May 2010

County Rep Maisano Proposes Simple Yet Effective Green Initiative for Westchester County Government

May 06, 2010 - 13:05

Jim Maisano sent out a press release this morning:


For Immediate Release
Dated: May 5, 2010
Contact: Jim Maisano 995-2826


White Plains, NY: Westchester County Legislator Jim Maisano (R, New Rochelle) has a plan to save paper and money for Westchester County. Minority Leader Maisano is calling for "all printing and photocopying by County employees to be double-sided. From both environmental and economic standpoints, the savings in cost and paper would be significant by using both sides of all documents.”

Maisano notes that most County copy machines have the capability to copy on both sides. "Our County government is looking to cut waste across the board," says Maisano. "This is a quick, simple way to do something that will cut expenses, while having a positive environmental impact."

Maisano has been troubled by receiving single-sided documents from different County departments - sometimes hundreds of pages long - that end up quickly discarded.

If Maisano's proposal is passed, it will become a requirement for all County employees to use both sides of paper. Maisano hopes that other Westchester businesses will be inspired to do the same.

Nuestra Escuela Secundaria en New Rochelle Abandona a Nuestros Hijos

May 06, 2010 - 01:51

graduation cap.jpg>El Departamento de Educación del Estado de Nueva York publicó sus estadísticas de graduación hace 2 meses. Al deliberar sobre la mejor manera de gastar los impuestos recaudados por los miembros de nuestra comunidad, por favor considere los siguientes números. Quiero saber si te molesta como me molesto a mi. Estoy molesta porque la Junta dijo el 9 de marzo que se discutiria este tema anoche, ahora parece que se ha aplazado sin comunicarlo a la comunidad.

2010 Budget Discussion Meeting for New Rochelle Board of Education; Why I Will Vote "Yes" on the Budget

May 05, 2010 - 21:40

With a proposed budget cut of about $5mm, a headcount reduction of 74 and a relatively (for New Rochelle) modest projected tax increase of 3.8% (a number that will likely be higher given the talk about the State reducing or eliminating the STAR property tax exemption), the passion at the New Rochelle Board of Education budget discussion was largely absent.

As usual the PTAs all announced their support for the budget although SEPTA expressed some concerns about the reduction in headcount among Special Education staff.

The only organized dissent came from the Orthodox Jewish community which was well represented and came to press the issue of the proposed change in transportation services for 6th graders living in New Rochelle.

New Rochelle to Eliminate "Yellow Bus" Transportation for Private and Parochial 6th Graders

New Rochelle's Assistant Superintendent for Finance John Quinn announced last night that the school district intends to eliminate "yellow bus" transportation for 6th grade students living in New Rochelle but attending private and parochial schools.

New Jersey Schools Superintendent Arrested for "Wrongly Enrolled" Students, Charge with Theft of Educational Services

May 05, 2010 - 17:37

DSC_0599.jpgNew Rochelle residents have for years questioned why New Rochelle did not prosecute adults who participated in schemes to "wrongly enroll" students from outside the City in the New Rochelle public school system. Apparently New Jersey has found a way.

New Jersey Schools Superintendent, Aides Arrested

Plainfield superintendent of schools has been charged with helping the children of two employees illegally enroll in the South Plainfield School District. Steven Gallon was arrested at the Plainfield school board offices Tuesday morning. Angela Kemp, an assistant superintendent in Plainfield, and Lalelei Kelly, a program coordinator in the district, also have been charged.

After years of denying there any "wrongly enrolled" students in New Rochelle, Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak has admitted over the past year that over 250 students have been either removed from the schools or blocked while attempting to wrongly enroll.

Candidates for New Rochelle School Board Address Reform Club and Confederation

May 05, 2010 - 12:56

On Wednesday April 28 three candidates for the New Rochelle School Board addressed the New Rochelle Citizens Reform Club and the New Rochelle Confederation of Neighborhood Associations. Jerome Smith, an incumbent for 15 years told the group he had served as an officer in the Daniel Webster PTA and on the City-wide Council. As a former employee with IBM he has the background to scrutinize the school budget. He said the 94% of our students going to college was an indication of the strength of the education here.

Valerie Orellanna is currently the Co-President of the PTA and has been a single parent since l999. Currently she is the Vice-President of the Halcyon Neighborhood Association. She is an advocate for innovation in education and feels teachers deserve an increase in pay.

