June 2010

Independence Party Endorses Bob Cohen for NYS Senate

June 19, 2010 - 23:08

NEWS from The Westchester Independence Party

White Plains, N.Y. - Dr. Giulio Cavallo, Chairman of the Westchester Independence Party County Committee, announced the Party has endorsed Bob Cohen as their candidate for 37th State Senate District. The 37th Senate District covers large parts of Westchester County including Harrison, Mamaroneck, New Castle, New Rochelle, North Castle, Ossining, Rye City, Rye Town, Scarsdale and White Plains.

Cohen will take on incumbent Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer (D), a 26-year member of the legislature who is seeking her 14th term.

Cohen, who is also an attorney, runs a real estate and construction company in Manhattan. He has been a volunteer firefighter in Scarsdale for 17 years and is currently a member of the non-partisan Town and Village Civic Club Education Forum.

Cohen is running to bring real reform to Albany and real change to Westchester. His plan includes:

• Enact a spending cap and lower taxes
• Establish term limits and non-partisan redistricting
• Restore the STAR property tax rebate checks
• Repeal the MTA payroll tax

More biographical information is available on his campaign website:

2010 elections will be held on Tuesday, November 2nd. For more information about the Westchester County Independence Party or to volunteer for our candidates, Contact: Pat Lagana 914-447-0303

“Assets do not belong to those who have accrued them…” Says Dr. Joyce Kent GreeNR Project

June 19, 2010 - 07:12

June 16, 2010, Members of the GreeNR Sustainability Plan sat on a panel hosted by the Confederation of Neighborhood Associations at the American Legion Post on North Avenue.

Panelists: Dr. Herbert Fox, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, NYIT, Michael Deane, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Turner Construction Corp., Dr. Joyce Kent, Chair, Science Department, New Rochelle High School, and Richard St. Paul, New Rochelle City Councilman, District 4. Louis Trangucci, New Rochelle City Councilman, District 1 was unable to attend.

List of taxes paid by Americans......Are you still under their spell?

June 19, 2010 - 01:45

List of taxes paid by Americans
1. Accounts Receivable Tax
2. Accounting and Tax Preparation (cost to taxpayers $300 billion)
3. Accumulated Earnings Tax
4. Accumulation Distribution of Trusts
5. Activity Fee (Dumping Permit Fee)
6 . Air Tax (PA coin-operated vacuums)
7. Aircraft Jet Fuel Tax
8. Aircraft Excise Tax
9 . Alcohol Fuels Tax
10. Alcoholic Beverage Tax
11. Alternative Minimum Tax – Amt
12. Ambulance Services (Air Ambulance Services, SD)
13. Ammunition Tax
14. Amusement Tax (MA, VA, MD)
15. Animal Slaughter Tax (WI, others, Per Animal)
16. Annual Custodial Fees (Ira Accounts)
17. Ballast Water Management Fee (Marine Invasive Species)
18. Biodiesel Fuel Tax
19. Blueberry Tax (Maine)
20. Bribe Taxes (Pay If You Dare)
21. Brothel licensing fees
22. Building Permit Tax
23. Capital Gains Tax
24. California Interstate User Diesel Fuel Tax
25. California Redemption Value (Can and Bottle Tax)
26. CDL License Tax
27. Charter Boat Captain License
28. Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Fee
29. Cigarette Tax
30. Cigarette Tax Stamp (Acts) (Distributors)
31. Compressed Natural Gas Tax
32. Commercial Activity Tax (OH – for Service Providers)
33. Corporate Income Tax
34. Court Fines (Indirect Taxes)
35. County Property Tax
36. Disposable Diapers Tax (Wisconsin)

BREAKING NEWS: Capelli and EPT Settle All Claims

June 18, 2010 - 22:45

Louis Capelli.jpgEntertainment Properties Trust just released the following statement (below) which, as it bears on New Rochelle, says that Capelli and EPT did a swap where Capelli gets City Center in White Plains and EPT gets New Roc City and every one agrees to make nice with everyone else.

Missing is the retraction Capelli had demanded last week but all in all this is good news and good news for New Rochelle as it clears the area both over a key parcel in the City and frees up Capelli to focus on other things like finding retail tenants for Trump Tower.


Kansas City, MO. June 18, 2010 — Entertainment Properties Trust (NYSE:EPR) and Louis R. Cappelli today announced that they have closed a series of transactions that significantly restructure EPR's investments with Mr. Cappelli and settles all outstanding claims between the parties.

In general, the material terms of the restructuring include:

Those in the political “ruling” class have become architects of deceit.

June 18, 2010 - 20:43

Those in the political “ruling” class have become architects of deceit. We have become Taxslaves! It is time to get off the couch and rebel against the tax terrorists.

