January 2011

Good News from Legislator Maisano: Lawsuit Against County Executive Put On Hold

January 25, 2011 - 09:07

A special meeting was called for the Westchester Board of Legislators last night, January 24. The only item on the agenda was a resolution for the Board of Legislators to hire an outside attorney (meaning spend more taxpayer dollars) to bring a lawsuit against the County Executive regarding the dispute over the passage of an act last month to set the county property tax levy and the veto of this act by County Executive Astorino. After the meeting was called to order, there was limited debate on the proposal: Legislators John Nonna and Peter Harckham for Democrats and me for Republicans. All three of us requested that the vote on this resolution not take place. At the end of the brief debate, this proposal was tabled indefinitely.

It is my understanding that the Democratic Caucus was split on this proposal, and the Republican Caucus was fully opposed to it, and therefore, it is unclear if the resolution would have passed.

Don't Miss the Dumbest Marketer Ever, Andrea Hoffman Appearing Tomorrow at Monroe College

January 25, 2011 - 01:21

andrea-hoffman.jpgBack on December 12th, a woman named Andrea Hoffman tweeted about a planned appearance at Monroe College to promote her book Black is the New Green, Marketing to Affluent African Americans. Noticing the tweet, I contacted her offering to promote her event.

you tweeted that you were coming to speak in New Rochelle.

Please send details and we will promote it.

Robert Cox
Managing Editor

She replied.

Thanks for the note. Myself and my co-author will be speaking about our book. Here is the website.

There were no details about the event on the web site she sent. After poking around, I gave up and wrote her again.


I am aware that you will be speaking --- I need date, time, loc, etc.

Bob Cox

Robert Cox
Managing Editor
New Rochelle's Talk of the Sound

Iona College Presents Race to Nowhere and Waiting for Superman, Two Documentaries on American Education; Panelists Include Former Trinity Principal McMahon

January 24, 2011 - 22:08

RacetoNowhere.jpgNew Rochelle, NY (January 2011) Iona College’s Education Department is presenting two award-winning documentaries about the purpose of American education which explore possible options for improvement. The screenings are free of charge.

The first is the documentary, Race to Nowhere, which will be screened at 5 PM, Tuesday, January 25 at the college’s Christopher J. Murphy auditorium and will be followed by a panel discussion. The film points to the silent epidemic in the nation’s schools where cheating has become commonplace; students have become disengaged; stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant, and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired. Race to Nowhere is a call to mobilize families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens.

Like a Bad Penny, Donna Henry Turns Up in Khalil Leak Case; Grandmother of Murdered Toddler Exploited Ties to New Ro Dems

January 24, 2011 - 21:47

Donna HenryThe Journal News is starting to ask questions about the death of Khalil Leak and focusing their attention on the judge in the Family Court case. Back in 2003, Kathie Davidson was pushed hard for the position of Westchester County Family Court Judge by the local New Rochelle Democratic party establishment. When a member of that establishment needed a favor, Davison obliged and now a two year old boy is dead.

'Heartbroken' judge faces scrutiny after Khalil Leak's death

What the Journal News does not reveal in their article is the name of the grandmother at the heart of their story.

It is a name well-familiar with Talk of the Sound readers: Donna Henry.

Comedians Caught on the Incoming Tide at Rangoli Jan 29th

January 24, 2011 - 16:31

SpareChangeComedyTour.jpgNew Rochelle, NY - 1/23/11 - Incoming Tide Entertainment presents The Spare Change Comedy Tour, launching next Saturday, January 29th 9:30pm in the Lounge of Rangoli Restaurant.

Warm up with friends, enjoying fun & laughter, listening to New York's funniest stand-up comedians. Amy Carlson, Paul Marino, Brian Jian and Eddy Dominguez kick off this evenings performance.

Limited seating, reservations suggested. Reservations accepted at or call SmartTix at 212-868-4444. Rangoli is offering a complimentary tasting 9pm-9:30pm.

Parking available on street or municipal parking (1) block from restaurant, located at 615 Main Street, New Rochelle, NY.

Incoming Tide Entertainment LLC - is an entertainment company; creating, producing and coproducing performing and visual arts properties. Annual productions include the APPETIZERS Short Play Festival and the Incoming Tide Performing Arts Festival, in addition to art shows.

Talk of the Sound Presentation on Corruption in New Rochelle at American Legion Hall Thursday Night

January 24, 2011 - 15:56

The Reform Club of New Rochelle has asked me to speak on the topic of corruption in New Rochelle. The meeting will be held at the American Legion Hall at 7:30 PM this coming Thursday night. The American Legion Hall is located at 112 North Avenue. There is parking on the street, in the lot and at the Mormon Church across the street from the hall.

I intend to pick up on themes discussed last week on my radio show. Follow the link then click "PODCAST" to listen to the show.

NR GOP Meeting - This Wed, Jan. 26, 8pm at American Legion

January 24, 2011 - 15:53

The New Rochelle Republican City Committee will meet on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 8:00 PM at the American Legion Post 8, 112 North Ave., in the 2nd floor meeting hall.

Agenda as follows:

1. Pledge of Allegiance
2. 2011 Elections
3. Louis Trangucci, N. R. City Councilman District 1
4. Albert Tarantino, N. R. City Councilman District 2
5. Richard St. Paul, N. R. City Councilman District 4
6. Sheila Marcotte, Westchester County Legislator District 10
7. James Maisano, Westchester County Legislator District 11
8. Fill Vacancies for District Leaders
9. Old Business/New Business
10. Meeting Adjourned

This meeting is open to the public and refreshments will be served. A reminder that there is free parking on site and in the Mormon Church lot across the street.

For additional information: (914) 497-2876 or [email protected].

New Rochelle Public Library Closed Due to Lack of Heat in Main Building

January 24, 2011 - 15:39

There is a sign on the door at the New Rochelle Public Library stating that the library is closed due to a lack of heat. Callers to the library get a message stating that the library is closed due to lack of heat in the main building.

UPDATE: Thomas Geoffino, Director of the New Rochelle Public Library tells Talk of the Sound "Our boilers stopped functioning sometime yesterday morning. Despite calls to our vendor (busy due to other emergencies) they were not able to visit till last evening. They did get the boiler functioning but apparently the building was still very cold this morning and not really acceptable for our patrons and staff to utilize. We are very hopeful that our building will be properly heated and open for business tomorrow."

50th Anniversary of Lincoln School Desegregation Case Comes And Goes without a Whisper in New Rochelle

January 24, 2011 - 13:27

Ward ProtectAs predicted more than a year by Talk of the Sound, New Rochelle has no events planned to mark January 24, 2011, the 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Court's landmark decision in Taylor v. New Rochelle Board of Education in which Judge Irving Kaufman found that the New Rochelle Board of Education has engaged in "de facto" racial segregation and ordered the desegregation of the Lincoln Elementary School in New Rochelle, NY.

Why are we not surprised?