June 2010

New Rochelle Guilty, Federal Jury Awards Whistleblower $181,000 over Allegations of Ticket-Fixing & Drug Dealing at Courthouse

June 30, 2010 - 21:35

strome.jpgThe City of New Rochelle has been ordered to pay $181,000 after a federal jury in New York City handed down a unanimous verdict in favor of Gina Amorosano-Lepore, a former City employee who alleged that City officials conspired to "punitively terminate her employment with a view towards silencing her and exacting retribution" for allegations of corruption, drug dealing, providing favors to known mafia associated and other criminal activity.

Those allegations are spelled out in detail in the complaint filed by Amorosano-Lepore in 2006.

"During the course of the past approximately two years, Plaintiff has repeatedly and non-disruptively expressed her concerns regarding pervasive, systemic corruption in the City Court. In that connection she has reported to the Defendants' and/or to their personal knowledge inter alia:"

a. The theft, with impunity, from the Court of in excess of $3,000 by Coleman and her Court Officer now-fiance,

LIVE ON WVOX AT 10:30 AM: Noam Bramson's Latest Maneuvers to Tear Down New Rochelle Armory

June 30, 2010 - 13:43

I have been asked to be a guest on Mike Scully's radio show on WVOX at 10:30 AM along with Anthony Galletta, a former Co-Chair of the Save Our Armory Committee who played a lead role in pushing back on Mayor Bramson's attempt to pass a home rule bill that would pave the way for the destruction of the New Rochelle Armory.

You can tune at 1460 AM or listen over the internet at

You can call in at 914-636-0110. Speaking for myself, I would especially like to hear from those who support the Mayor's decision to request a home rule bill and might help explain his side of the issue.

If you are not familiar with the issue be sure to read:

Home Rule Armory Bill "Dead for 2010"

Veterans Groups React to Bramson Sneak Attack on New Rochelle Armory , "Shocked" and "Wounded"

TORA! TORA! TORA!: Mayor Launches Pearl Harbor Style Sneak Attack on New Rochelle Armory with Midnight Legislation in Albany

MAJOR TRAFFIC COLLISION ON I-95: Interstate Closed for Hours Due to Police Investigaiton

June 29, 2010 - 21:14

Exit16_Crash-9.jpgThe New England Thruway was closed for hours this afternoon following a multi-car collision on I-95 North near Exit 16 in New Rochelle involving 3 white vans, an SUV and a car. One person was reported in critical condition. Survivors were rushed from the scene in multiple ambulances.




NRHS Low Graduation Rates to be Discussed - July 27th 7PM

June 29, 2010 - 20:25

The graduation rates tell only half of this story. The other half is just how much did the students learn? I highlight our graduation rate because I believe that it is an indicator of our health as a society. For now, my concern is our HS graduation rate in New Rochelle. Note that in NRHS, we have over 3,400 students. Roughly 60% are students of color - that's over 2,000 students. Over the last several years, I have asked questions about our graduation rates here in New Rochelle. I wanted to know what was being done to improve upon these critical numbers. The answers provided were always the same. Nothing new; nothing different. It seemed that no one knew how to address the question from a strategic, short or long term solution perspective. No focus group; no risk taking with different initiatives. Meanwhile, our children languished. Mind you that we are not expecting dramatic improvements, just modest; optimistic improvements and a public recognition that we have a problem AND that we have a plan. Look at these numbers and discuss with your school board.
The Graduation Outcome for 2005 cohort (HS Students who graduated in June 2009 - Note I am only focusing on Black and Hispanic students):

Mixed Martial Arts May be the Key to Saving the New York State Budget

June 29, 2010 - 14:44

With the New York state deficit hitting $8 billion, steps need to be taken in order to right the ship that is the state's budget. Recently New York Gov. David Paterson stated that the projected deficit for the upcoming fiscal year has grown by an additional $750 million. There's no doubting that the Empire State is in dire straits trying to fix their deficit. It is extremely difficult trying to balance a state budget at a time when the country as a whole is going through some of its most difficult economic hurdles in recent history. This forces us to take a fresh look at which programs will continue to receive funding. As a result, the state has been forced to cut, reject, and outright shut down many state programs and projects in order to make some type of movement out of the red and back into the black. Many of these budget cuts (like closing down state parks and cutting funding to public schools) were rampant and have cast an unfavorable light on politicians in Albany in the eyes of many New Yorkers. However, something must be done in order to fight the ailing state economy. As coincidence has it, a good fight might just be the answer to the budget problems.

