August 2010

Fred Smith Fired Again, Former New Rochelle Asst. Superintendent Lied About UVA Doctorate

August 10, 2010 - 15:58

Like a bad penny, Fred Smith, former Assistant Superintendent of New Rochelle Schools, turned up in Troy, NY last month claiming to have a letter from the University of Virginia exonerating him following a plagiarism investigation into his doctoral thesis. Smith claimed to read the letter over the telephone during a job interview but never produced the letter. The university recently confirmed that Smith's doctorate had been revoked.

The Troy school district hired Smith to a $400 an houra day position as interim director of pupil personnel services. When the district learned Smith's Doctorate had been revoked, they let him go.

Albany Times-Union: Troy fires new hire.

New Rochelle City Manager Announces Special Election in November for Stowe's District 3 Seat

August 10, 2010 - 14:51

strome.jpgSpeaking on his radio show today City Manager Chuck Strome told Bob Marrone that there would be a special election on November 2nd to fill the District 3 Seat recently vacated after the unexpected death of Jim Stowe. On the "In The City" show on WVOX, Strome said he could not speak to the politics but he could speak to the process -- that the City Council could appoint someone to fill the seat from today until November but that the final year of the term would be filled through a special election.

Based on a review of the City Charter, the legal basis for Strome's statement is unclear.

New Rochelle City Charter Section 8. Vacancies

Section 8. Vacancies. [Repealed by Local Law No. 1-1966 (February 9, 1966).]

Section 92.9

Bill Clinton Visits New Rochelle for Fund Raiser

August 10, 2010 - 08:51


Looks like former president, and more recently, father of the bride, Bill Clinton will be joining Nita Lowey for a political fund raiser at our very own VIP Club on Davenport Neck. Tuesday, August 10 at 11:00 AM. Pretty exciting stuff.

Councilman Barry Fertel made the announcement on his weekly Monday morning interview with Bob Marrone on WVOX. Just to be sure, I checked and sure enough, there it is.

Hope you called ahead, because it's reservation only. But you might get a glimpse of him as he motors through town. The area may be subject to traffic delays.

Cappelli's Latest Sale - More Bargains, Just Cleaning House, or is the Rent Due?

August 10, 2010 - 06:47


How many bargain hunters missed this one? According to the Miami Herald, Chatham Lodging Trust also purchased a Marriot in Long Island. Welcome to New Rochelle!

Do you think Mr Cappelli will use the windfall to pay off the almost 25 million owed to contractors from his troubled Concord Project in the Catskills? The money comes just in time as the developer is all but embarrassed into making good on his agreements with New Rochelle regarding the Anderson Street property.

New Rochelle Train Station Bathrooms a Disgrace

Submitted by Tom Jeferstahl on Tue, 08/10/2010 - 04:54

The condition of the trains station bathrooms is a disgrace. Is it possible that the mayor and council don't know? Yes it is. They don't seem to know much of anything. It's the gateway to the city yet it is filthy, smelly, unsanitary and unusable. Would it be asking to much for the city to have some of its employees fix the bathrooms? Put in new tile, new toilets, sinks etc? Could we have someone keep the trains station clean? keep the bathrooms clean, mop, disinfect, paint, power wash? We need to get rid of Bramson, Sussman, trangucci and whoever the council replaces Stowe with or the rest of the city will resemble the bathrooms at the train station.

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Dangerous Driving Conditions At New Rochelle, NY Transportation Center

August 10, 2010 - 03:38

The New Rochelle Transportation Center that is used by Metro-North, has a dangerous driving situation that needs to be addressed. When the entire center was rebuilt to include a parking garage and new entrance ramps, the western entrance was built with a view block when exiting the center and entering Division Street. Division Street is a one-way southbound street bridge. A second similar situation exists on the next block just over the railroad tracks.

To view photos, visit my own blog at:

When driving up this ramp and reaching the top at Division Street (located between Railroad Avenue and Station Plaza North) and at Railroad Avenue, the driver of a vehicle cannot see oncoming traffic on the right when stopping at the crosswalk. A driver must 'nose out' for the ability to see oncoming traffic - creating an accident situation for not one but two motorists.

The cause of this view block is the fence on the bridge over I-95. The fencing appears to be built according to code, but in this case, the fence needs to be modified. Below are photos I recently took of this dangerous place.

These intersections are dangerous for both motorists and pedestrians as visibility is limited.

My report on the final days of mainline steam railroading in the world that occurred in Inner Mongolia, China is rebroadcast.

