January 2012

New Rochelle Citizens’ Panel on Sustainable Budget Formed

January 19, 2012 - 17:55

With the municipal workforce and finances stretched to the limit, the City Council is set to approve the creation of a Citizens’ Panel on Sustainable Budgets to help determine optimal service delivery levels and methods for 2013 and beyond.

During the next six months, the18-member panel will review all facets of City operations and provide an analysis of current and alternative service delivery methods and revenue sources, along with recommendations that could help shape New Rochelle's 2013 budget.

"It is time for a fresh look at the fundamentals of local government," said New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson. "This publicly inclusive process will help set a long-term foundation for fiscal stability in an era of limits, while better advancing the priorities and expectations of the people of our community."

The Council-appointed panel will include at-large and district members. Those interested in serving should submit a resume to the City Clerk by January 17 for the at-large appointment or to their Council Member prior to the January 24 district appointment deadline.

New York Times Tags Bruce Ratner, Noam Bramson's Favorite Developer, as "Intriguing Tie" in Federal Corruption Cases

January 19, 2012 - 17:48

Bruce ratnerAt a recent New Rochelle City Council meeting, newly-seated Council Member Ivar Hayden caused New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson to visibly squirm in his seat by mentioning a recent New York Times article during a discussion of Forest City/Ratner's MOU for Echo Bay. For those who missed it, Times reporter Michael Powell documents the many crooked twists and turns by which various Forest City/Ratner projects have been advanced by corrupt politicians and the convictions obtained by the U.S. Attorney. Yonkers is up next.

A Developer Between Legal Clouds

Last week, the lobbyist Richard Lipsky stood in a courtroom to acknowledge bribe-making. His partner in crime, Carl Kruger, the former state senator and a Brooklyn Democrat, had taken his tear-soaked turn two weeks earlier. They face years in prison.

County Legislator Sheila Marcotte Named Vice-Chair of Budget and Appropriations Committee

January 19, 2012 - 14:22

Sheila MarcotteOn Wednesday January 18, 2012 at the first scheduled meeting of the new legislative session, Budget and Appropriations Committee Chairperson, Legislator Judy Myers, appointed Legislator Sheila Marcotte her Vice Chair. The Budget and Appropriations Committee is comprised of nine members including the Chair. In the course of the County’s fiscal year, the Committee:

• Contracts for and reviews the annual independent audit of all county financial dealings, transactions and records conducted by an outside CPA firm;
• Reviews and modifies, where appropriate, the proposed county budget;
• Monitors all county operational and capital expenditures;
• Analyzes and reviews all fiscally related matters and makes recommendations on those matters to the full Board for consideration;
• Seeks opportunities for operational reform that will lead to better and less costly county government.

Traffic Stop Leads To Drug Seizure On The Hutch In New Rochelle

January 18, 2012 - 22:08

BECKER JeffreyWestchester County Police arrested a Connecticut man this morning after he was found in possession of almost 500 prescription drug pills following a traffic stop on the Hutchinson River Parkway in New Rochelle.

Police Officer Steven Stromberg was on patrol on the northbound Hutch about 1:30 a.m. when he stopped a 2003 Chevy Trailblazer for a traffic violation near Wilmot Road. A computer check revealed that the driver’s license was suspended on seven occasions for failure to answer summonses and pay fines.

Jeffrey Becker, 23, of Thaddeus Avenue, Danbury, was placed under arrest and his vehicle was impounded. A subsequent inventory search turned up 453 Oxycodone tablets and 43 Opana (oxymorphone) tablets hidden in several places in the car.

Say a Prayer for a Wonderful Lady

January 18, 2012 - 20:01

Yesterday during a luncheon attended by Jim Killoran, community clergy and others, the wonderful Mary Bonner suffered a stroke. As of this posting she remains among us. Many of you know Mary as the rock of Habitat, the woman who is on the board and manages the downtown store.

Mary would ask for your prayers for others and I feel she would surely prosper from the prayers of all that participate in any way with Talk of the Sound; visitor, blogger, it doesn't matter.

