October 2010

Iona College Launches Polling Center with Surveys on 4 Key Races in Westchester County

October 05, 2010 - 15:26

NEW ROCHELLE, NY (October 4, 2010) – With the recent launch of its new polling capability in four hotly contested Westchester races, Iona College is filling a gap in assessing the opinions and concerns of area voters.

Brian Nickerson, Dean of Iona College’s Arts and Science, said: “The mid-term election, which has the potential to change the balance of political power in Albany and Washington, D.C., is a very exciting time for Iona to begin its academic-based polling service. Such races and regional focus are often overlooked by other polling services, so we are pleased to address what we believe is an unacceptable gap for an area with such political and economic influence.”

Last week, Iona’s new Polling Center conducted its first Decision 2010 poll for RNN-TV and the Westchester County Association’s (WCA) Call to Action Campaign for the 35th Senate District race between incumbent Democrat Andrea Stuart-Cousins and Republican challenger Liam McLaughlin.

Superintendent Search??????

October 05, 2010 - 14:26

Please notice the resolution being discussed tonight. For those of you who are wondering, please stop by City Hall at 7PM tonight


AOL Patch Replaces New Rochelle Editor at Heart of Talk of the Sound Mug Shot Controversy

October 05, 2010 - 14:11

NRPatchEditors.gifTen days after Talk of the Sound first reported that the editor of the newly launched New Rochelle Patch, the local operation of AOL's hyper-local news site, had lifted material from Talk of the Sound, the site has a new editor. Talk of the Sound had alleged that mug shots of suspects in a recent murder in New Rochelle had been downloaded from Talk of the Sound and published on New Rochelle Patch without permission and without attribution.

Allison Esposito has been replaced by incoming editor Michael Woyton who has previously worked on the Patch Bedford-Katonah.

The case received national attention reflecting an unease among journalists that is over-working its underpaid staff leading to corner-cutting by inexperienced journalists and a lack of oversight by senior editors.

After several days of denials and false, defamatory statements about Talk of the Sound and Managing Editor Robert Cox (me), AOL Patch Editor=in-Chief issued a public statement admitting the allegations of plagiarism were true and claimed that Esposito lied to her AOL bosses.

Katy O'Connor, Esposito's boss and the regional editor for the Hudson Valley area, had staked her journalistic reputation on her shrill assertions that the material has not been lifted and attempts at muddying the water by casting aspersions on Cox. O'Connor has not made any comment since AOL Patch chief Farnham apologized in a phone call to Cox last week.

Welfare for Politicians: With Less Than a Month to Election Day, Oppenheimer Continues to Use Taxpayer Dollars to Fund Campaign

October 05, 2010 - 14:07

26-year Incumbent Sends Out Another Self-promoting Mailer at Taxpayer Expense

WHITE PLAINS – State Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R,I,C – 37th District) today sharply rebuked Senator Oppenheimer for sending yet another campaign-style mailer to thousands of Westchester households last week at taxpayer expense. Cohen demanded that the Senator reimburse the state for the self-promoting brochures she has had printed and distributed at taxpayer expense since she announced her campaign.

“Senator Oppenheimer has made it clear with announcements, fundraisers and attack ads that her campaign is up and running,” said Cohen. “Yet she continues to use state resources to boost her image with less than a month to Election Day and taxpayers are picking up the tab. Westchester families should not be expected to subsidize the campaigns of the career politicians responsible for the fiscal crisis the state is in.”

Cohen, who is running on a platform to reduce government spending and make Albany more accountable, said that government resources should not be used for such mailings after election campaigns begin, calling it ‘a misappropriation of funds’ and ‘welfare for politicians.’

District 3 Candidate Peter Parente Endorsed By Firefighters Union

October 05, 2010 - 05:26


Candidate Peter Parente Receives Endorsement from Local 273 IAFF

New Rochelle, New York - October 2, 2010 -

Peter Parente, Candidate for New Rochelle City Council District 3 in the upcoming special election to be held on November 2nd has received the endorsement from Local 273 International Association of Fire Fighters. President, Byron O. Gray stated, “I and many of my fellow members of Local 273 IAFF are aware of your proven commitment to the issues and quality of life in the City of New Rochelle. We feel with great confidence that you are the best candidate in these troubled times and look forward to working with you in the future.”

It’s Election Time – Meet The Candidates At The New Rochelle Train Station Again

October 05, 2010 - 01:30

October 4, 2010, New Rochelle, NY – It’s October and that means politicians will be out there campaigning. A favorite spot of theirs is the Manhattan-bound New Rochelle train station platform. This morning proved no different as Republican Bob Cohen was out there glad-handing and handing out flyers. Last week, Amy Paulin did the same with her entourage.

This location guarantees maximum exposure to a large cross-section of people and is a sure-fire way to talk to them and connect.

This tradition may end?
This ‘tradition’ of sorts could end when the MTA fully implements the tap-n-go technology. What has been leaked to the press in the past is that the commuter train platforms will no longer be a free and open access place for everyone because they’ll be ‘fare control areas’.

This new fare collection program will have a pole (or two) where the train rider will have to ‘tap’ their ‘fob’ card that comes with RFID (Radio Frequency ID) technology. Beyond this point, only fare-paying passengers will be allowed on the platform otherwise they could be subject to charges and fines.

Fear not, the tradition won’t end but evolve – just be ready to get your handshakes and flyers at the various street entrances instead.

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Respect Life Month Begins with Respect Life Sunday Mass at Holy Name Church

October 04, 2010 - 14:05

Father Bigelin.jpgThe U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has designated October as Respect Life Month, an annual observance that focuses attention on the sanctity of human life at every stage and the responsibility that Catholics share to protect and defend it.

Father Bigelin celebrated Mass at Holy Name Church on Sunday on Respect Life Sunday. Similar masses were celebrated throughout the Archdiocese. Archbishop Dolan celebrated Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral. The Ancient Order of Hibernians participated in the Mass as a group. Members throughout New York City and Westchester, Rockland, Nassau and Suffolk counties took part. Members assembled on the cathedral's front steps before the mass.

The National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life sponsored the 12th annual National Black Catholic Vigil for Life in the Lady Chapel at St. Patrick's Cathedral Saturday concluding with prayers at the crypt of Venerable Pierre Toussaint.

Special Masses and activities have been planned throughout the archdiocese over the course of the month, many of them in cooperation with the archdiocesan Family Life/Respect Life Office.

More here.