October 2011

Talk of the Sound Radio from 7 PM to 9 PM Tonight

October 13, 2011 - 22:54

Talk of the Sound Radio airs live on Thursday from 7pm to 9pm with your host Talk of the Sound Managing Editor Bob Cox along with Talk of the Sound Events Editor Matthew Pryce.

Topics tonight include the Avalon Sidewalk Shooting, the 2011 City Council and Mayoral race, the recent arrests of two more DPW workers and whatever else is on your mind.

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Two and a Half Years Later, New Rochelle School District Figures Out Giving Poor Children Free Laptops Means Little without Internet Access at Home

October 13, 2011 - 22:51

The New Rochelle school district will be providing free 24/7 WiFi in the homes of students, according to a recent school board resolution.

During the most recent board meeting IT Director Dr. Christine Coleman addressed Resolution 12-148 "Mobile on the Go (EDU) 2011 Pilot Program, a program to "narrow the digital divide in our urban school district and increase student achievement in reading and writing by providing off-premise, ubiquitous 24/7 wireless internet access through mobile devices."

The program costs $555,595 of which $439,335 will be covered by federal taxes and the remaining $116,260 will be covered through local taxes. Schools involved are Columbus, Jefferson, Trinity, Isaac and New Rochelle High School.

David's Island: More ridiculous ideas from Bramson

October 12, 2011 - 21:16

OK, I know everyone's hopped up on the shootings downtown today, but let's not overlook Mayor Bramson's most recent proposals for David's Island. According to the Journal News, Bramson is again pushing Windmills and Solar Panels on this very valuable piece of property, enough to power 2000 homes they say. Who comes up with these crazy ideas? Maybe Bramson thinks this is enough power that we can now safely take Indian Point offline? I really don't know why anyone would think these are good ideas.

All I can think is we just wasted another $20k, $30k, $40k, $50k or whatever the report cost. When will the madness end? I guess when someone at city hall gets smart enough to start storing our road salt in a covered area so that it doesn't wash away in the ran as it does now, to the tune of thousands of dollars every year. New Rochelle's too used to wasting money why stop now?

Perhaps the city needs to allocate a couple more thousands for another study or 2 & we'll get the right answer, but as it stands now we shouldn't let Bramson anywhere near the decision making for this. Another disaster waiting to happen.

Re-Election Campaign Update for County Leg. Jim Maisano

October 12, 2011 - 21:06

A few people have asked why I am not running my usual hard-charging, aggressive campaign this year. We are, in fact, running for re-election this campaign season and will be on the ballot next month seeking an 8th term on the Westchester Board of Legislators, so we thought it was time to put up an update on the campaign website.

Back in July, we filed our petitions to get on the ballot as required by the election law. I did have an announced opponent at that time who was running on the Independence Party line. However, this candidate did not file any petitions and later announced that he decided not to run.

Therefore, we learned by August that we did not have an opponent this year. Election Day takes place in about 25 days, and since I am the only name on the ballot for County Legislator in District 11, it looks like we are in good shape.

Shocker - RE The Democratic Pledge - Your Voice Counts if it is Ours

October 12, 2011 - 19:25

I have said this before but I will say it again. The Democratic Party/Committee in New Rochelle are like the Masons. You know who they are but no one is allowed inside the walls and to all those that break the pledge untold touble will come to you.

I have my concerns with the Republican Party in New Ro but who is more transparent? The NR GOP will post meeting notices in bagel shops and telephone polls. Not really but the point is that it is a party/group/meeting open to the public. I have never witnessed a notice of an open democratic meeting. Heaven forbid a perceived interloper show up. Meetings in secret, pledges in secret, government behind closed doors. That is how you keep a machine going.

Do I have an axe to grind? No, not really. I have chosen not to run this year and have been pretty much out of the mix in terms of politics except as a commentator on my radio show. But, between the shared campaign signs and the secrecy I feel that government is being taken away from me and those I know. Your voice counts as long as it echos ours!