February 2010

Fighting Firearms: Bloomberg and Klein Announce New Initiative

February 03, 2010 - 22:51

Senator Klein and Mayor Bloomberg will announce a new measure to curb gun violence across NYS

NEW YORK- Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) will join New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to unveil a new report and announce new legislation that would prohibit carrying firearms, rifles or shotguns while intoxicated.

WHO: Senators Jeff Klein, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Assemblyman Jose Peralta

WHAT: Klein and Bloomberg announce new measure to curb gun violence across New York State

WHEN: Thursday, February 4th, 10AM

WHERE: Morris Park Community Association, 1824 Bronxdale Avenue, Bronx

A Priest, A Rabbi and a Minister Walk into a Respect Life Celebration

February 03, 2010 - 22:41

The Pregnancy Care Center located in New Rochelle was one of the 12 exhibiters at a pro-life conference in Yonkers.

Rabbi Rigoberto Emmanuel Vinas, a conservative, Republican, pro-life Latino emphasized that there was a Protestant Minister, a Catholic Bishop and a Jewish Rabbi participating in this pro-life program.  He stated that "the creator of the heaven and earth" is present from the moment of conception to "when it is time to go home."   God, has "plans for every single life that comes into this world."

Because Archbishop Timothy Dolan, the National Spokesperson for Catholic Relief Services, was in Haiti, Bishop Gerald Walsh of St. Joseph's Seminary spoke.  He praised people who are "living up to their God-given potentials" such as young people who "resist peer pressure" to engage in the culture of death, drugs and gangs.  He felt Americans must "stand up for life."

New York State Senator, Rev. Ruben Diaz was introduced as being "vocal in defense of human life and the tradition of marriage."  Diaz characterized himself as a Black, a Hispanic and a Democrat from the Democratic City of New York.  He had been told no conservative pro-life and anti-same sex marriage could win, then added "the last time I counted I won by 98% of the vote."  His answer to the question: What is abortion?

Hire Him! Arizona Principal May Soon Be Available

February 03, 2010 - 17:05

Arizona residents are buzzing with news of the latest hijinks by school administrators at the Litchfield Elementary School District -- a letter mocking children for being lazy.

The math we do is really easy, if your child is either too lazy o too stupid to finish it in class, I'm sending it home so you can work with them and decide for yourself whether it is laziness or idiocy that inhibits your child's progress.

It goes downhill from there. You can read the entire letter here.

The author, Principal Ron Sterr of the L. Thomas Heck Middle School in Litchfield, AZ is likely soon to be available and from the sounds of it, he might be a perfect fit here in New Rochelle so long as he is willing to sing from the union hymnal on school budgets; to quote the Andrea True Connection, "More! More! More!".

Mr. Sterr works for Superintendent Julianne Lein who once famously suggested that the district address potential flooding issues at the L. Thomas Heck Middle School by constructing a wrought-iron fence to keep children from floating away. Lein was later criticized by board president Shawn M.

New Rochelle Public Library Board Slams Journal News Story on Surveillance Cameras as Misleading, Wrong and Unfounded

February 03, 2010 - 14:00

n1630954720_7777.jpgGregory T. Varian, Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the New Rochelle Public Library has written a scathing denunciation of the Journal News, a letter-to-the-editor published today by the paper, which accuses the JN of making false claims, failing to investigate properly, publishing a misleading story, making poorly informed assumptions and "providing no evidence for the basis of its story". Varian, a land use lawyer with offices at 270 North Avenue, delivers the coup de grace stating flatly "The Journal News headline lacked a story".

Ouch! It sounds like something I might have written. Who knew I had an ally on the NRPL Board of Trustees?

Talk of the Sound, not knowing the context provided by Mr. Varian, had previously praised the article because it was an example of the Journal News taking the trouble to obtain police records and doing real investigative reporting.

Highest paid teacher at Trinty

February 03, 2010 - 01:10

This is a correction concerning an article posted 12/31/2009. The article states that Adele Patrella was relieved of teaching duties at Trinity Elementary School. Not true. Mrs. Patrella is currently
Co-Teaching in three(3)4th. grade classrooms. This is in effect until she takes over Primary Teacher responsibilites in a 2nd. grade class in March 2010.
Mrs. Patrella is an experienced and dedicated teacher who has been with the District for 21 years.
She previously taught in NYC.

Mayor Bramson Tosses City Hall Staff Under the Bus, Excusing Phony "Combat Veteran" Exemptions for Domenic Procopio

February 02, 2010 - 23:57

Mayor.gifAppearing with Bob Marrone of WVOX AM 1460, Mayor Noam Bramson blamed city workers for "clerical errors" that cost the City tens of thousands of dollars in uncollected taxes. As a result, Municipal Civil Services Commission Chairman Dominic Procopio was able to pocket thousands of dollars in illicit property tax exemptions on his property at 7 Pinebrook Road going back to at least 2002. After Talk of the Sound reported Procopio's tax problems, the well-connected Procopio was allowed to keep the vast majority of the money.

Procopio received Combat Veteran Tax Exemptions for eight year despite never having served in the U.S. military, as well as STAR exemptions given to owners living in the home. Procopio lives in another home on Liberty Avenue.

Bramson got several pointed questions about a Talk of the Sound story yesterday regarding the agenda for today's City Council meeting which includes an amendment to the City Charter regarding the Appointing Authority for the Civil Service Administrator.

"Mr. Procopio has done a good job", said Bramson, when challenged on Procopio's fitness for office.

Senator Klein Report: New York State Corrections Costing State Millions in Waste

February 02, 2010 - 20:59

New York State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and Senator Diane Savino recently unveiled a report, citing more than $15 million dollars in wasteful government spending within the NYS Department of Corrections (DOCS) through overtime pay and administrative and housing costs. The report is the second in a series of investigations that Senator Klein's office is conducting into wasteful government spending this year.
“This report is clear - if we cut back on overtime, streamline back office operations and stop handing out free housing for superintendents at the Department of Corrections we can save millions of dollars for New York State," said Klein. "Let's stop talking in circles this budget season and take a serious look at the millions already on the state's books that we can cut to show New Yorkers that we can be as responsible with our checkbook as they've had to be with theirs this past year."

New Rochellians Wanted: Civil Rights Scholar Compiling Oral History of Lincoln Desegregation Case for Upcoming Book

February 02, 2010 - 03:37

paulmurray.jpgProfessor Paul Murray, a sociology professor at Siena College, is working on a biography of Paul Zuber, the lead attorney for the Lincoln families in the New Rochelle case. Murray is looking to interview current and former New Rochelle residents who were involved with or impacted by the case.

Murray, a noted civil rights scholar, is a contributor to The African American National Biography, edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham (Oxford University Press, 2008). He wrote a brief biography of Zuber published (with permission) below:

zuber.jpgZuber, Paul Burgess (20 December 1926 - 6 March 1987), lawyer and professor, was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. His parents were Paul A. Zuber, a postal worker, and Jennie Baer Zuber. He attended school in Williamsport through third grade. In 1934 his family moved to Harlem and he was enrolled in the all-black P.S. 157.

Firefighter/Security Guard Injured Breaking up Fight at New Rochelle High School

February 01, 2010 - 19:54

423FB08C-1F85-4410-A16E-FBEE436A4D98.jpgWe are getting reports that paramedics responded to another "isolated incident" at New Rochelle High School.

Earlier today, a New Rochelle fire fighter who also works as a security guard at New Rochelle High School was injured when he attempted to intervene in an altercation involving students.

We will publish more information as we get it.