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May 2012

New Rochelle, The Lost City Found! We have the staff to prove it!

May 14, 2012 - 12:48
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Cameroon debt forgiven, Churches for a dollar, City Yards to be moved at great expense, sweetheart deals for developers and colleges, what else is next? We have a city management system with no accountability that can only accomplish thing with deals and give-a -ways. New Rochelle City Management is nickel and diming the citizens to a point where hard working families can’t afford to live in New Rochelle where they were born and raised any longer. Residents are forced to make some hard choices while management makes one bad decision after another. That is not what they are paid for and paid very well for I might say. They receive great salaries and benefits while working and in their retirement. The citizens will be paying for poor performances for a life time. It is time for a reality check.

New Rochelle Dethroned as Westchester County Water Champ

May 13, 2012 - 17:35

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Despite winning a state-wide contest just last August, New Rochelle was unable to hold off Cortlandt, NY at the Westchester County level.

The Westchester County Department of Health held its annual water tasting contest on May 8th in White Plains, where 203 residents sampled water from nine of the county’s water suppliers.

“The annual drinking water contest is a great way to showcase the fine quality of our public water supply,” said Sherlita Amler, MD, commissioner of health. “The local, county and state professionals who monitor our public water systems to ensure safe drinking water for county residents deserve our thanks.”

Westchester County Board of Legislators Awards Fifteen $10,000 Jandon College Scholarship Including Four to New Rochelle Student

May 13, 2012 - 16:43

(White Plains, NY) -- The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) awarded the 2012 Jandon College Scholarship to academic achievers in Westchester County including 4 students from New Rochelle.

The four students from New Rochelle High School are Nyshieka Cardoza, Ghispel Cibrian, Raphael Cisneros and Emily Posner.

“It’s always gratifying to be able to recognize and honor a group of students who have demonstrated academic excellence and a high level of community involvement,” said Jenkins. “The Board of Legislators works closely with the Jandon Foundation in its efforts to support and encourage Westchester’s best and brightest youth towards academic success, and we look forward to hearing about the achievements of these outstanding young people in the future.”

The Jandon Scholars Program, administered by the Jandon Foundation and the BOL, annually awards 15 college scholarships. Based on financial need, academic achievement and service to local communities, each Jandon scholar receives a $10,000 scholarship toward college as well as a laptop computer.

GreeNR Plan Creates Serious Issues for New Rochelle Residents

May 12, 2012 - 21:31
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In the May 3 issue of the Westchester Guardian

*Update: Mayor Bramson says he will not attend Conference in Rio.

Will the 43 initiatives of the GreeNR plan ever be implemented? According to Debra Newborn, New Rochelle's Sustainability Coordinator, the City of New Rochelle has received several awards for their plans for environmental sustainability. The present Sustainability Plan includes job creation and addresses the quality of life according to Newborn at the New Rochelle League of Women Voters Coffee and Conversation meeting on April 20 led by Susan Fleming.
A projection has been made that the population of the City will increase by 5,000 in the near future and the "challenge" was where will these new residents of the City live. The Smart Growth answer was to place these people in new buildings within one-half mile of the train station and stores (in the southern part of the City).

GreeNR Plan Creates Serious Issues for New Rochelle Resdients

Submitted by Peggy Godfrey on Sat, 05/12/2012 - 21:23

Will the 43 initiatives of the GreeNR plan ever be implemented? According to Debra Newborn, New Rochelle's Sustainability Coordinator, the City of New Rochelle has received several awards for their plans for environmental sustainability. The present Sustainability Plan includes job creation and addresses the quality of life according to Newborn at the New Rochelle League of Women Voters Coffee and Conversation meeting on April 20 led by Susan Fleming.
A projection has been made that the population of the City will increase by 5,000 in the near future and the "challenge" was where will these new residents of the City live. The Smart Growth answer was to place these people in new buildings within one-half mile of the train station and stores (in the southern part of the City).

