April 2012

Area Police Officers Advise Residents on What to do When You Are Stopped By the Police

April 22, 2012 - 19:19

NAACPNewRochelle PoliceStopsForum 188The New Rochelle Branch of the NAACP in conjunction with Xenia Lodge #50, F & A.M. (Prince Hall Masons) and Bethesda Baptist Church presented a forum Friday at Bethesda Baptist Church on "What to do When You Are Stopped By the Police". The evening, two years in the making, was billed as an opportunity to learn how to respond in a way to de-escalate the situation and preserve your rights and safety.

The panel included six active duty police officers, one retired police officer and a lawyer from the Westchester County DA's office. Jurisdictions represented on the panel included Pelham, Mount Vernon, New York City, the MTA and Westchester County.

Rev. Timothy McKnight gave the invocation and benediction. McKnight, an ordained minister, is also a detective with the New Rochelle Police Department but did not participate in his role as a police officer.

Ronald H. Williams, President of the New Rochelle Branch of the NAACP served as the moderator for the event.

New Rochelle Catholic High Schools Come Together for Community Service on First Annual “Make A Difference Day”

April 22, 2012 - 17:25

Dozens of students from Blessed Sacrament, Iona Prep, Salesian and Ursuline came spent their Saturday this weekend performing community service at different worksites in New Rochelle and Yonkers. Students did construction work at worksites selected by Habitat for Humanity and SAIL at Ferncliff Manor, worked at the food pantry at HOPE Community Services and cleared and prepared the New Rochelle Little League field in time for next week's Opening Day ceremonies.

Iona Preparatory School hosted the event with a prayer service and breakfast in the morning. Students from the schools were mixed into groups to work at each of the sites.

Despite Bramson Claims, New Rochelle Mayor Prepares for UN Conference in Rio Co-Organized by ICLEI

April 21, 2012 - 12:25

The United Nations has released its preliminary report in preparation for Rio + 20. New Rochelle will be represented at the conference by Mayor Noam Bramson.

Bramson has denied a relationship (video from April 10, 2012 City Council meeting above) between New Rochelle and the United Nations even as he prepares to go to Rio de Janeiro for the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development known as "Rio + 20". The major UN Conference, scheduled to be convened in Brazil from June 20 to 23, is organized by members of the UN system.

Survivor of Nazi Horrors Honors Jewish Martyrs on Holocaust Remembrance Day in New Rochelle

April 20, 2012 - 13:39

YomHashoah2012 YIS 187Leo "Leibel" Zisman, an internationally renowned SHOAH speaker, a Holocaust survivor from Kovno, Lithuania, gave his testimony last night at Young Israel Scarsdale in New Rochelle as part of a program to mark Yom Hashoah v'Hagvurahmark. Yom Hashoah v'Hagvurah or Holocaust Remembrance Day is a day set aside by the Jewish people to commemorate and honor victims of the Holocaust.

Zisman, 82, was born 1931 to a prominent family. The Nazis invaded his country when he was just a young boy. He lost his parents and two of his siblings to the Nazis. He survived the atrocities of the concentration camps on his own.

Shortly after the war he had a dream where his parents told him his brother was looking for him. That day his older brother and only surviving sibling found him at a camp in Hungary. Zisman and his brother emigrated to the United States and started a successful business together which they ran for over 50 years. The two still talk every day.

City Council Should Vote on Any ICLEI Decision

April 19, 2012 - 23:55

The following resolution was passed at the April 17, 2012 meeting of the New Rochelle Citizens Reform Club.

Whereas, the City Manager of New Rochelle has stated membership in ICLEI was implied because a representative came to speak to the City

Whereas, the City Council of New Rochelle has never taken a vote to join ICLEI;

Whereas, no proven benefits have come to New Rochelle as a result of this ICLEI membership which has a cost;

Whereas, the New Rochelle Citizens Reform Club does not agree with membership in ICLEI and also with some sections of GreeNR;

Be it resolved, that the New Rochelle Citizens Reform Club feels a City Council vote should be taken on the ICLEI membership for the City of New

Be it further resolved,
The New Rochelle Citizens Reform Club does not support City Council decisions made by implication.

