April 2012

Iona Prep Joins with New Rochelle's Catholic High Schools for Make a Difference Day This Saturday

April 17, 2012 - 13:00

IonaPrepMainEntranceIona Preparatory School will host its first-ever “Make A Difference Day” in coordination with all Catholic high schools in New Rochelle on Saturday, April 21, 2012. The event will begin at 8:00 am and conclude at 3:00 pm. The schools involved are .

The goal of the day is to gather about 100 students from all the schools and mix them into four work groups for a day of Christian service at different worksites. The worksites are Habitat for Humanity (construction), SAIL at Ferncliff Manor (construction), HOPE Community Services (food pantry), and New Rochelle Little League (clean field).

Westchester Legislators Vote to Protect Child Care Subsidies That Are “Right for Westchester”

April 17, 2012 - 12:53

BOL Logo(White Plains, NY) -- In an effort to protect child care subsidies for low-income families, the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) approved new legislation and two resolutions tonight aimed at stopping County Executive Robert P. Astorino and the Westchester County Department of Social Services (DSS) from increasing the family contribution to daycare expense from 20% to 35% of the portion of income that exceeds the federal poverty level.

The first resolution requests that New York State Social Services Law and Regulations be amended to require approval by the BOL prior to any request to New York State for a change in the County Consolidated Services Plan regarding the parental share rate for day care services. The second resolution informs the New York State Office of Children and Family Services that the BOL opposes the DSS request to increase the family share of child care subsidy to 35%.

New Rochelle Public Library 2012 - 2013 Budget Hearing And Candidates Forum At Library

April 16, 2012 - 22:09

A public hearing on the library budget will take place on Thursday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the library’s Ossie Davis Theater, before the May meeting of the library’s Board of Trustees, which will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The annual vote to elect two New Rochelle Public Library trustees and to adopt the 2012 – 2013 New Rochelle Public Library budget will take place on Tuesday, May 15, from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., at the City School District polling places. Copies of the proposed budget are available to the community at the Administrative Office of the New Rochelle Public Library and on the library’s website at

The League of Women Voters forum for candidates running for two seats on the New Rochelle Public Library Board of Trustees and two vacancies on the New Rochelle Board of Education will be held on Monday, May 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Ossie Davis Theater of the library.

County Executive Rob Astorino Terminates Westchester's Membership in ICLEI

April 16, 2012 - 19:59

Rob AstorinoWestchester County is no longer a member of ICLEI.

County Executive Rob Astorino made the decision shortly after taking office to terminate Westchester's membership in ICLEI — Local Governments for Sustainability which came to an end effective December 31, 2011. Membership dues for Westchester County amounted to $20,000 annually.

“When we came into office we reviewed all of the associations to which the County belonged," said Ned McCormack, chief spokesman for Astorino. "We determined that ICLEI was not an essential service and we dropped the membership".

This is a striking turnaround for a county that just four years ago released an ICLEI-inspired Climate Action Plan calling on all municipalities to join ICLEI.

The difference has been Astorino, a no-nonsense fiscal conservative whose stunning upset victory in 2009 over long-time incumbent, Democrat Andy Spano. Under Spano, Westchester County became the highest-taxed county in the nation. Astorino was elected with a 16-point margin largely on his promise to reign in spending and get control of property taxes.

Local Governments That Have Left ICLEI

April 16, 2012 - 19:53

Local Governments That Have Left ICLEI (ICLEI Membership Page)

Last updated April 13, 2012
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The Curious Case of Noam Bramson

April 16, 2012 - 17:36

The recent discussion of the propriety of the mayor's reliance on the United Nations, ICLEI and similar "foreign bodies" politic for Green NR and other city laws involves some of the most interesting and perceptive considerations of local government, citizen activism and such as I have ever read in the local press.

The fact is, that in spite of the long-standing existence of a daily newspaper, numerous weeklies and bimonthlies, blog-accommodations of several web portals and radio and TV, I have seen no more perceptive or in-depth analysis of our lives in New Rochelle than INSERT COPY HERE
the post about our mayor by Bob Cox and the commentary that followed it. This is the true value of TOTS - the most sophisticated intellectual forum in town and probably the rest of the county and state.

And Democrats and liberals who ignore it or dismiss it out-of-hand do so to their own detriment (and you know that many of them read it but do not admit of it!).

CASE CLOSED II: Westchester County District Attorney Rejects Another Phony Bonanno Harassment Claim Against Talk of the Sound Reporter

April 16, 2012 - 17:05

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Vincent "Jimmy" Bonanno, the father of James "Little Jimmy" Bonanno, recently filed a harassment complaint against Talk of the Sound reporter Robert Cox. The complaint was dismissed as baseless by the Westchester County District Attorney because the actions described in the complaint were not illegal. This is the second such rejected complaint filed this month. Little Jimmy filed his own complaint last week which was rejected by the DA on the same grounds.

Double Doh!

On April 2nd, New Rochelle police responded at 7 a.m. to 51 Cliff Street based on a complaint made against Robert Cox by Jimmy Bonanno. Like his son the complaint is based in numerous false statements by Bonanno senior.

Astorino Announces County’s 2012 Waste Reduction And Recycling Awards

April 16, 2012 - 16:39

RobAstorino.jpg(White Plains, NY) -- Just in time for Earth Day, County Executive Robert P. Astorino announced today the winners of the county’s annual awards for outstanding programs to promote waste reduction and recycling. Astorino will formally present the awards during Earth Day festivities on Sunday, April 22 at Kensico Plaza at 1 p.m.

The winners, in various categories that include governments, schools, businesses and civic organizations are: the City of Rye, the Town/Village of Harrison and the Town of Ossining; the Town of Bedford and its 2020 Waste and Recycling Committee; the City of White Plains and its Eco Neighbors; the Village of Irvington, its Green Policy Task Force and the Greenburgh Nature Center; the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson and its Conservation Commission; the Mount Kisco Elementary School, Eastchester Anne Hutchinson Elementary School, and IBM.

In addition, three Yonkers elementary school students won the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s 2012 Recycling Poster Contest.

Con Edison Names Michael Jones-Bey Director Of Supplier Diversity Program

April 16, 2012 - 16:33

(New York, NY) -- Con Edison has named Michael jones beyMichael Jones-Bey director of the company’s Supplier Diversity Program. He is responsible for developing procurement opportunities for minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs).

Jones-Bey joins Con Edison most recently from MWBE Partners, LLC, a business development company in New York. He had served as executive director of the New York Empire State Development Corporation’s (ESDC) Division of Minority and Women Business Development, one of the nation’s largest public sector supplier diversity programs.

New Rochelle School Official Raises Money for the Children’s Diabetes Foundation in a Truly Insane Way

April 16, 2012 - 16:25

By day, Reza Kholifar appears to be a sane person. He works in New Rochelle as the Human Resources Director for the City School District of New Rochelle. For the past several years, however, Kholifar has been going off the deep end, literally. Each winter he strips down to his bathing suit in the dead of winter and runs screaming into the frigid waters off the coast of Long Island. And he's not alone.

As the founder of the Saint James Polar Bear Club, Kholifar did the first dive alone, on February 1, 2009. This year with a crowd of bemused spectators looking on, more than 30 people joined Kholifar in his mad passion, raising money for the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and securing for themselves a Saint James Polar Bear Club t-shirt.

If you have any desire to join him next year click here.