If prayers are not your cup of tea, simply turn inward and think warmly of this fine woman who is truly a light in this darkened community. She is truly Jim's rock and she has been instrumental in helping me see the world in a different way. That is not easy given the selfishness, the mean spiritedness, and ugliness we experience daily.

To me the luncheon at Coromandel has spiritual significance because people of good will and faith were meeting to discuss what we talk about daily; how to make this community a better place for all people regardless of where they live, what their political views are, and well, you can fill in the blanks.

Wii Limo Names Wayne Schaffel Director Of Sales And Marketing

January 17, 2012 - 17:00

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Wayne Schaffel has been named Sales & Marketing Director at Wii Limo in New Rochelle, NY. Schaffel, who has more than 20 years of diverse marketing, public relations and sales experience has been brought in to spearhead the company’s aggressive expansion plans.

According to Yves Dorvil, president of Wii Limo, the company has not only survived the past several years, but maintained a slow and steady growth. “We now have a fleet of a dozen vehicles, and with the economy improving, it is time for us to reach the next level and Wayne has the track record to make that happen,” Dorvil said.

Schaffel has held a variety of positions during his career including stints at PR firms in New York and Philadelphia and marketing positions at casinos in Atlantic City, Las Vegas and Laughlin, NV. He also ran his own marketing firm, Public Relations Network, for several years. “I’m looking forward to this new opportunity helping to further establish Wii Limo as the preeminent transportation company in Westchester County.”

College of New Rochelle President Judith Huntington Meets with Congresswoman Lowey

January 17, 2012 - 16:58

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Judith Huntington, right, President of The College of New Rochelle, recently met with U.S. Representative Nita Lowey at the Congresswoman’s office in White Plains. Ms. Huntington discussed with Congresswoman Lowey issues affecting higher education specifically funding for Pell Grants and other federal student financial aid programs. Each year, The College of New Rochelle awards $18.3 million of Pell Grants to students primarily in the School of New Resources, School of Arts & Sciences and School of Nursing. In total, 85% of CNR’s students receive some level of Pell funding on an annual basis.

Bill Rosenberg Named Executive Chef Of Radisson Hotel New Rochelle

January 17, 2012 - 16:56

Billrosenberg compressedNew Rochelle, NY -- The renowned chef Bill Rosenberg has been named Executive Chef of the Radisson Hotel New Rochelle. In his new position, Rosenberg will lend his culinary talents to create delicious cuisine for weddings, banquets and other catered events at the hotel as well as for the new in-house restaurant, currently under renovation, which will be re-branded and re-launched as NoMa Social in the spring. The new cuisine in the new restaurant will be Mediterranean style.

Previously, Rosenberg served as executive chef/owner for F.I.S.H. Restaurant in Port Chester where he earned extensive critical praise including the New York Times food critic M.H. Reed who wrote the “food is off the hook;” voted “Hot Chefs to Watch” by The Journal News; voted Westchester Magazine’s “Best of Westchester” multiple times; earned a Zagat rating as one of the top seafood houses in American among other accolades. He was also executive chef for other top restaurants including Two Moons in Port Chester.

Former Eastchester Police Officer Sentenced in New Rochelle Driveway Shooting Case

January 17, 2012 - 16:50

James PileggiWestchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that James Pileggi (DOB 4/06/80) of 40 Mill Road, Eastchester, New York was sentenced today to an indeterminate term of three to nine years in state prison on his conviction after a jury trial of: one count of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony, for causing the death of Andre Everett.

On the evening of November 3, 2009, the victim, a New Rochelle realtor, was inside his home on Albert Place in New Rochelle.

He went out onto his driveway to talk to a group of acquaintances who were seated in the defendant’s car.

The car was owned by James Pileggi who at the time was an off-duty Eastchester Police Officer.

Pileggi was seated in the front passenger seat of his car and was playing with his off-duty gun, a Glock 9mm, with a laser sight affixed to it.

At some point while the victim was standing by the rear driver’s door, the defendant discharged the weapon and the bullet struck the victim in the throat.