July 2012

Complete Set of City of New Rochelle Comprehensive Planning Documents

July 10, 2012 - 13:15

To put the current effort to develop a comprehensive plan for New Rochelle the City into context, Talk of the Sound has gathered the three previous efforts at a long-term planning document for the City of New Rochelle in one place with the assistance of Kathy Gilwit, Lynn Brooks-Avni and Barbara Davis. Given the condition of the 1966 Master Plan documents it could not be run through a scanner and so each page was photographed by hand, the photos then manually cropped and assembled into PDF files.

1928 Comprehensive Plan
NewRochelle ComprehensivePlan 1929 Cover

(10 MB)

1966 Master Plan: Vol. 1
1966MasterPlanPart1 Cover

(79 MB)

1966 Master Plan: Vol. 2
1966MasterPlan Cover

(12 MB)

1996 Comprehensive Plan
NewRochelle ComprehensivePlan 1996 Cover

(7 MB)

To aide the current effort, the City has created a web site to solicit ideas and information from the public.


If there was interest, I was considering attempting to convert the complete set into e-book formats (.epub for most e-readers including iPad and Sony Reader; .mobil for Amazon Kindle.). For me, I am reading them on my iPad as PDF files using an app called Goodreader. You can open the files on an iPad using iBook.

Why Read the New Rochelle Master Plan of 1966? Part II

July 10, 2012 - 12:54

Barbara Davis, City Historian and Community Relations Coordinator for the New Rochelle Public Library, found a copy of the 1966 Master Plan so I now have a complete set of Part 1 and Part 2. The headline may be a little confusing because the article is Part II but the Master Plan document I have today is Part 1. Once again, I took photos of every page and then cropped them and combined them into a PDF file.

1966MasterPlanPart1 Cover

I also received a scan copy of the 1929 Master Plan. I will create one post with all of the plans I have so far.

The Toni Ann Semple Trio at Wildcliff Sculpture Garden July 16th 6pm

Submitted by Incoming Tide on Tue, 07/10/2012 - 11:19

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Toni Ann Semple and her band take the outdoor stage for a harmonious evening of R&B, jazz and her soulful selections from her new album.

Welcome to Wildcliff Sculpture Garden where waterfront concerts come to life. Shade and gentle breezes, combined with friends and family make the evening a time to remember.

Toni Ann Semple from Queens, NY is the ultimate performer, a triple threat playing the guitar, lead vocals and composer. She is accompanied by Fred Cash on bass and Adrian Harpham on drums.

Wildcliff is perched along the Long Island shoreline in New Rochelle, NY. Our sculpture filled lawn is an added attraction so arrive early for a tour.

Feel free to bring your favorite picnic selections to dine during the concert. Gates open at 5:00pm. Purchase tickets online at or call them at 212-868-4444.

How Do You Get on The Ballot in New York State?

July 10, 2012 - 08:32


As both an attorney and elected official, people often ask me about the process to get on the ballot to run for public office in New York State. Most people seem to think that a candidate gets endorsed at a political convention, but that is only partly true. While candidates do seek the endorsement of political parties at local or county conventions, that endorsement only means that the district leaders for that political party will support you and help you get on the ballot (which is very important).

However, unless you are running for state-wide office (senator, governor, attorney general or comptroller, who are nominated at state conventions), you must obtain signatures on "designating petitions." This is the requirement for congress, state legislature, county legislature or local city and town elections (but not villages or supreme court). We are in the final week to collect signatures on designating petitions for New York's six established parties -- Democrat, Republican, Conservative, Working Families, Independence and Green. As a matter of fact, I walked my neighborhood this past Sunday night and collected signatures.

School’s Out – But Not for These Future Teachers

July 09, 2012 - 17:28

New Rochelle, NY - Monroe College will be giving a group of high school students an opportunity this summer to discover if they have the passion, as well as the patience, perseverance and point-of-view that it will take to succeed as teachers in a high-needs pre-school setting. In a partnership with Hartsdale, NY-based Today's Students Tomorrow's Teachers (TSTT), Monroe is hosting a five-day, in-residence “Young Leaders” program at its New Rochelle campus, July 9th through the 13th.
The ten participants, all on scholarship from Monroe, were nominated by TSTT and attend high schools throughout Westchester and Rockland Counties and New York City. They will receive approximately 25-hours of class instruction including a panel presentation by public school and BOCES educators and administrators. Monroe College professors and administrators will be lecturing and conducting interactive workshops on The Importance of Writing, “Kreativity”, academic research, content integration, and career planning.

GETTING RESULTS: New Rochelle Board of Education Jeep Cherokee Finds Its Way Home

July 09, 2012 - 08:06

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Vehicle E-47, a Jeep Cherokee owned by the New Rochelle Board of Education, has found its way home after many years "lost" over at 5 Edgewood Park in New Rochelle. The Jeep is now being kept at 51 Cliff Street at nights and weekends, as per district policy

In April, Talk of the Sound reported that Salvatore "Sal" Porretto, a working-foreman in the Buildings & Grounds department at 51 Cliff Street working under Vincent "Jimmy" Bonanno, the supervisor and John Gallagher of Aramark, was making personal use of Vehicle E-47. Poretta, according to sources, had making personal use of E-47 for many years, parking the vehicle in front of his home at 5 Edgewood Park in New Rochelle and even using the Jeep to run a private snowplowing business in the winter.

What I Like About New Rochelle

There is a lot to like in New Rochelle and after spending many years sampling the best of what New Rochelle has to offer I have some definite opinions. This list is not final but it is not up for argument either. If you do not agree that's fine, go write your own article about what you like. This is what I like!

As I recall or experience other things I like I will add them here. If something changes with some place I will give them a strike through. Any comments that are not ADDING suggestions for places and things that I might want to try and add to my list will be deleted. And yes, I know, my list includes a lot of things to eat and drink.

So, here goes, in no particular order.

My favorite cappuccino is not from a coffee shop or diner, and definitely not at Starbucks. It is at the Ionian Grill and Cafe on North Avenue, about a block over from City Hall. Greek coffee in an Italian-style coffee drink; not for the faint of heart or people who want to get to sleep early.

New Rochelle UFFA Local 273: The Life of a Deadly Fire

July 07, 2012 - 22:56

A video produced by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the scientific arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce, a narrator explains how a fire can grow from inception to reaching 2,000°F in just a matter of minutes.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This video is part of a series, New Rochelle Fire Fighters Speak of Pain, Suffering & Dangers of Fires

Fire fighters in the City of New Rochelle are releasing a video project to help educate and inform residents of the Queen City of the Sound about the unique and dangerous conditions in modern fires. The project utilizes fire safety testing results produced by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the scientific arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce and interviews with local firefighters. The initial series of seven videos are all under 3 ½ minutes and are available on Facebook/YouTube.

Will a new comprehensive plan move New Rochelle forward?

July 07, 2012 - 19:09

Small numbers of residents have attended the City of New Rochelle's series of meetings on EnvisioNR which is projected as a new comprehensive plan to update the 1995 plan. But the few that did attend had a lot to say and some of it was critical of past and projected new development.
The New Rochelle Department of Planning's Director, Eleanor Sharpe, led the series of workshops, two of which were held on Friday June 1 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and four on June 4, 5, 6 and 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.. But even the timing of these workshops was questioned by certain participants who felt they excluded many working residents. Sharpe maintained throughout the dialogue that the City needed to revise the previous plan and stated that a "rule of thumb" suggests that in five years a comprehensive plan needs adjustments, and that the City needed a revision to keep their "competitive advantage."