January 2011

Notes from Jan 25 New Rochelle BoE Meeting: Tax Cap Resolution, Delayed Opening for Snow Days, Ignoring Lincoln 50th

January 27, 2011 - 00:16

BethFeldmanatBoE.jpgLast night the Board of Education discussed a modified version of a proposed resolution prepared by the New York State School Board Association which serves to express opposition to Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed 2% tax cap. Basically, the Board of Education is taking the position that a tax cap absent a deal to reform the cost drivers at the local level -- unfunded mandates, pension contributions and collective bargaining -- will wreak havoc on the school district. Board of Education President Sara Richmond states that the SBA resolution was modified to address some local concerns without explaining what she meant. She is certainly write that a tax cap alone would destroy the local school district and the local government.


New Rochelle Civil Service Commission Fails to Obey Local, State and Federal Law

January 26, 2011 - 22:45

The New Rochelle Civil Service Commission, appointed and serving at the whim of Mayor Noam Bramson, has the awesome responsibilty of adopting and enforcing both local and state civil service laws. This process is governed by Article V, section 6 of the NYS Constitution and by section 20(2) of the NYS Civil Service Law. For seemingly many years however, the NR CSC has had free reign to do as they wish--legal or otherwise.

New Rochelle, for example, has a residency rule that governs who can participate in civil service exams. It is contained in section A367-8 of the city's municipal code. For the most part, it states that job applicants for municipal positions "must be at the time of examination and for at least four months prior thereto a resident of the municipality where the appointment is to be made" or a resident of the adjoining counties. According to section 20(2)and section A367-1 of the city code, to change this rule, which was adopted in 1975, the NR CSC must FIRST hold a public hearing and THEN, if adopted, have it approved by both the mayor and the state CSC.

Closures and Cancellations in New Rochelle

January 26, 2011 - 21:55

New Rochelle schools have cancelled after school activities for Jan. 26.

GOP Meeting Scheduled for Jan. 26 at American Legion Hall has been cancelled, a new date has not been set.

Democratic Party scheduled for Jan. 26 has been cancelled.

Salesian High School will be closed Jan 27.

North End Garbage Collection for Thursday Jan 27 cancelled.

Due to inclement weather, students will be dismissed from Iona Prep at 12:30 today. All after school activities are cancelled. Bus companies have been notified of this early dismissal.

Per our webposts and Connect-CTY message yesterday, North End garbage collection is cancelled for today. The Hugh A. Doyle Center is closed. Residents are reminded to please dig out fire hydrants abutting their property. Snow removal continues city-wide. To report concerns, call the Snow Removal Hotline at 235-4029.

Reform Club Meeting cancelled.


[if you know of other cancellations add a comment]

City of New Rochelle Winter Storm Message

January 26, 2011 - 21:41

SnowBlowerBlows.jpgThis is Mayor Noam Bramson, and here we go again.

Yet another winter storm is hitting our region, with forecasters predicting that the heaviest snowfall will begin late this afternoon and continue until dawn.

A full complement of City plows will be operating throughout the night, prioritizing main roads, but given the timing of the storm, it is likely that many secondary roads will not be cleared by the Thursday morning rush, and we encourage you to plan accordingly.

Thursday's North End garbage collection is cancelled. The next North End garbage pickup will be on Monday, January 31st. Friday's South End garbage collection will occur as normal.

Let me offer our usual reminders:

For snow-related requests or complaints, please call 235-4029, that's 235-4029.

For any emergencies, call 9-1-1.

American Red Cross Puts Out Call for Eligible Donors to Replenish Decreasing Supply

January 26, 2011 - 20:49

redcrosslogo.jpgWhite Plains, NY (January 26, 2011) – Severe winter weather throughout much of the eastern half of the United States in recent weeks has caused the cancellation of more than 14,000 blood and platelet donations through the American Red Cross. The winter weather closed two critical Westchester County blood drives in January, bringing the blood supply down to about 150 units for the month which affects approximately 450 patients. The severity of the impact has stressed even the Red Cross’ robust national inventory management system, which can move blood products to where they’re needed most, such as when severe weather hits.

“We have not seen the January supply drop this dramatically in a decade and we need to reverse this now“, said Tom Kane, Blood Services Account Manager of the American Red Cross in Westchester County. “You don’t wait to refuel once you’ve run out of gas. Donating blood or platelets now helps ensure immediate and future patient needs will be met.”

Mount Vernon Man Who Murdered Former New Rochelle Student Gets 40 Years to Life in Double Homicide

January 26, 2011 - 17:05

DarrellEvans.jpgWestchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced today that Darrell Evans (DOB 11/22/59) of 8 Ellwood Avenue, Mount Vernon, New York plead guilty today to two counts of Murder in the Second Degree, class “A” Felonies, in exchange for a sentence promise of two consecutive terms of twenty years to life in state prison. Additionally the defendant will serve a consecutive term in Federal Prison relating to a 2008 mail fraud conviction.

On January 7, 2010 the defendant and Joan Whitfield were having an argument on the telephone.

The defendant told her he was going to kill both the babysitter and their daughter Ayanna Evans. Whitfield then called the Mt. Vernon Police Department to alert them to defendant’s threats.

Police responded and as they approached the house, the defendant emerges from the front door unarmed and surrenders while admitting to shooting everyone.