July 2010

SUNY President Bends Over to Support Teflon Frank; Lawsuit Considered

July 26, 2010 - 13:58

When you work for the State of New York you are subject to more scrutiny than most in any other type work place simply because your salary is being funding with taxpayers dollars. It comes with the territory that your position always has a spotlight on it, from the Governor on down.

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Doing the right thing is paramount, especially when you represent the highest office of law enforcement. When you don’t do it straight, the cockroaches come out of the walls by the thousands just to point at your shortcomings.

The new story today that spouted is that there is a active search of the person that submitted the comments on this blog and throughout the college as well. “Teflon” is interested in filing a lawsuit regarding defamation of character, libel or slander against the emailer/commenter.

The man, a law school dropout, has to get his daily fix of not being in the courtroom, by watching the “People’s Court” everyday at lunchtime, hoping to figure out who is telling the truth. Yet when he sat with Costa during the interview, he was clueless to the background of the man he hired and never spent “two seconds” to Google the man.

Brief But Powerful, Storm Rips New Rochelle, 1 Missing, Presumed Drowned off Premium Point; Send Us Your Storm Damage Pix

July 26, 2010 - 01:03

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A 20-year-old male is missing and presumed drowned after he was knocked into the water off Premium Point this afternoon as winds gusting up to 50 mph. Police responded to a report that the man was struck by the boom as the boat came about unexpectedly in high winds, striking the man and sending him into the water. Police and rescue teams scoured the area throughout the day. New Rochelle Harbor Police towed his boat to the New Rochelle Marina (above).

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Two men were rescued off of Davids Island by the New Rochelle Harbor Police.

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New Rochelle Fire Department Rescue 4 prepared to deploy from the Davenport Club in their newest rescue vehicle which includes a hydraulic lift for a rescue boat.

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Almost 40% of New Rochelle HS Students Do Not Graduate on Time

July 25, 2010 - 14:05

For the very first time, the New Rochelle School Board will address the critical issue of high school graduation. As many of you already know, through the Talk of the Sound, our graduation rate is one of the lowest in Westchester County. The School has never addressed it until I kept bringing it up publicly. The statistics are dramatic, particularly for our children of color. The school will probably avoid the issue and present old ideas that have never worked and more importantly, they will present issues such as how many of our students go to college and where they go. Of course, this does not address the issue, but it is a typical way, as customary, that they will avoid the real issue. Come and watch for your self on Tuesday July 27th at 7PM at 515 North Avenue - 2nd floor. Let's see how transparent our Board of Education really is and how courageous they can be with the facts.

Did You Know About the New Voting Machines?

July 24, 2010 - 16:57

Voting Lever.jpgFederal legislation called the “Help America Vote Act” or HAVA requires that Boards of Elections across New York State jettison the traditional mechanical lever machines. To replace them, the State has now moved to optical scan electronic voting machines. The last election in New Rochelle with lever voting machines was the June 22nd special election for County Legislator District 10 (Varian v. Marcotte).

There will be entirely new voting procedures

The new optical scan electronic voting machines arrived in Westchester County. Voters will start using them in the September primaries.

To prepare voters, Board of Elections Commissioners Reginald LaFayette and Carolee Sunderland have launched a voter outreach drive to increase awareness of the new machines and allow voters to see them – up close and personal.

“County residents will find new voting machines at their polling places with the upcoming elections and we want them to feel as comfortable as possible with the process,” said Sunderland.

Regional forums will be held:

Tuesday, July 20 – 6:00–8:00 p.m. – Grinton Will Library, Yonkers

Thursday, July 22 & Sept. 9–7:00–9:00 p.m. -Westchester County Center, White Plains

Sunday, Oct.

As New Rochelle Embraces "Sustainability", UK Government Abolishes Its "Sustainable Development Commission"

July 24, 2010 - 03:11

In what should give even the must gullible of New Rochelle residents pause, the quasi-socialist coalition government has now disbanded its "Sustainable Development Commission.

