March 2010

Con Edison and City Hall Ignore South End of New Rochelle

March 15, 2010 - 14:36

As of 4:20PM, Saturday, March 13th, the power went out for all residence of Sycamore Park, located in the South End of New Rochelle, bordering Pelham Manor. On Sunday, March 14th around 11:00AM the problem confirmed by Con Edison Customer Service via a phone that a transformer went out on Kings Hwy. I visually observer two Con Edison vehicles. One even asked me where 75 Kings Hwy was located. So with this information I assumed that the transformer would be changed in a few hours and that the power would be restored. Well, this did not come to be. When returning home, there were no Con Edison vehicles to be found. I thought that power was restored, it was not. I then contacted Con Edison again and asked about the status of my power. They told me that they had no information. I then informed them that I called earlier that morning and that another representative informed me that a transformer was out on Kings Hwy. and that I visually had seen the crew and actually spoke to on e of the workers. Once again, she stated that there was no record of anyone dispatched to that location and that no record confirming that a transformer was out. This is outrageous. The representative then stated that the crew may have been pulled from that site to go to another site, but that there was no record of this. I then proceeded to drive around the South End of New Rochelle.

Next School Budget Meeting - Very Important

March 14, 2010 - 23:24

Board of Education Budget Review Session
Sections of the Budget: Elementary and Secondary Education, Pupil Services,
Medical, Guidance and Special Education - Teacher Salaries - Teacher Salaries and Union issues

Board Room, Central Administration, City Hall, 515 North Avenue, New Rochelle NY 10801. Community discussion is invited.

Date: 3/16/2010
Time: 7:00 PM

Storm Message 2 - Mayor Reports Con Ed Working Hard; "wet ice" Distribution at City Hall from 2-6 PM

March 14, 2010 - 19:41

Mayor.gifMessage from Mayor Bramson on Power Outages:

This is Mayor Noam Bramson, with an update on emergency storm conditions.

First, to help preserve refrigerated items, Con Edison will have wet ice available for the public from 2:00pm to 6:00pm this afternoon at the City Hall parking area at 515 North Avenue.

Second, for your safety, you are reminded to avoid downed wires and assume that all wires are live.

Now for general information:

Con Edison has approximately 100 repair crews currently at work in the region, ramping up to 300 crews as mutual aid arrives from the mid-west and south. Repair is being prioritized based on safety hazards and number of households affected.

As of this morning, there are approximately 70,000 households without power in Westchester, with the worst outages concentrated in the southeastern region, including New Rochelle.

While it is possible that some locations may be restored quickly, complete restoration of power will take several days.

Come Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Dudley's Near Hudson Park in New Rochelle

March 14, 2010 - 19:38

Come celebrate StT .Patrick's day at Dudley's 94 Hudson park road,new Rochelle ,ny 914-235-4445.WVOX 1460am will be doing there LIVE broadcast from there beginning at 12:00pm all the stars from across the region will be there. You don't want to miss this event wednesday march 17 at 12pm.PLENTY OF CORNED BEEF and cabbage and good cold pints.Hope to see you there.

UPDATE: Wind Storm 2010 Photos and Video

March 14, 2010 - 07:23

UPDATE: And the "winner" is...

...a house on Argyll near New Rochelle High School where a 100+ foot pine tree snapped, landed on three other trees, uprooting them. The trees then landed on the house, crushing a sun porch and doing other damage.

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...a house On Montgomery Place near Iona College

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It's not to send in your nominees. Send us your photos.

Video on flooding at New Rochelle High School from Bobby and Gabe Sanchez

David Cohen of New Rochelle on Fox 5 News (tree crushed his garage)


Storm Message 1 - Mayor Calls on New Rochelle Residents to Remain Calm, 80,000 Con Ed Customers Lose Power

March 14, 2010 - 02:43

Mayor.gifMayor Noam Bramson sent out a robo-call asking New Rochelle residents to use good judgement before calling emergency responders and urged residents to stay home.

This is Mayor Noam Bramson. Police and Fire personnel will be working throughout the night to address emergency conditions. Please report any threats to life or safety immediately by calling 911. However, we ask that you please NOT report minor property damage or minor flooding, so that Police and Fire resources can be directed where they are needed most.

If you have lost power, please report your address to Con Edison at 1-800-75-CONED, that’s 1-800-75-CONED. The City is pressing Con Ed for rapid repairs, but there are tens of thousands of households in Westchester County without power, and the timing for service restoration is highly uncertain.

Finally, for your own safety, we urge you to remain at home and avoid any unnecessary travel and, of course, to avoid any downed power lines Many local roads are obstructed by fallen trees and impassable.

We will provide additional updates as warranted.

New York State Comptroller's Former Chief Investment Officer Pleads Guilty in Ongoing Pension Fund Investigation

March 13, 2010 - 23:20


David Loglisci Describes “Culture of Corruption” within NYS Common Retirement Fund

NYS OAG Press Release:

Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that David Loglisci, the former Chief Investment Officer at the Office of the New York State Comptroller (OSC), who was indicted last year along with co-defendant Henry “Hank” Morris, pled guilty to a Martin Act felony for his role in the corruption of the New York State Common Retirement Fund (CRF) and will cooperate in the ongoing investigation.

Today’s plea is part of a more than two-year ongoing investigation into corruption involving the Office of the State Comptroller and the Common Retirement Fund. The charges to date allege a complex criminal scheme involving numerous individuals operating at the highest political and governmental levels under former Comptroller Alan Hevesi, in which the State pension fund was used as a piggy bank for the Comptroller’s chief political aide and a favor bank for political allies and other friends.

Mayor Noam Bramson's "State of the City" Address March 11, 2010

March 13, 2010 - 21:52


Ladies and Gentlemen, good evening.

There are many statistics to measure the ebb and flow of our economy, some of which give reason for cautious optimism. But no statistic can fully capture the pain and fear felt by those across our country and here in New Rochelle who have lost jobs, or homes, or the means to support themselves and their families.
I see it in the faces and hear it in the voices of residents who plead for help at City Hall, who struggle to keep a business afloat, who visit our soup kitchens, sometimes shocked to find themselves reliant on the resources of last resort.

Even those who have avoided personal crisis are feeling the pinch more acutely than ever before, wondering if they are one tax bill, one insurance premium, one pay cut, from slipping into the red.

What is true for individuals is true also for our entire community. The City’s budget is stretched to the limit. Economic development has slowed to a crawl. And programs once launched with great hope have been deferred or cancelled outright.

Who can be surprised by the anger and frustration directed to government at every level, anger that demands to be respected.

So we must begin by recognizing, without denial or false cheer, the hard truths of our time. But let us not end there.

The people of New Rochelle expect more than a lecture on the challenges of the economy.