Monroe joins local contributors in support of community celebration
Monroe College has agreed to make a generous contribution to the City of New Rochelle’s community celebration fund in order to support the 2011 Memorial Day Parade.
In adopting its 2011 budget, the New Rochelle City Council preserved funding for the overtime costs associated with the Memorial Day Parade, Thanksgiving Parade and Fourth of July Fireworks, but eliminated funding for all other costs, with the expectation of soliciting and obtaining private contributions to maintain these much-beloved events.
John & Charles Valenti have previously committed to maintaining their sponsorship of the Thanksgiving Parade. Monroe’s generosity joins that of veterans groups, local businesses and community groups to ensure that the Memorial Day Parade, presented by the United Veterans Memorial and Patriotic Association and the City of New Rochelle, returns for another successful year.
"Monroe College's leadership exemplifies the kind of public-private partnership through which we can preserve our important community celebrations, even at a time of fiscal challenge,” said Mayor Noam Bramson.
For the first time in several years, the terms of a new union contract for school district employees will be known before a school budget vote in New Rochelle, based on information announced today by F.U.S.E., the bargaining unit which represents almost all school district employees. F.U.S.E. President Martin Daly announced to members today detailed information about the proposed contract settlement with the City School District of New Rochelle.
F.U.S.E. Members will get an “across the board raise” of 2.1%, effective July 1 or September 15, 2012 and a 2.6% “across the board the raise” effective July 1 or September 15, 2013. The 0% “across the board” raise, “step” advancement, longevity increment for 2011-12 were not affected. The different start dates reflect that there was "10 month" and "12 month" employees.
In the April 7 issue of the Westchester Guardian
The City of New Rochelle has been encouraging development in the
downtown area since the Democratic majority took over. Since that time
there has been criticism of the type of development and the tax
abatements given. It was surprising to hear how far the City coffers
have diminished during this period according to the guest speakers,
Councilman Lou Trangucci and former Assemblyman Ron Tocci, at the New
Rochelle Citizens Reform Club March 24th meeting.
Councilman Trangucci said that Avalon had 30 years to pay the city
for the land on which it built its apartment complexes. He took the
initiative to make a request of the Council suggesting an early payment
to the City for part of the money owed. Avalon agreed to give New
Rochelle $9 million of the money they owed over the next five
years: three million dollars the first year and one and a half million
dollars for each of the next four years. He told the members of the
New Rochelle Citizens Reform Club that half of Avalon's nine million
dollar payment has already been used. In his view Mayor Bramson did
Rassool Hassan Williams was sentenced to life in prison by an Ohio judge after his conviction for fatally shooting a man in Stuebenville, OH. At sentencing, Williams told the judge he did not think it was fair that he was getting a life sentence despite 25 prior arrests ranging from weapons possession to driving with a suspended license, from drug trafficking to murder.
Looking at his rap sheet, New Rochelle residents might wonder how it is fair the the District chooses to expose children to a career criminal like Williams, in and out of jail regularly for 19 years, or how a man like Williams ever managed to pass the supposedly rigorous background check required by the City School District of New Rochelle. Rassool Hassan Williams worked for the New Rochelle School District in the Buildings & Grounds Department at the Cliff Street Yard from 2008 to 2010.
Outraged that a group of New Rochelle residents made critical comments about his Redistricting Plan during last night's Citizens to be Heard portion of the City Council Meeting, New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson bolted the stage to angrily confront startled members of the ad hoc Concerned New Rochelle Citizens' Redistricting Committee as they made their way out of the meeting.
"Don't piss on my leg then try to shake my hand", Bramson hissed at one committee member who attempted to greet the Mayor as he approached the group. A woman who overheard the remark was stunned by the Mayor's language.
The notoriously belligerent Bramson was especially upset over criticism of his redistricting plan contained in a press release distributed by the group earlier in the day.
Live stand up comedy presented monthly by Incoming Tide features the Spare Change Comedy Tour. Performers this evening are Michael Che, Emma Willemann, Adam Chisnal, Miguel Dalmau and your host, New Rochelle's Amy Carlson. (See pix attached to story)
The date is April 23rd at 8PM in Rangoli's lounge, located at 615 Main Street in New Rochelle. Purchase tickets in advance at www.smarttix.com or call them at 212-868-4444, $10pp in advance.
While all of tonight's commentators were critical of the council majority's redistricting plan, the overall turnout was a discouraging sight for citizens concerned about New Rochelle's future political legitimacy. The inattention of the city's minority communities was positively "deafening!"
Concerned New Rochelle Citizens' Redistricting Committee chair Mark McLean, Assemblyman Ron Tocci and Mayor Len Paduano presented a blistering critique of the Democrat-authored map. The most pointed objections concerned: the contrived layout of several districts, particularly number 6 whose "reach" southward through the core of the City of New Rochelle recalled to some in attendance the famous "Salamander"-shaped Massachusetts legislative borough of Elbridge Gerry which gave the corrupt practice its name - Gerrymandering; the hurried and careless schedule of public outreach/input which seems inadequate to the task of inviting and facilitating citizen involvement, and most important; the careful exclusion of African-Americans and Spanish-speaking Americans from districts 5 and 6 and the consequent concentration of same in districts 3 and 4, respectively.