One particular line caught my eye from this Telegraph Op-Ed:

6. “Sustainability” is not nearly as politically neutral as its cuddly, warm name sounds. A bit like “multiculturalism” or “diversity”, “sustainability” is one of those weasel concepts which has been foisted on our language and culture by the hard left, linguistically masquerading as something unimpeachably caring and reasonable while in fact advancing a policy agenda designed to increase state control, remove property rights and liberty, and brainwash the gullible into ceding more and more of their democratic rights to UN and EU bureaucrats.

You may think that “sustainable” means nice, luffy stuff like recycling old sweaters or not over-fishing. It doesn’t.

U-Hauls Stored in Neighborhoods

July 24, 2010 - 02:15

Recently there have been up to four U-Haul trucks parked in my neighborhood. After a short lull, they are back. On every day and night we have at least one parked on our street. Two have Arizona plates. Today there were two parked all day. They are still there now at 10pm at night. I called the police non-emergency line at 654-2300 and they said they would send someone to mark the tires. Then four hours later they will give them a ticket.

I have not yet seen a ticket on one of the U-Hauls, though I have called them in regularly. I will update this post tomorrow and report back whether these got tickets or not. Also, there was a taxi for the better part of the day up the block.

This is street storage of a commercial vehicles and should not be allowed. These vehicles are not actively engaged in local business. No one has been moving in or out of the houses on my block during the last few weeks.

This one is labeled BE2141C.

New Rochelle City Council Reviews Section 1 of GreeNR Plan

July 23, 2010 - 22:55

The New Rochelle City Council began their review of the 10 sections of the Mayor's GreeNR plan by devoting considerable time on June 15th to a review of the Energy & Climate section of the plan. In April, when the Mayor introduced the GreeNR plan with all of 3 minutes advanced notice, he stated he hoped the council would review the plan in the coming weeks and then vote on the plan in June. By June, the plan was to review two sections over 5 City Council meetings. By the end of the June 15 meeting, the plan was to review one section per meeting which takes the review stage out to January 2011.

By far, the best question of the entire night came from Councilman James Stowe (video above) who asked what sort of legal liability the City would have under section 1.6, the GreeNR Seal certification program which would "recognize" something called a "sustainable property" by which the Mayor means a "green" residential house.

Jeffrey Coleman, New Rochelle DPW Commissioner Resigns, Leaving Effective August 31st

July 22, 2010 - 20:50

Jeffrey C. Coleman, the Commissioner of the Department of Public Works has resigned effective August 31st. Coleman has accepted the position of Director of Environmental Services with the Town of Cortlandt, NY.

Coleman worked for the CIty of New Rochelle for 9 years.

NOTE: This story has been updated from the original to include Coleman's title in Cortlandt.

New Rochelle Armory Presentation to City Council by Save Our Armory Committee

July 22, 2010 - 16:59

The Save our Armory Committee made a presentation to the New Rochelle City Council on July 20, 2010 to describe their plans for a re-adaptive use of the New Rochelle Armory. Speakers including Save Our Armory Committee Co-Chairs Ron Tocci and Peter Parente and SOA Executive Committee members John Verni and John D'Alois. The entire presentation including Q&A ran to about 40 minutes; to meet the requirements of YouTube it is necessary to break the video into four parts.

Part 1 of 4: Introduction and Vision for the Armory, Ron Tocci.

Part 2 of 4: Tech & Uses, Peter Parente.

Full Day Kaleidoscope Racial/Ethnic Composition: It Just Doesn't Add Up...

July 22, 2010 - 02:24

As we continue to look at the City School District of New Rochelle Full Day Kaleidoscope, we were interested in learning its racial/ethnic composition. In “For Children Attending South End Schools, the Full Time Kaleidoscope “Windows” Still Remain Shut”, we previously reported that 50 of the 65 students invited to the District Full Day Kaleidoscope Program were from the North End Schools. Only 15 students who attend South End Schools were invited to apply. Since we reported this same disproportionate pattern of unequal representation of North End/South End in 2008, and since the City School District has done absolutely nothing to address it, we decided further examine the issue. If the numbers were not what they are, there would be no reason to shine a big bright light on the issue. We believe that the Kaleidoscope program exemplifies how students are typically tracked in the South End schools of New Rochelle.