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January 2011

Potty Wars: District 4 Council Member Richard St. Paul Calls Out City Manager on New Rochelle Train Station Bathroom Issue

January 28, 2011 - 02:05
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City Council Member Richard St. Paul has posted a notice on the door to the train station bathrooms. The message reads as follows:

Attention:

Please be advised that the public restrooms have been closed by order of the City Manager.

As the City Council Representative for this District, I have directed the City Manager to include the re-opening of these facilities as a discussion item for the Council on February 8, 2011.

To voice your opinion please come to citizens to be heard on: February 8, 2011 7:30 pm or email City Manager Chuck Strome at [email protected]. Please feel to email me at [email protected].

Sincerely,
Richard St. Paul
District 4 City Council Representative

Metro-North Urged City of New Rochelle Not to Close Train Station Bathrooms in December 15th Meeting

January 27, 2011 - 23:22
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The City of New Rochelle informed Metro-North of its intention to close the bathroom at the New Rochelle train station on December 1st. In a meeting on December 15th, representatives of the railroad urged city officials not to do that. New Rochelle officials told Metro-North that the bathrooms are frequently vandalized and are in bad shape and need capital investment.

"In November 1968, our predecessor railroad sold the station building to Trio Investors Corp. of NYC," said Metro-North spokesperson Marjorie Anders. "In the deed, the sellers required the buyers to keep the restroom open, cleaned and maintained." Anders said the deed also retained for the railroad a ticket office and waiting area.

According to Metro-North officials, sometime thereafter the sale to Trio, the City of New Rochelle took ownership of the train station and maintenance became the responsibility of the city's Department of Development. The city has been maintaining it ever since.

New Rochelle IDA Meeting: Revising UTEP in Response to NYS Comptroller Audit, Pipeline Review, Lloyd Robinson Resigns

January 27, 2011 - 23:11
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IDAMeeting2011-0127.jpgThe New Rochelle Industrial Development Agency held their Regular Meeting this afternoon.

The three highlights were the formation of a UTEP Sub-Committee, a review of projects currently in the IDA pipeline and the resignation of Lloyd Robinson from the IDA Board.

Robinson said he could not recall how long he has been on the IDA but around 12-15 years. Robinson defended his work on the IDA saying that his answer to critics who say the IDA gave away money willy-nilly is the drive across the Throgs Neck Bridge into the Bronx where, if you look left, you can see 4 buildings that were not there before.

Open House at Barnard postponed until 6:30 p.m. Friday 1/28

January 27, 2011 - 15:09

New Rochelle's Magnet Program Open House

Just a reminder that New Rochelle will have its yearly open house at the Barnard School this Friday at 6:30 p.m. (postponed from this evening due to the snowstorm) A great opportunity to go and learn of the wonderful opportunities offered to young students 4 years of age (by December 31 - half day program) and full day Kindergarten classes (age 5 by December 31) and also seasonal after school programs for Grades One and Two. Barnard also has a Universal Pre-Kindergarten one year program.

Sign of the Times

January 27, 2011 - 03:26
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Coyote Flaco is a Mexican restaurant located at 273 North Avenue in New Rochelle between the Bank of America branch and the Kaufman Building and opposite the newly redesigned No Defecation Railway Station. Possibly motivated by their neighbor’s renovations, the owners are in the process of fixing up their establishment. At the moment, the ‘Coyote Flaco’ sign and any underlying palimpsets have been removed, revealing a somewhat faded white lettering on the painted black masonry:”Candle Light Club.”
On hearing about this find, New Rochelle Public Library Historian Barbara Davis recommended a visit to the City Hall Bureau of Assessment followed by the New Rochelle History Room at the library. The staff at the Assessors Office were very helpful and quickly located the ownership record for the property. The ownership records begin in 1943 and show seven ownership changes since, at least three involving the same person. In the margins, the cards mention that the property housed the bar-restaurants Beau Brummel’s and Serendipity, but no mention of the Candle Light Club.

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