The third candidate, Lee Ann Merchant, served as a Trustee on the Library Board for 12 years. She believes in public schools and supports teachers, but she will also hold them accountable.

On May l0 there will be a candidate forum at the New Rochelle Public Library and on May l8 the election will take place.

Why Doesn't School Board Candidate Jerome Smith Take a STAR Exemption on His Declared New Rochelle Residence?

May 05, 2010 - 03:00

DSC_0555.jpgShortly after the passing of the deadline for applications for school board I received a "tip" to look into the residency of Jerome Smith. This source claims that Mr. Smith is only at his house at 37 Watkins Place 2-3 nights a week, that he comes to New Rochelle for business and school board meetings but no longer spends the majority of his time in New Rochelle. Where exactly he goes on those other nights was not made clear but this tip combined with Smith's extremely poor attendance record at Board meeting (the lowest of any board member since 2008) gave a ring of authenticity to this tip.

Jerome Smith has owned the property at 37 Watkins for a long time and no doubt has lived there for the vast majority of the time but the question is whether that property is currently his PRIMARY residence.

Two More Attempted North End Burglaries Round Out Month of April

May 04, 2010 - 18:58

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Earlier this month, Talk of the Sound broke the news that a team of burglars was hitting homes in the North End of New Rochelle. Tony Aiello of WCBS-TV Channel News picked up the story and expanded on our report.

At the time there were 21 burglaries, 4 attempted in the North End of New Rochelle, although NRPD told Tony Aiello that not every incident was the work of the professional gang the police believe are responsible for the burglary spree so WCBS reported 22 total incidents not 25.

To round things out and set up running a monthly count, Talk of the Sound obtained the monthly incident report for burglaries and attempted burglaries in New Rochelle since April 9th, 2010, the last data for which we collected data. As long as this remains an issue, Talk of the Sound will report the monthly data.

Talk of the Sound has been calling on the City of New Rochelle to make more crime data and data mapping information available to residents.

Did Times Square Bombing Suspect Faisal Shahzad Drive Bomb-Laden Nissan Pathfinder Through New Rochelle?

May 04, 2010 - 18:18

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Faisal Shahzad of Connecticut, the man arrested last night in connection with an attempted terror attack in Manhattan, allegedly drove a Nissan Pathfinder equipped with explosives from Bridgeport, CT into Times Square and later attempted to feel the country on a Emirates Air flight to Dubai leaving out of JFK International Airport. Shahzad's most direct route to the target site at Broadway and 45th Street would have been I-95 South through New Rochelle.

Shazad is said to be talking with investigators to determine details of the plot and whether he worked alone or had help.

Former Iona College Coach "Resigns" After DWI Arrest in Long Island

May 04, 2010 - 18:00

DD98744B-5116-4C26-8966-F79174BADCFB.jpgTim Welsh has resigned as Hofstra's men's basketball coach after he was arrested early Friday morning on by Nassau County police in Levittown, NY. Welsh was charged with DWI and immediately suspended by Hofstra.

Welsh was the coach at Iona and Providence but never coached a game for Hofstra after having signed a five-year deal last month worth $3 million.

"The university accepted the resignation in the best interests of the university and of the men's basketball program" said Hofstra spokesman Stephen Gorchov.

Klein Joins Fight Against Water Rate Hike

May 04, 2010 - 14:06

Senator Klein meets with leaders across Westchester County to combat United Water New Rochelle rate increases
NEW YORK, NY- State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) has joined in the fight against proposed United Water New Rochelle (UWNR) rate hikes. Klein met with leaders from Bronxville, Eastchester, Pelham Manor, Village of Pelham and New Rochelle on Thursday, April 29th to discuss how the increases are expected to affect municipalities.

The leaders are part of a newly created consortium representing nine municipalities, seven in the 34th Senate District, that stand in opposition to the increases.

“Westchester residents are already hammered with sky-rocketing property taxes and widespread lay-offs, it is disheartening to see a water company trying to suck more money out of people’s pockets. I strongly urge United Water New Rochelle to reconsider these proposed rate hikes,” said Senator Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester).

In November 2009, UWNR filed a one-year rate case with the Public Service Commission (PSC), seeking a 55% water rate increase to municipalities. The hike would affect residents in New Rochelle, Ardsley, Bronxville, Eastchester, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings-on-Hudson, Pelham, Pelham Manor and Tuckahoe and increase water bills by nearly two-hundred-fifty dollars. UWNR also proposed increasing fire hydrant maintenance rates from $672 to $1,308.