March 2012

We must stop George Latimer from going to state senate!!!

March 20, 2012 - 02:50

Why would anyone vote for this guy Latimer?

He lifted New Rochelle's property tax cap in his first term on office!

He voted against Gov. Cuomo's state-wide property tax cap!

He tried to sneak through legislation in the final week of session in June 2010 to allow the armory to be knocked down - without notice to public! (As a matter of fact, it was this website that got the word out).

He failed to vote YES or NO last week on pension reform because he ran out of chambers just before the vote! He betrayed both sides of debate!

He is a rubber stamp vote for left wing Democrat Speaker Sheldon Silver!

When he was a county legislator, taxes and spending skyrocketed!

He has been in office for 25 years...isn't that enough? Let's say goodbye to George Latimer in November.

Vote for Bob Cohen!

Crime Awareness - New Wave of Crime in New Rochelle

March 19, 2012 - 22:56

If you can answer yes to any of the following questions, you may be asked to commit a crime or have already commited one. do not participate in community stalking/mobbing!

Were you given unsolicited malicious information about someone you never met and told they were under investigation and needed monitoring?

Were you asked to follow a person to see where they are going, what they were doing and how much money they were spending?

Were you asked to wait outside a person’s home or wait at a person’s vehicle to alert others of when they leave and/or arrive?

Were you asked to take photos of a person you never met?

Were you asked to ostracize, be rude or refuse services to a person because they are a criminal or terrorist?

Were you told to befriend an individual to gather personal information (phone number, email address, home address, and more) to provide to others.

Were you asked to go in a person’s apartment without consent to add surveillance or asked to add surveillance to your own house or business to watch an individual?

Were you asked to open and go through all personal mail and information?

Iona's Students United for Veterans Sponsors Talk by Marine Wounded in Iraq Now Studying at Harvard

March 19, 2012 - 22:49

AndrewKinardMarine Corps Second Lieutenant Andrew Kinard will be speaking at Iona College in New Rochelle on Wednesday, March 21 at 6:00 pm. The location is the Burke Lounge in Spellman Hall. Kinard will speak on his experiences fighting in Iraq and living as a double amputee and current student at Harvard.

The event is sponsored by Students United for Veterans.

Read more about Andrew Kinard here.

Andrew Kinard, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, deployed to the Al Anbar province of Iraq in 2006 as an infantry platoon commander. While leading a team of Marines on a routine foot patrol, an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded directly under his feet.

George Latimer Announces for New York Senate Race in 37th Senate District, Will Run Against Bob Cohen.

March 19, 2012 - 22:25

GeorgeLatimerAssembly George Latimer (D-Assembly District 91) sent a letter declaring his intention to run for New York State Senate from the 37th Senate District against Republican Bob Cohen.

This is a time for people to hear the truth – not partisan platitudes – about what must be done in government.
The changes we need – the changes I have fought for all my life – involve sacrifice from everybody, not just from ‘the other guy’.

Property taxes are too high, and I have worked hard to address that major worry many of us face; it always comes up as the #1 local issue homeowners are concerned about.

Newly Elected Councilman Ivar Hyden's Future Vision for New Rochelle

March 19, 2012 - 19:52

In only two months newly elected Democratic Councilman Ivar Hyden has been active, working on issues in the New Rochelle. As a long time business owner in downtown New Rochelle he has a strong awareness of issues that effect the City. He answered these questions for the Westchester Guardian.

1. Godfrey: You are a new, fresh presence on the New Rochelle City Council. Are there any areas of the Council's policies that you want to change or de-emphasize?

1: Hyden: After being in office for only the past two months, it is my feeling that the City Council should be more involved in policy making from the onset of a project and should be actively involved in long term planning for the city’s future.

