May 2011

Westchester Legislators Vote to Override County Executive’s Veto on Re-Districting Plan

May 25, 2011 - 15:52

White Plains, NY – The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) voted tonight to override County Executive Robert P. Astorino’s veto of the legislative re-districting plan, and now the new maps of the county’s seventeen districts will be in effect until the next Federal Census is completed ten years from now.

The vote, 12-5, was entirely along partisan lines.

The re-districting plan was initially approved and unanimously voted out of the Legislation Committee, chaired by Legislator John Nonna (D-Mount Pleasant), on May 2 by the Republican and Democratic committee members. Following two public hearings, where a total of eight people raised their objections, the plan was approved by the full Board again a week later, but on a partisan 12-5 vote.

New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson and Bocker the Labradoodle to kick off New Rochelle Humane Society's 100th birthday celebration On May 25

May 25, 2011 - 15:51

On Wednesday, May 25 at 3:30 p.m. Bocker the Labradoodle and the Mayor of New Rochelle, Noam Bramson will be at the New Rochelle Humane Society for a photo shoot cutting a centennial cake decorated with a dog and cat motif to celebrate the New Rochelle Humane Society's 100th birthday. The public is welcome. Coffee will be served.

Memorial Day Weekend: Grave Decoration Honors Civil War Dead; Memorial Day Parade Salutes Vietnam Veterans

May 25, 2011 - 15:49

Sunday, May 29 - 9:00 a.m.

Decoration of Graves at Beechwoods, Holy Sepulchre Cemeteries
Begins with a ceremony at the Beechwoods Cemetery Civil War memorial to observe the sesquicentennial anniversary of the war. Followed by flag replacement on graves of soldiers and veterans at Beechwoods and Holy Sepulchre Cemeteries.

Monday, May 30, 10:30 a.m.

Memorial Day Parade “We Remember”

Memorial Plaza-Hudson Park

Join us as “We Remember” on Monday, May 30. Event begins with at 10:30 a.m. with a ceremony at Memorial Plaza followed by a parade and procession to Hudson Park via Huguenot Street, North Avenue and Pelham Road for a waterfront ceremony honoring those lost at sea. Special salute to Vietnam Veterans. Featuring NRPD, NRFD, active duty Marines and Sailors from Fleet Week, NRHS and Trinity School bands, schools and civic groups, military from every branch and many special surprises!

Line the sidewalks and fall in behind the parade and join the procession to the park!

Journal News Corrections: 05/24/11 (Robert Cox)

May 25, 2011 - 11:24

On June 24th, 2011 The Journal News issued the following correction:

Robert Cox, who ran for a seat on the New Rochelle Board of Education, did not propose tasking an independent committee with presenting the district's annual budget to board members, as was stated in a May 13 article that ran on Page 15A. Instead, the committee would review the budget and present its analysis to the board.

Noam Bramson Leads Journal News by the Nose on Phony Domain Name "Scandal"

May 24, 2011 - 22:51

BarryFertelAs I revealed last week, the Journal News ran a attempted smear job orchestrated by Noam Bramson fascinating article Sunday which "exposes" that I own domain names relevant to New Rochelle, among them domains based on public figures in New Rochelle like Barry Fertel.

The article provides a classic example of how Noam Bramson and his North End Democratic machine operate to manipulate the public, in this case with the enthusiastic connivance of Ned P. Rauch a "reporter" for the Journal News, a long-time Democratic mouthpiece in Westchester County. It goes a long way towards explaining why, according to the Mayor, less than 20% of households today subscribe to the regional Gannett newspaper.

Memorial Day is this Monday – Make Sure You Honor Our Fallen Veterans!

May 24, 2011 - 16:59


Let me share an important thought. The most important thing you can do on Monday, May 30 – Memorial Day – is to honor those American veterans that made the greatest sacrifice. Remember, they made this sacrifice so that you can live in our free and democratic society. Your backyard BBQ and all other activities on Memorial Day are not as important as honoring our brave military service-members that died in the defense of our country.

New Rochelle’s Memorial Day ceremony takes place at 10:30am on May 30 at Memorial Plaza on Memorial Highway (between Main & Huguenot). A parade down to Hudson Park follows the ceremony. Please mark your schedule to attend the ceremony and parade.

Here is some history on Memorial Day from HISTORY.COM: (

Memorial Day

New Rochelle's Wild and Wooly...East End? Why Yes Deer!

May 23, 2011 - 21:28


Residents of the normally quiet East End section of New Rochelle were amused as they watched a young male deer foraging in their neighbor's garden. A first for any of the locals, it was a pleasant surprise especially for the kids. One neighbor called the police who asked "is he breaking any laws?" and that put it into perspective as we all learn to share the environment.

Talk of the Sound Break Time Over Tomorrow

May 23, 2011 - 19:57

At the suggestion of my campaign volunteers, I decided to take a few days off before getting back to the day to day work of Talk of the Sound. I got back very late last night from attending the graduation of my daughter from college yesterday, have been resting up today and will be back to normal operations for Talk of the Sound.

In the meantime, Noam and his cronies managed to plant a story in the Journal News purporting to expose a "scandal" involving my registering domain names for various keywords in New Rochelle that include As predicted in my article on Friday, this is just another example of the Journal News being spoon fed a story by the forces of the status quo in an attempt to maintain their tenuous grip on power despite a track record of failure in serving the people of New Rochelle. They figure if they can focus attention on their critics then maybe no one will notice the failed development projects, the ever-increasing taxes, the empty store fronts in downtown, the declining graduation rates and the on-going investigation into municipal corruption by the Westchester County District Attorney.

To tide you over until tomorrow, you can listen to my radio show from Friday where I discussed the recent school board election and the implications for Noam Bramson come November.