November 2011

Talk of the Sound Radio Tonight: 2011 City Council Elections, Democrat Super Majority, City Budget, Lou Trangucci

November 10, 2011 - 21:13

Talk of the Sound Radio airs live on Thursday from 7pm to 9pm with your host Talk of the Sound Managing Editor Bob Cox along with Talk of the Sound Events Editor Matthew Pryce.

Tonight we will ask Council Member Louis Trangucci about the City Council elections which have given the Democrats a 5-2 Super Majority on Council and the City Budget released today. We will take calls about the uncertified school administrators in the New Rochelle school system. We will also talk about what the Penn State Scandal tells us about the New Rochelle Board of Education.

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A Conspiracy of Cowards: What the Penn State Board of Trustees and Joe Paterno Can Teach the New Rochelle Board of Education

November 10, 2011 - 19:04

Last night the Board of Trustees of Penn State University announced the termination of Dr. Graham Spanier as University President and Joe Paterno as the Head Football Coach in the wake of a sex abuse scandal that stretches back at least 17 years. In short, school officials and employees knew about the sexual abuse of young boys by a former football coach and responded by taking steps designed to protect the image of the school and their legendary football coach and did nothing at all to protect the children being abused.

While many heads have already rolled -- with more to come -- the Board itself has a lot of explaining to do because ultimately they are responsible for oversight of the administration including the football program.

Republicans break Westchester County Democratic super-majority!

November 10, 2011 - 18:22

Here's some good news in case you missed it, the Journal News is reporting that all election districts have completed counting their votes and the Republicans seem to have broken the Democrats 12-5 super-majority grip on the Westchester County Board of Legislature. Tallies still need to include absentee & affidavit ballots but this is good, no excellent, news.

With their super-majority, the Democrats had over-ridden something like 247 Astorino spending bill vetoes. Those days appear to be over now & the composition of the new board will likely be 10 Democrats & 7 Republicans.

Sheila Marcotte who represents parts of New Rochelle appears to be one of the lucky ones after trailing by 275 on election night, she's now up by 47 over John Fitzpatrick. Congratulations to Sheila!

Former Playboy Bunny Sentences "Sister Susie" in Gambling-Embezzlement Case, Closing Sad Chapter for Iona College

November 10, 2011 - 16:02

KimbaWoodIn the conclusion to a story broken by Talk of the Sound in 2010, Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Marie E. Thornton, the former Vice President of Finance for Iona College, was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to time served and three years of supervised release with 2,000 hours of community service for embezzling more than $850,000 from the college. Thornton pled guilty to one count of embezzlement on March 9, 2011.

U.S. District Judge Kimba M. Wood imposed today's sentence.

Wood was nominated for U.S. Attorney General by President Bill Clinton in 1993. During the nominating process it came to light that Judge Wood had a five-day training stint at the London Playboy Club.

With Elections Over, City of New Rochelle Set to Announce Across the Board Cuts, 6 Firefighters to be Axed

November 10, 2011 - 14:37

Strome BudgetPresserThe City of New Rochelle will announce this morning significant cuts in staff and services as City Manager Charles B. Strome prepares to deliver a municipal budget based on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2% Tax Levy Cap, sources say.

The 2010 budget will eliminate all crossing guards, 6 firefighters will be laid off and there will be some staff cuts at City Hall.

UPDATE: Notices are already going out. Sources tell Talk of the Sound that two CSOs that work "indoors" for NRPD were given their pink slip, there were a meeting for the crossing guards this morning where they were all informed they are being let go, a woman from the records department with 10 years service was fired and reportedly left the building in tears.

R.I.P. New Rochelle

November 10, 2011 - 02:40

The City of New Rochelle passed on November 8, 2011. Since 1992, New Rochelle had fell ill. Political leaders have slowly bled the life from this once great City. Major thoroughfares, once lined with prosperous businesses now sit desolate. A once great school system now plagued with substandard administrators and inadequate educators. Respected City officials have been replaced with the most corrupt, thieving, nepotistic, two-faced politician ever to roam the earth.

On November 8th, New Rochelle voters officially sealed the faith of New Rochelle. Our corrupt mayor Noam Bramson along with the four elected democrat council members now hold a super majority voting power, which means the mayor will pretty much bankroll anything he wants with no interferences from anyone. With a super majority, Bramson can now override the property tax cap that Govenor Cuomo set into place to protect NY State property owners.

New Rochelle Armory

November 09, 2011 - 20:31

Message to our politicians. I have been involved with New Rochelle Soccer for many years. The success of our kids in travel teams and recreational soccer is measured by the amount of field time they can have; it spills over to the success of our HS soccer as well. Many communities have invested in our kids health by providing indoor-opportunities. To highlight this possibility, please see the item below from the governing group for our soccer programs:

Newburgh Armory to Become a Home Field to ENYYSA’s Olympic Development Program
By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association

October 17, 2011-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is very pleased to announce that the renovated Newburgh Armory in Orange County is becoming a home to our Olympic Development Program. ENYYSA will also use the Newburgh Armory for Coaching Education classes.