2. Godfrey: Do you have any opinion on whether corruption exists anywhere in City Government?

2: Hyden: I know of no systemic corruption in New Rochelle city government and I firmly believe that none of our City Council members would tolerate corruption. Any public official who commits a corrupt act should be immediately removed and any person or business involved should be permanently barred from doing business with the city.\

Mayor Bramson's New "Back of the Bus" Policy for New Rochelle City Council's Citizens to be Heard Must be Reversed

March 19, 2012 - 17:38

NoamBramson.jpgUPDATE: Victory! Citizens to be Heard Will Remain First Come, First Serve". Stand Down, New Rochelle. You have been heard! Mayor Noam Bramson just disclosed that he is withdrawing his proposed change to CBTH during a discussion item brought forward by Council Member Lou Trangucci at the very end of the City Council C.O.W. Meeting. "It's not worth the hassle," said Bramson in admitting defeat. That "hassle" is you! Thank you for your support in convincing the Mayor to drop his absurd and illegal proposed change to CBTH.

Mayor Noam Bramson recently announced a new policy regarding Citizens to be Heard. More on that below.

Before responding the Mayor's declaration of a new policy, I wanted to first run it by Robert Freeman, Executive Director of the New York State Committee on Open Government and get his thoughts. He has provided them today. My exchange with Freeman is published below along with a 2001 advisory opinion that addresses, in part, the questions I raised to him.

In short, Freeman says that the law is silent on public participation during a meeting of a public body but the Committee on Open Government, part of the New York Department of State, has advised that any rules adopted by a public body governing public participation at their meetings treat members of the public equally. Freeman states that he believes the policy would be found to be valid but adds "if properly adopted by the City Council".

Therein lies the rub.

The Mayor claims to have "discussed" the change with the City Council. Council Member Louis Trangucci says no one discussed it with him. Trangucci and Council Members Al Tarantino and Jared Rice have all confirmed that there was never any discussion item on a change of policy. All three have confirmed there was never any vote.

I have been unable to find anyone who recalls any prior public discussion at City Council and there is no evidence of a vote or passing of a resolution or even a show of hands on this issue.

Even if there had been a discussion or vote, where is the public outcry that would have justified the recent change?

Now, let me explain why I oppose the Mayor on this point.

[more after the jump; join us at 4 pm today on Talk of the Sound Radio to discuss]

The Echo Bay Matrix

March 19, 2012 - 03:09

The entire Echo Bay controversy; from the simple, mundane and purely ministerial upkeep of the New Rochelle Department of Public Works facility, to the future of the Naval Armory, the fate of the Beechwood Avenue site and issues of environmental remediation obligations across the city, is permeated with dubious assumptions. The "URGENT" stamp that our city council has affixed to this matrix is misplaced. It is unfounded and illegitimate. It is manufactured.

That better use of our open spaces, public and private, can be made cannot be doubted. No one could argue that the permanent placement of a public works garage and yard on the Sound Shore is the "highest and best" use of the land. Ask your real estate broker.

What is the Easiest Way to Publish Articles and Images on Talk of the Sound?

March 19, 2012 - 00:23

API diagram ZillowAs Talk of the Sound has grown, we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of people posting articles, not just comments. Obviously, these folks want their articles to be read and articles with a photo are more likely to be read (its just human nature) so we want to explain the best, easiest, fastest way to do this.

The simplest way to publish articles and photos to Talk of the Sound is to user software like Red Sweater's MarsEdit (Mac) or Microsoft's Windows Live Writer (Windows). These programs allow you to add a photo or upload a PDF file along with your article.

To use this type of software you need to do a one-time set up your blog. Once you have set up your blog within Talk of the Sound in MarsEdit, WLW or similar, posting is as easy as sending an email.

This one-time set up requires access to something called an API for the Drupal software that is the Content Management System we use for the site.

Bramson, Chickens, Timer, Tim, & Idoni: Warren's Poster Children for Charter Reform

March 18, 2012 - 22:31

ImagesAfter reading Timer's chicken post, Tim's comment and then reading Warren's post on the city charter I decided to follow-up and discovered that all 3 are directly related. Timer wrote about a nonsensical chicken proposal, endorsed by Mayor Bramson, to appease north end constituents. Tim took it a step further in discovering that mommy & daddy are Bramson campaign donors. I'll will tie in Warren's charter dilemma in a minute.

New Rochelle has a city manager form of government as Warren points out. The manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of New Rochelle and a ceremonial mayor cuts ribbons, kisses babies and represents the city in governmental affairs. The city council is the legislative branch controlling everything from terminating firefighters, raising taxes, imposing fees and yes considering the proposed fowl-odor chicken legislation.