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December 2010

New Rochelle Lifts Snow Emergency; Alternate Side Parking Restrictions Suspended for Winter Months

December 29, 2010 - 17:07

The Snow Emergency for the City of New Rochelle has been lifted. However, alternate side of the street parking restrictions remain suspended for the rest of the week.

Additionally, alternate side of the street parking restrictions will be suspended January 1- March 31, 2011 for those streets and portions of streets subject to winter suspension as noted in the Municipal Code Article X Schedule 312-84. The complete list can be found online at
www.newrochelleny.com/DPW .

Cleanup from Sunday’s blizzard will continue throughout the week. Residents can report specific problems and concerns directly to the Department of Public Works Snow Emergency Hotline at 235-4029.

Alternate Side Parking Suspended in New Rochelle During Winter Months

December 29, 2010 - 17:04
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City of New Rochelle announcement.

Parking regulations are suspended relative to street sweeping operations during the winter months from January 1 to March 31, 2010.

However, parking regulations exist throughout the City for reasons other than to accommodate street sweeping. Please carefully review the posted parking restrictions against the list as non-street sweeping related parking regulations will be enforced.

A complete listing of streets is contained in the City Code Article X Schedule 312-84

Name of Street
Side
Hours/ Days
Location

Acacia Terrace
South
8:00 am to 12:00 noon/Wednesday
From Park Avenue to Echo Avenue

Acorn Terrace
North
8:00 am to 12:00 noon/Thursday
From Rhodes Street to dead end

Acorn Terrace
South
8:00 am to 12:00 noon/Wednesday
From Rhodes Street to dead end

Adams Street
North
8:00 am to 12:00 noon/Wednesday
From Stephenson Boulevard to Rhodes Street

Adams Street
South
8:00 am to 12:00 noon/Thursday
From Stephenson Boulevard to Lincoln Street

Allard Avenue
East
8:00 am to 12:00 noon/Wednesday
From John Street to Main Street

Allard Avenue
West
8:00 am to 12:00 noon/Thursday
From John Street to Main Street

Alpha Place
East

Is New Rochelle City Council Monitoring the BID? by Peggy Godfrey

December 29, 2010 - 00:55

In the December 30, 2010 issue of the Westchester Guardian

According to New Rochelle City Manager Chuck Strome) the accomplishments of the BID (Business Improvement District) are the Facade Program and efforts to fill two stores on Main Street. Strome, a member of the BID, on WVOX (12/14/10) cited Consignment on Main and the moving of another store recently displaced by a proposed CVS to the former Palace store on Main Street. When Commissioner of Finance, Howard Rattner, another member of the BID, was asked about New Rochelle's financing of the BID, he stated $436,000 tax levy is collected by the City and is remitted back to the BID. Also, the City contributed $115,000 for the downtown cleaning program. While the City Council continues to delay a second vote on the BID initiated charges for charging for night time parking in city lots, their faith in Ralph DiBart, the BID Executive Director, remains undiminished. When the 2011 City budget was approved, it included $52,000 for DiBart. The $52,000 is now paid directly from the City budget because this expense is no longer eligible from a Community Block grant.

Should nonprofits pay for city services in New Rochelle?

December 28, 2010 - 23:04
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Is it time for New Rochelle’s not-for-profits to pay for fire, police, and city services?

In a eye-opening Wall Street Journal article “Strapped Cities Hit Nonprofits With Fees.” published 12/27/2010, http://on.wsj.com/ew1Iav. **(The WSJ url does not work. Key word search the article’s title on the Wall Street Journal’s website.)

Non-for-profits such as colleges, churches, and charitable organizations across the country are loosing automatic tax exemptions, and are being required to pay property taxes, and for municipal services such as fire and police protection. The loss of automatic non-profit exemptions is seen as a necessary source of revenue to pay for essential city services in these tough economic times. The question that needs to be asked is, should non-profits pay for municipal services in New Rochelle?

New Rochelle Struggles with Snow Removal Despite Lack of Compliance with Snow Emergency Requirements

December 28, 2010 - 18:26
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Overall, the City of New Rochelle has done a pretty good job dealing with a large amount of snow and extreme weather conditions that made working during the storm extremely difficult. Talk of the Sound is giving the City an "A-". They would get an A but we always want to leave room for improvement.