Westchester Republicans Set to Endorse Candidates for 37th Senate District and the 93rd Assembly District at 2012 Convention in Hastings-on-Hudson

May 12, 2012 - 16:54

The Westchester Republican County Committee will hold its 2012 Convention to endorse candidates for the 37th Senate District and the 93rd Assembly District. These are the newly created districts. The Convention will be held at Westchester Manor located at 140 Saw Mill River Road, Hastings-on-Hudson. The Convention starts at 7:30 pm on May 16th.

The 37th Senate District retains the same number and is now comprised of Bedford, Eastchester, Harrison, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle (part), North Castle, Rye City, Rye Town, White Plains (part) and Yonkers (part).

The 93rd Assembly District is now comprised of Bedford, Harrison, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, New Castle, North Castle, North Salem, Pound Ridge, and part of White Plains. The 93rdAssembly District is the old 89th Assembly District. Assemblyman Bob Castelli’s seat is now the 93rd Assembly District.

This event is free and open to the public. Only those District Leaders representing Election Districts in the 37th Senate District and those District Leaders representing Election Districts in the 93rd Assembly District will be allowed to vote at the convention.

Monroe's Schedules Set For National Track Meet in Texas

May 12, 2012 - 16:46

MonroeWagner 0268Gambian distance runner Ansu Sowe will be the first Mustang on the track in the 2012 NJCAA Division I Outdoor National Track Meet that begins Tuesday in Levelland, TX when he runs in the men's 10,000m at 8:50pm (10:50pm NY time). Then on Wednesday, the Mustangs will have nine student-athletes competing in seven events starting with the women's 4x100m taking place at 1:45pm (3:45pm NY time) and ending the day with the men's 4x400m at 7:00pm (9:00pm NY time). The national meet culminates for Monroe on Thursday with Lithuanian discuss thrower Tautvydas Kieras and Columbian pole vaulter Francisco Escobar, both of whom are ranked among the nation's best. Monroe's schedule in the track nationals

"Ansu's 10,000 is a good way to open the meet for us," said Coach Mark Goodman. "We think he's going to do very well and that's going to set the tone for the rest of our week. We're going in as a team and the mutual support between our athletes should boost us all. We're excited, but confident that our year of hard work will pay off."

Westchester County LGBT Town Hall Meeting May 23 To Celebrate Accomplishments

May 12, 2012 - 16:34

Bill 20092Awards to recognize outstanding work in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community

The Westchester County LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) Advisory Board will hold a Town Hall Meeting Wednesday, May 23 to celebrate achievements and present awards recognizing outstanding community service. The event will take place at The LOFT, 252 Bryant Avenue, White Plains, beginning at 5:30 p.m. LGBT community members and their friends, families and allies are invited to attend.

Awards will be given to Ossining Mayor William Hanauer, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, B Lounge of Valhalla and My Sister’s Place, an organization dedicated to ending domestic violence and human trafficking, The event will include opening remarks by County Executive Robert P. Astorino, a presentation by the LGBT Advisory Board on its work for the community over the past year, and an open microphone session for participants to voice concerns and suggestions directly to the board.

Westchester County Seniors Reminded To Take Economic Security Survey

May 12, 2012 - 16:32

Seniorcouple(White Plains, NY) -- Westchester County residents age 60 and older who have not yet taken the county survey to learn if their incomes cover their basic needs without public or private subsidies are encouraged to do so at this time.

“We need the data from this survey to have a better picture of where we can put our limited dollars to best impact seniors,” said Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino. “Don’t delay taking part.”

The survey is sponsored by the Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services and the county’s Department of Senior Programs and Services (DSPS) in conjunction with its Livable Communities initiative.

The Elder Economic Security Standard Index – also known as the Elder Economic Security Survey – measures the economic security of older adults by determining whether or not they have sufficient income to pay for their basic needs: food, transportation, health care insurance and housing.

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