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March 2010

TODAY & TONIGHT: Highlights from City Council Agenda for Tuesday March 16, 2010 at 7:30 PM

March 16, 2010 - 17:13

The City Council will meet tomorrow, Tuesday March 16th at 7:30 PM.

The agenda for the meeting can be found here.

HIGHLIGHTS

1. Amendment to the City Charter to take away authority to appoint the Civil Service Director from the Chairman of the Civil Service Commission to the City Manager. Rather than fire Domenic Procopio the City is taking away his only power. Expect the position to be eliminated altogether once enough time has passed to allow the Mayor and City Manager to claim this has nothing to do with Mr. Procopio pocketing tens of thousands of dollars in illicit property tax exemptions.

2. Amendment to the City Code to charge for parking 24 hours a day in the downtown area. This will be the first official appearance before the City Council for Michael Freimuth, the new Commissioner of Development.

3. A proposed agreement with Artistic Service Inc. concerning the murals at the Armory. Forest City has agreed to pay for the cost of cleaning the remaining murals at the New Rochelle Armory. Some murals disappeared 2 years ago and have yet to surface.

Also, note the Industrial Development Agency (IDA) is on the agenda with no explanation which means this item bears watching.

Homeowner Near Downtown New Rochelle Has "No Bid" for Metered Parking Changes

March 16, 2010 - 16:03

bid.jpgElizabeth Lewin of New Rochelle Has written a Letter to the Editor: ("New Rochelle treats residents unfairly") responding to the announcement that the Mayor expects the City Council to approve most or all of the BID's parking task force recommendations.

She notes that Ralph DiBart who runs the Business Improvement District and led the task force is quoted saying "The main purpose is trying to balance competing parking needs and to try to encourage people to park where they're supposed to park."

She then asks:

In the article a resident states he "will look for local street parking to avoid paying." How does this task force expect to encourage residents to "park where they're supposed to park?" Further, what is DiBart's definition of "where they're supposed to park"?

Journal News Responds to Mayor Bramson's State of the City Address, Calls for Rethinking Development Plans

March 16, 2010 - 15:48

Mayor.gifThe Journal News has an editorial, "Real-estate burst requires new look at renewal plans", which is largely sympathetic to the Mayor's position in his State of the City address.

The editorial begins:

New Rochelle was on course for a big downtown redevelopment. Corner after corner, it seemed, would be transformed from low-rise buildings of a bygone era to new, towering luxury.

Storm Message 4 - Mayor Warns of Delays on Dry Ice Distribution, Special Senior Citizens Line Set Up

March 16, 2010 - 15:34

Mayor.gifA fourth message from the Mayor on the Storm

Good morning. This is Mayor Noam Bramson, with another update on emergency storm response.

First, Con Edison will once again have dry ice available today at 90 Beaufort Place behind City Hall until 8:00pm. Yesterday, because of heavy demand, Con Ed’s dry ice supply periodically ran out, resulting in long wait times as new ice was brought in. We have asked Con Ed to have a larger supply on-hand today, but please be aware that delays are a possibility and plan accordingly.

Second, if you are a senior citizen without power and you need assistance with urgent, safety-related or time-sensitive matters, the City has established a senior help line at 235-2363, that’s 235-2363. Please do NOT call this number for routine or non-essential concerns.

Storm is Over, Now Get Outside and Get Some Fresh Air in New Rochelle on the Colonial Greenway

March 16, 2010 - 14:08

Did you know that you can bring your kids to tramp around the woods in New Rochelle? A part of the Colonial Greenway Trail is right behind the Pinebrook Tennis courts. There is ample free parking. These were taken on March 6th in the spring like weather. Leashed dogs are welcome. You follow the dots on the trees!

The trail does not go all the way around the lake. You can get to the stone building in the last photo and then turn back.

Scarsdale Schools closed on Tuesday

March 15, 2010 - 23:57

For a second day, Scarsdale Schools will be closed on Tuesday. As per the Scarsdale village website, over 80% of the Village of Scarsdale remains without electricity as of Noon today. While driving around Scarsdale, one could see many trees which had downed electric, telephone and cable wires. All of the cleaning up has also created major traffic jams in various main roads. Be careful out there.

