April 2012

Westchester Legislators Working Toward Fixing Problems with Family Court Facilities in New Rochelle and Yonkers

April 25, 2012 - 18:54

BOL Logo(White Plains, NY) -- Faced with family court facilities plagued by deteriorating building conditions that pose safety risks to Westchester families, residents, police officers and court personnel, the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) pressed County Executive Robert P. Astorino’s Administration again this week to stay on track with renovations and long-term solutions.

Although the Administration promised to present the BOL with a plan last year regarding the numerous public safety issues and building problems existing at both the Yonkers and New Rochelle family court facilities, information about the County's plan only surfaced Wednesday during a meeting of the BOL’s Sub-Committee for Capital Projects, chaired by BOL Vice Chair Lyndon Williams (D-Mount Vernon).

Why MainStreet Connect Is A Threat to Democracy -- and Dangerous for New Rochelle

April 25, 2012 - 18:12

UGH!!! I can't take it anymore. I have to say something. This pablum and drivel coming out of the Daily New Rochelle is driving me crazy.

As they came into New Rochelle, on the heels of Patch, yet another interloper pretending to know something about New Rochelle, I bit my tongue. I have tried to be friendly to both their original reporter and his replacement, Justin Stock. The final straw was Justin's "reporting" on a GreeNR presentation by New Rochelle Sustainability Coordinator Deborah Newborn at a League of Women Voters event at the New Rochelle Public Library. I will address that meeting at a later date.

I sent Justin an email:

Dear Justin,

Is it the policy of Main Street Connect to only report the government point of view on topics or is that just what they teach at the University of Arizona these days?

I refer to this article:

Nominations Being Accepted For Westchester Sports Hall Of Fame

April 25, 2012 - 17:33

SportsHallFameNominations of candidates are now being sought for this year’s Westchester Sports Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame honors outstanding professional and amateur sportsmen and sportswomen, living or deceased, who have gained prominence in their fields and who have made substantial contributions to sports in Westchester County. Since its establishment in 1968, the organization has inducted more than 200 individuals into its prestigious membership ranks.

A prospective candidate should be a person of integrity and good character who has gained prominence in either professional or amateur sports as a player, coach, manager, official, owner, writer or broadcaster.
Nominees are reviewed by a committee that selects those who best meet or exceed the criteria of the Hall of Fame. Induction will take place this fall, when each member will be presented with a trophy and have his or her name inscribed on a plaque in the Sports Hall of Fame gallery at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.

Councilman Trangucci's Priorities Focus on Protecting the Residents of New Rochelle

April 25, 2012 - 17:22

Councilman Louis Trangucci is known as the defender of the taxpayers, not only for those who live in his district, but also for any one living in the city. His interest in making New Rochelle a better place to live extends to all aspects of city government which impact the lives of residents. Only a few days ago the New Rochelle Talk of the Sound blog reported that Trangucci had asked when the City Council had approved joining ICLEI and was answered by Chuck Strome the City Manager that the joining was "implied" by the virtue of an ICLEI representative being invited to speak before the City Council. Westchester Guardian explored his views in this interview.

Godfrey: 1. You are now serving a second term on New Rochelle City Council. Based on your experience on Council do you feel there any areas of the Council's policy making powers that you want to change or de-emphasize.

Marlee’s Post: Colorado Court Awards Dog Owner $65,000 for Negligence & Emotional Distress

April 25, 2012 - 15:12

Marlee ModelI am dedicating this post to my dog Marlee, because I would bring the same action here in New York if someone caused her death. I am referring to a National Law Journal article that discusses a Colorado case that makes it clear that dogs are more than just property.

In this Denver case, a dog owner sued a house cleaning company, which let her dog, Ruthie, get away and be hit by a car, despite the owner giving specific instructions to not let the dog outside except for the backyard. She sued for negligence and emotional distress and was awarded $65,000. I note these heartless workers merely brought Ruthie inside after she was hit and did not bring her to a vet or even notify the owner the dog was injured. This evidence of negligence was very helpful to plaintiff’s case.

Don’t you just love April? Spring into Change!

