October 2010

Again - Equity & Fairness in our middle schools

October 25, 2010 - 12:43

IEYMS Web page
Two weeks ago, I received three calls from IEYMS parents who ventured into the site looking to find IEYMS’ web page. When they found it, they noticed it had little to no information. One parent, out of curiosity, went to the Albert Leonard Middle School site and noticed a slew of up to date and useful information on current after-school activities, teacher’s schedule of when students could seek help and much more. I then sent a note to Mr. Bongo and the Board members encouraging them to update the IEYMS web page. I figure they must have this information already and someone could easily populate the site. Mr. Bongo responded to me the next day indicating that he would look into it. Another day passed, I wrote the Board of Ed and suggested they get on this since little things become big things. No response. I guess I have no influence anymore. A week later, the site remains empty, yet ALMS continues to update their site with vivid colors and much appreciated information for students and parents.
So if you go to the IEYMS school site you will notice the following:
• Parent Support site is empty of any information and was created in January 13, 2009;
• Pupil Services is also empty of any information as it has been since January 13, 2009;

Support Grows With the Latest Endorsement for District 3 Candidate Peter Parente

October 25, 2010 - 05:59

For Immediate Release
October 21, 2010
Local 663-The New Rochelle Public Employees Union Endorse Parente

On Friday, October 15, 2010, The New Rochelle Public Employees Voted to support Peter Parente in his effort to be elected as Councilman representing District 3 on the New Rochelle City Council. Angelo Formisano, Secretary-Treasurer Local 663 made the following statement, “We find it conceivable that you truly are the candidate who will stand up for the average working class man and his family. Our Union President, Mr. Lamont Taylor, is pleased to tell you that Local 663, the New Rochelle Public Employee’s stand with you and supports your effort in this upcoming election to bring the people of New Rochelle back together again, as you have demonstrated in the past.”

This endorsement is the third endorsement received by Peter Parente in his effort to be elected to represent the good people of District 3 in this special election to fill a vacant seat on the city council. To date, Mr. Parente has been endorsed by Westchester VPAC, Local 273 International Association of Fire Fighters in New Rochelle and now The New Rochelle Public Employee’s Local 663.

Meet the Face of Downtown New Rochelle: Aggressive Panhandlers Plague Business District

October 24, 2010 - 21:51

Panhandler.jpgDowntown residents and merchants have been complaining to Talk of the Sound about this guy for months. He circles around the downtown area non-stop, throughout the day, hitting up everyone in downtown for money. He loiters outside stores, watches people get out of their cars, linger near ATM machines and otherwise makes a nuisance of himself. He is beyond persistent to the point of harassing people walking in downtown New Rochelle. He will ask people for money when they walk into a store and if they ignore him and then come back out with a purchase in hand he will accuse them of lying and demand money. This guy covers a lot of ground and appears to be an auto-pilot as he bounced from one person to the next. Obviously people are giving him money or he would have done away; I've seen it myself.

With the Christmas shopping season approaching this guy -- and this friends -- is only going to become more of a problem. Whatever "free speech" rights might exist for this guy pestering everyone for money, the merchants and residents in downtown ought to have the right not be harassed by this guy anymore. If necessary, throw him in a cage and release him upstate somewhere. Just get rid of him.

New Rochelle officials should look closely at this photo as they consider what sort of downtown they have created when the storefront churches are allow to block dozens of parking spaces on Main Street all day Sunday, when panhandlers rove the streets like a pack of rabid dogs, homeless people are eating out of overflowing trash cans throughout the downtown, transvestites are robbing wig stores, roving bands of kids are loitering on Anderson Street under the "no loitering signs" and store windows are plastered with "No Quarters without a Purchase" signs. For those brave enough (or foolish enough) to run this gauntlet of despair they can look forward to a fleet of squad cars descending on their vehicle as police offers fight with Community Service Officers for the privilege of meeting their quota by socking you with a $25.00 parking ticket the second your meter clicks over to "expired". Given this, why would anyone want to shop or dine in downtown?

NRPD has got to take back control of our streets and the City and BID need to reverse policies that punish people for shopping or dining in downtown while rewarding beggars, thieves and scavengers.

How a Robot Fixed my Tooth in New Rochelle

October 24, 2010 - 11:29

I had a “What’s Next” moment last Friday in New Rochelle, and In a good way. Technology crops up in the most unexpected places. I watched a robotic machine take a porcelain cube and turn it into a tooth in six minutes in Dr. Perler’s New Rochelle dental office.

[Dr. Perler in photo above with Cerec CAD/CAM technology tracing area of tooth needing replacement]

New Rochelle Cop Car Crashes on Hutch

October 24, 2010 - 11:11

A New Rochelle police officer crashed his car on the hutch parkway north by north ave. The officer was not hurt but his car had to be towed off the parkway. The officer was responding to a call for help from a county police officer who was fighting with at least 3 people after pulling a car over at the wilmont road exit on the hutch. New Rochelle police were responding to help the officer in need of assistance the call came in around 3:00am Sunday morning. The officer at 4:00am has now requested to be taken to the hospital after feeling pain and is going to be checked out by doctors at sound shore medical center. Developing !!!!!

