September 2010

Interesting Letter in the Mail Today

September 18, 2010 - 02:01

Today in the mail we received a very unique item. The envelope was handwritten, just to our address, no name. There was no return address.

We opened it up. It was a tri-fold brochure-type item, except that it is all handwritten, in tiny, tiny little letters. You can see that it is handwritten (and not even photocopied), because if you hold it up to the light you can see white-out in several places.

It is such an interesting piece, that I wanted to share it. On the front of the tri-fold is a Bible quote (Matthew 25:40) and a bit of artwork. It says "Inas much as ye have done it unto ... The least of these my brethern ye have done it unto me".

After the front of the tri-fold, there are five additional sections, in the same meticulous, tiny writing.

An Invitation -- Reflections on Change - a 50 Year Retrospective on the Lincoln School Decision

September 18, 2010 - 01:26

Did you attend Lincoln School or have relatives or friends who did? Do you know people involved in the landmark Taylor Case? Did you or someone you know live in New Rochelle around the 1960s?

We invite you to join with the City School District of New Rochelle, as a community partner, to commemorate the historic 1961 Taylor v. Board of Education of New Rochelle Case. Plans for commemorative events will be announced at this meeting, with an opportunity for community engagement.

If you are interested in sharing recollections, memorabilia, photos, and articles related to Lincoln School, please contact us. We will work with you to scan or photograph your items for a proposed exhibit.

Please share this invitation with other interested individuals.

For further information call Camille Edwards-Thomas at (914) 576-4233 or email her at: [email protected].

Monday, September 27, 2010
6 pm – 7 pm Reception, City Hall Rotunda
7 pm – 8:30 pm Presentation, City Hall Chambers

“A milestone on the search for unity in the midst of our diversity”

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Poverty In New Rochelle

September 17, 2010 - 14:51

According to a Census Bureau report released Thursday, the ranks of the working-age poor climbed to 14.3 percent – 43.6 million people – the highest the poverty rate has been in this country since the 1960s.
The report covers 2009 and saw the poverty rate increased 13.2 percent or rather 39.8 million people according to a story published by the Associated Press.
In a statement, President Barack Obama called 2009 a tough year for working families but said it could have been worse.
“Because of the Recovery Act and many other programs providing tax relief and income support to a majority of working families — and especially those most in need — millions of Americans were kept out of poverty last year,” Obama said.
The 2009 poverty level was set at $21,954 for a family of four, based on an official government calculation that includes only cash income, before tax deductions. It excludes capital gains or accumulated wealth, such as home ownership, as well as noncash aid such as food stamps. (Make the Armory a safe play area for our children).
The Census study produced two very disturbing statistics:

Talk of the Sound Announces First-Ever Annual Fundraising Drive

September 17, 2010 - 14:38

Talk of the Sound needs your support!

What began as a labor of love has taken on a life of its own. Our traffic has increased exponentially -- up 1,000% since the 1Q09 alone. The costs of running the site have gone up accordingly and we need to put Talk of the Sound on a "going concern" basis. To pay the bills until we can ramp up our new advertising program this fall, we are embarking on a two week fundraising drive which will end September 30th.

If you think Talk of the Sound has made a difference for the better in New Rochelle and want to see more -- just bigger and better -- please consider clicking the "donate" button above to contribute to the ongoing operation of Talk of the Sound.

As readers will recall, our servers melted down due to traffic volume on the site and we had to switch to a far more expensive dedicated server set up with more sophisticated technology to block attacks on the site and provide system redundancies. All of this costs money -- a lot more money than we had planned for back in 2008 when Talk of the Sound was born. On top of this, it turns out that ferreting out corruption in New Rochelle is a full-time job! Who knew? :-) To accommodate this I have pulled back on my consulting business and paid writing for other publications to focus more time on New Rochelle and Talk of the Sound.

In the coming weeks we intend to launch a new version of the site which will incorporate space for taking advertisements which should help in bring in enough income to put the site on a better footing and allow us to expand our coverage and service offerings. To get there, Talk of the Sound had to incur some up front costs and we need to raise about $5,000. Any additional money we can raise will be invested back into more reporting on New Rochelle.

You can use PayPal or any major credit card to make a contribution. As a web site, we would prefer an online payment but if online payments make you uncomfortable you can write a check payable to "Robert Cox/Talk of the Sound" and send it to 34 Aberfoyle Road, New Rochelle, NY 10804. Donations to Talk of the Sound are not tax deductible.

Suzi for New York to Hold Kickoff Party at New Campaign Headquarters

September 17, 2010 - 13:50

Mamaroneck, NY – On Sunday, September 19, from 1pm- 4pm, Suzi Oppenheimer for New York Senate
will celebrate with campaign supporters the official opening of its campaign headquarters at 916 East
Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck.

The kickoff party will be attended by Senator Oppenheimer and is open to the public. With election day
only six weeks away, the event is intended to give voters in Westchester an opportunity to meet Senator
Oppenheimer and talk with her in an informal setting about the issues that matter most to them as she runs
for re-election. Food and beverages will be served.

