January 2012

TONIGHT 7 PM on Talk of the Sound Radio: The Emerging Local Media Landscape in New Rochelle 2012

January 05, 2012 - 22:49

Talk of the Sound Radio airs live on Thursday from 7 pm to 8pm with your host Talk of the Sound Managing Editor Bob Cox along with Talk of the Sound Events Editor Matthew Pryce.

Tonight will be a special show where we will discuss the article I published earlier today: The Emerging Local Media Landscape in New Rochelle - 2012. The article is the result of ideas that have been forming in mind for a while but have rarely been fully articulated. There will certainly be many folks who disagree with my critique of the various media outlets such as the Journal News, WVOX, AOL Patch, Channel 12 News and others. There will even be a few folks upset with me for saying aloud what I have been thinking for a while. Either way I would sure like to hear from you on this topic and hope you will call or listen to the show.

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The Emerging Local Media Landscape in New Rochelle - 2012

January 05, 2012 - 19:18

TalkoftheSound 1000000Talk of the Sound recently hit a major milestone in becoming the first hyper-local site in New Rochelle to reach 1,000,000 unique visitors. Don't expect any cheering from over in City Hall. After years of hoping we would just go away, the powers that be in New Rochelle have grudgingly come to realize we are not going away.

Mahatma Gandhi is often cited, incorrectly, as having said:

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.

Readers can decide where we have gotten to along this continuum but the time has long since passed that Talk of the Sound is ignored.

In State of the State, Cuomo Addresses Reality of New York's Public Education: Ranked #1 in Spending, Ranked #38 in Graduation Rate

January 05, 2012 - 13:33

All the cheerleading in the world by the pom-pom crowd in New Rochelle will not change the fact that public education in New York is among the worst in the United States, a country that is consistently ranked at or near the bottom of economically developed countries around the world.

Governor Andrew Cuomo would like to do something about that as Anna Phillips at The New York Times explains: Cuomo Calls for Education Commission, But Is Vague on Details

“The lobbyist for the students.” That is how the governor of New York, Andrew M. Cuomo, positioned himself on educational matters in 2012.

In his State of the State address on Wednesday, the governor announced that he would appoint a commission to work with the State Legislature and recommend changes to how teachers are evaluated and how schools’ spending and performance are managed.

In Second State of the State Address, Governor Cuomo Outlines Agenda for 2012

January 05, 2012 - 13:02

Cuomo 2012 State of StateAlbany, NY (January 4, 2012) -- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today delivered his 2012 State of the State Address in which he outlined a comprehensive agenda that builds on the success of last year. The Governor launched a new economic development blueprint that invests billions of dollars in key public-private sector partnerships and rebuilding infrastructure to create thousands of new jobs across the state, proposed a reinvention of how government operates in order to get results for the people while protecting taxpayer dollars, and detailed a series of actions to strengthen New York's legacy as the progressive capital of the nation.

Forest City Ratner Lobbyist Pleads Guilty to Bribing Elected Official in New York

January 05, 2012 - 12:57

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Richard Lipsky, a lobbyist, pled guilty today to two counts of bribing former New York State Senator Carl Kruger. Lipsky pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara stated: “As a lobbyist, Richard Lipsky was permitted to influence the legislative process on behalf of his clients with the power of his arguments, not the power of his checkbook. For too long and in too many ways, corruption has warped government in New York State and New York City. This Office will take every step necessary to root out that corruption and restore the public’s faith in its government and its leaders.”

According to the Indictment, the Complaint, and statements made at today’s plea proceeding in Manhattan federal court:

Applications Being Accepted For Seasonal Park Rangers

January 05, 2012 - 12:49

The Westchester County Department of Public Safety is accepting applications for seasonal park rangers to patrol county parks this summer. Applications are due by Feb. 24 and are available online at the Department of Public Safety’s web pages:

Uniformed park rangers work under the supervision of county police officers to maintain a safe and enjoyable atmosphere in the county’s parks. To qualify, applicants must be a high school graduate, at least 19 years of age, a U.S. citizen, a resident of Westchester County and possess a valid New York State driver’s license by the time of appointment.

Rhonda Hausman Named General Manager of Radisson New Rochelle Hotel

January 05, 2012 - 12:48

New Rochelle, NY (January 2012) - Rhonda D. Hausman of New Rochelle has been named General Manager of the Radisson New Rochelle Hotel.

Ms. Hausman brings more than 15 years experience to the Radisson, having worked previously as a General Manager for some of the leading hotel chains in the country including Courtyard by Marriott and Fairfield Inn by Marriott.

She has worked at hotels throughout the U.S. including in San Francisco, California; Memphis and Clarksville, Tennessee; Jacksonville and Ocala, Florida; Columbia, Missouri; Paducah, Kentucky and Metropolis, Illinois.

A native of Metropolis, Ms. Hausman holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the Southern Illinois University College of Business and Administration. Prior to entering the hospitality business, she had worked in the banking industry for 15 years.

She is the mother of two daughters, Haley and Hilary, and enjoys going to the movies, spending time with her Jack Russell dog, Jessie Olivia, traveling and making new friends.

New Rochelle Parking Meter Vandal Strikes for 4th Times in 10 Months, 5 of 6 Machines Across Two Downtown Lots Now Out of Service

January 04, 2012 - 21:27

Cursing Strome 2For the fourth time in 10 months, Parking Pay Stations in downtown New Rochelle have been rendered inoperable. All three of the pay station machines at the Prospect Street Lot were rendered inoperable. One pay station machine at the library lot was again rendered inoperable in an attack last night. One pay station machine is still out of service since the previous attack in October. Two previous attacks took place in February and May.

The latest attacks come just days after parking fees at downtown lots were doubled from 50 cents an hour to $1.00 an hour suggesting the possibility that the attacks were a response to the increase in parking fees. No signs indicating the change in parking fees were visible at any of the downtown lots.

The cost to taxpayers for the oft-vandalized machines now stands in excess of $50,000...and counting.