February 2010

Letter to the Editor: New Rochelle DPW Doesn't Care About People With Disabilities

February 12, 2010 - 13:05

To whom it may concern,

I was park on a street in New Rochelle today, the name of the street is New Rochelle Place. As I pick up my brother who had a stroke, a New Rochelle DPW truck with A704 on the side of the truck, push the snow with his plow and block the front of my car with the snow so I couldn't pull out. This type of action indicates that New Rochelle doesn't care about people with disabilities especially when you see the truck driver look at you & stop , then drive off. This happen 2:15pm on the street, not in a drive way and was in front of the Westchester Dept. Of Health. I did try to call city hall about this matter, but no one answered their phones.

Claude Zoref

New Rochelle Hires New Commissioner of Development, Michael Freimuth from City of Stamford, CT

February 12, 2010 - 03:50

Mike Freimuth.jpgNew Rochelle has hired Michael Freimuth as its new Commissioner of Development.

Freimuth spent the last 7 years as Director of Development for the City of Stamford, CT. Prior to that he served for 12 years as Director of the Office of Planning and Economic Development of the City of Bridgeport, CT, from 1991 to 2003.

Michael Freimuth graduated from The George Washington University School of Business in 1978 with an MPA in public finance, public administration. He earned his BA in Economics from the University of Connecticut in 1977.

Freimuth will fill the position held by the Craig King who passed away last night after a long illness.

Elizabeth Kim of Greenwich Time has an excellent backgrounder on Mr. Freimuth:

Former Stamford economic development director takes similar job in New Rochelle

Hable Con La Junta Escolar Esta Noche ( a las 7PM en la biblioteca de la high school)

February 11, 2010 - 21:20

Esta noche, en la biblioteca de la High School a las 7PM, comenzara una discusion entre la comunidad y la junta escolar sobre como se debe de utilizar el presupuesto en el 2010-2011. Ustedes que tienen hijos en las escuelas, pueden hacer comentarios utiles que les afecta directamente a ustedes como por ejemplo:

  • porque hay tantas clases bilingues y nuestros hijos no avanzan?
  • porque hay tan pocos estudiantes latinos en clases superiores categorizadas AP or Honor?
  • porque hay tan poca representacion latina en los primeros 100 estudiantes que son sobresaliente?
  • porque nuestros hijos no se graduan a tiempo (menos de 60%)?
  • porque nuestros hijos en Isaac tiene menos recursos que Albert Leonard?
  • queremos sistemas para que nos ayuden a entender mejor el sistema educativo en los EEUU? Queremos que nuestros hijos triunfen.

Vengan con sus preguntas. Si no hay voz pensaran que somos invicibles? La presencia es fuerza! Hacer preguntas trae cambios.

Esta noche, Jueves 11 de febrero a las 7PM en la biblioteca de la high school. Gracias!

Originally submitted as a comment by Martin Sanchez on Thu, 02/11/2010 - 14:10.

SCHOOL BUDGET MEETING TONIGHT: Input Kick-off Session at New Rochelle High School Library

February 11, 2010 - 21:01


As we approach the 2010 school budget season, I am concerned that well-meaning residents will once again play into the hands of proponents of ever-increasing school budgets by chewing up valuable time complaining about the the current union contract (salaries, benefits, pensions, etc.), or federally or state mandated programs (special education, transportation, etc.) or how students these days do not behave like they used to in "the good old days".

The board just loves having residents dwell on these topics because they have heard them all before and are well practiced in swatting down such remarks -- the contract cannot be re-opened unless the union agrees, the law protects union contracts and especially teachers contracts, the board agrees that state and federal mandates should be funded and nothing is going to bring back some mythical past where all students worked hard, dressed properly and treated adults with respect. These topics are all traps and should be avoided.

I would prefer to see residents focus on two main points.

Recommended Reading: "Unions Are Bankrupting Us" on Newstands Now

February 11, 2010 - 20:28

F57BB824-E2A9-4EEB-A286-C62D15114C9C.jpgCatherine Wilson has a must read piece in the February 11th issue of the Westchester Guardian. The paper is on newstands now. The online version will be posted in the WG Archives in the next few days. Click here to check if it has been posted.

In her article "Unions Are Bankrupting Us" she looks at the White Plains School District and explains that White Plains is representative of other District contracts in Westchester which includes New Rochelle.

This reinforces to me the notion that the major battlefront on cost containment in the district is here --- it is far more important than equity inn property taxes and explains the annual need to go cap in hand for federal funding.

Board of Education Invites Parents to Community Input Forum; Will the BOE Actively Reach All Voters?

February 10, 2010 - 15:31

On February 9th, 2009 parents of children attending City School District of New Rochelle Schools received a robocall (click to listen to .mp3 audio file) from Board of Education President Sarah Richmond. The call was an invitation to the first ever Board of Education School Budget Community Input Forum. The meeting will take place on Thursday, February 11, 2010 at7:00 P.M. at the New Rochelle High School Library, 265 Clove Road. The call mirrored a letter from Richmond posted to the New Rochelle School District's web site. The meeting is listed on the City School District of New Rochelle calendar under the tittle: Board of Ed School Budget Community Input Forum

Celebrating an American Dream at Shiloh Baptist Church

February 10, 2010 - 14:16

FB8FD2CA-7940-49FB-BA9F-3897E11FC655.jpgThe Shiloh Baptist Church recently played host to a jammed packed gathering of residents and local officials who came together on Sunday January 17, 2010 during Shiloh Baptist's weekly morning worship service to honor the memory of Dr. King in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest. On hand were elected officials such as Mayor Noam Branson, City Councilman James Stowe, City Councilman Richard St. Paul, Westchester County Legislator Vito Pinto. Also on hand were Judge Bruce Tolbert, Judge Katie Davison, Judge Gale Rice, and Judge John Galangalo. Due to conflict of scheduling Gov. David Patterson could not attend but was represented by his Community Liaison Richard Thomas who gave words of encouragement to the contestants. Dr. Lynn Perry Badinger was also in attendance.