July 2010

George Steinbrenner Has Died

July 13, 2010 - 14:53

George Steinbrenner.jpgGeorge Steinbrenner died this morning at 6:30 AM after suffering a major heart attack last night. "The Boss" has been in ill for many years and rarely seen in public.

Love him or hate him, Steinbrenner, more than any other sports owner in history, defined his era. Since he purchased the team from CBS in 1973, the New York Yankees, won more championships than any other team including 11 American League pennants and 7 World Series titles.

Steinbrenner led a group which purchased the team for $8.8 million and ran the team with an iron fist, brooking no opposition, building the operation into the first billion dollar franchise in sports. Not incidentally, Steinbrenner changed managers 20 times in 23 years (including Billy Martin who was hired, fired and re-hired five times).

What are your thoughts and remembrences of George Steinbrenner.

Extraordinary Teacher; Extraordinary Mentor

July 13, 2010 - 14:08

Charlotte Stadler was an extraordinary teacher. She was a teacher to both my children at Columbus. She developed a math curriculum that opens the world to math for many Columbus children and she made it fun. She and her colleagues are the reason Columbus is always at the top in math scores for elementary schools in New Rochelle. Through her generosity, she financially supported the Chess team that we all work so very hard to develop with Mr. Hegenauer. They were champions in every chess competition in NY, CT and nationwide. The proof is their hundreds of individual and team trophies. We are often blessed with unique and wonderful teachers that make a difference to our children and our community. Charlotte was that one person. We were all very sad to hear that Charlotte passed away recently. We were missing here already after her retirement a year earlier.

The family has setup the Charlotte K. Stadler Fund which they hope will provide necessary scholarships and funding for Columbus Elementary School (see attachment). If you are able to provide any support to the Fund, please contact them at:

The Charlotte Stadler Fund
c/o John B. Stadler
9 Serpentine Trail
Larchmont. NY 10538
[email protected]

Thank you,

Martin Sanchez

Bob Cohen Signs WCA Reform Pledge; Oppenheimer Reneges

July 13, 2010 - 11:39

State Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R, I, C - 37th District) yesterday announced that he has signed the Westchester County Association’s (WCA) Call to Action Campaign Pledge and chided Senator Oppenheimer for already breaking the promises she made when she signed.

“I applaud the WCA for their leadership in the fight to reform Albany and am honored to take an active part in their efforts,” said Cohen. “I am committed to the structural reforms the WCA is calling for and will fight to get them enacted as a member of the state Senate. Senator Oppenheimer may have also signed the pledge, but one would never know it from her actions. By voting for a budget that stands contrary to everything the pledge embodies, she has broken the promises she made when she signed on with the program.”

The pledge mirrors many elements of Cohen’s platform, calling on candidates for state Legislature to commit to fundamental reforms necessary to return the state to financial stability and economic competitiveness. Specifically, the pledge asks candidates to commit to the following:

* A balanced budget completed on time and without increased taxes, fees, assessment or borrowing
* Full disclosure of all outside income
* A non-partisan commission to redraw legislative district lines

July 12, 2010 - 21:35

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Journal News "Asks": Why No Investigation of Corruption Claims at New Rochelle Courthouse?

July 12, 2010 - 14:21

Journal News.jpgOK. It's official. The Journal News has redeemed itself. It has becoming increasingly clear that the JN is finally starting to ask some tough questions about New Rochelle and come over from the dark side. In 2008 and 2009, New Rochelle was largely ignored by the JN. When it did mention New Rochelle, the 7th largest city in New Rochelle and the 2nd largest in its coverage area it was little more than high school sports scores, police blotter reports and "rip 'n read" press releases. You could literally count on one hand the number of original reporting done in or about New Rochelle. As for investigative reporting, there was been absolutely none and only the very occasional article that was not spoon fed to a reporter by government officials. That has begun to change.

New York State University System Hires Convicted Felon Vito Costa Weeks after Pleading Guilty to Theft in New Rochelle

Submitted by veryflexible on Sun, 07/11/2010 - 18:01

vitocosta-before-after.jpgSince being terminated and pleading guilty to several charges in the New Rochelle school district in April, Costa has made his way back into the State education system at the SUNY College of Optometry in NYC where he has been hired as the new Associate Director of Maintenance.

RELATED: Vito Costa Pleads Guilty on Charges over "No-Show" Job at City School District of New Rochelle, No Charges Against Supervisors.

Costa plead guilty as charged to Grand Larceny (a felony) and Falsifying Billing Records (a misdemeanor). Costa was arrested after investigators working for the District Attorney observed Costa routinely off school grounds engaged in activity unrelated to his job over a period of a month.

His new supervisor, Frank Orehek, the Chief of Police, hired him knowing that he had "some type" of previous criminal "history".

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