November 2011

Former New Rochelle Schools Superintendent Linda Kelly Among Top 100 Highest Pensions in New York State

November 28, 2011 - 19:37

Friend of Talk of the Sound, Polly Kreisman of The Loop has an informative article on pensions: New Rochelle School Pensions Top $170K.

Polly pulled 2010 data from the excellent SeeThroughNY web site. She found that one person, former New Rochelle Schools Superintendent Linda (Kelly) Fauci, is among the Top 100 Pension for the entire State of New York.

Six former New Rochelle school district employees are getting six-figure pensions:

Linda (Kelly) Fauci $170,830
Donald G Baughman $138,454
Carol B Feldman $122,844
Thomas J Ryan $119,053
Sally D Novikoff $110,591
George N Castellanos $100,198

The complete list is here.

Honest, Hard-Working Public Employees of New Rochelle, the New York State Attorney General Wants to Hear From You

November 27, 2011 - 22:43

NYS AG Contact Info

New York State government employees, by the terms of Executive Law Article 4-A have an obligation to report to the New York State Attorney Genera any information regarding alleged corruption, fraud, criminal activity, conflicts of interest or abuse by another State employee or a person having business dealings with the State.

If you are aware or have reason to believe that any such misconduct has occurred, please contact us.

Your complaint will receive our prompt attention regardless of the method you choose to use.

Here are some examples of conduct that must be reported:

  • The giving or receiving of bribes or unlawful gifts
  • Theft or misuse of State property or funds
  • Inappropriate use of State computers
  • Fraudulent conduct such as falsification of records, material misrepresentations of fact, or irregularities in awarding contracts or grants

Must Read Journal News Article on Assessment Appeals Companies and Westchester County's Declining Tax Base

November 27, 2011 - 22:12

Andrew Klappholz and Cathey O'Donnell have a must read piece in the Journal News: Local tax bases erode as appeals companies drive surge in assessment challenges.

A Journal News analysis found that 14 Lower Hudson Valley communities alone have lost nearly $10 million from their tax base because of successful property assessment challenges since the economy stalled in 2007. The trend is largely due to the growing professional tax-appeal industry, fueled by a faltering economy and homeowners' anger over their tax bills, which are among the highest in the nation. It's an industry without regulation, and many officials say other residents of their communities pay the price.

The article notes that between 2007 and 2010, New Rochelle spent $305,000 on legal costs related to fighting appeals. During that period, the number of appeals rose 42%.

Albert Leonard Middle School Flagged by New York State Education Department Due to Low ELA Test Scores

November 27, 2011 - 21:44

AlbertLeonardMiddleSchoolAlbert Leonard Middle School has been identified as a school in need of improvement under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. Albert Leonard was cited based on low scores in the Middle Level English Language Arts exam.

Not surprisingly, school officials around the area are not happy, calling the rating system "unfair" and "insulting":

Local school officials are highly critical of New York’s fast-growing list of schools in need of improvement, contending that the system is unfair to schools with many non-English-speaking students and students with disabilities.

Westchester County’s Department of Social Services Announces Holiday Gift Drive

November 27, 2011 - 20:37

Hoping to make sure that every child can feel the joy of opening a special package this holiday season, Westchester County’s Department of Social Services (DSS) is once again organizing a gift drive for local youngsters living in a foster home or residential center.

“Westchester residents are always generous during the holiday season” said County Executive Rob Astorino. “I know this year’s toy drive will be as successful as those in the past.”

New and unwrapped gifts are being sought for more than 800 children, infants to age 21, who don’t have parents to present them with packages for the holidays. Collection boxes open to the public will be placed in county offices from Nov. 15 through Dec. 15. WFAS radio is helping publicize the drive and will also offer collection boxes.

Because more than half the youngsters are teenagers (who appreciate the ability to make their own choices), the donation of gift cards is also encouraged.

New Rochelle's Sound Shore Medical Center Applauds Its Women of Excellence

November 27, 2011 - 20:27

Sound Shore Medical Center of Westchester congratulates its Director of Adult Day Services Pearl Hacker, LCSW and Nurse Manager Peggy Coll, NP on being named Women of Excellence by the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce



New Rochelle, NY – November 16, 2011 – Sound Shore Medical Center (SSMC) congratulates its Director of Adult Day Services Pearl Hacker, LCSW and Nurse Manager Peggy Coll, NP on being named Women of Excellence by the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce. At its 10th anniversary celebration, the Chamber again recognized individuals for their exceptional contributions to the community of New Rochelle. Ms. Hacker received recognition as the Business and Professional of the Year while Ms. Coll received her honor in the newly-created category, Culture, Arts and Sciences.

Donations Sought for Annual Give A Gift Event in New Rochelle

November 27, 2011 - 20:23

The Youth Council of the New Rochelle Youth Bureau, The City School District of New Rochelle and the Police Association of New Rochelle are sponsoring their Annual Give a Gift event on Sunday, December 18, 2011. This event provides Holiday cheer and gifts for New Rochelle families in need.

Anyone interested in sponsoring a gift for a child from the Wish List please contact Michelle Oliveros at (914) 654-2048, Monday through Friday, 8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. on or before Wednesday, December 7th.

Westchester Board Democratic Leaders Acknowledge Big Turn Out at Public Budget Hearing in New Rochelle

November 27, 2011 - 20:21

White Plains, NY – The Democratic leadership of the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) acknowledged the input from residents and business owners who attended last night’s public hearing on the County Executive’s 2012 proposed budget at New Rochelle High School.

“More than 700 people traveled to New Rochelle on a rainy and windy night to express their concerns about the spending decisions being made by the County Executive, and their input is essential in this process,” said BOL Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers). “We know that more and more people understand that the Board of Legislators listens to their concerns as we make decisions regarding the 2012 County budget.

The next public hearing that the BOL is hosting on the County Executive’s proposed 2012 budget is Wednesday, November 30 at Somers High School. The hearing is set to being at 7 PM.