June 2010

New Rochelle City Council Goes Dark as Louis Capelli Arrives at City Hall to Beg for 14th Amendment to LeCount Square M.O.U.

June 08, 2010 - 20:10

CityCouncilExecSession.jpgThe New Rochelle City Council made a surprise move this afternoon going into immediate Executive Session with Louis Capelli and representatives of Capelli Enterprises "as a matter of real estate". What makes the move so unusual is that neither Louis Capelli or Capelli Enterprisesown or control any real estate owned by the City of New Rochelle, raising serious questions as to whether the meeting is legal under the New York State Open Meeting Law.

§105. Conduct of executive sessions.
1. Upon a majority vote of its total membership, taken in an open meeting pursuant to a motion identifying the general area or areas of the subject or subjects to be considered, a public body may conduct an executive session for the below enumerated purposes only, provided, however, that no action by formal vote shall be taken to appropriate public moneys:
a. matters which will imperil the public safety if disclosed;
b. any matter which may disclose the identity of a law enforcement agent or informer;

Assemblywoman Amy Paulin's Anti-Spoofing Bill Passes Assembly

June 08, 2010 - 18:35


Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (Scarsdale, Eastchester, Tuckahoe, Bronxville, Pelham, Pelham Manor, and parts of New Rochelle and White Plains) introduced legislation against telemarketers that "spoof," or alter the number that appears on a person's Caller ID. The proposal has passed the Assembly and will now move on to the state senate.

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

Assemblywoman Amy Paulin’s legislation to ban telephone ‘spoofing’ has passed the Assembly. The legislation (A9390) would outlaw ‘spoofing,’ a practice where telemarketers and others seek to mask their true identity by altering the number that appears on a person’s Caller ID.

The ban will protect residents from deception, harassment and possible fraud over the phone lines.

Some telemarketing firms have used ‘spoofing’ to get users to pick up the phone, because the call seems to be a personal call from a local area code, rather than an 800 number.

Paine to Pain Trail Race: Registration Well Ahead of Last Year

June 08, 2010 - 18:15

The Paine to Pain 1/2 Marathon Trail Race -- starting at the Thomas Paine Cottage and ending at New Rochelle High School -- is registering participants at double the pace of last year.

The annual event uses a new trail system that takes runners up through Mamaroneck along the Leatherstocking Trail, winds its way through Saxon Woods and comes back down along the Hutchinson River Trail, Twin Lakes and Nature Study Woods. A detailed map of the race track can be found at the web site.

The race, in just its third year, has been registering runners at a pace that should easily eclipse the 191 runners that crossed the finish line in 2009. Participants came in from throughout the New York metropolitan area for the event.

This year's race will be run October 3rd, starting with a gunshot from a colonial musket at 9 am.

Reviews from last year's race can be found at the Paine to Pain blog.

A a full description of the event, as well as sponsorship opportunities, can also be found at the race's website along with registration information.

This is the longest trail race in Westchester County, and a unique event in the metropolitan area due to the nature of the course, as it winds its way through so many different communities in the Sound Shore area.

Soap Box Derby 2010 - Photos from the hill

June 08, 2010 - 17:08

It felt like 100 degrees and I have a new appreciation for firemen tattoos. Here is a fun animation from the 2010 Soap Box Derby that took place on Sunday, June 6th on Quaker Ridge Road.

Here is a photo slideshow from the day -

Here are some fun facts:

* The big winner of the day was a 6th grade GIRL from Isaac Young. Girl Power! She gets to compete in Akron, Ohio in July. The event covers part of the travel expenses.

* The brakes of the cars are "Flintstone technology". If you look at the photos you will see that it is a 5" square that gets dragged along the ground to stop the car. At the bottom of the hill, if the brakes don't work, the firemen throw a traffic cone under the car.

* The race is very official, complete with an expert from Akron, Ohio to do the timings. She was a volunteer, too.

