October 2011

SHOCKER: New Rochelle Planning Board Stacked with Democrats, Bramson Donors

October 12, 2011 - 02:23

The New Rochelle Planning Board is composed of seven members appointed by the Mayor. In accordance with the requirements of the Code of the City of New Rochelle, the Board is charged with reviewing and approving site development plans and subdivisions for all new projects, changes in land use and used permitted subject to additional standards and regulations before building permits are issued.

The Planning Board evaluates these land use actions for compliance with the laws of the City; for consistency with the New Rochelle Comprehensive Plan, Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan and other policy documents; and for appropriateness within a community context. In addition, the Board will provide recommendations and reports to the City Council on various planning and land development matters

Members of Planning Board

Douglas Hocking (67 Rugby Road), Chairman, is a registered Republican who has not made any local political donations over the past 5 years.

Aurora Hernandez (114 Webster Avenue) is a registered Democrat who has not made any local political donations over the past 5 years.

Sign-Gate: Removing Democracy From the Democratic Party

October 11, 2011 - 22:59

I am perplexed by Mayor Bramson's decision to act as cosignee on the campaigns of the various Democratic candidates for City Council. What should we make of this? If, for example, I live in Ms. Rackman's district, will she vote to protect my interests, or the longer term political career interests of our Mayor? This is not a question to be taken lightly when some of the Mayor's development deals have brought financial hardship to the city.

Every member on City Council gets one vote. Does this mean a vote for Rackman by us will become two votes for Bramson in the future? The Mayor's financial backing of the Democratic candidates brings up some serious ethical questions.


"Thought—he told himself quietly—is a weapon one uses in order to act... Thought is the tool by which one makes a choice... Thought sets one's purpose and the way to reach it."

New Rochelle DPW Employee Arrested After Threatening to F--- Up a New Rochelle Cop

October 11, 2011 - 17:33

Nana K. Boahene, 29, of 126 Franklin Avenue, a New Rochelle employee with the Sanitation Department was arrested on charges related to threatening a New Rochelle police officer responding to the scene of a collision between a municipal garbage truck and a passenger car near Sickles Avenue and 4th Street.

At a court appearance on September 28th at New Rochelle City Court, Boahen was charged with 3 counts of disorderly conduct: violent behavior, unreasonable noise, and obscene language. His next court appearance in New Rochelle City Court on October 26th.

Police were called to the scene as part of standard procedure when a municipal vehicle is involved in an collision. When officers attempted to collect information Boahene became enraged, saying he was going to "F--- You Up!", sources say.

The arrest occurred on September 16th. Police were dispatched to the scene after a call at 9:55 AM.

New Rochelle Police Car Rear Window Shattered, Shot Fired Near Train Station

October 11, 2011 - 00:53

The rear window of a New Rochelle police car was shot out while driving down North Avenue near the New Rochelle Transportation Center (otherwise known as the train station).

Police Officer Francesco Provenzale was driving Car 21 in Sector 4 during the day tour. The incident occurred at 10:19 AM. There was a small hole in the rear window. Police believe that projectile was either a pellet from a pellet gun or a bullet from a .22 caliber rifle or pistol.

Numerous police officers immediately converged on the scene, according to witnesses. The initial belief was the shots were fired from 309 or 311 North Avenue because that is where the officer stopped the car after the shot was fired.

According to the building's owner, there are 8 units that face the street, several are vacant and one of the belongs to Rico Johnson. The building owner told Talk of the Sound he cooperated fully with the police.

New Rochelle Schools Glazier Likely to be Terminated Over Sexual Assault at City Hall

October 10, 2011 - 21:51

Things are not looking up for Anthony Newman, a glazier in the Buildings and Grounds Department of the City School District of New Rochelle has been accused of sexually assaulting a fellow employee, a woman who is close relative of a senior government official in the New Rochelle City government. Newman was suspended for 30 days, with pay, over the summer, pending a hearing into the allegations.

Diamond Glass of New Rochelle was awarded a $45,000 contract for in-house window repair and replacement. The company will provide for the purchase and delivery of specifically listed miscellaneous glass, glazing related materials, window hardware, and Lexan supplies. This contract would replace the services previously provided by Anthony Newman.

Last month, the New Rochelle Board of Education approved a resolution for a Special Hearing which is for Mr. Newman, sources say. Newman is likely to be terminated as a result of the hearing.

New Rochelle Board of Education to Fund $1.6 MM for Universal Pre-K Including Private and Parochial Schools

October 10, 2011 - 19:28

It was not that long ago that the New Rochelle Board of Education approved adding Universal Kindergarten. At the time, this program was presented as "free" by Assistant Schools Superintendent for Business Affairs John Quinn. The program is now costing the district well over $1 million a year.

Get ready for Universal Pre-K…at a cost of $1.6 million a year.

Board Resolution 12-135 indicates that the district submitted an application to the New York State Education Department to be part of the "Universal Pro-Kindergarten Program" Under Section 2521 of the Education Law.

The money will be used to pay for Instructional Salaries ($780,079), Teacher Retirement ($89,709), Social Security ($59,676), Medical Insurance ($74,955) and something called "Contractual" ($591,300).

The line item under Appropriations does not specify what "Contractual" means.

The resolution states that site providers in addition to the Barnard School for 2011-2012 school year include:

  • The Children's Center
  • Guidance Center
  • Y.M.C.A.
  • Pre-School Learning Center
  • Weekday Nursery
  • New Rochelle Day Nursery
  • Martin Luther King Center