While one swallow does not a summer make, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of thinking I saw last night from this group on Channel 75.
Yes, there are problems endemic in groups of these sorts on lack of focus, wandering, and surely there are issues concerning the roles, responsibilities and relationships among City Administration, Planning, Zoning Boards, community groups, and mostly, City Council.
But, the Planning Board is very well led; I believe his name is Douglas Hocking and he is very smart, focused, and a gentleman.
Police Officer Adalberto Aguilar was appointed to the Department in January 2006, and is currently assigned to the Police Services Division's Traffic Unit. He is the recipient of one Lifesaving Award, two Commendation Awards and a Five-Year Perfect Attendance Award On August 9th , at approximately 12:17 pm, the Department received a 911 call advising that there was an armed bank robbery in progress at the Webster Bank on River Street. Two male subjects were seen fleeing the bank and entering a blue Ford Escape. Officer Aguilar, believing that the suspects may be heading towards 1-95, entered the highway, spotted the vehicle and began a pursuit. At one point a passenger threw a handgun from the vehicle onto the highway. The vehicle struck a guardrail by exit 14 and the three suspects were arrested, and the handgun was recovered. In recognition for his outstanding work, Police Officer Adalberto Aguilar was designated Officer of the Month for August 2011.
Detective Justin Wilson was appointed to the Department in August 1999, and is currently assigned to the Property Theft Unit. He is the recipient of the Police Commissioner's Award, one Class C Citation, two Commendation Awards and one Special Incident Citation. During July, Detective Wilson was instrumental in terminating a burglary spree in the southeast sector of the city. Several homes along Stephenson Boulevard had been burglarized, and the burglars had been seen fleeing the area but on all occasions managed to escape. On August 1St, Detective Wilson and other units responded to the report of a burglary in progress at 21 Barnard Road. Two suspects were apprehended leaving the area. Detective Wilson quickly recognized that the suspects fit the description of the suspects wanted in the burglaries he was investigating on Stephenson Boulevard.
Toxic smoke got to FF. Joe Narcisso, a 27 year veteran, while fighting a fire during extreme winter weather conditions that froze his air masks shut, requiring him to be treated for lung damage in a hyperbaric chamber. While the specially pressurized medical chamber (AKA iron lung) was expected to help recovery from fighting this Main St. fire, it ruptured his left eardrum, significantly reducing his hearing for months.
The New Rochelle Panthers consist of a group of 17 girls in sixth & seventh grade from various middle schools coming together to perform at peak level during a highly competitive Division I spring season. While playing 10 games this season, the Panthers were the only team allowing the least amount of goals allowed at 3, which is a tribute to a solid defense and the great play by their goalies.
The Panthers had a competitive division, but with the dedication to win, this team did it! They put all their hard work to the test. They began to train in the heat of the summer last year, continued in the fall, and winter and finally it all came together.
The Panthers have won their Division and are the Spring 2012 - WYSL - G12 - Division 1 - CHAMPIONS!!
As quoted from Coach Francesco Notaristefano, "In regards to the season it was great to see the girls go UNDEFEATED which is a very difficult task in a high level Division 1 program. This is a result of their hard work and dedication they put in since August."
Last night I spent a few hours with some exceptional people. The Citizens Reform Club held a meeting at the VFW Hall on North Avenue and the featured guest was George Latimer who is running for NYS Senate. A fine man and fine public servant who was generous with his time and articulate on his views.
But, he left as planned for his next engagement and the couple of dozen people in the room began to discuss other topics. I will not identify them nor will I cover the topics in any depth. I just want to point out how critical it is to our regeneratiion as a community to have such people in our midst.
One young man, known to some of you enthusiastically mentioned the need and his commitment to build this community into a functioning and caring collectivity. He committed himself to this effort and sought support. What resonated to me was both the sheer joie de vivre of what he was saying and his utter distress at the apathy he is personally experiencing. We let it end at that point but ideas were floating and there is something in the wind.
Police Officer Kimberly Boneski was appointed to the Department in August 2008, and is currently assigned to the Police Services Division's Third Tour. She is the recipient of one Commendation Award. On September 4th , Officer Boneski was detailed to investigate a hit and run auto accident. The fleeing motorist was located and returned to the scene. While continuing the investigation, Officer Boneski became suspicious of the motorist and was able to determine that he was in possession of stolen property. Officer Boneski's meticulous and attentive performance during an otherwise routine investigation led to the motorist being charged with criminal possession of stolen property, leaving the scene of an accident and the clearing of a bench warrant. In recognition of her exemplary work, Police Officer Kimberly Boneski was designated Officer of the Month for September 2011.
In the June 24th issue of the Journal News an article about LDC's pointed out that State Comptroller DiNapoli wanted to gain audit authority over local development corporations (or LDC's). He stated his office has found more "improprieties that come at great and unnecessary cost to taxpayers."
The New Rochelle City Council voted on June 19, 2012 to create a local LDC so that a "civic facility" could obtain New York State tax-exempt bonds. They also appointed the members of the IDA to be the members of the LDC. Our Development Director, Michael Freimuth, on June 21, 2012 wrote to the IDA that he was recommending their support for this new local development corporation...to allow a "civic facility" to be able to obtain New York State tax-exempt funding.
Not only did the City Council have no hearing on creation of the LDC, it appointed its members with no official notification to the taxpayers or public hearings.
Despite significant evidence of corruption, malfeasance and incompetence in the Buildings & Grounds department, a unit run by John Gallagher of Aramark Schools, the New Rochelle Board of Education plans to approve a resolution extending a three-quarter million dollar contract with Aramark Management Services, Limited.
This comes despite an attempt last March by school administrators to violate the Aramark contract to pave the way for Aramark employees to qualify for a more lucrative New York State pension in the event the Aramark contract were to be terminated (video below). Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak and Assistant Superintendent John Quinn intend to hire the three employees in the event the board terminates the Aramark contract, sources tell Talk of the Sound.
Tonight's resolution reads as follows:
RESOLUTION NO. 12-352 RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH THE ARAMARK MANAGEMENT SERVICES LIMITED PARTNERSHIP FOR THE 2012-2013 SCHOOL YEAR
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the City School District of the City of New Rochelle, New York, be and hereby approves the continuation of the contract with the ARAMARK Management Services Limited Partnership, 1717 Arch Street, 42nd Floor. Philadelphia, PA 19103, to provide contractual management support services of the school districts' facilities during the 2012-2013 school year; and, be it further RESOLVED, that the Board of Education authorizes payment to the ARAMARK Management Services Limited Partnership for such services at an annual fee of $744,356.00, to be paid in semi-monthly payments of $31,014.84 for the 2012·2013 school year; and, be it further RESOLVED, that this resolution shall take effect immediately.