April 2011

Department of Justice Consolidates Charges in Brooklyn Forest City City Bribery Case

April 09, 2011 - 21:58

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a Superseding Indictment in the case involving Forest City projects in Brooklyn including the Atlantic Yards project. Forest City is the developer of the Echo Bay Project in New Rochelle.

An eleven-count Superseding Indictment was filed today charging New York State Senator Carl Kruger, New York State Assemblyman William Boyland, Jr., former MediSys Health Network Chief Executive Officer David Rosen, and five other defendants with bribery, fraud, and other federal corruption crimes. Lobbyist Richard Lipsky, real estate developer Aaron Malinsky, health care consultant Solomon Kalish, former Chief Executive Officer of Parkway Hospital, Robert Aquino, and Michael Turano, a Manhattan-based gynecologist are also named. The defendants were originally charged in a three-count Complaint on March 10, 2011, and Rosen was subsequently indicted on March 31. With today’s Superseding Indictment, all eight defendants are now charged in a single Indictment. The defendants will be arraigned before U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff on April 11, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in Manhattan federal court.

New Spring Adult Education Class Offered at Temple Israel of New Rochelle

April 09, 2011 - 21:51

Observances that mark Jewish life-cycles will be the theme of a new adult education class at Temple Israel of New Rochelle this spring. The course will provide additional dimensions to the classes already in progress. There is no cost for any of the spring courses and all are welcome

The four week course, “Marking Transitions: Jewish Life-Cycle Observance,” is scheduled to be held on Thursday evenings, April 28 through May 19 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Taught by Cantor Erik Contzius and Rabbi Beth Nichols, the class will explore many of the details of life-cycle transitions usually taken for granted. Beginning with birth, bris and baby namings, there will be discussion of the ritual bath known as “mikvah” as well as the rites and meanings surrounding the Jewish wedding ceremony and Jewish divorce.

As Rabbi Nichols noted, “Even people who have attended a bris or been to a Jewish wedding will find that there is so much more to learn.”

Noam Bramson, founding father & champion of democracy.

April 09, 2011 - 12:42

Noam Bramson, New Rochelle's mayor and champion of American democracy has shown, again, his able understanding of government.

When the votes may not reflect favorably, you can democratically shift all opposition into segregated districts and limit their power.

This is democracy at work.

What will Noam do next? Can he legally change the currency of our town and put himself on the one dollar bill?

Republicans Reject New Rochelle Democrat City Council Members Draft Redistricting Plan

April 09, 2011 - 02:54

The Republicans have issued a response to the Democratic Plan for redistricting in New Rochelle.

Once again the Democratic majority Council members missed the constitutional mark for redistricting. The draft plan is identical to the draft plan submitted after the 2000 census that essentially disenfranchised minority (African-American) voters for political gain. This plan is no different as it now seeks to dilute the voting power of the Latino population, decrease the total African-American vote in District 3 and violate the compactness clause under the New York State Constitution. The results of this plan if adopted is likely to end up the same way the last redistricting plan ended; with a federal judge ordering the City to redraw the district lines in accordance with the Federal and State Constitution." Einstein once said that the definition of Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. The tack in which the Democratic majority Council members approach the redistricting process in indicative of a lack of seriousness and integrity for the redistricting process.

So Much For Bipartisanship, New Rochelle Democrats Gerrymander New Rochelle GOP Out of Existence

April 08, 2011 - 18:27

DemRedistrictingPlan2011 455For all intensive purposes the Democrats have killed off the Republican Party in New Rochelle by grouping almost every Republican area in New Rochelle into one District 2 leaving Council Member Al Tarantino as the last Republican standing. With a 6-1 Majority on City Council, the Democrats will not only win every vote but will be able to take on debt without any Republican opposition. Tarantino will be unable to get a second to any motion for any reason that is not already supported by the Democrats.

The Democrats held a press availability at City Hall but did not notify Talk of the Sound. As is now Bramson policy, the Democrats are using New Rochelle Patch as their designated media outlet as part of an ongoing effort to combat the rise of Talk of the Sound into the dominant media outlet in New Rochelle.

Republicans Council Member Richard St. Paul has responded.

WVOX Talk of the Sound Radio Friday 11 AM: School District Crime Report, Mariano Rivera Church Bid

April 08, 2011 - 14:13

WVOXLogo.jpgTalk of the Sound Radio will air Friday from 11am to 12pm with your host Talk of the Sound Managing Editor Bob Cox along with Talk of the Sound Editor Matthew Pryce.


This Friday, Talk of the Sound Radio will review of some of the top stories on Talk of the Sound from the previous week including the latest on Jose Martinez and the Mariano Rivera bid on the North Avenue Church. Matthew will run down the Talk of the Sound Community Calendar.

Your calls make the show so please do your homework, read the article, get prepared then call the Studio line at 914-636-0110. Listen on 1460 AM or WVIP HD-2 or on the web at We know what we think. We want to know what you think!

You can listen to Talk of the Sound live on WVOX 1460 AM, WVIP HD 2, streamed over, and the WVOX or WVIP iPhone Apps.

2011.04.08 - Matthew's Community Calendar Round-Up!

April 08, 2011 - 11:15

The days and nights of New Rochelle are always filled with exciting activities!

Tonight at 8:00, blues and jazz great, guitarist Jonathan Kalb performs Friday in lounge of Rangoli’s restaurant!

Much more music over the weekend:

Saturday at 7:00, critically acclaimed & published singer-songwriter-guitarist Alex Berne takes the stage at the Beanberry Café and Yogurt Bar
Dudley’s Parkview Restaurant presents The Baldies at 9:00


There will be plenty of food, eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, a 50/50 raffle and much more at the American Legion Post 8 Brunch. This event kicks off at 11:00 am.

Head over to St. John’s Episcopal Church at 3:00, to enjoy Shakespeare Showtunes. Listen in on an afternoon of B

roadway songs inspired by Shakespeare in this beautiful, historic church

And later next week, Thursday the 14th, another unique take on Shakespeare. New Rochelle High School presents Romeo & Juliet: Three Ways. Marvel at the classic love story interpreted through a variety of mediums.

As always, these events were taken directly from the Talk of the Sound community calendar!