November 2011

Whether You Believe It or Not, Your Safety Has Been Compromised

November 18, 2011 - 14:59

City Management Guts the Fire Department and Decides to Gamble With Your Safety all to Save Less Than 3 Cents Per Day Per Resident

As we celebrate our 150th The City of New Rochelle slashed its first responder protection on Thursday cutting its minimum on duty firefighting contingent to 24 firefighters, 5 less than 2 years ago. Additionally, one of the department’s three ladder companies (LADDER 12), which conduct search, rescue and recovery operations, is no longer in service.

The city is gambling with the lives of its citizens to save less than 3 cents a day per resident. Will fire victims stuck on the upper floors of a building be able to hold their breath or survive the extra minutes it will take to rescue them, “if we ever get to them?”

New Rochelle’s proposed 2012 city budget calls for the Fire Department to eliminate another 9 firefighter positions on top of the already 16 reduced in the 2 previous years. This action will permanently close Ladder 12. The $770,000 budget saving would amount to less than 3 cents per resident per day or ½ of 1 per cent of the city’s total budget.

Steffi From New Rochelle Seeks Advice from New York Times Columnist

November 18, 2011 - 14:17

In the New York Times, Social Q's columnist Philip Galanes takes a question from a New Rochelle teen.

I am a 15-year-old girl. At Thanksgiving, and every other time we meet, my father’s friend makes a big joke about how little I know about current events. (Really funny, right?) I wish I was interested in the news, but I’m not. I like music, TV and celebrity magazines like other kids my age. What can I do to shut him up?

Steffi, New Rochelle, N.Y.

For Galanes response, click here.

Memories of NR Thanksgiving Parades gone by

November 18, 2011 - 00:37

Chatting about the NR Thanksgiving Parade with Bob on Talk of the Sound Radio -

He encouraged me to post this video from a previous year's parade.

Had some great times participating in the parade, it's a shame that no more memories like this may be created when the city government is forced to chop the parade.

That's your humble narrator (and calendar editor) with the crazy long hair and funky pants.

Talk of the Sound Radio TONIGHT 7 PM -- New Rochelle Budget Battle, Fire Department Cuts, Crossing Guard Firing, Staff Reductions

November 17, 2011 - 22:19

This Thursday night at 7 PM, Talk of the Sound Radio will review of some of the top stories on Talk of the Sound from the previous week. We will have our newsmaker interview. This week we have on representatives of the New Rochelle UFFA 273 firefighters union to discuss the closing today of Ladder 12 and scheduled manpower reductions in 2012. Matthew will run down the Talk of the Sound Community Calendar.

Your calls make the show so please call the Studio line at (805) 830-8302.

Listen to the show by visiting the Talk of the Sound Show Page or just click on the play button on the Blog Talk Radio Player (upper right corner of the Talk of the Sound home page).

You can also listen anytime via the Talk of the Sound Podcast which becomes available every Friday immediately after the show.

You can join the chat room and discuss the show with other listeners. Our producer and co-host Matthew Pryce will be monitoring the chat room.

New York State Mandated Reporter Law: Reasonable Cause to Suspect

November 17, 2011 - 20:04

There appears to be a great deal of confusion in the City School District of New Rochelle about the Mandated Reporter law and the obligations of school district employees under the law.

Some people believe that a complaint cannot be filed unless "hard evidence" exists. In fact, the bar is quite low. All that is required to trigger a requirement to report is "reasonable cause to suspect".

The exact language is that a mandated reporter must file a report or cause a report to be filed if they have "reasonable cause to suspect that a child coming before them in their professional or official capacity is an abused or maltreated child".

Who are Mandated Reporters in New York State?

There is a long list of jobs and professions that fall under the Mandated Reporter law. Among school officials that list includes but is not limited to school teacher, school guidance counselor, school psychologist, school social worker, school nurse, school administrator or other school personnel required to hold a teaching or administrative license or certificate.