October 2010

Alum Matt Long to Sign Copies of New Book Chronicling His Journey from Crash Victim to Athlete at Iona College Homecoming Weeken

October 14, 2010 - 15:20

mattlong-photo credit-James Cooper.jpgNEW ROCHELLE, NY (October 14, 2010) As part of Iona College's Homecoming Weekend celebration, alum Matt Long will sign copies of a new book, "The New Long Run: A New York City Firefighter's Triumphant Comeback from Crash Victim to Elite Athlete" by Matt Long with Charles Butler, from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM, Saturday, October 23 at Iona’s Ryan Library (Romita Auditorium), 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle.

Mr. Long will also speak about his experience. Published by Rodale Books, “The Long Run” is an emotional about Matt’s determination to fight through fear, despair, loneliness, and intense physical and psychological pain to regain the life he once had. It chronicles his recovery after a nearly fatal accident and more than 40 operations as he teaches himself to walk again (after his doctor told him he'd be lucky if he'd ever walk again without a cane), and a mere three years later, to run in the 2008 New York City Marathon—a seven and a half hour journey through the five boroughs.

Kevin Williams 10-13-86 9-18-10 R.I.P.

October 14, 2010 - 15:01

On September 27th, the Williams held a memorial service for Kevin Williams. The Davis Funeral Home was packed with bereaved friends, family and community members there to support the family. There were many moving moments during the service the highlight of which was a eulogy by Pastor Ben McKnight. There was a display of photos of Kevin Williams and his family near the casket.

NOTE: The above video contains an audio recording of Pastor McKnight's eulogy with details from the photo display, both presented with permission. The recording and photography conditions were not optimal so we apologize in advance for the quality of the audio and video; if you have trouble hearing the audio try using headphones.

The Williams family provided material to guests including an obituary and "In Memoriam".


Kevin S.

NAACP Forum: Kettner v. Lobo, Rice v. Parente

October 13, 2010 - 19:25

NAACPForum.jpgThe NAACP of New Rochelle will host a candidate's forum tonight at 95 Lincoln Avenue. Judicial candidates Susan Kettner and Cynthia Lobo are scheduled for 7 PM. City Council District 3 candidates Jared Rice and Peter Parente are scheduled to appear at 8 PM. This is the only planned joint appearance between the two candidates for the City Council District 3 seat that will take place in District 3. All are welcome.

Cohen Endorsed by State Business Council

October 13, 2010 - 16:45

The Business Council endorses Cohen for State Senate

ALBANY— The Business Council of New York State, Inc. is endorsing Bob Cohen for the New York State Senate in the 37th Senate district.

“Bob Cohen is a business man who knows how difficult it is to create jobs and grow in New York because of the burdens placed on our economy by Albany,” said Kenneth Adams, president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State.

“Bob’s opponent, Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer, has consistently voted for higher taxes and costly mandates on business. To create jobs and move our economy forward we must lower the cost of doing business in New York. Bob Cohen understands that,” added Adams.

Cohen supports the Business Council’s Enough Already NY campaign’s Five to Survive economic reform agenda which includes: a property tax cap; a state spending cap; reducing the tax burden; reforming public employee pensions and limiting government borrowing.
Oppenheimer scored 15 percent on the Business Council’s Voters’ Guide consistently voting for higher taxes, including the MTA payroll tax. The voters' guide is available here.

The endorsement comes through the Business Council’s Political Action Committee. Kenneth Adams made the endorsement at a media conference in White Plains.

Before Bramson Refers Trinity Traffic Issue to New Rochelle Traffic Advisors He Might Want to Read Previous Commission Reports

October 13, 2010 - 15:50

Mayor.gifAt the City Council meeting yesterday, Mayor Noam Bramson suggested the council defer on the issue of a proposed changed to traffic rules on Church Street near Trinity Elementary School. Pointing out that the New Rochelle Traffic Advisory Commission often feels underutilized, Mayor Bramson proposed that the issue of traffic problems around Trinity be referred to the Traffic Advisory Commission.