One area that raised questions and suggests remove for improvement was in the declaration of a snow emergency and the decision not to enforce parking requirements on snow emergency streets. Talk of the Sound asked City Manager Chuck Strome about this earlier today.

For starters, Strome recognized that not everyone has been happy with the clean up effort.

"I know people are frustrated we didn't get to their streets", said Strome. "We had some equipment break down, and the guys have to go home and sleep at some point".

Compounding the difficulties has been the need to do garbage pick up -- already behind due the Christmas holiday garbage pick up schedule.

Drivers Beware: Ambrose-Searles Move Over Act to Begin January 1st, 2011

December 28, 2010 - 15:32

NewYorkStatePolice.jpgAlbany, NY – December 15, 2010 - New York State Police Acting Superintendent John P. Melville joined with State Fire Administrator Floyd A. Madison, Acting DOT Commissioner Stanley Gee, Thruway Authority Executive Director Michael R. Fleischer, and DMV Commissioner David J. Swarts in urging motorists to move over and slow down when encountering emergency vehicles New York’s roads and highways. Governor Paterson signed the Ambrose-Searles ‘Move Over Act’ into law last summer, and the move over and slow down provisions of the law take effect January 1, 2011.

Governor David A. Paterson said, “This law will work to safeguard the emergency personnel who protect us day and night as we travel. The 'Ambrose-Searles Act' is a common sense approach that will work to prevent avoidable collisions with emergency personnel, and I was pleased to sign it into law last summer.”

New Rochelle Christmas Blizzard 2010

December 27, 2010 - 23:40
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Photos and Videos are starting to come in to Talk of the Sound. Send yours along to [email protected]; either individual photos or a link to your album.

UPDATE: Wow! These are some great photos! We received more than 250 photos from all of you. Thanks. It took a while to organize and upload all of them but there here is the entire set (so far) in a slide show format along with a few of the more spectacular photos you took over the past 24 hours below.

Center Avenue Permit Parking Lot Has Not Been Plowed

December 27, 2010 - 23:24
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It is 6 pm and the permit parking lot on Centre Avenue is a disaster. Shoveling your car out is our responsibility, but why hasn't the plow come through the lot yet? Many cars could not drive out of this lot today because we can't start shoveling the lot! Calls to the City indicate they are focusing on streets. This is the MOST EXPENSIVIE permit lot ($1,300 annually)and 40 vehicles will likely not make it to work tomorrow! Pathetic!

Con Edison Crews Battling Whipping Winds to Restore Customers in Westchester

December 27, 2010 - 21:17

400 New Rochelle homes were without power today.

NEW YORK -- Con Edison has mobilized extra crews to restore electrical service to customers affected by the fierce blizzard that began Sunday and continued to pound the region this morning.

The company expects to restore service to nearly all of its Westchester County customers by 5 a.m. Tuesday and to nearly all of its Queens customers by 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Con Edison reported approximately 5,300 customers out of power in New York City and Westchester County as of 1 p.m. today. The remaining customer outages include about 2,300 in Queens and 3,000 in Westchester County. In all, the storm affected approximately 10,000 customers.

Winds gusting up to 65 miles per hour have knocked trees into power lines, cutting off electricity and creating potentially dangerous conditions, while the heavy snow has left many roads impassable.

Extra overhead line crews are working in Westchester, Queens and other affected areas, and more crews will be added during the day. Con Edison also has additional customer service representatives and tree-clearing crews on duty to respond to customers and the outages.

Snow and New Rochelle's West End

December 27, 2010 - 20:41
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Once again, many of the streets in the west end have not been plowed - it's monday afternoon 3:30PM. A casual drive to the north end streets, you will see clean streets - no snow. It's one of the most ironic things in this diverse city of New Rochelle. No matter how much you scream and yell at the Mayor's office, it never is enough. He simply does not care. Not sure if the various landscapers in the neighborhood are getting paid by the City, but they are helping out in many of the streets. If they're not getting paid by the City, then it's self-help at it's best. No taxes at work here. We took some photos before sunset on Sickles and Fourth. There is about 10" of snow in the middle of the street. Salt would help with the slick and hilly roads, but they have been reserved for pricey neighborhood homes on Forest Ave off Pinebrook (been there) and the homes that abut Albert Leonard. Why do we keep complaining? The Mayor does not care for the working class people of New Rochelle. We must endure.

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