April 2010

Mayor Bramson Publishes New Rochelle News Newsletter for April 2010

April 29, 2010 - 12:13

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Mayor Bramson has put out a new newsletter:

Dear Friends,

My April 2010 bulletin on City issues has just been posted to my website:

In addition to the various other subjects detailed, please remember that the City Council will hold a public hearing on our Draft Sustainability Plan, GreeNR, on Tuesday, May 11th at 7:30pm. If you are interested in this subject, then I encourage you to attend.

Catie joins me in sending best wishes.

New Rochelle News

Should New Rochelle Middle Schools Ban Social Networking Sites like Facebook?

April 28, 2010 - 23:52

Lou Young at WCBS-TV reports:

New Jersey Principal Asks Parents To Ban Facebook, Social Networking, Text Messaging

Anthony Orsini, the principal at Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Ridgewood, sent out an e-mail Wednesday morning asking parents to help him get all of his students off social networks and keep careful track of their text messages.

What do you think? Is Principal Orsini on the right track or just out of his mind?

Nita Lowey: New Rochelle's Path to Economic Recovery

April 28, 2010 - 22:41

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Nita has a new newsletter out...

Our Path to Economic Recovery
Unemployment in New York and nationwide remains unacceptably high and families in our region continue to struggle with the high cost of living. However, each day more signs indicate that our nation is on track for a strong economic recovery.

Jobs: In January 2009, before the Recovery Act was enacted, Americans lost 779,000 jobs in one month alone. A year later, job losses turned to gains of 162,000 in March, including 17,000 in manufacturing.


Family Wealth: Since the Recovery Act took effect, Americans regained nearly 30 percent ($5 trillion) of the $17.5 trillion in household wealh wiped out during the economic downturn.

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Retirement: The Dow is at an 18-month high of over 11,000, an increase of more than 4,000 points--or 70%--in just over a year, critical for New Yorkers' retirement and investments.

New Rochelle's Favorite Spring Pastime: "Really, Richard?"

April 28, 2010 - 20:48

org-liar.jpgAt Councilwoman Marianne Sussman's District 6 Neighborhood Association meeting, Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak showed up to flack for the school budget once again. He was asked a number of questions to which he responded with his usual patter phony compliments, of mangled statistics and more than a few whoppers to which we could only say "Really, Richard?"

Why does the school tax keep going up?

The City levees the tax, we're not the ones who set the tax rate.

Really, Richard? Really? And who determines the size of the tax levee, the tooth fairy? The school district sets the levee.

Why not freeze teachers salaries?

In the current contract the teachers are already taking "zero".

Come on, Richard? Really? Then why are teachers getting a 2% pay increase each year and two thirds getting very large step increases of 5-10%?

Why not cut salaries? Or at least keep them at zero?

The savings are minimal in a "zero increase" contract.

Really? Aren't salaries and benefits for staff about 70% of the budget?

New Rochelle Sustainability Board / Bd of Ed Superintendant Organisciak/ICLEI/ ACORN/SEIU/Tides Foundation

April 28, 2010 - 05:50

Quite a cast of characters wouldn't you say ? The superintendant of New Rochelle schools gets control of a sustainability board who coconspires with an organization largely backed by municipal unions , a questionable supposed charitable organization and foundation with an extreme far left agenda ?(read this interesting story from the NY Times)

Then , please read the stories about the connections / corruption / and political influence at the following site :

Are you kidding me ? Does New Rochelle really need to get in bed with this kind of "stuff" ? It's a sad commentary that we can't develop any of this without their "help" . In the old days they were called carpetbaggers .
New Rochelle should and could make themselves stand out from the rest without joining the "club" . It's the failed paradigm and inability to build a cooperative environment within the city that forces Comrade Bramson to seek help from outside sources .

Green R Presentation to New Rochelle City Council in Four Parts

April 27, 2010 - 17:15

Kooris.jpgThe New Rochelle City Council received a presentation by David Kooris of the Regional Planning Association on April 20. The entire video is 33 minutes so it has been broken up into 4 parts to comply with YouTube requirement that no video exceed 10 minutes in length.

A few points to consider as you watch the video clips below:

1. Although the delivery of this plan has been on the Green R agenda for a year, the report was not delivered to Council members until just minutes before the meeting so, as noted in the video, the council had no time to prepare any questions for Mr. Kooris.

Project Lifesaver to the Rescue, New Rochelle Alzheimer’s Patient Tracked by Westchester County Police Department

April 26, 2010 - 21:45

Project Lifesaver.jpgWestchester County police used Project Lifesaver technology Sunday to find an elderly Alzheimer’s patient from New Rochelle who had wandered away from home.

New Rochelle police were notified about 8:30 a.m. that the 73-year-old man was missing from his Glenmore Drive home. An immediate search of the area was begun by New Rochelle police, and county police were contacted because the man is enrolled in Project Lifesaver.

Under the Project Lifesaver program, persons suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia who have a history of wandering away are fitted with a special tracking bracelet. Specially trained and equipped county police officers are able to locate missing persons wearing the bracelet by tracing a radio signal that it emits.

The man was located a little before 11:30 a.m. at the Mirage Diner on North Avenue in New Rochelle, more than a mile from his home. He was brought home to family members by county officers.

Project Lifesaver is sponsored by the Department of Senior Programs and Services and the Department of Public Safety in partnership with the Hebrew Home for the Aged in Riverdale and International Project Lifesaver.

As Talk of the Sound Gets Hit, NY Times Explains How "Spammers Pay Others to Answer Security Tests"

April 26, 2010 - 15:03

CAPTCHA.jpgThe New York Times has an article today entitled Spammers Pay Others to Answer Security Tests which has some relevance to Talk of the Sound.

As some of you may have noticed we have had some odd articles posted to Talk of the Sound such as "How to Win at Roulette", and "An overview of the patio misting system". Likewise, we have had some odd comments as well. While I am sure these articles and comments might be fascinating to some readers they are unwelcome attempts at spam advertising. They are being posted because a company is hiring people first to register for "disposable" email accounts from places like Yahoo and Hotmail and then registering for Talk of the Sound which automatically assigns them posting privileges.

What America Should Share with the World: Justice Holmes' Dissent in Abrams v. United States and the Marketplace of Ideas

April 26, 2010 - 14:32

Oliver Wendell Holmes.jpgA couple years ago I was asked to write an Op-Ed for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram as part of a series entitled "What America Should Share with the World". Ten Americans from different professions, background and regions were asked to select a document that best shared an essential American value with the rest of the world.

Mayor Bramson Announces Highly Invasive GreeNR "Sustained Development" Plan for New Rochelle

April 25, 2010 - 23:38

GreeNR-Large.jpgMayor Noam Bramson announced the results of his "Sustained Development" Plan at the City Council meeting on April 20th.

Say goodbye "property rights" and hello "collectivism"!

The plan mixes warm and fuzzy ideas everyone can support like adding more bike lines and walking trails, rain gardens, encouraging more recycling and increasing the number of children using City parks with onerous new regulations, aggressive new enforcement polices and a series of back-door tax increases couple with initiatives that have nothing to do with protecting the environment like increasing the number of people relying exclusively on the City government for news and information about New Rochelle, offering ESL classes to adults, tripling the number of artists living in the City and building additional subsidized housing. One idea in the plan is to create "friendly competition" among residents by distributing residents Con Ed bills to their neighbors to see who is "saving" the environment more, something that sounds a lot more like a gross invasion of privacy where my neighbor gets my electric bill and then ratsme out to some Green Czar in City Hall if they think I have too many of the wrong sort of lightbulbs.