June 2010

County District 10 Election Results: Marcotte Wins, Varian Vows "I'll Be Back"

June 23, 2010 - 05:14

Varian Concession Speech.jpgI am at Varian headquarters in New Rochelle (Spectators). The polls have closed and a crowd has begun to gather. The only pols here so far are County Clerk Tim Idoni, Mayor Noam Bramson and Councilman Barry Fertel.

UPDATE: County Board of Legislators Majority Leader Ken Jenkins has arrived.

UPDATE: Greg Varian arrived at 9:53 Pm to mournful hugs. Not a good sign.

News12 holding their call to 10 PM but we will call it here. Marcotte has won.

UPDATE: Idoni introduces Varian who then makes a nice speech ending with a Terminator impression, "I'll be back".image592451503.jpg

The First Sign of Overdevelopment is a Lack of Water Pressure

June 23, 2010 - 03:49

The first sign of overdevelopment is a lack of water pressure. New Rochelle's infra-structure cannot support additional buildings. Especially those planned in the GreeNR proposal.

Neighborhood residents discussed the lack of water pressure in residences on Clinton Place, Maple Avenue, Roosevelt, Terrace, and Clove Road with possibly more areas affected in Northern New Rochelle is a sign that the City is overdeveloped.

Areas also affected by the loss of water pressure are homes, buildings, and businesses near the Avalon towers. What is unbelievable is that the city has no jurisdiction over the United Water Company which is a part of PSG, a State Agency.

Neighborhood representatives also reported that water pressure is often so low that showers cannot be taken and more seriously, if there is a fire, with no water pressure to fight fires lives may be lost. The drop of water pressure from 60 PSI to 35 PSI is dangerously low for a city the size of New Rochelle. The change in pressure in part was attributed to a change in the city’s water supplier after NYC built a water filtration plant.

Community Participation in Planning Projects: Governors Island as a Case Study

June 23, 2010 - 02:47

I read an interesting article that I wanted to share with the New Rochelle community. I think it touches on a few topics of current (and past) interest. The article (and audio interview) explains the planning process behind the redevelopment of Governors Island from a largely-unused and underutilized space to an engaging parkscape:

The most striking aspect of the article to me is the way that the designers and architects actively solicited public opinion. Not content with community forums alone, they solicited ideas through the use of post-it notes affixed to a Governors Island map. They then used data-mining software to look for patterns. Reflecting on these patterns helped direct the design of the island.

Reading this article led me to several key ideas/questions:

1) Transparent government not only guards against corruption, but it results in a higher quality outcome for the project as a whole.

2) What would happen if we applied this sort of civic outreach to planning in New Rochelle? What sort of responses would a New Rochelle post-it note campaign elicit? In other words, what sort of town do we aspire to live in?

Senator Oppenheimer Votes to Increase Home Heating Oil Costs by as much as $600 Per Family

June 23, 2010 - 01:37

WHITE PLAINS - State Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R, I, C - 37th District) today condemned legislation passed by the Senate last week that threatens the supply of home heating oil and could increase costs by as much as $.90 per gallon in the event of a severe winter. Cohen called the measure another blow to Westchester families already suffering from out-of-control property taxes.

"With all of the attention focused on the Legislature's inability to negotiate a budget, it is easy to forget about the other lapses in common sense coming from Albany," said Cohen. "This one is inexcusable. People are having a hard enough time making ends meet. The last thing the Senate should be doing is finding ways to increase the cost of living."

The legislation (S.1145-C) would limit the sulfur content of heating oil to 15 parts per million by July 1, 2012. Engineering evaluations show that it will take a minimum of four years for refineries to have the proper infrastructure and processes in place to comply with the new mandate. A recent study found that the resulting shortage could lead to increases in costs of $.20 - $.30 per gallon in a mild winter, and as much as $.60 - $.90 per gallon in a severe winter. The added costs to New York home heating oil users ranges from $1 billion to $3 billion per winter and averages $600 per family.

The Great IDA Hoax: Does IDA Just Apply Lipstick To NR Council's Pig?

June 22, 2010 - 07:44

Submitted by Stephen I. Mayo on Tue, 06/22/2010 - 03:30.

Don't try to read Barry Fertel's quotations too late at night (or early in the morning). At least for this correspondent, his words pose a real threat to one's REM sleep patterns, upon which the next day's generally fragile state of mental acuity is so dependent.

In light of the good Councilmember's thoroughly consistent and uninterrupted record of voting in favor of any budget, large or small, municipal or educational, stated in rupees or rubles, that has ever fallen within the province of his duties on various coercive legislative bodies for well-nigh fifteen years (!), C.A.V.E. can only stand for "Councilmember Adopting Virtually Every" draft spending plan that the city manager and budget director have ever presented.

It would be refreshing, invigorating even, to hear him (or any other component of the Democrat bobble-headed doll-set presently occupying the council chambers) publicly question just one, single: expenditure, bonding-plan or labor union contract demand. Just one!

District 10 Special Election Today

June 22, 2010 - 05:01

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Polling Locations are same as usual but if you are not sure visit the Westchester County Board of Elections Polling Place Locator.

You can watch the non-official tally of election results here: Westchester County Special Election County Legislative District 10

If you have any questions or experience any problems voting click here.

For those not sure of their district you can see if you are in District 10, click the map below:

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Faisal Shazad Pleads Guilty to 10 Federal Crimes in Times Square Bombing Case; No Plea Agreement, Life Sentence Looms

June 21, 2010 - 22:25

The was quick:


WASHINGTON - Faisal Shahzad pleaded guilty today in Manhattan federal court before U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum to all counts of the 10-count indictment against him, for allegedly driving a car bomb into Times Square on the evening of May 1, 2010, the Justice Department announced.

Shahzad, 30, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Pakistan, was taken into custody at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK Airport) on May 3, 2010, after he was identified by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection while attempting to leave the United States on a commercial flight to Dubai. Shahzad was then charged in a five-count criminal complaint. On May 18, 2010, he was presented in Manhattan federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. Francis IV. Last week, on June 17, 2010, Shahzad was indicted in the Southern District of New York.

“Faisal Shahzad plotted and launched an attack that could have led to serious loss of life, and today the American criminal justice system ensured that he will pay the price for his actions,” Attorney General Eric Holder said.