August 2010

Volunteer for Jim Maisano Campaign for Supreme Court -- Letter from Jean Maisano

August 14, 2010 - 05:02

Dear Friends & Neighbors:

In May my husband, Jim, announced his candidacy for New York State Supreme Court Justice for the 9th Judicial District (Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Dutchess & Orange counties).  On day one, we launched a professional and comprehensive campaign.  Every day Jim works diligently to meet people throughout the five counties, and the reception is terrific!  You know that no one works harder than Jim! We are looking forward to an exciting victory on Election Day.

Jim is honored to have represented the people of New Rochelle and Pelham as County Legislator for the past 13 years.  He’s now very excited about continuing his public service as a Supreme Court Justice.  Jim has the right experience for the bench: practicing attorney, County Legislator and Marine Corps veteran.

In order to celebrate a victory on November 2 – Jim needs your help!  Please fill-out the following form and return it to the campaign address below.  We would greatly appreciate any help you can provide!  This is a difficult race with a lot of ground to cover and, with your assistance, Jim will win and continue to provide honorable service as a Supreme Court Justice.

Friday Farmer's Market on Library Green

August 14, 2010 - 03:14

There is a Farmer's Market on Fridays at the New Rochelle Library Green through November 15th. The hours are from 8:00am to 3:00pm.

Today there were gorgeous vegetables, happy crowds, and a busy marketplace. Besides the Indian corn, tomatoes, eggplant, cabbage, zucchini and other vegetables, there were freshly made pickles, homemade breads, nuts and coffees.

Here are three quick shots before my battery gave way --

The corn (6 ears for $2) was yellow and white, sweet and delicious, and it alone was worth a trip to the center of town for some quick and healthy shopping.


Isaac E. Young Middle School Principal Announces Administration and Staff Changes for September 2010

August 13, 2010 - 22:34

Mr. Anthony Bongo, Principal of Isaac E. Young Middle School, made several announcements of changes in administration and staff for the upcoming 2010-2011 school year. Please read e-mail below for details.

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Westchester Herald: Empire Resorts Severs Deal with Cappelli on Concord Project

August 12, 2010 - 22:42

Louis Capelli.jpgHezi Aris has more bad news on the crumbling Cappelli empire:

Empire Resorts Severs Deal with Cappelli on Concord Project

Empire Resorts has severed its relationship and financial stake with developer Louis Cappelli with regard to Cappelli’s Concord Associates’ plans for a luxury hotel, racino, and video lottery terminals, on the now demolished Concord Hotel property because[read the whole thing]

New Rochelle Building Inspector Pleads Guilty to DWI; John Caldararo Arrested with Blood Alcohol Level Five Times Legal Limit

August 12, 2010 - 19:56

JohnCaldararox150.pngJohn A Caldararo, 50, a Senior Buildings Inspector for the City of New Rochelle plead guilty Tuesday to DWI. Caldararo is required to pay fines, fees and surcharges totaling $895 and undertake court-mandated treatment for convicted drinking drivers. As part his sentence, Caldararo's drivers license was revoked.

UPDATE: John Caldararo is also the President of the New Rochelle City Civil Service Employees Association President

Caldararo was arrested on the Southern State Parkway in Suffolk County on Saturday July 24, 2010 at 7:40 PM. He was charged with two misdemeanor counts -- Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Level Above .08 Of 1%, Operating a Motor Vehicle while Intoxicated and an infraction -- equipment violation for not having required safety glass on the vehicle.

Court records indicate that Caldararo had a blood alcohol content of 0.40 -- five times the legal limit of 0.08 to be considered "intoxicated" in New York State.

Senator Jeff Klein Saves NYS Italian Regents High School Exam

August 11, 2010 - 14:18

Senator Jeff Klein-150.pngState Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), State Senator Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) and representatives from the Westchester Italian Cultural Center and the Sons of Italy will announce the restoration of the NYS Italian Regents high school exam at a rally on Thursday. Last week the NYS Senate saved the exam from extinction when it passed the final piece of this year’s budget. Attendees will rally in support of this important achievement and to celebrate Italian culture.

The rally will be held Thursday, August 12th AT 10:00AM on the steps of the Westchester Italian Cultural Center – Depot Square, One Generoso Pope Place, Tuckahoe.

