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October 2011

A Few Things Not Discussed By Mayor Bramsom During the Debate

October 07, 2011 - 12:27
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After listening to the Bramsom/St Paul debate, I thought it would be worthwhile to introduce some of the facts and possibilities the candidates didn't touch on. Instead, Mayor Bramson, rather than dealing with truths and the issues, seemed more interested in settling a personal score with Richard St Paul. Hence, I thought I would touch on the issues. Here goes:

Tim Idoni claimed that corporate development was difficult for NR because it lacks access from major highways and because corporations want "park-like settings." First, NR has had office development in the downtown for years. The Raddison, which started out as the Ramada Inn, was nothing but a vacant lot. In fact, there multiple vacant lots that were brought and built on by developers in that same area--including the area where Bel-Aqua now sits. Likewise, White Plains put up many office buildings right in its downtown which generated the need for housing and retail. NR has only once attempted to secure corporate development for the City when it attempted to attract Unicef to the lot where the Trump Tower now sits.

On the Campaign Trail in New Rochelle

October 07, 2011 - 00:46
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On the Campaign Trail in New Rochelle by Peggy Godfrey

in the Westchester Guardian, October 6,2011

The New Rochelle Citizens Reform Club invited City Council;candidates
for Districts 1-4 to their September 22 meeting. Only Republican candidates
showed up. Ivar Hyden (Dem.D.4) did let the group know he had another meeting,
but Councilman Jared Rice (Dem.D.3) and Roberto Lopez (Dem D.1)) did not respond
to a second email asking whether they were coming.
But the members of the Reform Club had a lively meeting and many issues
became quite clear. The first Councilman to speak was Al Tarantino,.D.2,
running unopposed. He described the new district lines and how the Democrats
are trying to change New Rochelle. The three Republicans now on Council have
each year advocated to keep the tax rate under 5%. In trying to revitalize
Hudson Park the Council tested the Tiki Bar and would reevaluate it this
winter. On the Waterfront Restaurant has a new lease and was required to
renovate. At the Train station they opened bathrooms and raised the payments on

Senator Klein Seeks to Replace Constitutional Right to Free Speech with Revokable, Special Entitlement Granted by New York State

October 06, 2011 - 16:13

One of our New York State Senators, Jeff Klein. and his fellow members of the Independent Democratic Caucus -- Diane Savino, David Carlucci and David Valesky -- have published a report on Cyberbullying which calls for an amendment to state stalking laws and a new law for what they call "cybercide", murdering a person by broadcasting or publishing words or images about who person who commits suicide.

READ HERE: Final Cyberbullying Report, Independent Democratic Caucus

The report consists of page after page of legal cases, laws, court rulings, studies and reports to "prove" that bullying can and has lead immediately to death ("cybercide") and lay the political predicate for changes to New York State law to give the government new "tools" to "protect" children (people under 21). Under the proposed changes to the law, prosecutors can charge people with murder for sending an email or posting on Facebook.

The report concludes:

No Room at the Inn: Westchester County Red Cross Fails Pet Owners

October 05, 2011 - 22:02
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RedCrossatALMS

Based on her experience in the 2007 floods,Tina Coleman fiqured she'd better see what provisions had been made for people who had to evacuate to Red Cross shelters with pets. During the 2007 evacuations to Mamaroneck High School, people with pets were prevented from staying at that shelter. Tina and her husband Bill shuttled back and forth taking in 16 pets that they cared for until their owners could get back home.

Tina has been working with all types of animals since a young age. She has been trained through the American Humane Association for diaster relief, versed in animal CPR and has worked for veterinarians for over 25 years. She is with the Westchester County DA's Task Force for The Prevention of Animal Abuse and helps out with pet rescue all over the United States.

Recent New Rochelle School Board President Hired by District's Law Firm, Critics Site Conflict of Interest

October 05, 2011 - 19:02
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SaraRichmondTalk of the Sound has confirmed that shortly after her term ended as New Rochelle Board of Education President, attorney Sara Richmond accepted a potentially lucrative position working for Kehl, Katzive & Simon, the law firm which has represented the school district for over 20 years under a long-standing no-bid contract, written by the law firm, that has been sharply criticized the New York State Comptroller as unfair to taxpayers. The contract was renewed again this summer, days after Richmond's term expired.

As New Rochelle Board of Education President, Richmond was responsible for making referrals to Kehl, Katzive & Simon and approving invoices from the firm. During her time on the board, Richmond repeatedly voted to approve payments totaling millions of dollars to her new employer.

SHOCKER: Iona College Planning Committee Stacked with Friends of Noam

October 05, 2011 - 14:37
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IonaCollegeLogoThe City of New Rochelle announced this week the members of the Iona College planning committee. The announcement comes less than a month after the City announced its "planning framework" for student housing under which a committee would be selected in September but would not issue any public statements until February 2012, well after the upcoming City Council election on November 8th, 2011.

Final Results for Independent Party Primary in New Rochelle

October 04, 2011 - 21:58

Westchester County Elections

NEW ROCHELLE CNL DIST#4
11 Districts out of 11 Reporting (100)%

IND KEVIN BARRETT 8 57%
IND IVAR HYDEN 6 43%
Office Totals 14 100%
TURN-OUT 6%

NEW ROCHELLE CNL DIST#5

15 Districts out of 15 Reporting (100)%

IND BARRY R FERTEL 13 29%
IND ILYSE L SPERTUS 32 71%
Office Totals 45 100%
TURN-OUT 18%

NEW ROCHELLE CNL DIST#6

15 Districts out of 15 Reporting (100)%

IND SHARI G RACKMAN 3 10%
IND STEPHEN I MAYO 26 90%
Office Totals 29 100%
TURN-OUT 11%

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