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April 2010

Fighting for Responsible Spending of Your Tax Dollars

April 21, 2010 - 19:56

News from

Deputy Majority Leader Senator Jeff Klein

From the Desk of State Senator Jeff Klein…

Fighting for Responsible Spending of Your Tax Dollars

Dear Reader:

Throughout this state budget season and beyond, my goal is clear - to protect your money. In an effort to ensure your hard-earned tax dollars are being spent wisely, my office has spent the past several months investigating the issue of government waste. We started by focusing on areas we suspected to be major culprits of inefficiency at state agencies - notably, overtime pay and excessive or duplicative administrative costs. What we found was the appearance of shocking mismanagement and wasteful spending practices at two of our state's largest entities - the state university system (SUNY), and the NYS Department of Correctional Services (DOCS).

New Rochelle City Councilman Richard St. Paul Representing Embattled State Senator Pedro Espada

April 21, 2010 - 19:54

The Journal News is reporting:

New Rochelle Republican Councilman Richard St. Paul works for Pedro Espada. As a matter of fact, he was standing behind Espada during the senator’s Albany press conference on Tuesday (see photo below, he’s standing on the left). St. Paul provides is legal counsel in Espada’s senate office and records indicate he also provides legal counsel to the senator’s personal management company. According to state legislative payroll records, St. Paul made about $55,000 last year working in Espada’s senate office.

Espada is facing numerous allegations of wrongdoing in his role as CEO of Soundview Healthcare Network.

St. Paul was not at the City Council meeting yesterday and did not cast a vote in a controversial plan to change parking regulations in the downtown Business Improvement District parts of which St. Paul represents.

New Rochelle City Council Votes Unanimously to Approve Proposed Changes to Downtown Parking

April 21, 2010 - 14:29
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parking-ticket.jpgThe New Rochelle City Council approved last night a plan proposed by the BID to extend metered parking in municipal lots to 24 hours a day (except Sundays and Holidays). Councilman St. Paul who has organized community opposition to the original plan which included extended metered parking on the street from the current 6 PM to 11 PM, was absent as the City Council voted 6-0 vote to approve the BID recommendation.

There is no time line set for implementation. City Manager Chuck Strome stated at the BID Board meeting last week that there would be a roll-out phase during which signs would be posted and warnings issued to give parkers time to acclimate themselves to the new policy. At the same meeting, BID Chairman Marc Jerome pledged to review how things are going and make changes as needed. The second part of the original BID proposal -- to extend metered parking on the street from 6 PM to 11 PM will be considered in the future after the impact of changes to parking in the municipal lots has become clear.

Related:

Downtown New Rochelle Parking Task Force Recommendations Memo

Fringe Festival Promoted Presents to New Rochelle City Council

April 21, 2010 - 14:09
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Eric Woodland of Incoming Tide Productions has proposed a Fringe Festival event at Wildcliff Manor in New Rochelle, NY. He was introduced to the City Council on April 13th by by New Rochelle Parks & Recreation Commissioner of New Rochelle and gave a presentation to the Council (video below). The event is modeled on theEdinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival.

City Council Wildcliff Fringe Festival (1 of 2)

City Council Wildcliff Fringe Festival (2 of 2)

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS & VIDEO: Car Bomb Detonates on Union Avenue in New Rochelle - UPDATED, MORE PHOTOS/VIDEOS

April 21, 2010 - 13:52
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Car Bomb in New Rochelle - 36.jpg

NEW VIDEO TAKEN MINUTES AFTER POLICE ARRIVED ON SCENE (warning: trucks and generators in the area are VERY loud).

Bomb Squad Investigation Scene on Union Avenue in New Rochelle

MAJOR UPDATENew Rochelle Police Department calls incident "accidental spontaneous combustion" but does not rule out foul play.

Talk of the Sound's "First" 1,000 Visitor Day

April 21, 2010 - 12:37

Milestones are important and we hit a big one on Tuesday.

