Now we can all see that this was a charade designed to allow the districts to say they "tried" to get the money as they prepare to raise school taxes yet again.

The key criterion for getting the money was a willingness to embrace the sort of changes the President has been advocating since he came into office:

What is the administration going to be looking for in the Race to the Top competition? We are going to be scrutinizing state applications for a coordinated and deep-seated commitment to reform.

Is New Rochelle City Manager Backing Off Charlene Indelicato as Development Commissioner?

January 19, 2010 - 17:06

0DC28433-67E7-4C25-A028-108A87B31D87.jpgLast week we reported that New Rochelle City Manager Chuck Strome was about to appoint a new Development Commissioner to replace the recently deceased Craig King and that former City Manager Charlene Indelicato was among the two finalists.

Appointment of New Development Commissioner for City of New Rochelle Imminent; Charlene Indelacato a Finalist

By the end of the week no announcement had been made and Chuck Strome sent out an email which appears to reference our article.

I know many of you have heard that a new Commissioner of Development would be named this week. Unfortunately, it now appears that the process may take a little longer. As you all know, this is an extremely important appointment and we are making sure we do all our due diligence to make sure we get it right. I apologize for the delay and the impact it is having on all of you.

To that end, until the new Commissioner comes on board, please adhere to the following:

New Rochelle Police Increase After-School Presence; Group Suspension at New Rochelle High School

January 19, 2010 - 15:14

Police sources tell Talk of the Sound that the increased after-school police presence in New Rochelle is the result of heightened tensions after a "wannabe" gang-banger from Mount Vernon but enrolled at New Rochelle High School got into a "beef" with another New Rochelle High School student and things began to escalate.

On Thursday afternoon the increased police presence was noticeable. The NRPD's Critical Incident Unit truck was parked at the corner of Lawton Street and Main Street in downtown New Rochelle. There were six police cars at the McDonald's on North Avenue near the high school and some officers were standing in front of the McDonald's. A City School District of New Rochelle security vehicle was parked on the grass alongside a path which runs from the high school to Eastchester Road. Two more police cars and school security guards were stationed on Clove Road near the "teacher's parking lot".