March 2011

Teaching Assistant at New Rochelle's Isaac E. Young Middle School Not Punished After Cursing Out a Student, Choking a Teacher

March 21, 2011 - 12:18

IsaacYoungKim Scott, a Teaching Assistant who works in the computer lab at Isaac E. Young Middle School in New Rochelle, frustrated over the behavior of a group of special education students in the lab, allegedly cursed out one of the students and attacked their teacher.

"You're going to get your fuckin' ass kicked", Scott is said to have threatened to one student, according to sources familiar with the incident.

Scott put her hands around the neck of Deanna Basile, a Special Education teacher, choking her, these same sources confirmed. Scott later claimed she was just "playing".

Scott is black; Basile is white. Some have suggested the handling of the incident is a form of racial bias. They claim that school's Assistant Principal Tawanda Gerald Robinson, who is black, has sought to cover up the incident to protect Scott. Multiple sources have confirmed that a letter was placed in Scott's file but no further action was taken.

UPDATE: A person claiming to speak on behalf of Kim Scott tells Talk of the Sound she disputed the allegations made against her, that she did not choke anyone, and that she filed a counter-letter to the letter placed in her file by the school.

Trangucci: Council Was Not Properly Informed About New Rochelle's GreeNR Plan

March 20, 2011 - 19:31

Councilman Lou Trangucci knows his constituents will question the $1200 dues to ICLEI (International Council Local Environmental Initiatives) for the GreeNR plan. He is concerned because he said this expenditure was never presented to the Council before they voted. Another Councilman, Richard St. Paul, expressed displeasure that the City Council is being asked to approve a GreeNR plan where amendments made by Council are listed separately from the original document.

Statement by the City School District of New Rochelle on the Unexpected Resignation of Jefferson School Assistant Principal

March 20, 2011 - 10:50

Jefferson School Principal Kim Nieves made the following statement, via robo call, to all Jefferson parents:

As the Principal of Jefferson Elementary School, I regret to inform you that our Assistant Principal, Jose Martinez has resigned effective March 14, 2011 due to personal reasons. We appreciate the work that he has done and wish him the best in the future. The district office continues to support Jefferson Elementary School and will be working with me to eventually hire a replacement. If you have any concerns, please contact me. Thank you for your continued support.

Kimmerly Nieves

Close Encounters as "Super Moon" Shines its Light Over New Rochelle

March 20, 2011 - 06:42

Moon Over NewRochelleHighSchool

A crisp, crystal clear night provided the backdrop as Mother Nature brought the moon just a little closer to New Rochelle (and the rest of the world) last night as if to confirm "winter is over". Amen to that! With Sunday being the first day of spring, it was a fitting fanfare to usher in the new season.

supermoon over Echo Bay(I was lucky enough to get this shot as the moon rose up over Echo Bay)

If you took photos last night and would like to share them please send them.

Saturday nights "super moon" resulted as the moon reached its perigee and came closer to the earth than it has in the last 20 years or so. Closest it's been, in fact, since January 20, 1992. Anybody remember where you were on that date? In case you missed this years celestial "happening" all is not lost. The moon will be even closer on November 14, 2016 for all you stargazers. Until then, get out and enjoy spring and all it has to offer!

Deal to Retain Retiring New Rochelle Commissioners Sparks Controversy over $15,000 "Pay Raise"

March 19, 2011 - 23:04

Reallocation ZimmMurph

Over the past few weeks, Talk of the Sound has been inundated with copies of "Resolution 33" introduced at the City Council Meeting on February 8, 2011. The resolution "reallocated" the positions of Parks & Recreation Commissioner and Deputy Police Commissioner from "Non-Represented Employee" Pay Grade VII with a range of $106,336 to $154,538 to Pay Grade VII with a range of $117,003 to $169,990. These positions are held by Parks & Recreation Commissioner Bill Zimmerman and Deputy Police Commissioner Anthony Murphy. Both Murphy and Zimmerman were previously at the top end of the pay scale and thus "maxed out" so the practical effect of this resolution is they are now eligible for pay increases up to $15,000.

Former Owner of New Rochelle Train Station Says New Rochelle Should Get Out of Property Management Business

March 19, 2011 - 20:29

TrainStationBathroom2.jpgNew Rochelle property-owner Harrin K. Platzner has an Op-Ed in the Journal News: New Rochelle has been poor at property management

Platzner writes:

In 1981, when the city took the railroad station from its private owners by eminent domain, and paid millions of dollars, one of the top reasons, according to then City Manager C. Samuel Kissinger, was to provide bathroom facilities for the commuters, the most basic necessity.