Yesterday was the first day that Talk of the Sound has 1,000 unique visitors in a single day, not counting days when we had referring links from much larger sites driving traffic. Yesterday's 1,100 visitors came directly to the site based on content on the site.

Our number of daily visitors have been steadily building, flirting with the 1,000 visitor mark several times over the past month but yesterday's EyeOnNewRoc exclusive photos and videos of the scene of a car explosion on Union Avenue pushed us over that top. Thanks to EyeOnNewRoc and thanks to those of you who have come to rely on Talk of the Sound for an unvarnished account of news and information in New Rochelle.

Well now it's here 24/6 parking in the lots

April 21, 2010 - 10:40

The New Rochelle city council voted 6-0 in favor of making the downtown parking lots 24/7 except on Sundays from 8am-8pm and holidays.Mr St.paul was not present to vote.So let's get this right of whom is to blame for this. The city says the bussiness improvement came to them after some bussiness's complained to them (Bid) that residents were taking up spaces in the lots and on the streets. The Bid put together a parking task force (ptf) on the ptf is albert Tarintino a bid board member and a city council member (conflict of interest)who also owns talner jewerly on main st which close's at 6:00pm most nights, the other member of the ptf is Ralph Dibart exective director of the Bid making around 100,000 from the Bid and 45,000 from the city as a consultant he has no office in new Rochelle and does not live in this city either and goes home to the city after 5:00pm . The third member of the ptf is bob Kahn former owner of diamond glass on main st and still is a property owner ,his former buisness closed at 6:00pm and he lives in conn. Mr Dibart said at a recent council meeting that he spoke with many business owners in the downtown and most agreed that a change to parking must be done to help them out. I don't know of to many business's open after 7:00 pm in the downtown besides resturants and deli's .

Well now it's here 24/6 parking in the lots

April 21, 2010 - 10:40

The New Rochelle city council voted 6-0 in favor of making the downtown parking lots 24/7 except on Sundays from 8am-8pm and holidays.Mr St.paul was not present to vote.So let's get this right of whom is to blame for this. The city says the bussiness improvement came to them after some bussiness's complained to them (Bid) that residents were taking up spaces in the lots and on the streets. The Bid put together a parking task force (ptf) on the ptf is albert Tarintino a bid board member and a city council member (conflict of interest)who also owns talner jewerly on main st which close's at 6:00pm most nights, the other member of the ptf is Ralph Dibart exective director of the Bid making around 100,000 from the Bid and 45,000 from the city as a consultant he has no office in new Rochelle and does not live in this city either and goes home to the city after 5:00pm . The third member of the ptf is bob Kahn former owner of diamond glass on main st and still is a property owner ,his former buisness closed at 6:00pm and he lives in conn. Mr Dibart said at a recent council meeting that he spoke with many business owners in the downtown and most agreed that a change to parking must be done to help them out. I don't know of to many business's open after 7:00 pm in the downtown besides resturants and deli's .

Beth El Synagogue Center to Honor David Lacher and Dava Yavetz on May 2nd.

April 20, 2010 - 22:26

Screen shot 2010-04-20 at 6.25.52 PM.jpgBeth El Synagogue Center will honor David Lacher and Dava Yavetz at the 57th Annual Beth El Synagogue Center Dinner Dance on Sunday, May 2nd. The couple will be honored for their many years of service to the Beth El congregation and community. The Ne’emanim President’s Service Award will be presented to Hazzan Ellen and Graham Arad, in recognition of their commitment and service to Beth El. This year’s Dinner Dance theme is “To serve, to praise, to sing.” II Chronicles 31:2.

David Lacher and Dava Yavetz have been involved in the Beth El and New Rochelle communities. Dava has served on the Religious School Board, and in her professional life, is a senior program director for Cultural Care Au Pair, where she counts a number of Beth El families amongst her host clients. David, our immediate past president, has served Beth El in multiple leadership roles since the early 1980s.

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