* All the cars are weighed in. It has to be 200 lbs for the "Stock" and 230 for the "super stock". This includes the weight of the child. Gym weights are put into the vehicles to make up the difference. They are on metal rods with butterfly nuts. Check out the photo of the old scale, plus the digital scale on top of it in the slide show.

Republicans Nominate Cynthia Lobo for New Rochelle City Court Judge

June 08, 2010 - 16:05

Last night, the Republican Party of New Rochelle nominated Cynthia Lobo as their candidate for New Rochelle City Court Judge.

Lobo has been for years a registered Democrat and had sought the Democratic domination earlier this year.

Mayor Noam Bramson wanted Susan Kettner as the candidate. Bramson sought to require Democrats to take a pledge not to mount a primary fight or run on another party line as a condition of being considered as the Democratic candidate. Lobo declined to take that pledge and instead sought the Republican nomination.

Lobo was the only New Rochelle resident to seek the nomination for City judge.

Cynthia Lobo thanked the Republican City Committee for the vote last night and added that she was the first "first bilingual Hispanic woman" to be nominated for a position as Judge for New Rochelle Court and to serve in the position.

She is registered as a Republican.. She is a member of many professional associations such as the New Rochelle Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Hispanic Bar Association.

Non-Resident Student Tweets from "30 Bus" Heading from Yonkers towards New Rochelle High School

June 07, 2010 - 22:20

Jamal2.jpgJamal, a Yonkers resident, who also goes by the name "Buggz", tweeted enroute from Yonkers to New Rochelle High School earlier today to complain that the school were he lives was almost finished for the year but that his school, New Rochelle High School, still has more days of school before the year is over.

It should not be terribly difficult for school officials to find Jamal is they want to find him. His Twitter account Jamal_LTL links to his blog with his photo. A review of Jamal's tweets over the past few months shows that he is taking Art, Spanish, Science and Global History. He carries a Blackberry phone, is in the Big Brothers program (his "Big Brother" is Brian Williams of the University of Tennessee basketball team

Jamal spends a fair amount of time tweeting from the "30 Bus" which refers to Route 30 of the BeeLine Bus system which runs Yonkers-Bronxville-New Rochelle/New Rochelle - Bronxville- Yonkers.

With Break -Even Point Nowhere in Sight, Report on New Rochelle's Green Garbage Truck Raises Doubts About Bramson Plan

June 07, 2010 - 22:05

hybridtruck1.jpgIt was supposed to demonstrate that the Mayor could have his cake and eat it too -- that converting a garbage truck to hybrid-electric use could reduce emissions, increase fuel efficiency and save the City money. Reality has intruded on Noam Bramson's Green Fantasy with taxpayers, as usual, footing the bill for another failed experiment by Boy Blunder.

A DPW vendor report, submitted to the City of New Rochelle last week, raises serious questions about many of the "Return on Investment" claims behind the Mayor's GreeNR sustainability plan without demonstrating the slightest reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The report filed by ElectroMotive Designs (EMD) per the terms of their contract with the City, was made to evaluate the performance of the City's first "Green" Refuse Truck which was put into service last summer.

The City of New Rochelle web site still claims:

The benefits of a plug-in operation include significant fuel savings and a 50% reduction in emissions of particulates and hydrocarbons. Additionally, the vehicle will run more quietly and require less maintenance.

Karate Kid Movie & Martial Arts Exhibitions at Regal [email protected] Roc City This Weekend

June 07, 2010 - 17:16


The folks over at Regal Cinemas at New Roc City have a full schedule events tied to the release of the new Karate Kid movie. Check it out.

Karate Kid Events Schedule

Friday June 11th

6:00 PM @Regal Cinemas Karate Demo
7:00 PM See the Karate Kid Movie

Saturday June 12th

10:00 AM Women's Fitness Kickboxing
12:00 PM Lil' Dragons Class Ages 4-7
1:00 PM Youth Martial Arts Class Ages 8+
2:00 PM XMA and Individual Karate Demos
3:00 PM "Battle with The Jester" Tricking

Also, Face Painting, Balloons, Family, Food, Fund and Martial Arts

See complete Talk of the Sound events calendar.