BREAKING NEWS: Home Rule Armory Bill "Dead for 2010"

June 28, 2010 - 22:30

Japanese Bramson Surrender Missouri.jpgLike Tojo before him, Mayor Bramson's sneak attack on a (former) Naval installation offered the illusion of victory but served instead to galvanize opposition as New Rochelle veterans organized a counteroffensive, returned fire and drove Bramson and his allies from the field.

New Rochelle veterans "accepted" the Mayor's unconditional surrender on the deck of the New Rochelle American Legion Post 8 where Ron Tocci, former New York State Commissioner of Veterans Affairs and co-Chair of the Save Our Armory Committee broke the news to a room packed with veterans and their supporters.

NOTE: this video will be replaced by a more comprehensive report once I have the time to edit the video.

Legislature Passes Oppenheimer Smart Growth Bill

June 28, 2010 - 21:07

Governor Expected to Sign Legislation Which Combats Sprawl and Promotes Environmentally Sound Infrastructure Development

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is pleased to announce passage of her bill, the State Smart Growth and Infrastructure Policy Act (S.5560B/A.8011B), which will combat modern development practices that have contributed to urban and suburban sprawl. The legislation passed both houses of the legislature last week and will now be sent to the Governor for his consideration.

“My bill establishes state smart growth public infrastructure criteria and requires state agencies to review and consider these criteria in making decisions regarding new projects,” noted Senator Oppenheimer. “It ensures that publicly funded construction projects use, maintain or improve existing infrastructure and protect natural resources. New construction projects will also have to adhere to smart growth principles.”

The legislation requires relevant state agencies to establish smart growth advisory committees that would consult with residents, environmental groups and other stakeholders before approving state infrastructure projects.

TALK OF THE SOUND TV: Veterans Groups React to Bramson Sneak Attack on New Rochelle Armory , "Shocked" and "Wounded"

June 28, 2010 - 04:25

Talk of the Sound caught up with leaders of the veterans community in New Rochelle and asked for comment on the news that Mayor Bramson had asked area lawmakers to pass a Home Rule bill in order to tear down the New Rochelle Armory.

Edward R. Murrow is hardly quaking in his boots over the launch of the news Talk of the Sound TV channel on YouTube but we're giving it our best shot with no funds and limited production capabilities. Don't worry, we're not taking ourselves to seriously but thought it might be nice to try and add more video reports like this to the site. Enjoy!

Save Our Armory Committee Calls Emergency Meeting Monday Night

June 27, 2010 - 20:53

In response to the news that Mayor Bramson has sought to orchestrate a legislative Coup d'état by asking local state representatives to slip bills through the New York State legislature at the last minute, the New Rochelle Save Our Armory Committee has called an Emergency Meeting for Monday night with a press conference to follow.

An emergency meeting of the Save Our Armory Committee will be held Monday, June 28th, 7:00PM, at the American Legion Post 8, 112 North Ave, New Rochelle. The discussion will be centered around the latest improper land grab attempt by city hall to destroy the Armory in an effort to repay the Mayors $5,000 debt to Forest City and the Ratner family.

Details here.

Proving Senator Klein's Two Faces - or- Did He Take $5,000 From Forest City Like Bramson Did?

June 27, 2010 - 15:07

What would make a Senator, who previously fully supported the restoration and re-use of the Armory, suddenly take part in a backhanded, rush through, get it done before the public finds out, type of legislation? Pro Armory one minute, tear it down the next. Even Forest City has admitted the Armory can be utilized as Echo Bay is developed. Senator Klein, it is my opinion that you have become spineless in your ability to be a leader, no longer deserving of the peoples trust. The voting booth will show that loss of trust. Cowardly and backhandedly, you chose to turn on you constituents who have previously supported you. Are you taking campaign money from Forest City or the Ratners like Mayor Bramson did What price was it worth to sell out the trust of the people? Stop it Senator and act like an adult, Senator and citizen. You haven't had one single discussion about the merits of saving the Armory, so how could you possibly make an informed decision, unless of course, you are being co-opted by money or undue influence. Goodbye Senator, your carreer is over. You want proof of the 2 faces? Here you go.