March 2012

Steve Otis Declares as Candidate for New York State Assembly to Replace George Latimer

March 28, 2012 - 11:39

SteveOtisSteve Otis, former City of Rye Mayor and long-time Counsel and Chief of Staff to State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer, announced today that he is running for the 91st State Assembly District that covers the Sound Shore communities of New Rochelle,
Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Rye, Port Chester and Rye Brook.

In announcing his candidacy Otis stated, “We need effective representation to address the issues facing Sound Shore residents. I am eager to put my skills and years of public service to work in this new role. The experience I have gained from working closely with Suzi Oppenheimer for 27 years, as well as my 12 years as Mayor of Rye, have provided me with a deep knowledge of issues important to Westchester residents. My in-depth experience in state and local government will enable me to be especially effective working for the Sound Shore in the State Assembly.”

New Rochelle Board of Education Meeting at Albert Leonard Middle School Tonight

March 27, 2012 - 21:44


I. Board of Education Announcements

II. Superintendent's Report

A. Student Presentations: Using Thinking Maps, An Interactive Word Wall, Creative Connections

B. 2011-2012 Goals and Objectives: Dr. Velma Whiteside, Principal, Albert Leonard Middle School

C. Mandate Relief

III. Citizens Advisory Committee – Budget 2011-2012: Report

IV. Review of Draft Resolutions

V. Board/Community Informal Discussion


ADDITIONAL MATERIALS RELATED TO THIS MEETING CAN BE VIEWED BY CLICKING THE LINKS BELOW: - Draft Resolutions - 2011-2012 Goals & Objectives for Albert Leonard Middle School - Citizens Advisory Committee report on 2012-2013 School Budget

Planet Fitness In New Rochelle Reports Numerous Lockers Broken into

March 27, 2012 - 20:48

NRPD PlanetFitness

Workers and guests of Planet Fitness reported to New Rochelle Police that numerous lockers were broken into Tuesday afternoon.Guests had phones, personal items and id's taken out of there lockers after there locks were broken off.

Police are viewing video tapes located outside of the locker rooms for possible suspects.

New Rochelle Police Respond to Reports of Gunman Aboard Metro-North Train; Police in Riot Gear on Platform

March 27, 2012 - 20:20

Asset 5New Rochelle police responded to a report of a man with a gun on a train heading north into the New Rochelle Train Station.

Police received a call from Metro-North, from MTA Dispatch, reported an intoxicated male on the third car and the conductor thought he had a firearm. New Rochelle police responded with their Critical Incident Unit team to the New Haven bound side of the New Rochelle train station and detained a passenger on the platform. The man was taken away in an ambulance.

Huguenot Hills Homeowners at risk while local developer, Young Companies, LLC., increases profits with Planning Board Special Pe

March 27, 2012 - 18:58

The Young Companies, LLC, builders of Huguenot Hills, will appear before the New Rochelle Planning Board for a Special Permit to increase profits on their 601 North Avenue property. The Young Companies have defied the City of New Rochelle and Huguenot Hills homeowners, who have issued violations for the absence of gutters on the Huguenot Hills complex. The failure to complete the roof drainage & storm water management is a violation of the approved plans and violates state, county & local codes. Young has delayed the completion of the gutter system because he can’t afford to pay Consolidated Edison the funds to wrap the electric service wires to allow safe completion of the drainage system. There are many questions raised; How did this building pass final inspection and receive a Certificate of Occupancy? Who was the building inspector who performed and signed-off on the final inspection? Why has the city allowed Young to thumb his nose at the violation and not demand he make homeowners whole immediately?

Westchester County Executive Astorino Calls On Everyone To “Pitch In For Parks”

March 26, 2012 - 23:55

RobAstorinoCounty Executive Robert P. Astorino today issued the call for volunteers to join “Pitch In for Parks,” the county’s largest one-day spruce up of the county parks, pathways and nature centers, Sunday, April 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at many Westchester County Parks locations.

Volunteers in this annual program play an active role in the stewardship of the more than 18,000 acres of Westchester County parks, trails and nature centers. They can choose a favorite park and help with such tasks as trail clearing and pruning, flower bed preparation, debris removal, staining, painting, sweeping and cleaning.

“Last fall almost a hundred volunteers came out to help with a specific storm-related cleanup project on the Bronx River Parkway, and the results were impressive,” Astorino said. “The more volunteers the better. Together, we can accomplish great things all over the county parks on this one day. Not to mention it will be fun and good exercise. Hope to see you there.”

Court Ruling on Housing No “Major Victory” for Disabled Residents, Seniors, Veterans and Others

March 26, 2012 - 23:54

BOL Logo(White Plains, NY) -- A federal magistrate’s recent ruling regarding the Fair and Affordable Housing Settlement between Westchester County and the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is no “major victory” for disabled residents, seniors, veterans and others who depend on housing assistance vouchers, said Westchester County Board of Legislators Vice Chairman Lyndon Williams (D-Mount Vernon).

At issue is the problem of discrimination against potential homeowners and renters who rely on housing vouchers and other subsidies—the so-called “Source of Income.” Though the magistrate concluded that the Settlement requires the County, as a whole, to promote Source of Income legislation, it does not require the County Executive to sign the legislation into law.

"Dripping in Glitter" Exhibit at Backstreet Gallery in Downtown New Rochelle Starting April 1, 2012

March 26, 2012 - 23:52

Zelson Beyond the DripsHilary Zelson, a graduate of Mamaroneck High School ’07, and Union College ’11 (Magna Cum Laude, with a BA in Fine Art, and Departmental Honors) will be exhibiting “Dripping in Glitter” at New Rochelle City Councilman Ivar Hayden’s Backstreet Gallery and Framing April 1, 2012 though April 30, 2012.

On display is a dynamic mix of Zelson’s colorful contemporary watercolors, as well as an array of striking glitter paintings. Zelson developed an entirely new media utilizing glitter on paper instead of paint to create the sparking and eye-catching paintings.

Astorino To Be Honored By Operation Prom Tuesday

March 26, 2012 - 23:49

PromDressesOperation Prom will be honoring County Executive Robert P. Astorino and Commissioner of Social Services Kevin M. McGuire at its first fashion show fundraising event, on Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. at Westchester Manor in Hastings-on-Hudson.

The contestants from the recent Miss Westchester pageant will be modeling dresses that are available for girls, as part of Operation Prom’s work to collect used prom dresses and distribute them to those who cannot afford to buy a new gown. Last year, the program distributed more than 3,200 gowns in the Westchester and greater New York City area.

Astorino and McGuire will be honored for their continuing support of the program, founded by Noel D'Allacco. Westchester County has been helping Operation Prom in a variety of ways, including publicizing information about the program and providing storage space for the gowns and tuxedos.

New Rochelle Public Library Board Of Trustees Proposes 2012-2013 Budget

March 26, 2012 - 23:43

NRLibraryThe New Rochelle Public Library Board of Trustees has released the library’s proposed 2012-2013 budget, to be determined by New Rochelle voters on May 12, 2012.

Library Budget FY2012-13 Final Version

The proposed budget will see an increase of 2.2% in the tax levy for New Rochelle residents. This translates to an increase of $93,209 in the tax levy, or an annual increase of $7.31 per average homeowner. The increase is below the New York State property tax cap.

The board and library administration took unusual measures to limit the tax levy increase. Total Operating Costs have been reduced for the 2nd year in a row. The number of staff positions has been decreased from 42 in 2005 to 30 in 2012.
The local public support per capita of the New Rochelle Public Library remains the sixth lowest in Westchester County.