April 25, 2012 - 14:41

It’s April, Federal taxes are hopefully done and now it is time to drop off or mail the April tax bill for the New Rochelle Tax Collector, more money going out without seeing any noticeable return. Every time I write out the check, I want to cry. It is just a painful reminder of what poor shape New Rochelle is in. Over taxed, over staffed except for police and fire and just very poorly managed. We cannot continue to do things here the same way. Someone needs to step up to the plate and lead and clean the slate and start with a fresh mind and fresh ideas on how to correct all the wrongs of the past and present. This is not Charles Dickens; there are no ghosts of governments past to send a message to The City Council and Mayor. They had their own demons to deal with back then. The massage needs to come from the living breathing citizens of New Rochelle before it is too late!

Sound Shore Medical Center Support Group Creates Recipe for Success

April 25, 2012 - 12:34

SSMC GirlsNightOut(New Rochelle, NY) -- Recently Sound Shore Medical Center’s (SSMC) Breast Cancer Support Group, Girls’ Night Out gathered at Don Coqui in New Rochelle where they enjoyed an interactive cooking class, delicious food and that all important ingredient – camaraderie.

While enjoying sangria, sixteen breast cancer survivors helped prepare the four-course meal. They first concentrated on their evening’s entrées – Hanger Steak with Roasted Corn Chipotle Salsa and Potato-crusted Sea Bass. Then they created a decadent dessert, Molten Lava Cake. The woman thoroughly enjoyed the interactive cooking class as well as eating the fruits of their labors. In addition to their contributions, the meal included the restaurant’s signature Empanadas as well as a salad of baby greens. This was yet another shared experience for this enthusiastic group, including the Girls’ Night Out coordinator, Barbara Rohonczy, and Sound Shore Medical Center’s Director of the Katz Breast Center, Rosanne Newell, MD.

Two Monroe Basketball Players Commit to NCAA Programs

April 25, 2012 - 11:50

Monroe BanksBourgault(New Rochelle, NY) -- Two more members of Monroe's highly-coveted men's basketball sophomore class have laid out their post-Monroe futures. Anthony Banks has committed to Longwood University (VA) and Marco Bourgault will continue his college career at St. John's University (NY). These are the third and fourth members of the team that finished fifth in the NJCAA Division I National Tournament to advance into the NCAA, Division I. Drimir Ferguson will be at North Carolina Central and Davon Marshall will play at Liberty University (VA).

Bourgault, a 6'6" guard from France who can also play forward because of his size and ability around the basket, averaged 10.8 ppg in his sophomore year for Monroe. He started 35 games and proved to be an extraordinary shooter as evidenced by his 42.1% three-point average, putting him in the nation's top-thirty. In fact, 62% of all his field goals were from the arc. He also was a capable swing man with good instincts around the backboard. He averaged 4.31 rpg.

New Rochelle Resident Claire Coleman To Be Honored In New York City May 8th

April 25, 2012 - 11:15

Claire K Coleman IFDA Founder(New Rochelle, NY) -- Claire K. Coleman, a long time resident of New Rochelle and founder of the influential International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) will be honored on May 8th at the Association’s 65th Anniversary and Circle of Excellence Evening of Distinction at the Union League Club in New York City. Along with other luminaries in the home furnishings business, Coleman will be recognized with the establishment of an Educational Foundation Grant in her name.

In 1947, Ms. Coleman founded the National Home Fashions League - which created and communicated evolving trends for decades. In 1988, the group was renamed the International Furnishings & Design Association and today boasts15 chapters in the United States and one in Japan.

Republican Challenger to Bob Cohen Announces Entry into Race for 37th Senate District

April 25, 2012 - 11:11

DiDonotoRothDiane DiDonato Roth Announcement Speech:

A hundred years ago in the foothills of Frosinone, Italy, a dream began with the humble hopes of Julian and Eugenia DiDonato. Their dream was to one day raise a family in a country with inherited God given freedoms… A community instilled with faith, family values, and a sense of purpose… and to follow a promise that with hard work, determination and personal responsibility, there was no dream their children and grandchildren could not realize.

That country is America, that community is Westchester and that dream is being realized today as I announce my candidacy for the New York State Senate.

Three generations later, the story of my family, like yours, is truly an American story… But even more, it is truly a Westchester story… A story of faith, family and friends… As a life-long resident of Westchester, I grew up in Pelham, as the youngest daughter of Anthony and JoAnne DiDonato, attended St. Catherine’s Grammar School, Maria Regina High School and received a degree from Iona College.