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June 2011

Family of Bullying Victim Says New Rochelle School Officials Ignored Warnings Prior to Viscious Assault at Trinity Elementary

June 22, 2011 - 16:22
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TrinityBully1Last Thursday a student at Trinity Elementary School in New Rochelle, NY was brutally assaulted by another student on the school playground during recess. Covered in blood, the boy was taken by his mother to Lawrence Hospital in YonkersBronxville, NY where he was treated for six hours before being released with a broken blood vessel in his nose and two permanent teeth knocked loose. The family says the boy may require ENT surgery, plastic surgery and dental work.

The assailant, another 4th grader, was later arrested and referred to New Rochelle Family Court. His name was withheld due to his age.

New Rochelle Celebrates Energy Efficiency Upgrades at City Hall

June 22, 2011 - 02:06
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Lowey EnergyMayor Noam Bramson and City officials were joined by Congresswoman Nita Lowey on Tuesday, June 21 to detail Energy Efficiency Upgrades at City Hall. This $2.8 million project, funded in part by a $1 million in federal funding secured by Lowey, will save the City an estimated $195,000 annually in energy, operations and maintenance costs.

Apparent Personal Use of New Rochelle DPW Vehicle

June 22, 2011 - 00:49
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DPWCar TacoBellA reader sent this photo along several months ago of a child in the back seat of a New Rochelle DPW vehicle.

I asked the City about this apparent violation of City policy against personal use of City vehicles numerous times but never got an answer so we leave it to readers to provide their thoughts. Big deal or petty crime?

New Legislation from Westchester Board, Unsigned by County Executive, Passed into Law

June 22, 2011 - 00:37

White Plains, NY - When the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) passed a raft of new bills at its last regular meeting on June 6, the legislation was sent up to the County Executive’s office on the ninth floor of the Michealian Office Building here for either his approval or veto. By law, he has ten days to sign the bills, or they automatically become law.

Yesterday afternoon, the eight bills were all passed into law unanimously because the entire package of legislation was not returned to the BOL on a timely basis—thirteen days after the BOL meeting and even after a courtesy call regarding the fate of the bills was made to the County Executive on Monday morning.

“This is definitely not the way the County Executive, a public servant, should be doing the business of the people,” said BOL Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers). “The residents of Westchester deserve a thumb’s up or down on legislation that has been proposed and debated by the County legislators, then approved in Committee and brought to the entire Board for a vote. If the County Executive simply wants to ignore this entire package of legislation, again, he should explain why.”

Iona College and University of Connecticut Business Schools to Hold 6th Annual Summer Symposium, “The Changing Face of Globalization”

June 22, 2011 - 00:21

NEW ROCHELLE, NY (June 2011) Iona College’s Hagan School of Business and the University of Connecticut’s Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) will present the sixth annual summer regional symposium, “The Changing Face of Globalization.

The two-day conference will be held Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25 at Iona’s LaPenta Student Union, Iona College, 715 North Ave. New Rochelle, New York. The guest speaker on Friday will be Christopher Coleman, Chief of Mediation Support Unit/Policy and Mediation Division. Department of Political Affairs, United Nations. His topic will be Globalization and Africa.

The program will continue on Saturday with a day-long series of panels and presentations on a variety of international business topics that will examine and assess the impact on the globalization of business, exploring who the winners and losers are in this unstable era, the role of technology and social media and how business leaders can be prepared to meet the challenges of this new environment.

Senators Kirstin Gillibrand Updates New Rochelle Constiuents

June 22, 2011 - 00:20

Kirsten Gillibrand 2011We are still in the midst of one of the most difficult economic times in America’s history. Too many New Yorkers are struggling to find a good-paying job, keep the job they already have, and pay their bills. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand knows that government doesn’t create jobs, people do. That is why she is committed to fighting to change the culture in Washington to help foster entrepreneurial opportunity right here in New York State.

Here is the latest on some of the Senator’s most recent activities:

Fostering Entrepreneurship and Growth of Small Businesses

Sisyphus Alive and Well in New Rochelle: Workers Scrape Paint with Two Inch Blade From Mile Long Wrought-Iron Fence at Isaac Young Middle School

June 21, 2011 - 23:32
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Driving by the Isaac E. Young Middle School the other day I noticed two men meticulously scraping paint on the wrought-iron fence which surrounds the campus. I was amazed to see that each man was using what appeared to be a 2 1/2 blade paint scraper.

Having done a fair share of this sort of work myself, I know that there are a wide range of power tools to remove paint. With the proper tools, prepping the fence to be painted is maybe two days work for two guys. Using a small scraper would turn the job into month long project. Maybe that's the point. The question is...why?

See also, Sisyphus.

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