March 2012

The End of Mayor Bramson's GReenNR (aka Agenda 21)on the Horizon As More and More Communities "Push Back" ?

March 21, 2012 - 22:25


As the nation-wide pushback against the often cloaked Agenda 21 Policies mount, could Mayor Bramson's pet project be derailed as the truth behind the curtain becomes revealed? You've read the stories on this site about the manipulation and co-opting to lead people to believe they've invented the green movement. The insertion of outside forces to determine what's best for New Rochelle rather than planning from within. The mayor making assertions that anyone that doesn't go along with "his" idea" is of the conspiracy theory, black helicopter crowd. Well, it must be something in the water. We've shown how other communities, after seeing the light, have decided to cut ties with Agenda 21 manipulations after the true costs have come to light. If you were lucky enough to see the New Rochelle process in action, then perhaps this sounds familiar

The Expanding Echo Bay Matrix

March 21, 2012 - 22:15

My appreciation of the Echo Bay site should in no way be construed as an endorsement of any particular construction of any kind. The point being made was that alternative uses of the space might be considered and should be considered at the right time and under the right circumstances. The present time is not the right time (not yet, at least) because no economic case has been made for it.

If a capable developer offering to turn the area into a commercial or residential "masterpiece" came along, it would still be worth a listen. Unfortunately nothing presented to the city thus far meets this test. All we have is the slowly-diminishing (over a period of years and a multitude of exclusive rights to bargain with the city) by the functionally and ethically suspect Forest City organization.

New Rochelle 2042

March 21, 2012 - 20:34

New Rochelle 2042
It is with a heavy heart that Noam Bramson has made an announcement that he will not seek re-election. Instead he will become the new head of ICLEI and Agenda 21. Immediately after that announcement the Democratic party nominated his granddaughter as their candidate for Mayor.
Ms. Bramson kicked off her campaign with a party at a local country club and it followed a theme entitled “perception”. All political photos will be taken in front of Beechmont Lake. Ms. Bramson thought the color green would be appropriate since her grandfather adopted GreeNR.
-The North Ave bridge is finally completed.
-Chickens have become the new designer pets and the north end is calling for a chicken park. They have promised to pay for a statue of Barry Fertel to be at the entrance of this new park.
-Shari Rackman’ s granddaughter who is a lawyer will invest in 1228 North Ave. and will turn it into a cabaret. She has promised that is will be the new Limelight of Westchester County.
-Jared Rice is now a part of the Independent party and will start a trade school for unemployed youth.

Republican Legislators Call for Release of $7 Million in CDBG Funds, Applaud Major Judicial Victory for Astorino Administration

March 21, 2012 - 16:13


The Republican caucus of the Westchester Board of Legislators was pleased but not surprised to see the ruling of the U.S. Magistrate Judge affirming the actions of County Executive Astorino in his efforts to satisfy the terms of the 2009 housing settlement with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Republicans were troubled, but again, not surprised to see the predictably partisan response to the ruling from Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers). In media interviews yesterday, Jenkins claimed that the ruling from U.S. Magistrate Gabriel Gorenstein was not a victory for the county. Jenkins even refused to support the County Executive in his insistence that HUD release the seven million dollars of funding that they have been withholding because of their objections to the County Executive’s implementation of the housing plan.

Lost Ferret Alert

March 21, 2012 - 16:06


I feel obligated to put up this post after this little ferret followed me home from my morning walk with my dog. (near Iona College) I am hoping that someone in New Rochelle may see and recognize this little guy. This ferret has an ink marking on his/her right ear and is a very sweet and loving little animal. The ferret is located at 95 Brookside Place and I will be taking care of him until I decide to bring him/her to the New Rochelle Humane Society. A post has been put up along with a photo on Facebook.  Any one with any information is urged to contact me at 914-557-5560

Governor Cuomo Proclaims March 29 as Vietnam Veterans' Day

March 21, 2012 - 15:33

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has proclaimed March 29, 2012 as Vietnam Veterans' Day in New York. In doing so we are reminded that "we have not forgotten - nor will we ever forget" the men and women who have served, and still serve this Nation. We thank the Governor for the recognition and in holding up the tradition of keeping the memory of the cost for freedom alive. It's been said that no soldier ever dies until he's forgotten. May they all live forever in the collective memory of a grateful Nation.

Visit The New Rochelle Armory for a link to the Vietnam War Memorial Wall and the names of those from New Rochelle who are remembered for their contribution.

New Rochelle City Council Balks at Mayor's Chicken Proposal

March 21, 2012 - 13:33

ChickenCrossingIn a stunning defeat, Mayor Noam Bramson's chicken legislation went down to defeat on a 4-3 vote. More shocking, the deciding vote was cast by erstwhile Bramson ally District 5 Council Member Barry Fertel.

Bramson has been promoting new animal husbandry zoning legislation since receiving 2 letters last December -- one from a pair of young girls, another from a woman living outside the United States who was planning on living in New Rochelle for 5 months.

Fertel had given every indication of supporting the measure. Before casting his vote, Fertel asked Corporation Counsel (the city's lawyer) what would happen to chickens in the city if the law were later rescinded. Kathy Gill stated that the existing chickens would be grandfathered in and allowed to remain upon which Fertel changed his position and voted against the resolution.

Monroe Basketball Teams Begin NJCAA Division I National Tournament

March 20, 2012 - 20:00

Monroe Kansas2Both Monroe Mustangs basketball teams will begin play in their respective national tournaments today.

The #3-ranked men will tip off in the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in Hutchinson, KS at 12:00pm (1:00pm, NY time) against an excellent #7-ranked Indian Hills (Iowa) team.

The #9-seeded women will defend their NJCAA Division II national championship in Peoria, IL against #8 Prairie State (Illinois) at 3:00pm (4:00pm, NY time).

You can see both games live on the web. Visit the Monroe Mustangs athletic website at and there will be a "splash page" during the games that has the link. if you don't see that, just click LIVE ACTION.

Congratulations New Rochelle Station Three - You're 100 Years Old!

March 20, 2012 - 19:54

This year, Fire Station #3 celebrates its 100th anniversary. The history of the station is beautifully detailed below by Fire Captain Andrew J. Sandor. Located at 756 North Avenue near the corner of Eastchester Road, Fire Station #3 received a Heritage Award in 2009: “The handsome brick building was designed by Barnard & Wilder in the Italian Renaissance Revival-style, with a four-bay stuccoed façade trimmed in brick and a roof of barrel tile. The architects highlighted the two large equipment doors on the first floor with flared voussoirs of alternating brick and stucco. The second floor windows were also trimmed with brickwork and a round-arched blind of brick.”

Captain Andrew J. Sandor, Station Three House Commander, has written a history of the station house:

For the past 100 years, Fire Station Number Three at 756 North Avenue has served the City of New Rochelle 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. As it did in 1912, Station Three houses a pumper truck and a ladder truck. Since 1987 the Station has also housed an ambulance and crew.