June 2010

Danny Grosso, “Mr. Boys Club” dies at the age of 95

June 14, 2010 - 15:39

Danny Grosso better known as Mr. Boys Club or “the Pope” to family and close friends passed away at the age of 95. Danny was a retired railroad worker who devoted his energies to raising his family, supporting St. Joseph’s Church and was a tireless fixture at the Feeney Park Boys Club. Danny is one of dying breed of volunteers who dedicate their lives to helping our youth long after their children matured. My fondest memory of Danny is as emcee of the annual Feeney Park Roller Skating Shows; Dan was always decked out in his plaid jacket, burgundy trousers and white shoes. Dan would always open the show with a; why did the chicken………. joke. As a team Dan and his wife, Grace, raised two boys, Dan Jr. and Dom Grosso, in the west end of New Rochelle. In this age of townies and heroes Dan stands heads above as the quintessential quiet volunteer who never got involved in the petty politics but rather took action to solve problems and serve as a role model for all who knew him. To say Danny will be sorely missed is a gross understatement.

Arrangements are being handled by Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel Inc., 16 Shea Pl., New Rochelle, NY 10801. Visiting hours are Tuesday 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM.

God bless Danny and the Grosso family!

New York State Committee on Open Government Raises Doubts About Validity of New Rochelle City Council Executive Session for Cape

June 14, 2010 - 15:19

Robert Freeman NYS Open Government.jpgIn an advisory opinion sought by the Talk of the Sound and published on June 10, 2010, the New York State Committee on Open Government has informed the City Council of New Rochelle that the given reason for going into executive session is not valid.

NYS Committee on Open Government Opinion 2010-O610 (New Rochelle Capelli)

Robert J. Freeman, Executive Director of the New York State Committee on Open Government writes:

...the Open Meetings Law is based on a presumption of openness, and meetings of public bodies must be conducted open to the public, except to the extent that an executive session may properly be conducted in accordance with paragraphs (a) through (h) of§ 105(1). Consequently,
a public body, such as a city council, cannot enter into an executive session to discuss the subject of its choice.

Freeman continues:

Chamber of Commerce of New Rochelle Announces New Board Members, Installation Ceremony June 24 at Five Islands Park

June 14, 2010 - 13:59

New Rochelle, NY - The Chamber of Commerce of New Rochelle announced that the following members have been appointed to the executive board of the Chamber effective July 1, 2010.

  • Cynthia Lobo, Esq., of Lobo Law Offices, is the incoming board president.
  • Rosemary McLaughlin, of Signature Bank, will be the executive vice president.
  • Vincent Fasano, of George T. Davis, Inc., is the incoming treasurer.
  • Lou DiMeglio, of The Fire Department of New Rochelle, is the incoming secretary.
  • Jeffrey Krause, of the YMCA, is the incoming vice president of finance.
  • William Cooper Colwell, of H.E. Colwell & Sons, is the incoming vice president of commerce & industry.
  • Deborah Mustich, of The Ad Mart Group, is the incoming vice president of retail services.

The Chamber is a voluntary, multifaceted organization composed of business firms, professional men and women and public-spirited citizens. The Chamber’s primary concerns are publicizing and developing commercial and industrial opportunities, seeing to the needs of its membership and promoting the City of New Rochelle. The Chamber of Commerce of New Rochelle will work to enhance the business climate of New Rochelle and provide services to the businesses in the city and the community.

The City Council will meet Tuesday, J...

June 14, 2010 - 03:09

The City Council will meet Tuesday, June 15 at 7:00 p.m.

The agenda for the meeting can be found here:


Agenda items:
1. Discussion on GreeNR Sustainability plan requested by Mayor Bramson.
2. Iona College request for City Council to take lead agency for a proposed dormitory.
3. Proposed amendment to televise Industrial Development Agency and Zoning and Planning Board meetings.
4. Vote on memorandum of understanding for LeCount Square, 14th renewal of Louis Cappelli.

New Rochelle Republicans Choose Bilin...

June 14, 2010 - 02:33
New Rochelle Republicans Choose Bilingual Hispanic Woman for City Judge Candidate 
     Calling Cynthia Lobo a "tireless worker" and the best qualified person for the New Rochelle City Court, RoseMary McLaughlin, Secretary of the New Rochelle Republican City Committee, nominated her for the City Judge position.  This was followed by a seconding of the nomination by Mickey Boyle who emphasized that Lobo's criminal law background surpasses other candidates skills. He added, this was the "type of individual we would want in this diverse city."  No other nominations were made and Ms.

Confederation of Neighborhood Associa...

June 13, 2010 - 23:49


Confederation of Neighborhood Associations Meeting Agenda for June 16 Meeting

7:30 p.m. - 7:45: p.m. Announcements, previous issues, e.g., water pressure, Iona dormitory

7:45 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. Panel Discussion on the GreeNR Sustainability Plan  
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, Louis Trangucci, New Rochelle City Councilman, District 1, and Richard St. Paul, New Rochelle City Councilman, District 4.

8:45 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. Q&A on the GreeNR Sustainability Plan

9:15 p.m. -9:30 p.m. New Neighborhood issues
The meeting will be held at the American Legion, 112 North Avenue at 7:30 p.m. Parking is available in the Legion lot or across the street in the Mormon church lot.

JN: Retired or Working, Part-Time City Council Members, Family and Spouses Get Free, Full-Time Taxpayer-Funded Health Insurance

June 13, 2010 - 16:22

Pigs Trough.jpgHannan Adley of the Journal News has published a brilliant story: In New Rochelle, five years in office gets health insurance in retirement. This is now the second time this year that the Journal News has scored with an article based on a FOIL request (the other was the security camera issue at the New Rochelle Public Library).

According to the article, no one seems to know when Joe Fosina, Fran Judge, Ruth Kitchen, Chris Selin, and Beuenia Brown are receiving taxpayer-funded health insurance. Kathy Gilwit is quoted saying "This practice had been in effect as long as anyone can remember until amended in 1998 to require an 18 percent contribution". Really? NO ONE KNOWS? I'll bet a nickel Len Paduano knows. I'll bet people who changed the practice to require that 18% contribution know. And I have little doubt that Joe Fosina, Fran Judge, Ruth Kitchen, Chris Selin, and Beuenia Brown know. That they are not quoted in the article speaks volumes.

Fosina, Judge, Kitchen and Selin paid nothing into the plan, Brown pays the 18% contribution. The insurance for the five costs $28,166 a year.

Feast of St. Anthony Lights Up West End of New Rochelle All Weekend Long

June 13, 2010 - 00:34

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The Feast of St. Anthony is in full swing this weekend at St. Joseph's Church across the street from the Columbus Elementary School on Washington Avenue. If you have not been before, this annual event is a wonderful community event for all ages which runs tonight until 11 PM and tomorrow until 10 PM.

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The main event is a procession on Sunday after 5 PM mass, in which a statue of St. Anthony is carried through the streets of the West End; it is followed by devotees. Throughout the procession numerous donations are pinned to the statue, in hopes that the saint will answer the donor's prayer.

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