January 2010

Two Newly Appointed New Rochelle City Judges Take Oath of Office

January 08, 2010 - 17:37

3E44FE70-B59B-4A06-98E0-6322612F5198.jpgIn an impressive ceremony Gail Rice and Anthony Carbone were sworn in last evening at New Rochelle City Hall. Acting Judge Gail Rice became a City Judge and Anthony Carbone is now the Acting City Judge.  City Judge Preston Scherr in his address said the "New Rochelle City Court is known as the people's court."  He spoke about Anthony Carbone's chairmanship of the New Rochelle Planning Board since 1987, and claimed it was recognized as one of the best boards in New York State.

Judge Gail Rice in her address cited former Mayor Tim Idoni for appointing her in l996 as the first Afro American woman to sit on this bench.  Acting Judge Anthony Carbone in his address reminisced about the first time he had to present a case as a lawyer and that it was in the New Rochelle City Court.  Jim Generoso, the Chief Court Clerk, organized the event and reception and was complimented by several people, including Carbone.

Journal News ID's suspect in recent burglary as "Blonde, Caucasian", Fails to ID Sutton Manor Assailants as "Black"

January 08, 2010 - 17:33

After an assault in Sutton Manor earlier this week, New Rochelle police issued a statement to the press after an assault in Sutton Manor:

At 7:28 PM on Jan. 4, 2010, NRPD received a report via 911 of a robbery on Sutton Manor Rd. Responding police units determined that a 57 year old resident of New Rochelle was accosted and robbed of his briefcase. The description of the suspects is as follows: 2 male blacks, wearing dark clothing; the suspects fled in the direction of the boat house on Sutton Manor Rd. The NRPD general Investigation Unit is conducting a follow up investigation.

The Journal News failed to identify the two suspects as black:

Two suspects wearing dark clothing entered a home and struck someone inside with a metal rod.

Jim Maisano Delivers $9.8mm in County Funding for New Rochelle's City Park

January 08, 2010 - 02:39

I got this email today and thought some readers might have missed it:

For Immediate Release
Dated: January 5, 2009
Contact: Jim Maisano 995-2826 - Vito Pinto at 995-2817 or Phil Pepe 914-968-6303

Great news for New Rochelle’s kids and soccer, softball and baseball players!

New Rochelle, NY - County Legislators Jim Maisano (R, New Rochelle) and Vito Pinto (D, Eastchester) announced that in the final meeting of the Westchester County Board of Legislators for 2009, they pushed through legislation that the two legislators have worked on for several years together with the City of New Rochelle, which will provide New Rochelle with $9.8 Million in County Legacy funding to fully upgrade City Park’s athletic fields.

City Park, long in need of remediation, will now get it under a deal brought about by Maisano and Pinto’s leadership and persistence. Plans call for a state-of-the-art multi-use facility that will also serve football, field hockey and lacrosse players.

Albert Leonard Middle School Blackout this Morning

January 07, 2010 - 20:29

The power went out this morning through the building at New Rochelle's Albert Leonard Middle School for about an hour and a half.

The electricity shut down at the beginning of the 3rd Period (about 10 AM) and came back on towards the end of 4th period (about 11:20 AM). Teachers continued teaching their 3rd period class and had student remain in the class through 4th period until the power came back on.

Con Ed crews were dispatched. After the incident the school send out robo calls to parents.

Craig King Will be Fondly Remembered

January 07, 2010 - 19:30

3433EA7E-5F26-48B0-8901-A74A6204E18F.jpgCraig King, Commissioner of Development for the City of New Rochelle, passed away last night after a valiant 3-year battle. Craig was one of the good guys in City Hall. He dealt with development on an individual, case-by-case basis. While our paths crossed a few times it was always respectful. Craig came from Boston and adapted quickly to New Rochelle. His opinions/decisions were always void of politics and that’s what made him one of my favorite people. There was always room for disagreement including the Yankee v Red Sox rivalry. His shoes as a person and a commissioner will be tough to fill. My condolences to his family

Anthony Galletta

Announcement on City of New Rochelle web site:

Bruce Negrin Radio Show Thursday Night 8pm WVOX 1460 am &

January 07, 2010 - 15:21

The direct studio number is 914 636-0110.