August 10, 2010 - 03:25

Part of what I do is being a TV reporter. My report on the final days of mainline steam railroading in the world that occurred in Inner Mongolia, China is being rebroadcast (schedule below) for the entire month of August, 2010. It is one of my top news stories and I was a finalist for the Telly Award's top prize in my category. Feel free to circulate this advisory to your friends, family and colleagues.

As a New Rochelle resident, I am posting this media advisory on the Talk Of The Sound'.

If you would like to see more of my journalistic efforts, visit my own blog at:


Joseph M. Calisi


WNYE (UHF/Broadcast)
NOTE: This is also picked up in New Jersey on Comcast. Check your local listings.

Ch. 25 12 noon every Wednesday
7 am every Sunday
Cablevision New Rochelle
Ch. 76 4:00pm every Tuesday
Cablevision of Westchester
Ch. 71 10:00pm every Thursday
Cablevision Wappingers Falls
Ch. 21 4:30 pm every Tuesday
Cablevision So. Westchester
Ch. 76 4:00 pm every Thursday
Cablevision Yonkers
Ch. 18 4:00 pm every Tuesdays
Cablevision Yorktown
Ch. 74 4:00 pm every Tuesday
Cablevision Peekskill/Ossining
Cablevision 15 4:00 pm every Tuesday
Cablevision Port Chester/Harrison
Cablevision 18 4:00 pm every Tuesday

Cappelli Announces Contract to Sell Marriott Residence Inn in New Rochelle to Chatham Lodging Trust

August 10, 2010 - 00:40

Louis Capelli.jpgCappelli Enterprises released the following announcement:

Investment Community Shows Strong Interest In Downtown New Rochelle Properties and Future Development Potential

NEW ROCHELLE, NY (August 9, 2010) -- Louis R. Cappelli has announced that Chatham Lodging Trust has contracted to purchase the Residence Inn by Marriott in downtown New Rochelle. Palm Beach Florida-based Chatham (NYSE:CLDT) is a hotel real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on upscale extended-stay hotels and premium-branded select-service hotels.

Cappelli said Chatham has signed a contract to acquire the hotel in an all-cash transaction for $21 million, or approximately $169,000 for each of the hotel’s suites. The entry of Chatham into the New Rochelle market is an indication of strong interest by major investors in the city’s downtown area where hundreds of millions of dollars has been invested over the last 10 years by Avalon Bay Properties, Entertainment Properties Trust and others.

“There is a clear pattern of major investment in New Rochelle by national public companies which we believe reaffirms the long-term economic viability of New Rochelle’s downtown”, Cappelli said.

Israel affairs Committee at Beth El Synagogue Center Presents Award-Winning Investigative Journalist Joel Mowbray

August 10, 2010 - 00:03

Joel Mowbray, an award-winning investigative journalist, will give his take on what future U.S. policy toward Israel should be in a provocative lecture presented by the Israel Affairs Committee at Beth-El Synagogue Center on Sunday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
A leading expert on Iran, Iraq and North Korea, Saudia Arabia and Israel, Mr. Mowbray recently uncovered the fact that the Bureau of Priosons was allowing Islamic terrorists in federal prison to communicate with the outside world, although the agency lacked even a signle full-time Arabic translator to montior the calls and letters of more than 100 terrorists.
Mr. Mowbray is best known for his State Department expose of Visa Express, subsequently described as "an open-door policy for terrorists. His reporting of a policy that effectively allowed travel agencies in Saudia Arabia to hand out visas led to the end of the program. He is also the author of "Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threaten's America's Security."
Mr. Mowbray was named "Journalist of the Year'' at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2003. He also won the Eugene Katz award for excellence in immigration coverage.

New Rochelle Math and ELA Test Scores Collapse as State Revamps Tests, Raises Cut Scores

August 09, 2010 - 23:03

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The lie that parents, taxpayers and the community at large will be told as students come back to school in the fall is that the State tests are "new", "unfair", "not representative", "purposely designed to confuse", and otherwise dismissed or discounted. Don't believe it. Instead, the NYSED has finally created a test and scored it based on standards that approach national standards as indicated by the National Assessment of National Progress (NAEP), a national test which randomly tests students at all levels on a variety of metrics from every state.

The truth is in the chart above (provided by NYSED).

In an effort to convince the public that students are learning in our public schools, the State Officer of Assessment has worked very hard to make very easy tests. The result, a sharp deviation from the national norm indicated in the chart above; otherwise known as grade inflation.