May 2010

Senate to Vote on Groundbreaking Legislation to Create Independent Redistricting Commission

May 13, 2010 - 18:12

Senate Committee Approves Oppenheimer Co-sponsored Bill

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is pleased to announce that groundbreaking reform legislation to create an independent redistricting commission has been approved by the Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee and will be brought to the floor for a vote by the full Senate. Senator Oppenheimer co-sponsors this bill, S. 1614A, as well as other pieces of reform legislation. She has long been a proponent of independent redistricting.

“At long last, we are poised to end the offensive practice of partisan gerrymandering and create Congressional and state legislative districts that are cohesive and honestly drawn,” said Senator Oppenheimer. “New Yorkers have a right to a fair and nonpartisan reapportionment process.”

The bill would establish a nonpartisan citizen apportionment commission that would draw congressional and state legislative district boundaries and submit those boundaries to the legislature for approval, in accordance with the State Constitution. Redistricting occurs every ten years following the U.S. Census and allows boundaries to be redrawn to account for changes in a state’s population and to bring districts back to equal numbers of residents.

Keeping Sex Offenders Out of Public Housing

May 12, 2010 - 16:39



Senate Passes Klein Bill to Provide Housing Authorities Monthly Data on Registered Offenders

ALBANY, NY – State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced on Monday that the State Senate passed his legislation to help prevent registered sex offenders from moving into public housing. Last week, Klein unveiled the results from his most recent investigation showing nearly one hundred level 2 and 3 registered sex offenders are illegally living in public housing units in New York City.

Klein's bill (S.2490/NYS Assembly same-as A.3024/Benjamin) would require the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) to provide municipal housing authorities with a list each month of all registered sex offenders whose address is within the authority's city or municipality. The bill also requires DCJS to provide registry information for a current or prospective tenant if requested by the public housing authority.

New Rochelle Public Hearing on GreeNR "Sustained Development" Plan Draws Large Crowd

May 12, 2010 - 16:05

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The Public Hearing on the GreeNR "Sustained Development" Plan put forward by Mayor Noam Bramson was well attended but largely political theater with the usual stacked deck where the majority of the initial speakers were the people who worked on the plan and came forward to pronounce their support for their own plan. There was a good deal of cheerleading from North Enders. Noticeably missing was David Kooris or any other speakers from the RPA or ICLEI; Kooris, a Connecticut resident was the person selected by the Mayor to present the GreeNR plan to the City Council 3 weeks ago. who gave the presentation to the board.

Jim Maisano Announces BID for NYS Supreme Court Justice - Press release

May 11, 2010 - 20:28

Jim Maisano Announces BID for NYS Supreme Court Justice

(May 11, 2010) Westchester County Legislator Jim Maisano announced today he is running this November for New York State Supreme Court Justice for the 9th Judicial District (Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange & Dutchess). Maisano has served on the Westchester County Board of Legislators for the past 13 years representing New Rochelle and Pelham and currently serves as Minority Leader.

Maisano stated, “I have been committed to public service since I joined the Marine Corps in 1984 and continue to honor this commitment through my service as a County Legislator. I have deep respect for the powerful impact of the courts and judiciary on people’s lives. I look forward to bringing my skills and experience to the bench. My goal is to be a judge that exemplifies Thomas Jefferson’s important ideal that ‘the most sacred of the duties of a government is to do equal and impartial justice to all its citizens.’”

Dogs Not Barking in New Rochelle Green R Plan

May 11, 2010 - 13:35

Sherlock Holmes Dog.jpgThe Dog That Did Not Bark

In the Sherlock Holmes story Silver Blaze by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Holmes was able to deduce that the killer of Colonel Ross's racehorse was the owner of the stable dog. As the fictional Holmes chronicler Dr. John Waston explains:

Colonel Ross still wore an expression which showed the poor opinion which he had formed of my companion's ability, but I saw by the inspector's face that his attention had been keenly aroused

"You consider that to be important?" he asked.

"Exceedingly so."

"Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?"

"To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time."

"The dog did nothing in the night-time."

"That was the curious incident," remarked Sherlock Holmes.

TONIGHT 7:30 PM: Green R Public Hearing at City Hall

May 11, 2010 - 12:50

GreeNR-Large.jpgThe City will hold a public hearing on the GREENR draft sustainability plan for New Rochelle on Tuesday, May 11 @ 7:30 pm in the Main Council Chamber at New Rochelle City Hall, 515 North Avenue. Come to listen or to speak. All speakers will be allotted three minutes, although longer comments can be submitted in writing.

Mayor Bramson is pitching the GREENR document as "an important first step to outline practical measures that will address environmental issues, quality of life, energy efficiency, etc. in our community." The intent of the plan is to drive decision-making at all levels of government for the next 20 years by putting every decision through the filter of the Green R Plan. It is a very big deal with far-reaching consequence. The Mayor says there are "no costs" contained in the plan.

If this initiative is to be approved by the City Council, it needs to hear from our community. The Green R Plan is here. You can watch the video of the pitch to City Council here.

The Mystery of the Primary Residence of New Rochelle School Board Candidate Jerome Smith or "Where in the World is Jerome?"

May 10, 2010 - 23:01

DSC_0555.jpgTalk of the Sound previously reported that it has received information that New Rochelle School Board Candidate Jerome Smith no longer has a primary residence in New Rochelle. These sources encouraged Talk of the Sound to look North, towards Orange County for more information on we did. And sure enough, Smith owns a house in Woodbourne, just outside Monticello, NY.

A review of New Rochelle tax records confirms that Smith does not have a STAR Exemption on his property at 37 Watkins Place.

On April 10, 2010, Jerome Smith filed a Residency Attestation as a School Board Candidate for 2010 Election

Jerome Smith Candidate Affirmation of New Rochelle Address.jpg

But a search of the AT&T Phone Directory shows another residence owned by Jerome Smith up near Monticello in Orange County which sources tell Talk of the Sound is his current primary residence.

City Council Agenda, May 11, 2010

May 10, 2010 - 20:17


City Council Agenda, May 11, 2010

1. Commissioner of Finance, Howard Rattner will give a budget reivew for 2010

Citizens to be heard at 7:30 p.m. 
2. Public Hearing on zoning changes
3. Hearing on DraftR sustainability plan, 2010-2030

The public is permitted to address the City Council after the meeting during the 
"Citizens to be Heard" portion of the meeting.  Anyone wishing to address the 
council for the allotted 5 minutes should sign up on the list at the front of 
the room.
Access the agenda below:

The South End Civic League will meet ...

May 10, 2010 - 19:50


The South End Civic League will meet on today May l0 at the YMCA, 50 Weyman Avenue at 7:30 p.m.
'Speakers will be Rocco, Pact Officer, and Councilman Lou Trangucci. 
Candidate  for Senator Oppenheimer's seat, Bob Cohen will address the group
City Council May ll items for discussion:  Hearing on GreenR
                                                              Citizens to be Heard, New Parking Regulations
                                          Elaine Waltz, President