Social programs waste taxpayer dollars. The earned income of the working class has become the fuel for laziness and dependence. Government handouts are only meant to bridge the gap for a small percentage of legal Americans that are have been hit by hard times. Public assistance is only meant to assist them until they get back on their feet. The purpose is to bridge the gaps, not to encourage a lifestyle of dependence.
The system has been abused by too many people over long periods of time. It breaks my heart to watch so many people become enslaved by Big Government.
This is a waste of potential as much as it is a waste of our tax dollars.

Welfare has done more damage to the people of our country than any external threat has ever done.

Americans should never take assistance from the government unless it means the difference between life and death. If you depend on government for your needs I suggest that you get off the assistance as fast as you can. It is our duty as Americans and as free men to reject that kind of dependent, unacceptable lifestyle.

Talk of the Sound Housekeeping Items

June 18, 2010 - 19:47

There are always new gadgets, services, modules, and code to add features to a web site and as some folks have noticed I am endlessly testing and tinkering and sometimes abandoning different ways to serve up and share news and information about New Rochelle.

One of the hottest new "toys" is a Facebook "Like" button which has, according to Facebook, is very popular among Facebook users who use it to share on Facebook web pages (including blog posts) they find interesting. I just added that today and will see of folks like it.

This is in addition to the "share" button at the bottom of each full post where you can not only share on Facebook but Google Buzz, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Digg and much more. It is not only a good way to share with your friends but it is sort of like "voting" that you like a particular story which appeared on Talk of the Sound. We currently measure (and display to logged in users) how many "reads" a particular story had had; this will sort of be like that for people who are logged into Facebook. You will also see the "faces" of people who "like" a Talk of the Sound story. I think it is kind of cool and I am looking forward to seeing how it works out.

As was mentioned before, we have begun to use "categories" or "tags" in a more formal way. They are now fixed and selecting at least one is required for each post.

Journal News Provides Alternative Take on City Council MOU Vote

June 18, 2010 - 16:48

Louis Capelli.jpgNot sure what meeting Hannan Adley was watching but she has a report in the Journal News on the New Rochelle City Council meeting earlier this week that paints a very Capelli-friendly picture of the outcome.

If you watch the video it is hard to see how Adley concludes that the vote was some sort of endorsement of Capelli and the LeCount Square project yet that is how it is presented. What Talk of the Sound saw was Barry Fertel calling Capelli a "highly litigious" person and his concern that Capelli will sue the City, Sussman is talking about the project in the past tense and the Mayor is clearly expressing his sorrow over a vote that effectively marks the end of a deal to which he staked his personal reputation. Not one council member voting for the resolution expressed any hope that Capelli would be able to buy the New Rochelle Post Office, a key provision of the deal.

Perhaps she will claim otherwise but it sure sounds like her primary (if not sole) source for her report was Joe Apicella who is the only person quoted in the piece.

SHOCKER: Journal News Endorses Varian for Westchester County Legislator; Calls Marcotte's VIews "Troubling"

June 18, 2010 - 12:41

Journal News:

Greg Varian.jpgOn Greg Varian....

We endorse Varian, a lawyer from New Rochelle, because of his smarter approach to finding savings — one that properly recognizes that the county can be a catalyst for reducing overall government costs, including by assuming some chores performed by various local governments.

Sheila Marcotte.jpgOn Sheila Marcotte...

Marcotte, a Republican who serves on the Eastchester Town Board, has a long list of public service. She has been on the town board seven years and has also served as Village of Tuckahoe trustee, planning commissioner and library trustee. These pages have endorsed her in the past, noting her tremendous energy and commitment to local government. But while Marcotte has the edge in terms of government experience, she advocated some positions we found troubling.

Truck 54 Where Are You? BramsonMobile Going Back to Long Island for Repairs

June 17, 2010 - 22:26

hybridtruck.jpgThe BramsonMobile, the Mayor's "Green" Garbage Truck, is headed back to ElectroMotive Designs (EMD) in Long Island for servicing, sources say. The truck is in need of repair due to a broken blade in the hopper and will undergo a brake inspection.

These same sources say the truck has become so unreliable that it can no longer be operated with the electrical system engaged making the truck nothing more than a very expensive regular diesel engine truck. Photos obtained by Talk of the Sound (above) show the truck "in line" with no electrical lines running to the truck.

Council members Stowe and St. Paul asked questions about the truck at the recent City Council meeting (6 minute video below). Asked to give a figure for the cost to convert the vehicle, Chuck Strome and his staff become bit tongue-tied and fail to answer. At one point, Strome ventures to provide a figure "a hundred..." (as in a hundred-something thousand and then backs off.