The New Rochelle News and Views Lineup:

What Makes New Rochelle a Great Place? - A real look behind the question.

City Government Press Releases: Premature Explanations

With nothing to lose can Gov. Paterson be what NY needs?

The New Rochelle Economy: Does New Ro Have a Plan B? Positioning the city for economic gains. Remake the lineup. Singles instead of home runs.

Make Your Voice be Heard!

Developer of Major New Rochelle Project, Forest City Ratner, Bribed Yonkers Official Sexy Sandy Annabi, U.S. Attorney Charges

January 06, 2010 - 20:07



Forest City Ratner, the developer behind the Echo Bay Redevelopment Project in New Rochelle, has been implicated in a scheme to bribe former Yonkers City Councilwoman Sandy Annabi. The one time Democratic Majority Leader of the Yonkers City Council turned herself into the FBI in White Plains this morning. She has been accused of receiving more than $160,000 In secret payments to change her votes on to Yonkers development projects. The Indictment also charges Zehy Jereis, the former head of the Yonkers Republican Party, and Anthony Mangone a Westchester County attorney, with conspiracy, bribery, and extortion in connection with two real estate development projects within the City of Yonkers which were pending before Annabi..


New Rochelle Board of Education Meeting Tonight 7 PM at City Hall

January 05, 2010 - 23:03

Be sure to come and congratulate the recipients of some of the biggest paychecks in three counties.

Members of the Board of Education will hold the following meetings on Tuesday, January 5, 2010, at the Board of Education Offices, Central Administration, 515 North Avenue, New Rochelle, New York:

7:00 p.m.: Committee of the Whole Session………….Edwina Carew Room


I. Board of Education Announcements
II. Superintendent's Report
A. Energy Audit Results: Update
B. 2010-2011 School Calendar
C. Budget Update
D. Race to the Top Proposal
III. Review of Additional Draft Resolutions

8:00 P.M. …REGULAR MEETING…………………………………………BOARD ROOM

ORDER OF BUS 01-05-10-ONLINE.pdfOrder of Business for January 5, 2009

Comment on assault of Sutton Manor Resident; illegal apartments cause parking problem not Monroe College students

January 05, 2010 - 22:18

My family and I are most distressed by the assault on one of our neighbors here in Sutton Manor. While I appreciate the correction of the facts, I have to disagree with the conclusion that Monroe students are the ones parking in this neighborhood. The parking problem is caused by residents of the streets on the other side of Echo Ave., where there are a number of illegal apartments. Since they don't receive parking they park here in our neighborhood. We have had taxis, motorcycles and I have observed people parking and walking across Echo to the streets on the other side. If the city would investigate the proliferation of these dangerous and illegal apartments, we would not be overwhelmed by the traffic and dangerous conditions these cars cause. Because they park on both sides of the street, the entrances are narrowed to one lane, which would make it more difficult for emergency vehicles to enter safely. I have never seen a Monroe student park here, I have observed older, men and women sometimes with children park here.

We hope and pray that our neighbor recovers from this brutal crime.
We in this neighborhood try to keep a close watch on strangers here.

This post is a comment on a previous post: New Rochelle Resident Brutally Assaulted by Two Men Hiding in Bushes -- UPDATED

New Rochelle Public Employees Dominate Top 20 and Top 100 Municipal Salary Lists for Westchester, Rockland and Putnam

January 05, 2010 - 21:38

7B6C1AD9-FF8D-4F83-A52D-8F6CDC622199.jpgThe Journal News has another one of their terrific public data projects online today. This time they have compiled a list of the top municipal earners in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties. The list includes 56 communities -- primarily municipal governments but four school districts including New Rochelle.

For readers still not convinced that a lack of oversight and voter apathy has left the pigs free to feed at the public trough with abandon in New Rochelle it will likely not concern them that 30% of the Top 20 earners in the three countries are from New Rochelle -- double the next largest community on the list. Or that more than a quarter of the Top 100 earners are from New Rochelle. Oink! Oink!

Number of Top 20 Municipal Earners in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam - 2008