Who: Suzi Oppenheimer for New York Senate
What: Campaign Headquarters Kickoff Party
Where: 916 East Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck
When: Sunday, September 19, from 1pm-4pm

Suzi for New York Launches New Website relaunches to engage Westchester families, voters and supporters

Mamaroneck, NY - Suzi Oppenheimer for New York Senate today launched a new interactive campaign
website promoting her vision for helping Westchester taxpayers, informing the community on Suzi’s
recent legislative victories, and connecting the supporters who have rallied behind her campaign for re-

“The new campaign website will serve as a way for the campaign to directly engage Westchester families
on the issues that matter most,” said Ryan McLeod, campaign manager.

High Drama on New Rochelle City Council as GOP Flips, 6-0 Vote for Widow Stowe

September 16, 2010 - 06:58

In a stunning reversal Republicans on the City Council asked for a Motion to Reconsider the Resolution to appoint Roxy Stowe to the City Council to fill her husband's District 3 seat moments after resolutions for Stowe and businessman John Earvin failed to pass on party line votes.

The bizarre events were set in motion when Pearl Quarles, the Republican choice as interim Council Member for District 3 withdrew her name from consideration. Democrats made motions to appoint Mrs. Stowe. The resolution failed 3-3. Republicans made motions to appoint Earvin. The resolution failed 3-3. As the Mayor prepared to end the meeting, Council Member St. Paul asked to speak. Clearly annoyed, Bramson hesitated before consenting to the request and recognizing St. Paul.

St. Paul began by explaining the context for his "Jim Crow tactics", the effort by Democrats in 2003 to redistrict black voters out of District 3, and his work as a civil rights lawyer working on behalf of the NAACP to successfully overturn the previous Council's efforts which St. Paul has previously described as "three white guys sitting in a room dividing up black votes". As the Mayor squirmed, clearly regretting his decision to recognize the Council Member from District 4, St.

Westchester DA Investigating New Rochelle Department of Public Works over Falsified Billing Records

September 15, 2010 - 15:04

The Westchester District Attorney's office is investigating the New Rochelle Department of Works over falsified billing records running into the tens of thousands of dollars and possibly much more, Talk of the Sound has learned. The investigation, which began in New Rochelle, has now expanded to Long Island.

The investigation began with a suspicious $12,000 invoice for maintenance and repair services on a City garbage truck submitted by an approved City vendor, a Long Island company that services industrial vehicles. Two independent evaluations of the vehicle concluded that no work had been done.

The Westchester DA's office issued a no-comment statement. "We don't discuss - by either confirming or denying - the existence of an investigation", said DA Spokesman Lucien Chalfen.. It is worth noting that for several weeks the DA's office did not respond to repeated request for information regarding this matter.

America Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month/America Celebra el Mes de Herencia Hispana

September 15, 2010 - 14:48

And indeed numerically and by the nature of what people of Hispanic Heritage have contributed to this country's rich history, celebrating our culture is indeed an honor well earned.
“This year’s theme recognizes the strength and hard work of Hispanic Americans, whose zeal for family and country has helped shape society.” – Jorge Ponce -Director of the Policy and Evaluation Division at the Office of Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Commerce
Americans have been celebrating its Hispanic Heritage since President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed a week in September to honor Hispanics and the contribution they make to American society. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan extended the celebration to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. Reagan’s proclamation was enacted into law August 17, 1988 as Public Law 100-402.
September 15 is particularly appropriate to begin the month-long celebration because it is the anniversary of Independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition Mexico and Chile celebrate their Independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Finally, October 12, known as Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, represents the day when three Spanish ships first landed in the Western Hemisphere,

Maisano Endorsed for Supreme Court By Vets for New York

September 15, 2010 - 08:30


For Immediate Release
Dated: September 14, 2010
Contact: Jim Maisano (914) 469-5486
or Kieran Lalor (845) 616-3509

Jim Maisano Receives Vets for New York Endorsement

Vets for New York (VFNY) today announced its support of Jim Maisano for New York State Supreme Court in the 9th Judicial District. In giving its endorsement, VFNY cited Maisano’s longstanding dedication to veterans during his tenure as Westchester County Legislator, his leadership in fighting for lower taxes and less spending, as well as his military service in the United States Marine Corps.

“We strongly support Jim Maisano for Supreme Court,” said Kieran Michael Lalor, founder of Vets for New York. He has been fighting for fiscal responsibility for over a decade as a legislator. As a former Marine, he has a unique appreciation for the issues that veterans face and is a leader on veteran issues. We are impressed that Jim was one of the veterans that originally brought the need for legislation providing property tax relief for cold war veterans to the New York State Legislature. Jim’s advocacy helped pass this law in Albany. We are sure his experience as an attorney, legislator and Marine will ensure that Jim will be an excellent Supreme Court Justice.