February 2011

Time Has Come to Reform New Rochelle Civil Service Commission

February 01, 2011 - 17:06

NRCSCMeeting.jpgIt might be asking too much for Mayor Noam Bramson to replace Dominic "Combat Vet" Procopio at this time. After all, the Mayor said on his WVOX radio show about a year ago that Procopio was doing a "fine job" as Chairman of the Municipal Civil Service Commission in the days after Talk of the Sound first reported that Procopio had pocketed thousands of dollars in property tax exemptions to which he was not entitled, including over $2,000 in exemptions specifically reserved for military veterans who saw combat action. It might even be too much to ask for City Manager Chuck Strome to replace Civil Service Administrator Jeanett Medina given his desire to "protect" his staff. It is not even worth going into the whole Koehler 211 fiasco.

So, how about starting simple by bringing some much needed reform to New Rochelle's Municipal Civil Service Commission:

Con Edison on the Alert for Snow, Sleet and Severe Ice Accretion, Expecting Falling Tree Limbs, Downed Power Lines

February 01, 2011 - 15:40

NEW YORK -- Con Edison is closely monitoring the storm that began overnight and is expected to last into Wednesday.

The forecast calls for snow, sleet and freezing rain. The mix could cause branches and trees to fall into power lines and knock out electrical service to customers.

Customers can report outages and check service restoration status by computer, PDA, or cell phone at They also may call 1-800-75CONED. When reporting an outage, have your Con Edison account number available, if possible, and report whether your neighbors also have lost power.

Con Edison offers the following storm tips to customers to help weather the possible effects of a storm:

· If you see downed electrical wires, do not go near them. Treat all downed wires as if they are live. Never attempt to move them or touch them with any object. Be mindful that downed wires can be hidden from view by snow, tree limbs, leaves or water.
· Report all downed wires to Con Edison and your local police department immediately. If a power line falls on your car while you’re in it, stay inside the vehicle and wait for emergency personnel.

Iona Selected for ESPN Brackerbuster Event, Set to Play Nationally Televised Game on February 19 Against Liberty College

February 01, 2011 - 12:59

ESPNBracketbusters.jpgNEW ROCHELLE, NY - The Iona College men's basketball team has been selected to play the Big South's Liberty University in the 2011 ESPN BracketBusters game on Saturday, Feb. 19. The Gaels will travel to Lynchburg, VA to face the Flames in a televised matchup on ESPNU at 3:00 pm.

Iona earns its third televised contest in the six years it has participated in the event. It is the first road TV game for the Gaels in the series after previously defeating Buffalo in 2006 and William & Mary last year at the Hynes Center.

Iona and Liberty meet for the second time in history after an 84-68 Gael win at the Hynes Center on Dec. 20, 1997. The victory was the third in the stretch of 15 straight during the season. Liberty is the first Big South opponent for the Maroon & Gold since it opened the 2006-07 campaign against Winthrop in the NIT Season Tip-Off in Charlotte, NC. Iona is 2-2 all time vs. the Big South including the win over the Flames.