December 2011

New Rochelle BID Awarded $500,000 Grant for Facade Improvement Program

December 09, 2011 - 18:25

BID Facade ProgramThe City of New Rochelle and the New Rochelle Business Improvement District will announce next week that the New Rochelle BID has been awarded $500,000 under the New York Main Street Program, a statewide grant program administered by the State's Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR).

New York Main Street provides financial resources and technical assistance to communities to strengthen the economic vitality of the State's traditional Main Streets and neighborhoods. The NY Main Street grant program provides funds from the New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation (HTFC) to units of local government, business improvement districts, and other not-for-profit organizations that are committed to revitalizing historic downtowns, mixed-use neighborhood commercial districts, and village centers.

New Rochelle Seeks Nominations for 2012 Heritage Awards

December 09, 2011 - 18:04

Properties that exemplify the City’s significant historical and cultural heritage are now being sought for the City of New Rochelle’s 2012 Heritage Awards. Nominations may be submitted by individuals, organizations, businesses or municipal representatives of properties for one or more of the following categories:

· Residences older than 50 years
· Stellar restoration, residence
· Stellar restoration, adaptive reuse
· Home of nationally prominent individual
· Significant architect or architectural style
· Landscape or landscape feature (eg. cemeteries, stone walls, signs; excepting gardens)
· Public or quasi-public structures (eg. house of worship, home of an organization, etc. ) that are significant to New Rochelle’s history

“By raising public awareness about our past, we help ensure that historic charm remains a vital part of our future,” noted Mayor Noam Bramson. “The Heritage Awards assist in accomplishing this goal by celebrating distinctive properties that reflect New Rochelle’s rich architectural history.”

Astorino Statement on Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council Award

December 09, 2011 - 18:02

Statement From Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino On
Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council Award

“Today’s announcement that the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council will receive a $67 million award from the state for economic development is great news for Westchester County. Over a dozen projects in Westchester County will receive grants to increase jobs and grow our economy. I’m particularly thrilled that the state has recognized the importance of New York Medical College’s biotech incubator project by awarding $4 million to assist in the development of a cutting-edge shared resources facility. As I have said in the past, Westchester is New York’s intellectual capital, and the investments made here play a significant role in the economic growth of our county, region and state. I thank Governor Cuomo and the Mid-Hudson Council for their commitment to these projects and assistance in strengthening Westchester’s economic future.”

In Marathon Midnight Session, Westchester County Legislators Pass 0% Tax Levy Increase

December 09, 2011 - 17:21

After a marathon day of negotiations, the Westchester County budget passed at about 2:00 am this morning. The vote was 16-1. Retiring Legislator Martin Rogowsky was the lone 'no' vote. The bipartisan effort delivers a 0% increase to the county tax levy. Republican and Democrat Legislative leaders will join County Executive Rob Astorino for a news conference at 11AM this morning.

Journal News has a good run down here.

The GOP and Democrats version of events follow:

Here is the GOP version of events:

Astorino And Legislators Find Common Ground On Key Budget Issues

County executive compliments Board of Legislators for its bipartisan efforts

County Executive Robert P. Astorino today applauded the Board of Legislators for passing a 2012 budget that incorporates his main goals of not raising the property tax levy and of protecting the county’s triple A credit ratings.

New Rochelle Fire Department Confronts Christmas Tree Fire at 147 Lincoln

December 09, 2011 - 07:48

Electrical wires from Christmas decorations, connected to an overloaded surge protector, heated up and caught fire on the second floor of a two-family house at 147 Lincoln Avenue in New Rochelle, NY. The fire spread to a Christmas tree, walls and furniture in the living room.

Beware of Parking Managers Christmas Present

December 09, 2011 - 00:13

Today I parked in the Library South lot while I shopped  and lunched on Main Street. As I exited my vehicle I noticed a bag and message over the parking machine at the Lawton Street entrance which was out of order.

So you can imagine my surprise and disgust when I returned and found a parking violation on my windshield. Ticket #3140017650 issued for "METER TIME EXPIRED PUBLIC LOT… LIBRARY SOUTH". I was incensed as the machine was out of order and this lot has a history of dysfunctional machines. For over one year these machines  have been continuously vandalized.

Talk of the Sound Radio is on the Air 7 PM TONIGHT

December 08, 2011 - 23:53

Click the little Blog Talk Radio widget thingy to listen.

We will be talking about the Martinez Case, the continued hiring of people without background checks, personnel audits and more fun and games at the New Rochelle Board of Education.

Also, the New Rochelle City Budget. Is it problem solved or kicking the can down the road?

How Profitable is the Weyman Avenue Development in New Rochelle?

December 08, 2011 - 20:55

In the December 8, 2011 issue of the Westchester Guardian

Recently Charles Strome , New Rochelle City Manager, said on WVOX that the City was making money on the Weyman Avenue (Home Depot and Costco) site. With curiosity an inquiry was made to Strome asking for these figures. The answer was that in 2010 the sales tax, property tax and "amortized land sales proceedings" totaled $5.5 million while the debt service was $2.9 million creating a excess of $2.6 million in profits. Since it is well known that Home Depot had been given a certiorari reduction in taxes a few years ago, sales tax figures were requested. Now it was learned that in l998-9 the Weyman Avenue Development generated $4 million, but it was the highest recorded amount through 2010 which was given at $3.2 million. But don't these figures generate more questions than answers?

Teacher at New Rochelle Middle School Escorted From Building After Striking 7th Grade Girl

December 08, 2011 - 18:46

Jorge RonJorge Ron, a math teacher at Isaac E. Young Middle School in New Rochelle, NY was escorted from the building earlier today after allegedly striking a student, sources tell Talk of the Sound.

"He smacked her in the face", said one source who asked not to be identified.

Talk of the Sound has learned that sometime this morning a female student went to the school nurse and reported that she had been hit by a teacher. The teacher was later told to leave the building. He was followed by school security guards who observed him to make sure he left the building and the campus. The police were not called to the scene.

Iona MBB: Cluess To Appear On WFAN With Mike Francesa Today

December 08, 2011 - 17:11

NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Iona College men's basketball head coach Tim Cluess will be on the air with Mike Francesa this afternoon on his Mike'd Up show on Sports Radio 66 WFAN, 660 AM. The show is also simulcast on the YES Network. Cluess is scheduled to appear at 4:05 pm ET.

The Gaels are coming off a thrilling 70-68 overtime win at Denver last night where the squad erased a 13-point second half deficit. Senior Randy Dezouvre drained an 18-footer with 1.6 seconds left to lift Iona to the win.

The Maroon & Gold are now 7-1 overall with seven straight wins after a disappointing 91-90 defeat in the season opener vs. Purdue. Since taking over the helm last season Cluess has led the Gaels to a 32-13 mark, tied for the most wins (Long Island University) among the 23 NCAA Division I Schools recognized by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association.