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October 2011

Open The Front Door of City Hall

October 04, 2011 - 20:14
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CityhalldoorOne of the first resolutions I will put forth as a member of City Council is to reopen the front door of City Hall. Taxpayers and residents should not have to gain access to City Hall through a backdoor in the basement.
Since 9/11/2011, many of our public institutions have limited access to our government agencies. Yet, ten years have passed. We need to remain secure, but we need to regenerate our commitment to the basic tenets of freedom and open government. What better way to reconfirm that commitment than by accessing New Rochelle City Hall through the front door.

Legislator Maisano Speaks Out For Medicaid Funding Reform

October 04, 2011 - 20:02

see link: http://jimmaisano.wordpress.com/2011/10/04/legislator-maisano-speaks-out...

Legislator Maisano Speaks Out For Medicaid Funding Reform

Posted on October 4, 2011 by County Legislator Jim Maisano

Yesterday, I appeared at a press conference to support a new bill being introduced in the New York State Legislature by Senators McDonald and Gallivan and Assemblymember Paulin to reform how Medicaid is funded. Currently, New York State forces the county governments to pay half of the state’s share for Medicaid. The Medicaid formula is supposed to be split equally between the state and federal government, and New York is the only state in the union that forces the county governments to split its share.

I was a speaker at the press conference, and thanked the state legislators for introducing the bill and coming to Westchester – a county where $211 million of your county tax dollars was sent to Albany this year due to this flawed funding scheme. These legislators are demonstrating real leadership for the taxpayers of New York.

New Rochelle - Iona College Planning Committee Appointed

October 04, 2011 - 13:21
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The City of New Rochelle put out the following press release:

As part of the collaborative planning process announced last month between the City of New Rochelle and Iona College, City Manager Charles Strome today announced members of the Iona Planning Committee. The Committee will examine options for addressing student housing objectives and other college priorities while also improving the economy and quality of life for the larger community.

“This committee, comprised of representatives from Iona College, surrounding neighborhoods and the City administration, is well-suited for the task at hand,” said City Manager Charles Strome. “We look forward to their recommendations.”
 
The Iona Planning Committee will be holding its first meeting in mid October. 
 
CHAIRPERSON/FACILITATOR (Non-Voting Member): 
Matthew Fasciano
 
COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES (Non-Voting Members):
City Council Member District Three (currently Jared Rice)
City Council Member District Five (currently Barry Fertel)
 
CITY REPRESENTATIVES (Voting Members):
City Manager or his designee
Commissioner of Development or his designee
 
NEIGHBORHOOD REPRESENTATIVES (Voting Members appointed by City Manager)

After Bob on Thursday Listen to what has been deemed Liberal Radio w/ Bruce Negrin

October 03, 2011 - 22:58
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Yes after Bob's Talk of the Sound Radio listen to the new liberal talk show New Rochelle News and Views with me Bruce Negrin Thursday at 8pm on WVOX on www.wvox.com. Telling it like it is.

This weeks topics

Obama I love you!!!

NR Democrats my check is in the mail.

Free James Brown and Feevang.

After Bob on Thursday Listen to what has been deemed Liberal Radio w/ Bruce Negrin

October 03, 2011 - 22:57

Yes after Bob's Talk of the Sound Radio listen to the new liberal talk show New Rochelle News and Views with me Bruce Negrin Thursday at 8pm on WVOX on www.wvox.com. Telling it like it is.

This weeks topics

Obama I love you!!!

NR Democrats my check is in the mail.

Free James Brown and Feevang.

After Bob on Thursday Listen to what has been deemed Liberal Radio w/ Bruce Negrin

October 03, 2011 - 22:57

Yes after Bob's Talk of the Sound Radio listen to the new liberal talk show New Rochelle News and Views with me Bruce Negrin Thursday at 8pm on WVOX on www.wvox.com. Telling it like it is.

This weeks topics

Obama I love you!!!

NR Democrats my check is in the mail.

Free James Brown and Feevang.

Have Your Voice Heard: New Rochelle City Council Members at Trinity PTA Meeting

October 02, 2011 - 23:25

The Trinity PTA invites the community to come and talk to New Rochelle City Council members Al Tarantino, Lou Trangucci and Richard St. Paul.  Please join a discussion on issues of the state of the neighborhood/city and their impact on Trinity Elementary School. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 5 from 7pm to 9 pm at Trinity Elementary School. This meeting is a follow up to last year's meeting where the council member heard and discussed neighborhood and city concerns.

Will the Nonprofits in New Rochelle Be Willing to Give Voluntary Contributions?

October 02, 2011 - 19:59
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Will the Nonprofits in New Rochelle Be Willing to Give Voluntary Contributions? by Peggy Godfrey
This year there is a new thrust for the city budget in New Rochelle. Finance Commissioner, Howard Rattner, has proposed asking non-profits who are exempt from taxes, to voluntarily agree to give PILOTS (payments in lieu of taxes) to the city. Among the reasons cited by Rattner were the large number of calls for police and fire services by "too many of these institutions" and the need for the rest of the taxpayers to make up this shortfall. Rattner asks the Council members to decide whether this initiative should be supported. The proposed contributions by seven nonprofits in New Rochelle (Sound Shore Medical Center, Iona College and Prep, College of New Rochelle, Salesian, Ursuline, and Thornton Donovan) were on the list comprising a combined proposed PILOT of $401,102. Cited also were the 301 Police responses at Sound Shore Medical Center and 129 at Iona. Iona also had 130 fire responses last year, far more than any other nonprofit.

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