December 2010

NAACP New Rochelle Branch Launches New Web Site and Social Media Campaign

December 21, 2010 - 22:42

NAACP_WebSite.jpgThe NAACP's New Rochelle Branch has launched its first ever web site -- The web site is integrated with social media services including Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube.

The NAACP New Rochelle Branch is one of the oldest branches in the United States.

The site contains information about the New Rochelle Branch, events, awareness of the organization, history and much more.

The hope is that by offering new ways for younger members to discover and interact with the Branch while reinforcing the existing communications infrastructure which relies on more traditional means of communication. There is an interactive time line for the NAACP, a membership application form, and additional information.

GETTING RESULTS: City of New Rochelle Removes Job Posting for School Security Specialist

December 21, 2010 - 22:05


While still awaiting official word as to what the City of New Rochelle intends to do about the rather flagrant violations of New York State law by the City School District of New Rochelle, Talk of the Sound noticed that the job posting for the "School Security Specialist" position has been removed without explanation from the City of New Rochelle web site.

The school district had coordinated with the always "helpful" Domenic Procopio to list the job despite the fact that an exam had taken place, an eligibility list created and specific orders given by the New York State Civil Service Commission to select a person from the eligibility list as required by New York State law.

Clases de Verano an la High School de New Rochelle

December 21, 2010 - 21:23

Escuela de Verano en New Rochelle High School

Hace poco pedi los datos de la administración de escuelas de New Rochelle acerca el número de estudiantes que asisten a la Escuela de Verano en New Rochelle. Mi sospecha era de que era un número importante y, que esencialmente, en su mayoría eran estudiantes hispanos y afro-americanos. Los distritos me ha enviado los siguientes datos:

• Un total de 703 estudiantes de New Rochelle High School fueron incluidos en elPrograma de Escuela de Verano 2010.
• Un total de 77 estudiantes de fuera del distrito se inscribieron en nuestro Programa de Escuela de Verano 2010 (Se reembolso el costos de estos estudiantes al distrito?)

Summer Classes in New Rochelle

December 21, 2010 - 21:21

Summer School in New Rochelle High School
I recently requested data from the New Rochelle School administration on the number of students who attend Summer School in New Rochelle. My suspicion was that it was a significant number and essentially mostly Hispanic and African-American students. The districts sent me the following data:
• A total number of 703 students from New Rochelle High School were enrolled in our 2010 Summer School Program.
• A total number of 77 students from out-of-district were enrolled in our 2010 Summer School Program (Are we reimbursed for these students?)

Special Screening and Panel Discussion on “Race to Nowhere” at New Rochelle High School on January 6th

December 21, 2010 - 21:12

On January 6, 2011 at 7pm, Theater Works, the theater club at New Rochelle High School, is hosting a screening of “Race to Nowhere”.

Tickets are on sale now: $10 in advance or $15 at door

One Example of Many as to Why New Rochelle City Clerk Bennie Giles Must Be Sent to Remedial Freedom of Information Law Training

December 21, 2010 - 20:14

The following is a part of what I was put through by New Rochelle City Clerk Bennie Giles in obtaining what turned out to be 3 pages of records from the Parks & Recreation Department. I believe it provides a good example of why it should be required of anyone working in the City Clerk's office including the Clerk themselves. It is clear that Giles does not understand the Freedom of Information Law. The law is too important to be in the hands of someone who does not understand it so this needs to be fixed. Going forward, the City Council ought to make it a requirement that the City Clerk have a demonstrated understanding of the New York State Freedom of Information Law and the New York State Open Meeting Law.

I first contacted Bennie Giles on June 3, 2010 after visiting Ward Acres Community Garden and noticing there was an ongoing fundraising effort to pay for installing a water system at the location.

from Robert Cox
to "Giles, Bennie"
date Thu, Jun 3, 2010 at 12:54 PM
subject Public Records Request - Ward Acres Community Garden

This is a public records request.

U.S. Census Bureau Reports Population Up 9.7% to 308,745,538; New York Loses 2 House Seats, New Rochelle Data in February

December 21, 2010 - 19:40

The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that the 2010 Census showed the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2010, was 308,745,538. This is the first report from the U.S. Census Bureau on the 2010 Census Population Counts. The County and Local data is due out in early 2011, likely in the next 45 days according to sources at the U.S. Census Bureau.

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke presided as the Census Bureau announced that the resident population represented an increase of 9.7 percent over the 2000 U.S. resident population of 281,421,906.

New York State's population increased by 2.1 percent to 19,378,102 people since 2000. New York still has the third highest population in the United States behind California (37,253,956) and Texas (25,145,561).

As expected, New York state will lose two congressional seats under reapportionment starting in 2013.

As Public Comment Window Closes on Iona College Dorm Scoping Document, College Continues Astroturf Campaign

December 21, 2010 - 13:35

The period for submitting public comments after the public scoping session has now ended. All comments were due by close of business on Monday December 20, 2010, ten (10) days after the public event at City Hall on Thursday December 9, 2010.

Iona is proposing the construction of a new 10-story residence hall consisting of approximately 93,434 square feet and housing approximately 393 students. The residence hall would be constructed on the site of an existing parking lot on the Iona College West Campus, adjacent to the existing Loftus residence hall.

At the public scoping section, dozens of residents, most of whom live in the immediate area, spoke out against the project.

In the meantime, to build support, Iona College has been sending out form letters to alumni living in New Rochelle asking them to send a letter to the Mayor in support of the project.

Dear ___________

As a member of the New Rochelle community and a graduate of Iona College, I write to ask for your support of a very important project for Iona.

Hunan Ritz Closed by New Rochelle Building Department Due to "Imminent Danger"

December 21, 2010 - 13:00


Hunan Ritz, a popular Chinese/Japanese restaurant at 1335 North Avenue in the Wykagyl section of New Rochelle has been shut down after the New Rochelle Building Department closed the building to "imminent danger". According to the notice the structure was deemed unsafe and may not be occupied until work is undertaken to address the reason the building has been determined to be unsafe. The notice does not say why the building is structurally unsafe.

The restaurant has put up its own hand-written note reading "due to construction we will be temporarily closed sorry for the inconvenience".

Calls to the restaurant were not answered.

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