March 2010

Kohls' Deal Dead? Majority Owner of New Roc City Sues Capelli, 102 Days Since New Rochelle Council Told Deal Would Be Signed

March 02, 2010 - 20:20

newroc.jpgEntertainment Properties Trust, the majority owner of New Roc City, has commenced litigation in federal court against Concord Resorts, LLC, a company controlled by Louis Cappelli. Over $163.1 million in loans owed to Entertainment Properties Trust by Concord Resorts are currently in default, all of them personally guaranteed by Capelli, according documents filed with the U.S. Court in Kansas City, MO.

The litigation all but ends any hope of bringing a Kohhl's department store -- and with it a Target department store -- to the New Rochelle retail and entertainment complex. At a City Council meeting on November 10, 2009, a Capelli Enterprises spokesperson told the New Rochelle City Council that Kohl's Department store would sign an agreement to take space at New Roc City in "a week to ten days away" or no later than November 20th. It has now been 102 days since Joseph Apicella told the City Council that a deal with Kohl's department store would be signed; a second deal with Target department stores was said to be contingent on a deal's with Kohl's.

New Rochelle Police Officer Arrested for DWI, Fleeing the Scene of an Accident

March 02, 2010 - 20:15

Blair Crash-small.jpgNew Rochelle Police Officer Jamillah Blair, 29, has been suspended with pay by the New Rochelle Police Department after her arrest early this morning by Westchester County Police. Blair was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident. Both charges are misdemeanors.

Blair was booked at county police headquarters in Hawthorne and is scheduled to appear in Pelham Town Court on March 11.

Stark Contrast for New Rochelle's Main Street:  Eleven Story Apartment Building

March 01, 2010 - 21:17

An eleven story building at 500 Main Street in New Rochelle for the New York Covenant Development Corporation would form a stark contrast to buildings nearby.

The New York Covenant Church on Main Street would add to their land an eleven story affordable housing building, retail space, a new sanctuary and a community room. 

The new building would contain 19 one-bedroom apartments, 26 two-bedroom apartments and five three-bedroom apartments, but only 48 parking spaces.  Council member Albert Tarantino was especially concerned about the size of the project, the density and the height.  He wanted to know more about the several thousand feet of undesignated square feet of space that was presented with no definite use.  He also felt the number of school children that would be added to already overcrowded schools in the neighborhood should not be underestimated.

Questions arose about the income levels of the residents.  Affordable rentals in Westchester generally require the occupants to have incomes of $63,180 or less for a family of four, or 60% of the County's median income.  While supporting housing in downtown, Mayor Noam Bramson felt what was needed was middle income housing  so their residents could support the downtown businesses.

A density bonus was being sought because the land is presently zoned for a maximum six story height.  Land south of Main Street is zone

The New York State School Report Card on New Rochelle

March 01, 2010 - 19:18

The New York State School Report Card - Fiscal Accountability Supplement for New Rochelle City School District (Feb 25, 2010).

New York State Education Law and the Commissioner's Regulations require the attachment of the NYS School Report Card to the public school district budget proposal. The regulations require that certain expenditure ratios for general education and special education students be reported and compared with ratios for similar districts and all public schools in New York State. The required ratios for this district are reported below.

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Similar District Group Description: Average Need/Resource Capacity

New Rochelle Public School Misappropriates Haitian Relief Funds for Employee Plane Tix, Donates to Tennessee Religious Group

March 01, 2010 - 16:54

donationjar.jpgSchool officials in New Rochelle, NY have admitted that district employees solicited charitable donations from children at Albert Leonard Middle School during the school day, that some of the proceeds from the fund-raising activity were used to reimburse a teacher at the school for plane tickets she had purchased for a co-worker, and that one-third of the funds donated to legitimate charities went to a religious organization affiliated with the Archdiocese of Nashville in Tennessee. The direct solicitation of public school students during the school day when they are compelled to be in school is illegal in New York State.

Senator Klein to hold Black History Month Breakfast This Week

March 01, 2010 - 16:44


New York State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx, Westchester) invite you to join him for his free Black History Month Celebration Breakfast on Saturday, March 6th at 9AM at the Mount Vernon Senior Armory. Klein will honor selected community leaders from the Bronx and Westchester followed by a choir performance by the Trinity Baptist Church Choir. Majority Conference Leader Senator John Sampson will deliver the keynote address.

Attendance is free however space is limited. Please RSVP at (800)-718-2039