Make Reservations Now for a Chance to be a TV Star as Food Network features Bella Bella in Downtown New Rochelle SATURDAY (CHANG

October 22, 2010 - 21:20

UPDATE: The Food Network called Bella Bella and told them they needed to change the event from Friday, October 29th to Saturday, October 30th. Bella Bella is very apologetic, but this is the Food Network’s decision.

Bella Bella Italian Restaurant in downtown New Rochelle has been chosen by the popular Food Network to be featured in an upcoming television production with one of the Network’s star executive chefs.

A world renown New York City restaurant will work with the owners and staff at Bella Bella to create new signature dishes to be offered at Bella Bella for the first time on Friday evening, October 29th Saturday October 30th. The evening will be filmed! Diners who wish, can offer comments on camera.
Make reservations now for this onetime, dining event. Enjoy newly created dishes. Meet one of the Food Network’s famous chefs. And become a television star!

To make reservations call: 914-813-2626.

Dinner hours for this Food Network event will be from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

Read the BID review of Bella Bella

Statement by District Attorney Janet Fiore on Death of Danroy Henry

October 22, 2010 - 21:17

Janet DeFiore has issued the following statement:

In order to determine the circumstances surrounding the death of Danroy Henry, it is critical that witnesses to the events outside of Finnegan's Grill in the Town of Mount Pleasant during the early morning hours of October 17th make themselves available to be interviewed by investigators from the New York State Police Department, the Mount Pleasant Police Department or Assistant District Attorney's assigned to this case from the Westchester County District Attorney's Office.

I encourage all those with any relevant information to come forward.

Janet DeFiore
Westchester County District Attorney

Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Cuomo Endorses Suzi Oppenheimer: Attorney General Praises Her Ability to Get Results

October 22, 2010 - 16:00

Mamaroneck, NY – (October 22) Yesterday, New York Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo endorsed Suzi Oppenheimer for State Senate, citing her ability to break through the Albany gridlock and her continuing efforts to ensure that Westchester families, taxpayers, and schoolchildren get their fair share.

As the Chair of the Senate Education Committee, Oppenheimer led the fight this year to pass landmark education reforms that were instrumental in delivering $700 million in federal Race to the Top funds to schools in New York State. She has also fought for a permanent state-level solution to Westchester's property tax crisis and has worked to balance environmental issues with opportunities for economic development and job creation.

“Senator Oppenheimer has established a stellar record of accomplishment as a true public servant,” stated Mr. Cuomo. “This year she played a key role in passing the Education Reform Law, which she sponsored and helped negotiate. Because of her proven ability to build coalitions and get results, I need Suzi as a partner in making government more effective. I enthusiastically endorse her re-election.”

Vote for Cynthia Lobo - Experience and Diversity

October 22, 2010 - 13:00


To paraphrase Winston Churchill, the decision you will make on November 2nd will be of lasting importance to yourselves and your families. On this day, you have an opportunity to vote for Cynthia Lobo for New Rochelle City Judge. On this day, you can be assured that you will have a person who will become a judge who represents the diversity that is New Rochelle. She is a talented jurist and defender of the public who has struggled for equity and justice for working class people for over 30 years. Cynthia knows how to work hard because she comes from a blue collar family who worked very hard to provide for their children and their community. This commitment for the common good; for representing voiceless and disposed people has been her mainstay for over 30 years. To be a judge, you must have that diversity of life of experiences. You must be able to understand the people who appear before you. Cynthia understands. New Rochelle is a diverse community that is continuously changing. You need that dynamic person who is intelligent, flexible and brings local knowledge to decision making. Vote for Cynthia Lopo for City Judge in New Rochelle. It is exactly what the community needs! Yes we can!!!!


Oppenheimer Asleep at the Switch on Aqueduct Corruption

October 22, 2010 - 11:47


The findings in the state Inspector General’s bombshell report on the bidding process for selecting a VLT operator at Aqueduct race course are appalling. While I am disgusted that politicians can’t even manage to keep their unethical activities within the bounds of Albany’s already lenient rules, what’s more distressing is that it happened right under Senator Oppenheimer’s nose and she didn’t have a clue.

The people implicated in this report are her long-time colleagues, her party leaders that she voted to put there. Indeed, she is a member of the so-called Ethics Committee that Senator Sampson chairs and his name is all over this report. I, for one, would like to know if she will continue to support them as the leaders of her conference.

From the beginning, Albany’s career politicians rigged the process, placing personal and political gain ahead of the taxpayers. Again, New Yorkers will pay millions for Albany’s incompetence and face further embarrassment from their state government. And again, Senator Oppenheimer is asleep at the switch and it is costing taxpayers millions.