February 2011

Bruce Negrin Radio Not on Tonight. Find out why.

February 17, 2011 - 16:36

To those that listen, first let me thank you and let me tell you I will not be on the air tonight.

I have taken it upon myself to collect all the Christmas trees stacked on the curbs of New Rochelle since 12/26. This mighjt take all day and night. Who knows, I might even sell a few for it seems cryogenics does work.

The real reason is that I will be out of town. Sometimes work gets in the way of pleasure.

We'll Talk Next Week.

Bruce Negrin
New Rochelle News and Views
WVOX Radio - 1460 am

Why the Echo Bay Development Plan is a Big Fat Hoax

February 17, 2011 - 00:28

Echo Bay will never ever be developed under the plan endorsed by Mayor Noam Bramson.

The math is quite simple.

In order for the Forest City Plan to go forward the City Yard must be moved somewhere else. There is currently no suitable place to move it and even if there was the estimated costs to do so are between $25-35mm dollars.

That's it. That is really all you need to know.

If you want some details here you go...

The City cannot function without an active City yard operating every single day. Even a week without a City Yard would mean piles of garbage all over the City. A month would be a disaster. If you do that in warm months you will have rotting garbage all over the City; do that in cold months you have no snow removal capability. In short, the City Yard can never not be operational.

Going forward on Echo Bay without a precise plan on where to put the City Yard is your classic cart-before-the-horse scenario.

New Rochelle Sister City Committee Presents Bob Baldwin in Concert, Fundraiser for New Rochelle Jazz Festival

February 16, 2011 - 22:28

Bob baldwin new urban jazz com 2008 frontThe New Rochelle Sister City Committee is holding a fundraiser on Saturday night at Avalons "Top of the Roc" to support the Downtown Jazz in July The New Rochelle Jazz Festival.

The event will feature Bob Baldwin in concert featuring Regan Whiteside, and Porter Carroll. There will be a special guest performance by The Brian Carter Trio with Thiago Phinero


Saturday, February 19th 7:30-10:00 P.M.
Avalons "Top of the Roc"
40 Memorial Hwy, New Rochelle, N.Y 10801
$40 at the door, $30 pre-paid reservation only
$25 Seniors Citizens, Students

For Reservations - Find me on Facebook or Brian Carter

Iona College Alumnus John J. Sweeney Receives Prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama

February 16, 2011 - 22:18

JohnSweeneyNew Rochelle, NY (February 16, 2011) -- John J. Sweeney, an alumnus of Iona College (class of 1955), was one of 15 distinguished individuals who was presented with the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom yesterday by President Barack Obama in a ceremony at the White House.

Mr. Sweeney is the current President Emeritus of the AFL-CIO, and served as President of the AFL-CIO from 1995 to 2009. The son of Irish immigrants, a domestic worker and a bus driver in the Bronx, he worked his way up in the labor movement to become President of the Service Employees International Union, growing the union to serve as a strong voice for working people. As President of the AFL-CIO, he revitalized the American labor movement, emphasizing union organizing and social justice, and was a powerful advocate for America’s workers.

New Rochelle City Council Honors James Count Stowe and Roxie E. Stowe for Their Service on City Council

February 16, 2011 - 20:07

The New Rochelle City Council honored James Count Stowe and Roxie E. Stowe for their service on the City Council. At last night's City Council meeting, Mayor Noam Bramson read the following:

James Count Stowe Commendation from City Council of New Rochelle


Whereas, the City Council of New Rochelle wishes to acknowledge those who have contributed their time, expertise, and energy to serve the citizens of New Rochelle; and,

Whereas, James Count Stowe lived in New Rochelle for nearly thirty years, during which he contributed to our community in innumerable ways, setting an example of vital leadership that stirred and inspired countless residents; and,

Whereas, James C. Stowe enlisted in the United States Air Force serving his country as a flight engineer in Europe and throughout the United States, and upon leaving military service earned a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry from the New York Institute of Technology and later a Masters Degree in Operations Research from New York University; and,

The Challenge for Our Schools

February 16, 2011 - 19:24

The Challenge
Today, for the first time in our nation’s history, the next generation will likely fare worse than their parents – unless we intervene. We live in a global marketplace where American children will inherit astronomical deficits and expensive, antiquated systems – oil dependence, an inefficient and ineffective health care system – that cannot be sustained.
Ensuring equity of opportunity for all children is a tremendous challenge for New Rochelle. Even states that provide excellent public education suffer from unacceptable achievement gaps between white and minority students. Providing equal opportunity for all children is today’s civil rights struggle, a moral imperative we cannot and will not ignore. Here are some suggestion to make our education experience better and whole
• Include impact on student academic growth in the evaluation of teacher preparation programs.
• Use a performance evaluation system that distinguishes teachers based on their impact on student academic growth and includes frequent observations to grant continuing contracts.

New York State Has Third Highest Taxes on Cellphones and Wireless Data

February 16, 2011 - 18:35

Iphone dollarsignPC Magazine is reporting that New York is one of five states with taxes and fees over 20%. In a survey conducted by KSE Partners, New York ranked third highest in the country.

1. Nebraska: 23.69%
2. Washington: 23%

3. New York: 22.83%

4. Florida: 21.62%
5. Illinois: 20.90%

Oregon has the lowest taxes and fees at 6.86%.

The survey reports that "consumers pay over 16 percent on wireless taxes and fees, compared to 7.4 percent for other taxable goods." Also that "wireless taxes grew three times faster than the retail sales rate between 2007 and 2010."

Why is our wireless tax burden higher than ever? The report highlights a couple perpetrators, but as a general principle the report suggests that legislators and Congressmen are targeting the wireless industry for tax money to relieve the burden from more recession-starved industries.