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January 2010

BREAKING NEWS: New Rochelle Board of Education Release Full Report from Independent Auditor

January 29, 2010 - 22:01
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DBD86ECC-DBAD-4942-B038-4404A8107672.jpgFor the first time ever, the New Rochelle Board of Education has released a full copy of the Internal Auditors Report.

The highlights of the report are that the revenues so far his year are about $217.2mm and expenditures are $219.8mm. Expenditures have exceeded Revenue by $2.6mm. The fund balance was $18.3mm at the beginning of the year; it has been reduced by $2.6mm and currently stands at $15.6mm. Of the remaining $15.6mm, most of it has been designated for refunding tax certioraris ($6.1mm) and reducing the impact on raising the property tax ($3.9mm), leaving just $5.0 in undesignated funds. Under New York State law, the district can keep no more than 4% of the total budget in reserve which comes out to be roughly $9mm so the reserve is currently about half the legal limit.

We are going to circulate the report (links below) and ask readers who are interested to go through it and provide any feedback. A few of us are going to try to get together in the coming days and hope to have a more detailed analysis ready before the beginning of the upcoming budget cycle.

There is one main document and 2 smaller ones:

Veterans Groups, Monroe College and Forest City in Preliminary Discussions for Blockbuster Deal on New Rochelle Armory

January 29, 2010 - 18:07
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newroarm.jpgTalk of the Sound has learned that Monroe College is in preliminary discussions with local veterans groups to join forces to develop a plan that would transform the 77-year old New Rochelle Naval Armory into a spectacular state-of-the-art, multi-use facility. Monroe College spokesman Rob Seitz emphasized this was a very tentative plan, one of several options under consideration and that no commitments had been made. Under consideration is the possibility of rebuilding the interior of the cavernous Armory gymnasium to as a an up-to-date sports field house that would serve as the new home for Monroe's men's basketball team. Monroe College has been looking for a new home for its team as it makes plans to jump to NCAA Division II.

Step Up and Help Habitat for Humanity

January 28, 2010 - 21:52

Downtown, amidst the closed business shops, the proliferation of storefront churches, dollar stores, and other vestiges of a neglected business district, lies a ray of hope, a haven for the less fortunate and a blessing for a community under stress. I speak of Habitat for Humanity, a place where deeds take precedence over words, an oasis for those who give and receive and sadly, subject to the financial realities facing all of us during these troubled times. Their lease is expiring; their landlord is looking to triple the rent. But, this is not about the landlord --- it is about all of us; the City which does not seem to have a vision and purpose for its downtown, citizens who respond nobly to calamities such as Haiti, New Orleans, and September 11, but find it difficult to stand up and do something to preserve and protect what is most fundamentally decent and needed in our society. I am among those who can be indicted for this form of benign neglect and I don't know what to do about my own sense of powerlessness, lack of commitment, or both. But, maybe someone out there does know what can be done, Perhaps tomorrow I will come up with the spirit and will to make a difference. I pray both of these happen.

Talk of the Sound is important; much more important than I originally thought.

WVOX Bob Marrone at New Rochelle Citizens Reform Club Thursday Night

January 28, 2010 - 01:39

a_090703_Bob_Marrone_1955-600x450.jpgSpecial guest speaker Bob Marrone, radio host of "Good Morning Westchester" on WVOX 1460 AM Radio will speak briefly about his Wall Street and radio careers before taking questions from the audience. There will also be a discussion about taxes, development, local and county governments, the local school budget, and any issues those in attendance wish to discuss.

New Rochelle Citizens Reform Club meeting Thursday January 28 7:00 PM

The meeting is open to the public.

Town Hall with New Rochelle's State Senator Jeff Klein; Combating the Home Foreclosure Epidemic

January 27, 2010 - 21:37

foreclosurekleintownhall.jpgSenator Jeff Klein joins Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc. in foreclosure town hall to review the foreclosure epidemic of 2009-10 and discuss how to combat the crisis.

Representing Bronx and Westchester Counties

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JANUARY 28, 2010

Contact: Abby Ross (Klein) Veronica Raphael (WRO)
Office: (718) 822-2049 Office: 914-428-4507
Cell: (479) 283-3505
“A CALL FOR ACTION”

Senator Klein to join Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc. in a public town hall to address foreclosure epidemic

NEW YORK- Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) will join representatives from Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc (WRO), Housing Action Council, Community Housing Innovation, Housing Development Services of Westchester, the New York State Banking Department, FDIC New York, Westchester homeowners and other elected officials in combating the current foreclosure crisis by asking experts tough questions regarding how Westchester residents can save their homes and neighborhoods.

GOP Legislators Support Astorino Health Benefit Contribution Proposal

January 26, 2010 - 22:54

In case you all missed this --

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dated: January 25, 2009
Contact: Jim Maisano (914) 995-2826 or Phil Pepe (914) 968-6303

GOP LEGISLATORS SUPPORT ASTORINO HEALTH BENEFIT CONTRIBUTION PROPOSAL

CALL ON LEADERSHIP OF BOARD OF LEGISLATORS TO REVIEW AND PASS 15% CONTRIBUTION FOR HEALTH BENEFITS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE

The Republican legislators on the Westchester County Board of Legislators announced their unanimous support today for County Executive Astorino’s plan to require non-union Westchester County employees to contribute 15% of their health care costs.

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