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August 2010

Note to New Rochelle Board of Education, Talk of the Sound Ain't Going Away

August 31, 2010 - 22:47
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I alluded to it in my open letter to Chuck Strome but I figure that not many readers understand the many ways in which the City School District of New Rochelle has responded to my efforts to get justice for my son and to hold the school district accountable through Talk of the Sound. Long time readers know the story is very long but the short version for now is that a large number of school district employees have committed a wide variety of criminal acts and then sought to cover them up over the past several years. These criminal acts include falsifying records, perjury, obstruction of justice and much more. My case has now been appealed up to the Commissioner of Education in Albany where it is pending review. Determined to expose the pernicious nature of corruption endemic to the City School District of New Rochelle, I created this web site two years ago tomorrow. As the threads of corruption of extended into many other parts of New Rochelle including the City government, I have followed those threads wherever they lead.

The school district has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars and done everything in their power to harass me and my family.

Optical Scan Voting Machine Demonstration Tuesday at City Hall

August 30, 2010 - 21:06

The City of New Rochelle in partnership with the Westchester County Board of Elections will host a series of demonstrations in New Rochelle on Tuesday, August 31 at the City Hall Annex Conference Room B-1, 90 Beaufort Place.

The new Optical Scan voting machines replace the old lever machines and will be in use for the Primary Election on September 14 and all elections thereafter. Demonstrations will be given on the hour every hour from 10 am-1 pm and 2 pm-7pm and will consist of a brief presentation followed by actual usage by attendees. Sample ballots with varying scenarios will be available for the public to experience firsthand.

For more information, contact the Office of the City Clerk at 654-2159 and visit the City Clerk’s page on the New Rochelle city website at www.newrochelleny.com/elections. The County will hold additional demonstrations at the Westchester County Center on Thursday, September 9 from 7-9 pm and Sunday, October 3 from 1-3 pm.

In 2006, New Rochelle City Officials Improperly Granted Certificates of Occupancy for 3 Buildings at Huguenot Hills

August 30, 2010 - 16:10
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Talk of the Sound has determined that City of New Rochelle building officials improperly approved Certificates of Occupancy for the mixed-use development built at 179 East Main Street by Bob Young Companies in 2006. The development, Huguenot Hills, is located between Main Street and Old Boston Post Road across the street from the road that leads to Five Islands Park. The development appears to violate local, County and State building codes related to plumbing and drainage as well as requirements that no modifications are made to previously approved building plans without written approval.

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The developer failed to install a required system of gutters and leaders or downspouts on Building A, Building B and much of Building C as required under the plan approved by the City of New Rochelle.

UPDATE - Volunteer Army Launches Attack on New Rochelle Armory-

August 30, 2010 - 05:39

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Update - JUST TO BE CLEAR- The following story is meant to represent what can be acheived through community involvement, nothing more, nothing less. That being said and to avoid any misinterpretation of the story, the city manager was doing exactly what he is required to do, that is, to protect the city's best interest. Anything less would be inappropriate by any measure. To reiterate, Mr Strome was courteous and above all, professional in his dealings with the situation. The lack of basic paperwork required to perform such work left him with no choice in protecting the city's interests. This policy is applied to anywhere there is work being done on city property, not just the Armory. This was explained to the volunteers and now to the readers.

Fuddled Father Flies From Forest into Forest

August 30, 2010 - 03:05

DSC_3504.jpgAn elderly man drove his car down Forest Avenue, turned into the driveway of his son's house at 373 Forest Avenue, then managed to steer the vehicle between two parked cars, past a portable driveway basketball hoop, into the backyard, and down an embankment before coming to rest with the vehicle partially submerged in a small wooded area behind the house.

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The homeowner, Roy Markel, called for an ambulance. Two passengers in the vehicle were injured and taken by ambulance to Sound Shore Medical Center. The driver, whose name was not released by police on the scene, was given a sobriety test in the driveway. He struggled to even stand let alone take any sobriety tests so the police took him down the police station with a predictable outcome. Talk of the Sound will obtain a copy of the police report tomorrow to get further details.

UPDATE: NRPD confirms this was a DWI personal injury motor vehicle accident.

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HELP WANTED: Talk of the Sound is Looking for a Campaign Finance Editor

August 29, 2010 - 00:30

If you have been reading Talk of the Sound, have an interest in local politics and are interested to step up and become a part of the team that produces the content for the site, consider joining us by becoming our Campaign Finance Editor.

Candidates for office are required to file campaign finance reports every quarter. We need a volunteer contributor to check these reports once a quarter and then write up a report on who has raised how much from who. The job entails visiting the State and Federal web sites, collecting the data and putting it into a Google Spreadsheet which will be made available through the site. Also, writing up a summary of the results and making note of any interesting aspects to the data.

This person should have an interest in politics and be comfortable with the web and using spreadsheets.

If you are interested, please call or email using the contact information on the site.

Water Rate Increase Should be Protested Immediately

August 28, 2010 - 22:19

Letter to Editor in New Rochelle Sound and Town Report, 9/20 - 9/27/10  by Peggy Godfrey

Many residents  of New Rochelle were concerned about low water pressure long before United Water filed for an 54% rate increase.

In the not too distant past mid-rise and high-rise buildings constructed decades ago were being told that to get water to the upper floors, they needed to put in a pump. A United Water official claimed water pressure had been lowered.  Most disturbing were reports that fire hydrant fees which are included in local municipal budgets would increase by 300%.  In New Rochelle using a lower number of hydrants to lower costs could result still result in increased costs on reduced safety. 

Yes We Can-- Save Our New Rochelle Armory

August 28, 2010 - 22:06

In the August 23 issue of the Westchester Herald  by Peggy Godfrey

 

Forest City Residential still holds a Memorandum of Understanding until January 15, 2011 for development in the Echo Bay area of New Rochelle, which includes the New Rochelle Naval Armory Building. During this timeframe,  the Save Our Armory Committee (SOA) has been developing their own plan to save the building.   Ron Tocci, co-chair of the SOA Executive Committee, told members and supporters gathered at the special August 16 SOA meeting, that he and three other SOA executive members met with Forest City Residential in private session last week to try to develop plans to incorporate the Armory with Forest City's plans. Tocci said that Forest City seemed to have "no problem " proceeding with such a plan to save the Armory Building

Public Hearing on Legislation by Maisano & Abinanti to Protect Private Property Owners

August 28, 2010 - 08:42
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Public Hearing on Legislation by Maisano & Abinanti to Protect Private Property Owners - law bans use of County funds for projects misusing eminent domain

Public hearing slated for September 7, 2010

Legislation co-sponsored by Westchester County Legislators Tom Abinanti (D- Greenburgh) and James Maisano (R- New Rochelle), giving increased protections for Westchester County private property owners against wrongful use of the power of eminent domain, will be the subject of a public hearing on Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Westchester County Board of Legislators.

“The original beneficial public purpose of eminent domain has been corrupted,” said Abinanti. “We are witnessing distressing instances where eminent domain is used by or for powerful developers and the rights of private citizens are undercut.”

This legislation would limit Westchester County’s power to condemn private property for private use. “Government should not take private property unless it is necessary to meet a real public need, not just because it prefers one use over another or one developer over another,” said Abinanti.

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