November 2011

Does the City Code Actually Mean What it Says?

November 23, 2011 - 17:29

Barack Obama has recently been described by a well-known pundit as being an exceptional Commander in Chief when it pertains to covert operations and much less so regarding overt or conventional operations. He went on to say that Obama doesn't play particularly well with others and is much more comfortable under conditions where he can deliberate and make decisions behind close doors. I think this is right; his successes regarding the assassination of Bin Laden, drone strikes in Pakistan, and Libya point to this.

Bob Marrone made a point about Noam Bramson in the latest issue of the Sound Report extolling Noam's extraordinary intellectual gifts and indicating that he, too, seems more comfortable in situations where he does not have to demonstrate gregarious behavior; in short, preferring to be more introverted than extroverted. I think he is right as well and explains a feeling I have expressed that Noam has unlimited potential but seems to lack some important command components that would elevate this potential into outstanding performance.

Republican County Legislators Request Fair, Bipartisan, Open and Transparent Budget Process

November 23, 2011 - 00:07

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 22, 2011
CONTACT: Matt Richter
[email protected]

Republican County Legislators Challenge Democratic Majority to Provide a Fair, Bipartisan, Open and Transparent Budget Process.

The most important duty the Board of Legislators will undertake this year is the delivery of a responsible county budget. In these very difficult financial times this is a task that will require the dedication and cooperation of every single Legislator both Republican and Democrat. This can only be accomplished if the Democrat supermajority works with the Republican lawmakers, in a positive manner, on a budget process that is inclusive of the public and press and mandates that all decisions are made in a fair, open and transparent way. These critical qualities have been conspicuously absent from the budget process in recent years.

Groom Leaves Radisson Hotel in New Rochelle After Wedding Night, Throws Himself into Harlem River and Dies

November 22, 2011 - 18:31

Screen Shot 2011 11 22 at 1 21 26 PMThe morning after a man married his long-time girlfriend he left their bridal suite, went to a river and drowned himself.

Fernando Brazier, 28, married Trudian Hay on Saturday November 19th.

The couple spent their wedding night at the Radisson Hotel in New Rochelle where their wedding reception took place. The following morning Brazier left a suicide note for his wife at the front desk, along with his wedding ring, got into a taxi and was driven to the Bronx. Brazier jumped into the Harlem River at 55 Richman Plaza.

A New York City Fire Department Marine Unit found Brazier’s body around 3 PM in the waters near Roberto Clemente State Park.

According to news accounts, the couple had dated for about 10 years. They had two children, girls ages 5 and 2.

New Rochelle High School Will Host Hearing on Proposed Westchester County Budget

November 22, 2011 - 18:14

RobAstorinoNew Rochelle High School will host a public hearing on the 2010 Budget for Westchester County tonight at 7 PM.

Each year Westchester County lawmakers are required to hold three public budget hearings. By tradition, one is held in Northern Westchester, one in Southern Westchester and one at the Legislators Chambers in White Plains. In addition to New Rochelle, there will be a second hearing on November 30 at Somers High School. The third hearing is scheduled for December 6th at the Michaelian Office Building in White Plains.

According to Minority Leader James Maisano, the last time New Rochelle hosted a county budget hearing was more than 5 years ago, possibly 8, so this is a relatively rare event to have one of the County budget hearings in the Queen City.

Astorino's Budget Proposal Powerpoint

Official Annoucement:

Smoky Kitchen Fire Shuts Down McDonald's on East Main Street in New Rochelle

November 22, 2011 - 16:27

A smoky kitchen fire this morning has shut down the McDonald's restaurant at 270 Main Street. Maintenance crews hired by the franchisee are on the scene and working to try and re-open the restaurant. There is no sign up indicating the restaurant is closed. People were seen within the last hour turning their cars into the parking lot, driving around confused and leaving.

The call came in to the New Rochelle Fire Department at 8:59 AM. Responding was Ladder 11, 12 and Engine 21, 22, 23. Ladder 13 and Engine 25 relocated to Station 1. Ladder 12 was available today because 29 firefighters were on duty.

Although one firefighter fell, no firefighters were injured at the scene.

All equipment was back in service by 10:03 AM.

Angelica Rangel, First Assistant at the McDonald's at 720 North Avenue, owned by the same franchisee tells Talk of the Sound that no one was hurt at the Main Street location

"We're trying to open today", said Rangel.

You think we have bad parking policy? Visit Hoboken, NJ.

November 22, 2011 - 03:46

Soon we will have metered parking downtown until midnight. More revenue for the city, less visitors to spend money. What a racket! As I have said many times, it is anti-development.

But we should count our blessing we don't live in Hoboken, New Jersey. If you park there more than four hours, you get your car booted and towed. Even if you move your car to the other side of town, you will get booted. Four hours per car per day. Their signs are purposefully unclear so most people fall into the trap. A fine example of another municipality misguided by the need for revenue overriding the importance of attracting visitors and residents. Amazing!

Fox 5 News did a report on Hoboken last night. The Mayor justified the parking policy. Something about 16,000 cars and only 10,000 spaces. Part of the justification could also be the 19.2 percent increase in parking fee revenues totaling $1.32 Million.

A blog tells the story pretty well.

Is New Rochelle next to get the spotlight?