Is There a Sex Offender in your Neighborhood?

March 15, 2010 - 19:34

NYS Instant E-mail Alert System launches ~ Notifiying New Yorkers when a sex offender moves into their zip code

SIGN UP HERE:
NYS Instant E-mail Alert System

NEW YORK- State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/ Westchester) announced the launch of a new alert system Monday that provides instant email notification to New York State residents when a sex offender moves into their zip code. Individuals can register for the alerts through the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services website.

Klein and Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Queens) fought for the technological tool and sponsored legislation, signed into law by Governor Paterson last fall, making information regarding the location of registered sex offenders more accessible and convenient for millions of New Yorkers.

“New Yorkers deserve to have the convenience and peace of mind that these email alerts bring. These emails are another valuable safety tool in helping to protect our children from the kind of unsavory individuals who are, in many cases, our neighbors,” said Senator Klein.

Storm Message 3 - Dry Ice, Place Generators Outside, 7,000 in New Rochelle Without Power

March 15, 2010 - 16:31

Mayor.gifAnother Storm Message from Mayor Bramson:

This is Mayor Noam Bramson with another update on emergency storm response.

First, if you are using a generator, it must NOT be placed within your home or garage, and should be stationed instead in your rear or side yard, at least 5 feet from your home, ideally away from windows. This is essential to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

Second, Con Edison is providing DRY ice behind City Hall at 90 Beaufort Place between Noon and 8:00pm. Con Ed will also have customer service representatives on hand to answer questions.

Now, a general status report as of 11:30am on March 15th:

There are still 67,000 households without power in Westchester, including more than 7,000 here in New Rochelle.

The City’s Police, Fire, and Public Works personnel are in constant contact with Con Ed in order to deploy resources as effectively as possible.

WindStorm 2010 Day 4: 7,000 Still Without Power in New Rochelle, Dry Ice Distribution at City Hall, Help on the Way

March 15, 2010 - 16:16
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The Mayor made his third robo-call this morning:

This is Mayor Noam Bramson with another update on emergency storm response.

First, if you are using a generator, it must NOT be placed within your home or garage, and should be stationed instead in your rear or side yard, at least 5 feet from your home, ideally away from windows. This is essential to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

Second, Con Edison is providing DRY ice behind City Hall at 90 Beaufort Place between Noon and 8:00pm. Con Ed will also have customer service representatives on hand to answer questions.

Now, a general status report as of 11:30am on March 15th:

There are still 67,000 households without power in Westchester, including more than 7,000 here in New Rochelle.

The City’s Police, Fire, and Public Works personnel are in constant contact with Con Ed in order to deploy resources as effectively as possible.

Most Con Ed work until now has been focused on containing safety hazards and restoring road access. Mutual aid crews are arriving in New Rochelle today, and they will be assigned primarily to power restoration, with locations prioritized based on the number of households affected.

The timetable for restoring power at specific sites remains uncertain.

Bramson, Strome, City Council Must Be Held Accountable

March 15, 2010 - 15:23

Through out Westchester County, every time we experience strong storms and winds, residence lose power caused by trees taking out power lines. Well, enough is enough! It is time for someone to take a stand. The City has cut many services and we see that tree maintenance and care are now one of them. Due to this cutback, Mayor Bramson and Charles Strome are to blame for any City owned trees that have caused outages of all kinds and for all damages, injuries and deaths. The Noam Bramson, Charles Strome and all City Council Members must be held responsible and liable for their actions, like all criminals. They easily raise taxes so we can pay for their high salaries and all their extravagant unnecessary entertainment expenses while cutting valuable services to ensure a safer cleaner New Rochelle.

Home owners of Westchester County should now be held liable for power outages caused by downed trees that fall from their property as well. These trees should be looked at, maintained and trimmed to heights that will not interrupt power, cable and phone service to other home owners or residence every year.

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