Miedo - Fear

August 11, 2010 - 00:58

Por una cultura diferente EL MIEDO GLOBAL

Los que trabajan tienen miedo de perder el trabajo.
Los que no trabajan tienen miedo de no encontrar nunca trabajo.
Quien no tiene miedo al hambre, tiene miedo a la comida.
Los automovilistas tienen miedo de caminar y los peatones tienen miedo de ser atropellados.
La democracia tiene miedo de recordar y el lenguaje tiene miedo de decir.
Los civiles tienen miedo a los militares, y los militares tienen miedo a la falta de armas y las armas tienen miedo a la falta de guerras.
Es el tiempo del miedo.
Miedo de la mujer a la violencia del hombre y miedo del hombre a la mujer sin miedo.
Miedo a los ladrones, miedo a la policía
Miedo a la puerta sin cerradura, al tiempo sin relojes, al niño sin televisión, miedo a la noche sin pastillas para dormir y miedo al día sin pastillas para despertar.
Miedo a la multitud, miedo a la soledad, miedo a lo que fue y a lo que puede ser, miedo de morir, miedo de vivir.
Patas Arriba.
La escuela del mundo al revés.

Eduardo Galeano (Historiador y estudiante de nuestra gente)

Esto aparecio en mi facebook por medio de lo que esta ocurriendo en ese triste pueblo de Ciudad Juarez

James Stowe Remembered by Friends, Family, Colleagues as a True Gentleman

August 11, 2010 - 00:50

Stowe1.jpgJames C. Stowe was remembered today as a community leader, friend, mentor and bearer of a proud family tradition of excellence by those who came to mourn at his funeral service and celebrate his life at City Hall later in the day.

At a funeral service at the Weinstein Memorial Chapel in Yonkers, New Rochelle's current Mayor Noam Bramson, New Rochelle's former Mayor, Westchester County Clerk Tim Idoni, Assistant to the City Manager Omar Small and family members from around the country spoke eloquently to a crowd packed to overflowing. Each, in turn, described a man devoted his to his beliefs, his family and public service.

Stowe's body was buried at the Sharon Garden Cemetery in Valhalla, New York.

Afterwards, there was a public event at City Hall where friends, family members and colleagues in government recalled Stowe as a proud, accomplished and considerate man, who served his country in the U.S. Air Force and, upon retirement from his career in the chemical industry, served his community as President of his neighborhood association, on the New Rochelle Municipal Housing Authority and, since 2003, as a member of the New Rochelle City Council.

All of official New Rochelle turned out to pay their respects.

Bramson tells Armory Committee: Only Forest City Residential Can Make Presentation

August 10, 2010 - 19:07

Promising to put "smiles" on the faces of New Rochelle residents with a plan to revitalize the New Rochelle Naval Armory Building, former New York State Assemblyman Ron Tocci said this structurally sound building was "waiting to be used". The plan he presented was consistent with the vision and "pride in New Rochelle's rich military heritage."

Using a slide presentation which detailed adaptive reuse of the Armory Building, he felt there would be not only many benefits with "ample space to meet the City's needs", but would also be consistent with green standards, especially since it is already built. Comparing the 56,000 square feet of space in this building to other buildings, he said the Iona College gym had 44,000 square feet and the Westchester County Center had 26,000 square feet. This plan will activate the waterfront for residents. Tocci said that the Save Our Armory Armory group included many community leaders, members of the American Legion Post 8, and Monroe College, among others.

The adaptive reuse of the Armory Building is very attainable, he continued. The building's Main Street location gives the public ready access to the waterfront. The brick used to construct it will not deteriorate.

United Water Seeks Huge Rate Increase

August 10, 2010 - 19:02

Does United Water New Rochelle deserve to get a rate increase of United Water.png54%? Everyone who spoke at the Public Service Commission hearing before Administrative Law Judge Eleanor Stein on August 2, 2010 at New Rochelle City Hall did not think so. New York State Senator Jeff Klein was unhappy with the proposed increase as were many residents. Byron Gray, President of Local 273 New Rochelle Firefighters, was disturbed about the threatened decrease in the number of hydrants caused by the increased cost factors and the prospect of laying off 10 to 12 New Rochelle firefighters. New Rochelle City Manager Chuck Strome expressed concern that the non-profits in the City, e.g., The College of New Rochelle, Iona College, and Sound Shore Medical Center, benefit from the hydrants but do not pay for the service. According to people from various neighborhoods throughout the City, United Water is not supplying a sufficient amount of water pressure.