June 2010

Working Class Gets No Respect; Isaac Young Parents Forced to Take Day Off to Attend Graduation

June 02, 2010 - 11:53

For many years I, as well as many other parents from Isaac Young Middle School, have requested and demanded that the graduation ceremony for the 8th grade be moved to a comparable time slot just like Albert Leonard School's graduation. You see, the IYMS graduation is always at 9AM in the middled of the week. The Albert Leonard graduation is at 5PM; the NRHS graduation is at 5PM.
While a Board member, I requested that the district look at the possibility of alternating times or changing them. They always said they would get back to me. It's been a couple of years and Dr. Massimo has not gotten back to me. There was supposed to be polling done by the IYMS principal, but who knows if that ever happened. No letter was ever sent out to the parents. Just like the letter never went out apologizing for having two separate grading policies at our middle schools.

Bramson Requires City Judge Nominees to Take Unusual Pledge -- No Primary Challenge or Alternative Nominiations

June 01, 2010 - 19:57

Mayor.gifNoam Bramson, concerned that a Democratic candidate for City Judge might create problems for the chosen candidate successfully sought to require each candidate to take a pledge before any decision was made that they would not mount a Democratic primary challenge and would decline the nomination of any other political party in the November general election. In effect, Bramson sought to curtail the candidates rights under election law and to dictate a position to the Democratic Committee while claiming the opposite.

It is generally frowned upon by New York State's judicial ethics board for judicial candidates to take any sort of "pledge" and certain types of pledges are specifically banned. The Judicial Campaign Ethics Handbook does not speak directly to the issue in New Rochelle but does offer numerous rulings which stress the requirement for judges and judicial candidates to avoid making pledges.

Assemblywoman Amy Paulin Introduces Anti-Bullying Legislation

June 01, 2010 - 19:10


Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (Scarsdale, Eastchester, Tuckahoe, Bronxville, Pelham, Pelham Manor, and parts of New Rochelle and White Plains) has introduced legislation that would fight against bullying in schools.

Her communications director sent out a press release, which reads as follows:

Assemblywoman Amy Paulin announced today the introduction of a comprehensive bill in the Assembly that will combat bullying in schools. Dubbed the "Anti-Bullying Act,” the bill defines bullying for schools to use in their codes of conduct.

The bill requires that school administrators report instances of bullying. The bill also creates the crime of aggravated harassment of teachers and school personnel and requires that students are education about the effects of bullying.

“Kids do better in school when they don’t have to worry about being bullied,” said Assemblywoman Paulin, “Requiring that the every school specifically identify and prohibit bullying will make schools safer for our children,” she said.

New Rochelle Girl Scouts Visit State Capitol

June 01, 2010 - 18:56

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Assemblyman George Latimer (Larchmont, Mamaroneck Town, Mamaroneck Village, New Rochelle, Port Chester, Rye Brook, Rye City, Rye Town) taught some Girl Scouts from Thonton-Donovan a thing or two about the state government.

Latimer sent out this photo and a caption, which reads as follows:

Assemblyman George Latimer played host to a delegation of Girl Scouts from the Thornton-Donovan School in New Rochelle on a visit to the State Capitol in Albany during May. Latimer introduced the girls and their adult supervisors, including Constance Levi of Larchmont, during the Assembly Session. Unfortunately, no Girl Scout Cookies were involved -- Latimer is still on a strict diet.

New Rochelle Garbage Collection Moves to Summer Schedule

June 01, 2010 - 16:30

Jeff Coleman of DPW made the following announcement over the weekend:

This is the Department of Public Works with an important reminder regarding garbage and recycling collection. Beginning on Tuesday, and extending through Labor Day, all garbage and recycling must be placed curbside by 6:00 a.m., an hour earlier than usual. Also, due to the Memorial Day Holiday, there will be no garbage collection on Monday, May 31st. For the remainder of the week, garbage and recycling will be collected on a holiday schedule. Please refer to your public works information brochure for additional information or call the information hotline at 235-3593. Thank for your cooperation.

Listen the Reverse 911 Call here.

New Rochelle School District Officials Deny Knowledge of Illicit Regents Exam Answer Sheet Despite Clear Evidence to Contrary

June 01, 2010 - 15:06

conetta-kent2.jpgAn investigator appointed by the Assistant Commissioner of the New York State Department of Education has concluded that he is unable to make a determination of wrongdoing by New Rochelle school teachers and administrators after school official denied any knowledge of the document at the heart of the investigation -- a "second" version of an exam answer sheet that had led the SED to launch the investigation this past February.

To read the entire cover letter, click on the excerpt below:

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Knickerbocker Press Building to Host Art Show

June 01, 2010 - 11:12


Reverol & Co., LLC will be hosting the annual Knickerbocker Art Show this month. The event will be held at the Knickerbocker Lofts (52 Webster Ave.), and will be open to the public Saturday, June 19 11am to 7pm; Sunday, June 20, 11am to 6pm; and Monday, June 21 Noon to 5pm.

The group sent out a press release, which reads as follows:

This June, the historic Knickerbocker Press Building will once again become a sanctuary for contemporary Art. From June 19th through the 21st, Reverol & Co., LLC is pleased to announce The Knickerbocker Art Show 2010.

Utilizing more than eight thousand square feet of dazzling display space, the show will put contemporary art to the fore in New Rochelle. The exhibition includes works that move between sculpture, painting, video, installation, and all space in between. This magnificent group of contemporary artists, work at the boundaries of abstraction and modes of representation to design bodies of work that are both equally familiar and disconcerting.