April 2010

BID Solves Downtown Parking Problem: Wheel-free Vehicles

April 18, 2010 - 20:18

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Well, OK. Not really. But imagine all the space that could be saved if cars had their wheels, bumpers and other "extraneous" parts removed before storing them in municipal lots. New Rochelle police we on the scene this morning, as Blessed Sacrament parishioners came and went form Sunday mass. Several cars in the "Bloomingdales lot" (Prospect Street Lot) were "retro-fitted" to meet the new BID parking specifications.

IronyWatch: At the BID meeting last week, Chuck Strome talked about how the owners of the Bloomingdales Building agreed to contribute $5,000 to $6,000 towards the purchase of security cameras.

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Talk of the Sound Contributor on the Scene as Manuel Rodriguez of Port Chester Arrested in New Rochelle for DWI, Driving Without

April 18, 2010 - 18:02

Manuel Rodriquez DWI.jpegOn March 28th, New Rochelle police arrested Manuel Rodriguez, 41, of 246 Seymon Road in Port Chester for Aggravated DWI after he caused an accident involving two other vehicles near the intersection of Memorial Highway and Lockwood Avenue. This happened a few weeks ago but a contributor happened upon the scene at took some cell phone photos (below) that they wished to share.

Everyone is the media! If you happen upon a newsworthy or interesting event in New Rochelle please try to grab some photos. Cell phone camera or video will do. We will try and enhance the images as much as possible but note that there is very little that can be done to enhance a blurry image. So, a poorly lit image that is crisp is much better than a well lit but blurry image.

Whales and Waves in New Rochelle

April 18, 2010 - 17:42

Sights and Sounds from an art installation during the day time with sounds of traffic below. As you walk through the enclosed bridge connecting the New Roc Parking area to the Trump Building, above Huguenot Street, you experience lights and sounds meant to mimic ocean waves.

NOTE: Turn up the volume on your computer speakers to hear the "whale" noises.

I am going to try to go back at night and see what it looks like then.

District 6 Council of Neighborhood Associations to Meet April 27 at Beth EI Synagogue Center

April 18, 2010 - 16:22


Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Beth EI Synagogue Center, Northfield Road at North Avenue

Special Guest: Kathy Gilwit, Director of Communications & Marketing, City of New Rochelle

There will be additional brief presentations of the School and Library Budgets.

Minutes of Meeting of January 28, 2010

District Six Council of Neighborhood Associations at Temple Beth-el, North Avenue, New Rochelle, N.Y. 10804

• The meeting started at 7:45 pm, and was chaired by Richard Sosis, Chair

• Minutes of the previous meeting were accepted and approved unanimously

• The Treasurer's report was given by Maryce Cohen indicating that we have $565.00 on deposit. Maryce said that most of the constituent neighborhood associations haye failed to pay their dues, and that she will be making an effort to be in touch with the a.

Domenic Procopio, Stripped of Formal Power, Continues to Market Infamous "Combat Vet" House at 7 Pinebrook Road

April 18, 2010 - 14:59


Municipal Service Commissioner Domenic Procopio was back over at 7 Pinebrook Boulevard the other day, still trying to sell the house on which he was receiving tens of thousands of dollars in property tax exemptions, including for being a Combat Veteran despite never having served in the military.

City official continue to cover for Procopio. At a recent City Council meeting, Finance Commissioner Howard Ratner once again claimed that the illicit tax exemptions were the result of a clerical error despite not a shred of documentation supporting that oft-repeated claim. The City Manager, Chuck Strome, has refused to provide any documents under the Freedom of Information Law that would explain how Procopio got the tax exemptions. As there are no documents there is no way for City official to know just how Procopio obtained the exemptions. City officials have also claimed that the previous owner was a Combat Veteran but have provided no documentation supporting that claim either.

Journal News Picks Up Talk of the Sound Story on Former New Rochelle School District Employee's Guilty Plea

April 18, 2010 - 13:50

vitocosta-before-after.jpgThe Journal News picked up our story on Vito Costa pleading guilty here: New Rochelle school worker pleads guilty to falsifying records.

[We scooped 'em again! :-)]

For some reason school officials, by which I take that to mean either Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak of PR Person Maggie Skau, declined to say what he was doing:

Costa would claim that he worked from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on school grounds between March 18 and April 15, when he actually spent part of the time doing unrelated activities, which officials did not disclose

What he was doing ought to be made clear by the decision of the school board to approve litigation against Costa, which we reported in December 2009.

The New Rochelle Board of Education voted unanimously last night to begin litigation against Vito Costa and A 2 Z Heating and Air Conditioning and V & M Vending, two companies controlled by Costa.

New Rochelle Youth Lacrosse Hosts Fundraiser for Eric Tutera Youth Lacrosse Scholarship Fund at Spectators Sports Club

April 18, 2010 - 00:51

Eric Tutera.jpgThe New Rochelle Youth Lacrosse held a well-attended fundraiser Saturday night for the Eric Tutera Youth Lacrosse Scholarship Fund at Spectators Sports Club in downtown New Rochelle (photos form the event below).

New Rochelle Youth Lacrosse created the Eric Tutera Youth Lacrosse Scholarship Fund in memory of Eric's exemplary life as a scholar/athlete. Eric Tutera was a former captain of the New Rochelle High School lacrosse team. As a three-year varsity player and two-year starter, Eric was the epitome of a team player. He was respected by his teammates, coaches and opposing players. Eric tragically passed away in an accident in the spring of 2008:

President Declares Major Disaster For The State Of New York

April 17, 2010 - 00:39

Wind Damage AFTER - 084.jpgAnnouncement from FEMA:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for the State of New York. The assistance will supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding during the period of March 13-15, 2010.

Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms and flooding in the counties of Nassau, Orange, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester.

Federal funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for all counties and tribes within the state.

Albert Lewis has been named as the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Lewis said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the State and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

State Governments Facing "Staggered" Recovery over Next Four years

April 17, 2010 - 00:31

Pew Center on the States.jpgBloomberg:

U.S. states face a “staggered” recovery even as the national economy shows signs of stabilizing, Susan Urahn, a managing director at the Pew Center on the States, told investors on a conference call.

They may also have to contend with three to four more years of budget woes, said Laura LaRosa, director of fixed income at Glenmede Investment & Wealth Management in Philadelphia, on the call today.

“When the recovery comes, it’s going to be staggered and slow,” Urahn said. “The lag happens because it takes time for the states’ unemployment rates to come down to pre-recession levels.”