Submittted: by Peggy Godfrey, President

Seconded by: Lorraine Pierce, Secretary

Songcatchers And Friends To Perform Concert,“Love Makes The World Go Round”

April 19, 2012 - 22:08

SongcatchersA delightful inter-generational concert, “Love Makes the World Go Round”, will be presented in the Ossie Davis Theater of the New Rochelle Public Library on Saturday, May 5th at 3:00 pm. Young singers from Songcatchers will join singers from the Hugh A. Doyle Senior Center and Garito Manor for a concert featuring songs of love, joy, happiness and peace. The free concert is made possible by a grant from Communities For All Ages and the Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library.

HAPPY EARTH DAY: Side by Side Comparison of Original Local Agenda 21 Plan for New Rochelle (GreeNR) to Final Version

April 19, 2012 - 18:52

GreeNR SidebySideJust in time for Earth Day, Talk of the Sound has reviewed the Local Agenda 21 plan for New Rochelle, NY created under an ICLEI program first announced in 2009 and analyzed changes to the document made after the New Rochelle City Council voted to adopt the plan in 2011. Earth Day falls each year on April 22nd. It is the two-year anniversary of the release of the original GreeNR plan.

GreeNR Side by Side Analysis (39 MB PDF)

Talk of the Sound conducted a similar analysis when GreeNR was released in 2010 and many of the concerns we raised were raised at Council. In some cases, items we identified -- requiring homeowners to pay to upgrade the lateral lines from their house to the City sewer system when selling their home, displaying private information from Con Edison on electricity usage -- were removed from the revised GreeNR plan. Others however, such as the GreeNR Seal and the "Green Lien" programs, remain.

The linked document provides a side by side analysis of the document as presented to the City Council in April 2010 and the document created on March 17, 2012. The two documents contain insertions and deletions of images, section dividers and other cosmetic changes that make a side by side comparison difficult. Talk of the Sound inserted blank pages or removed cosmetic pages so that the content pages matched up and could be run through the software to identify changes. The mark up key uses yellow highlights, red rectangles and red ovals: sections, sentences or words "of interest" are highlighted in yellow; changes between the two documents are marked with a red rectangle; sections, sentences or words that suggest mandates are marked with a red oval.

Although certain sections have been updated to reflect data from 2010 to 2009 or 2011 to 2010, the title is not updated. The title is "New Rochelle Sustainability Plan 2010 - 2030" but the plan was not adopted until 2011. Title should read "New Rochelle Sustainability Plan 2011 - 2031". Which data was updated in the document is inconsistent and appears to be random.

During the Public Hearing on GreeNR in 2010, New Rochelle Sustainability Coordinator Deborah Newborn stated that GreeNR contained recommendations for mandates. When she was asked about mandates during City Council meetings she said there were no recommendations for mandates. In fact, there are recommendations for mandates and, in one case, according to the updated GreeNR document, Residential Recycling the City has already moved on from voluntarily recycling to mandatory recycling; the plan states that the City may now issue summonses. In another example, there is now a mandate on idling and summonses can be issued. There are other mandates regarding building codes. According to Newborn, the overall intent of GreeNR is to try the voluntary compliance route first and then move to mandatory mandatory if the voluntary route fails which is another way of saying the plan contains "mandates" even though she and the Mayor later claimed there were no mandates in the plan.

Sound Shore Medical Center Settles Medicaid Overbilling Charges with New York State Attorney General

April 19, 2012 - 11:30

SoundShoreEntance(White Plains, NY) -- Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced two Medicaid fraud settlements with Sound Shore Medical Center of Westchester and Mount Vernon Hospital, both members of the Sound Shore Health System, that total more than $2.3 million in recovered funds for taxpayers. The investigation by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) revealed that the hospitals improperly overbilled Medicaid for physician-administered drugs, a violation of state law. Sound Shore Medical Center of Westchester has agreed to repay the State $2,241,760.35, and Mount Vernon Hospital has already repaid the State $85,497.90.

Our Children, Our Artists Exhibit At New Rochelle Public Library

April 18, 2012 - 23:16

NRPL OurChildrenOurArtists(New Rochelle, NY) -- The 32nd annual Our Children, Our Artists exhibit will be featured at the New Rochelle Public Library from April 30th through May 24th in both the Lumen Winter Gallery and Community Gallery of the Library. The art work of students in the city’s seven elementary schools will be on display from April 30th through May 9th; and the work of middle and high school students will be exhibited from May 16th through May 23rd. The exhibit is curated by Erica Bogin, artist and art teacher.

A reception and awards ceremony for the elementary school students will be held on Wednesday, May 2nd from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Library. The reception and awards ceremony for the middle and high school students will be on Wednesday, May 16th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.