August 2011

How Municipal Corruption Works in New Rochelle: A Case Study from the New Rochelle Board of Education's Painter-Working Foreman

August 15, 2011 - 19:13

StromeProcopioOrganisciakBramsonSeveral weeks ago, on June 28th, Talk of the Sound reported on the latest example of how public officials in New Rochelle manipulate the municipal civil service commission to cut deals and reward members of the “friends and family” network.

To get caught up and fully follow this story open up the previous story in a new window/tab in your browser by clicking this link: How Municipal Corruption Works in New Rochelle: A Case Study from the New Rochelle Board of Education’s Painter-Working Foreman Position

Crime Awareness - Organized Stalking/Ostracism

August 13, 2011 - 18:30


Were you given unsolicited malicious information about someone you never met and told they were a criminal needing monitoring?
Were you asked to follow a person to see where they are going and what they were doing?
Were you asked to take photos of a person you never met?
Were you asked to ostracize a person, not speak to them and not include them in groups?
Were you asked to wait outside a person’s home to alert others of their comings and goings?
Were you asked to add surveillance to your home to monitor a neighbor’s behavior?
Were you asked to listen in on phone calls because the person needed monitoring?
Were you asked to search a person’s car, home, handbag, briefcase, office for information and then give the information to others?
Were you told to befriend and socialize with a person to get information to provide to others to cause them harm?
Were you asked to go in a person’s apartment without consent to add surveillance or go through all personal mail and information?

New Rochelle's Talk of the Sound Radio is Moving from WVOX to the Web TONIGHT AT 6 PM

August 12, 2011 - 20:05

TOTS radio bannerTalk of the Sound Radio will air tonight online at 6:00 PM just not on WVOX 1460 AM.

Airtime: Fri, Aug 12, 2011 6:00 PM

CLICK HERE or use the Blog Talk Radio Player (upper right corner of home page)

Call-in Studio Line: (805) 830-8302

As some readers may have noticed, Talk of the Sound did not air this morning on WVOX 1460 AM as scheduled. Shortly before going on the air Matthew Pryce and I were asked to sign an agreement regarding a new station policy. It is a part of the new station policy that no host can go on the air without signing the agreement. Neither of us was willing to sign the agreement and so Talk of the Sound Radio was taken off the air.

Whitney Media has every right to set policy. This is not a First Amendment issue as no one has a right to have a show or be put through as a caller on a privately-owned radio station. We were told that all the other hosts had signed the agreement. Matthew and I recognize all of that but respectfully disagree with the policy.

The topic of this evening's show will be the agreement proposed by Whitney Media to Robert Cox and Matthew Pryce and why we could not, in good conscience, sign the document.

TalkoftheSoundBlogTalkRadioI have always been grateful to have the opportunity to have a show on WVOX and want to thank Bill O'Shaughnessy, David O'Shaughnessy, Don Stevens and Bob Marrone for their past support of the show. Perhaps at some point the policy will change and we will be welcomed back but until then we will continue to produce Talk of the Sound Radio, providing the same hard-hitting reporting and discussion that listeners have come to appreciate.

New Rochelle Public Library Discloses Financial Mismanagement

August 12, 2011 - 12:57

NRPLBoardMeetingThe Board of Trustees of the New Rochelle Public Library went into an extended executive session last night to discuss an issue related to financial mismanagement by a library employee.

Before the meeting, Board President Greg Varian told Talk of the Sound the issue was on the agenda but would not be discussed publicly but that a statement would be issued Friday.

Talk of the Sound has agreed to hold further reporting on the story until the statement is officially released. Check back here for further developments during the day.

UPDATE: On Friday, Talk of the Sound was contacted by Library Trustee Bo Kemp who told Talk of the Sound that the issue had to do with fund balance accounting and that the amount involved was $100,000. He stated that an official announcement would be forthcoming that day. In the meantime, our reporting was picked up by other media outlets and a formal statement was issued yesterday afternoon which is reprinted below:

2011.08.12 - Matthew's Community Calendar Round-Up!

August 12, 2011 - 12:36


As always, lots of amazing events rounding out your August in New Rochelle

It’s music Friday again.

Head over to Wildcliff Manor for the Indie Jam Session from 5:30 – 8:00. Top Jazz players from the area take the stage to showcase their chops in open air down by the water.

Then, if you’re still thirsty for tunes (and perhaps cocktails) you can hit up the Brickyard Bistro where Tasty Mike and his fabulous blues trio will be plugging in for some jams at 9:00 pm

Big congratulations to the American Legion Post 8 who hosts their 90th anniversary picnic and Shuffleboard tournament on Saturday. Head over to the legendary hall for some good BBQ and hot shuffleboard competition.

It’s back to Wildcliff Manor on Saturday at 6 for A Mended Heart. Written & directed by Westchester native Paul Bratcher. Pretty exciting as it’s the first time the Wildcliff Stage will be the host of some theater works.

New Rochelle Public Library Board of Trustees Replaces Long Time Member

August 12, 2011 - 03:45

NunezSwearingIn NRPL

Bernardo Nunez has joined the New Rochelle Public Library Board of Trustees. Mr. Nunez has extensive financial accounting background in both the private sector and not-for-profit sector. He worked previously in the commercial banking industry and, more recently, for the Cathedral of St. John the Devine in New York.

Mr. Nunez will take over the responsibility previously assigned to Thomas Leghorn which included various finance-related roles among them chairing the budget committee.

[DISCLOSURE: Mr. Nunez is my wife's cousin]

New Rochelle Building Inspector Lashes Out at Talk of the Sound Editor, Threatens Lawsuit Over References to Past DWI

August 11, 2011 - 21:15

JohnCaldararox150.pngJohn Caldararo, a Senior Building Inspector for the City of New Rochelle, misappropriated a government computer and government email account then spent the afternoon publishing a series of angry, threatening comments aimed primarily at Talk of the Sound Managing Editor Robert Cox. Most of the comments were published while he was being paid as a building inspector. John Caldararo, also President of the New Rochelle City Civil Service Employees Association President, continues to be upset about his arrest last year on Long Island for Driving While Intoxicated.

Caldararo began his tirade stating “I am sick and tired of you refering (sic) to me as a drunk. Again all your infomation (sic) is wrong, what ever moron at City Hall who is your rat and feeding you mis-infomation (sic).”

It's a wonder that they are laying off firefighters

August 11, 2011 - 15:56

Recently, my son took the Firefighters Exam for New Rochelle. Although I knew it was a futile effort and a waste of a few bucks, I figured that perhaps moving forward a different climate might be present locally and nationally, and the trend of hiring in the public sector might resurface.

About two weeks ago he received an envelope from Civil Service. Inside we found dates for a scheduled agility exam in November, and information about this phase of the test. Nowhere present was a score. I took it upon myself to call the Civil Service Office. After two days of constant voice mail I was finally connected to Jeanett Medina.

I questioned Ms. Medina to the whereabouts of my son's scores, figuring that this was merely a missed envelope. She told me that she opted to not send scores. Whereas this would "discourage" candidates with low written grades from showing up.