Next time Mayor Bramson might want to check with his good friend Mitchell Tarnopal who several years ago submitted a report with findings and recommendations regarding traffic concerns at Trinity Elementary School. The report was submitted to City Manager Chuck Strome who was also present at the Council meeting yesterday.

Chuck Strome
City Manager

The Traffic Advisory Commission has been reviewing two issues: School Congestion and Leaf Removal.

New Rochelle Patch's Beat-Sweetener for Superintendent Richard Organisciak

October 12, 2010 - 23:10

In the newspaper business, the article by Barb Grondin Francella entitled Richard Organisciak: Advocate, Juggler, ‘Closer’ is what is known as a beat-sweetener.

Tim Noah at sums it nicely:

A beat-sweetener (some prefer the term source-greaser) is a gratuitously flattering profile that a reporter writes about a government official in the hope that it will encourage (or, at the very least, not impede) that reporter's access to the official in question.

Not a word of the many failures under Organisciak's watch -- the decline in graduation rates, declining test scores, the horrendous health inspection reports, the corruption in the buildings and grounds department -- just a syrupy, uncritical portrayal of Organisciak that would make Jack Shafer roll his eyes.

Apparently the biggest worry facing Organisciak is "dealing with issues as varied as problems with afternoon traffic at William B. Ward school to concerns about using nonrecyclable foam cafeteria trays." Wow! Really?

Law Enforcement Endorsements for Jim Maisano for Supreme Court

October 12, 2010 - 23:02

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For Immediate Release

Dated: October 12, 2010

Contact: Jim Maisano (914) 469-5486

or (914) 355-9205

Jim Maisano, candidate for New York State Supreme Court Justice, has won the official endorsements of several important law enforcement groups. The Affiliated Police Associations of Westchester, the Police Association of New Rochelle, and the Westchester County Police Benevolent Association (PBA) have all given their backing to Jim Maisano, citing his longstanding record of leadership on law enforcement issues and commitment to dispensing fair and impartial justice. They join the growing list of organizations and community leaders who have announced their support of Maisano. He was previously endorsed by the Westchester Hispanic Law Enforcement Association.

City Council Meeting: New Rochelle Socked with $2.5mm Increase in Pension Funding Costs by State of New York

October 12, 2010 - 22:58

CityCouncil2010_1012.jpgNew Rochelle City Finance Commissioner Howard Ratner informed the New Rochelle City Council that the State of New York has dramatically increased the pension liability funding for New Rochelle. The increase will raise the City's pension fund obligation from a little under $8mm to over $10mm. As a result, City Manager Chuck Strome told the Council, the City is looking at "large revenue increases or significant, painful service reductions" in the 2011 budget year. Strome, calling the increase "unbelievable", advised the Council that the City staff was considering an option to defer (borrow) up to $1.6mm of the cost.

Overall Ratner depicted the 2010 budget situation as "dismal" and stated that certain revenue categories were not doing well.

If you are a fan or traffic and parking issues this was the meeting for you. Many items on the agenda pertained to various parking and traffic issues although many of the items deferred until future meetings.

TODAY -- New Rochelle City Council Meeting: FEMA Flooding, Parking Fee Increases

October 12, 2010 - 14:26

Great Seal of City of New Rochelle.jpgThe City Council of New Rochelle will meet today in a Committee of the Whole Meeting starting at 3:45 PM and hold public hearings tonight at 7:30 PM with Citizens to Be Heard to follow.



Today's meet is chock-full of notable agenda items from increased parking fees to an increase in homeowners insurance for residents in flood-prone areas, to the emergence of yet another developer with their hands out looking for tax abatements. My personal favorite is the observation by BID Executive Director Ralph DiBart in his memo to the City Council in which he reveals that paying with quarters is unpopular.