June 2010

In Case You Missed It: Recent New Rochelle News Items of Note

June 03, 2010 - 19:36

Women carjacked New Rochelle cab, police say

A 20-year-old city woman was arrested and police were searching for two others in connection with the carjacking of a cab.

Police: Man threatened with piece of wood in parking lot dispute

A Massachusetts man was arrested after threatening a 57-year-old Tarrytown man with a piece of wood in parking lot dispute.

Murder Suspect To Be Extradited Back To Steubenville

A man accused of shooting and killing another man in broad daylight will be extradited back to Steubenville, officials said.
Rasool Hassan Williams, 32, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Charles King Jr.
Last week, authorities arrested Williams on a warrant in his hometown of New Rochelle, N.Y. Police said Williams waived his extradition and will be transported to Steubenville on Tuesday.

Former Ranger Gives New Rochelle Youth Hockey Players Some Tips

June 03, 2010 - 14:12

New Ro Hockey Esposito

Former New York Rangers player Phil Esposito paid a visit to some New Rochelle Youth Hockey members last month.

New Rochelle hockey mom Alysa Vasapolli submitted the following press release and these photos of the practice.

The New Rochelle Youth Hockey program were the lucky recipients of a visit by hockey Hall-of-Famer, Phil Esposito, Sunday, April 25th, 2010 at the Rye Playland Ice Casino's Studio Rink. This once-in-a-lifetime experience was donated to the program by one of the volunteer coaches, whose place of employment won the event in a charity auction.

From the moment Mr. Esposito entered the building, he was all smiles. It is no surprise why this man has had such a successful career on and off the ice. He has charisma; is passionate about the sport of hockey, the players, and most importantly, the next generation of players: our children.

New Rochelle Woman Busted Selling Ecstasy in Hampton Bays Nightclub, 22 Arrests Made

June 03, 2010 - 13:23

The South Hampton Press is reporting:

Victoria Fogal, 22, of New Rochelle, was charged with selling ecstasy inside the establishment. She was charged with fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felonies, according to police....A team of undercover officers spent the weekend trying to buy drugs at the club, Sgt. Kiernan said. While Ms. Fogal was the only suspect to actually sell a controlled substance to an undercover officer, authorities observed the rest of the suspects using drugs outside the club, Sgt. Kiernan said.

The Journal News reported yesterday that a woman of the same name, Victoria Fogal, was among the students receiving their diploma at the Westchester Community Graduation held its graduation ceremonies May 20.

In an unrelated story, Nikke Barnes, 33, of New Rochelle was charged with DWI and charges related to reckless driving over the Memorial Day weekend.

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Food for Thought on Deflation: With Prices Dropping Worldwide Since 2008 Why Are Public Employee Unions Still Getting Raises?

June 02, 2010 - 21:41

wheelbarrow of cash.jpegPublic unions have gotten so used to clamoring for pay increases to keep up with inflation that when faced with an economy with little or no inflation they know nothing better but to keep making the same argument even as the greater danger in today's market is moving into a deflationary period which, as any one who has studied the Weimar Republic in post-WWI Germany can tell you, is a very dangerous economic situation in which civil order breaks down and maniacs like Adolph Hitler can be elected as dictators.

I am not suggesting deflation is imminent but the notion that public union workers needs raises when private sector employees are losing their jobs, having their hours scaled back or facing pay reductions is absurd. That they are making such demands in the face of state and local governments at the point of insolvency risks permanently discrediting the union movement and the workers they represent.

The biggest source of public sector funding in New Rochelle goes to F.U.S.E., the teachers union. While claiming to have negotiated a new contract last year, in fact, the "contract' was yet another extension of the existing contract which was to expire several years ago.

Food For Though on State & Local Government Finances: Union Pensions Destroying New York -- “the state is functionally bankrupt"

June 02, 2010 - 21:12

There is no way around it. Weak-willed, money-grubbing politicians, desperate for the money and foot-soldiers unions bring to campaigns have conspired with the leaders of public employee unions to bring the State of New York to its knees -- and things are projected to get worse next year.

CNBC/Reuters: NY Nearly Goes Broke Again, Delays Paying Bills

New York state delayed paying $2.5 billion of bills as a short-term way of staying solvent but its cash crunch could get even worse in August and September, Budget Director Robert Megna said on Tuesday. "Had we not done that, I think we would have been close to broke," Megna told reporters in Albany. This is the third time since December the cash-poor state has withheld funds.This time, the state's general fund, which counts everything but federal aid and some specific revenues, ran in the red by about $500 million to $600 million, Megna told reporters. The state was able, however, to borrow from other funds, including the short-term investment fund. About $1.5 billion of the withheld funds must be paid to schools in June.

Food for Thought on Bramson's Crackpot GreenR Plan

June 02, 2010 - 20:30

GreeNR-Large.jpgTo hear the Mayor and his fellow leftist-greens tell it, Anthropomorphic Global Warming is settled science and any expression of doubt that the end of the world may soon be upon us is tantamount to asserting the world if flat (which it is if you believe Tom Friedman). The true believers -- exactly the sort of people Noam Bramsom stacked onto his GreenR boards -- demand we trade in our SUVs for hybrid-electric Go-Karts, bulldoze our wasteful and inefficient single-family homes, and reduce our carbon footprint by moving into Soviet-style high-rise buildings which will offer us centrally controlled thermostats (set to 64 degrees in the winter) and reduced water pressure (so we can have a trickled of water for a shower).

The only problem being that there is no consensus among scientists - over 31,000 have signed a petition to that effect.

Times of London: Rebel scientists force Royal Society to accept climate change scepticism

Greg Varian Hits the Campaign Trail

June 02, 2010 - 17:37

Greg Varian Campaigning.jpgWith just a few weeks until the Special Election on June 22nd, called to fill the seat vacated by Vito Pinto, Democratic candidate Greg Varian was on the hustings over the Memorial Day weekend. Talk of the Sound encountered Varian in front of the bagel shop at the Quaker Ridge shopping center (above).

Varian's web site is located here. He is looking for volunteer support here.

Does New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson Have an "Anger Management" Problem?

June 02, 2010 - 17:25

Two Noams.jpgHaving never dealt with New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson privately, I know nothing of how he behaves with people out of the public eye but from what I see I would describe Bramson as "smarmy" -- a man who speaks in vague platitudes, does not express his own opinion, smiles constantly but does not appear to exhibit genuine emotion, and who does his best to take both sides of any point before him while never making a public commitment to any one position.

So I am not sure what to make of this comment by former school board member Martin Sanchez, of the few Latinos elected to any sort of office in the history of New Rochelle.

[Noam] called me on the phone and went into a tirade, full of expletives...He used foul language and insulted me unlike anyone ever had. The point is that if you speak out and Noam doesn't like it, he will try to stifle you, specially if you are an elected official...

Can this be true? Was this an exception or does our Mayor regularly engage in expletive-filled tirades?