August 2012

New Rochelle Democratic Council Member Jared Rice Becomes Social Media Star with RNC Tweet on #NegroSpotting

August 30, 2012 - 01:04

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Our own Council Member Jared Rice of New Rochelle (D-District 3) is a social media star in the making.

From small things, big things one day come.

Yesterday, Rice had a few dozen Twitter followers and zero mentions on political blogs around the country. Today he has 127 followers and climbing and has not gotten over a hundred mentions in blogs and tweets from coast to coast including mentions on an NBC News media site and a twitter curation site run by Michelle Malkin, a Fox News contributor. Can Rush Limbaugh be far behind? He now has way more than our own Mayor, Noam Bramson. In a bit of irony, Bramson will head to the DNC in Charlotte next week with just 98 followers.

As someone familiar with this space I am keeping an eye on this because this is the sort of thing that can take off in the Twittersphere and blogosphere. I've seen it many times before and I suspect we may see this again.

New Rochelle Civil Service Watch: Police Officer Exam Residency Requirement Ruled Invalid by New York State CSC

Submitted by John Imburgia on Tue, 08/28/2012 - 22:40

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The residency requirement contained in the current New Rochelle Police Officer exam announcement was ruled invalid by the New York State Civil Service Commission. According to Robert L. Richardson of the NYS Civil Service Municipal Assistance Unit, the City has a residency requirement contained in its Municipal Code. The rule in the exam announcement, he concluded, does not match the one contained in the City's Civil Service Rules and Regulations. He advised the City that the "..current examination should be ammended so the residency language in the announcement comported with their rule..."

The City's residency rules clearly state that test candidates must be residents of the area "...for at least four months prior thereto and at the time of examination..." The rule contained in the Police Officer job announcement however, merely requires candidates to be residents " the time of application..." Unlike the codified rule, it fails to require candidates to be residents for any specified period of time.

According to Mr. Richardson, the City can reduce or suspend its residency requirements during times when they experience difficulties with recruitment. However, the New Rochelle Civil Service Commission must gain approval from the State before doing so. No such approval was obtained, Richardson stated.

Moreover, the City's residency requirements tend to vary from test to test. In some cases they may require candidates to be residents for four months. In others, three months, as was the case in the last firefighter exam. This seemingly arbitrary application of the residency rules runs counter to the contentions of New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson and City Manager Charles Strome III, both of who agree that the rules "...must be applied in an even-handed fashion..."

A complaint has been made to the City Manager but the Police Officer exam announcement has yet to be changed. It is due to close in mid-October 2012.

Westchester-Putnam One-Stop Employment Center Virtual Job Fair

August 28, 2012 - 21:59

WHITE PLAINS, NY -- Businesses looking for workers with middle-level skills are encouraged to participate in the Westchester-Putnam One-Stop Employment Center’s month-long virtual job fair in September.

“It’s easy to participate, ” said County Executive Robert P. Astorino, “and those businesses that do so can save money by avoiding the costs of recruiting and screening workers themselves. The One-Stop will also help pay the cost of training new employees.”

Interested businesses may register at The businesses may list jobs, review resumes and screen candidates online. Businesses may also work with One-Stop staff to screen candidates and may use office space at the One-Stop to conduct candidate screenings and interviews. Employers may also access thousands of qualified local candidates who are registered with the One-Stop. For assistance, contact either Milton David or Bob Fois at (914) 995-3910.

David Singer, president of Robison Oil and chair of the Workforce Investment Board, which oversees the One-Stop, said, “We have a wide range of services that can help our businesses find qualified workers and save money on recruitment.”

MTA Provides Service Details for Labor Day Weekend

August 28, 2012 - 18:03

MTA railroads will provide extra service on Friday, August 31, to help customers get a head start on the long holiday weekend. All MTA services will operate on reduced schedules on Labor Day. Details are below.

Long Island Rail Road & Metro-North Railroad

The LIRR and Metro-North will provide additional early-afternoon service from Manhattan on Friday, August 31, for customers planning an early getaway for the Labor Day Weekend. For more information, please see the LIRR press release and Metro-North press release. On Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3, Metro-North will operate on a Sunday schedule, and the LIRR will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule.

New York City Subways and Buses

MTA New York City Transit subways and buses and MTA Bus Company buses will operate on a Sunday schedule on Labor Day, Monday, September 3. Because of the J'Ouvert and West Indian-American Day Parades in Brooklyn on Labor Day, 4 trains will make local stops in Brooklyn, certain subway entrances in the parade area may be affected and buses in the area will be rerouted.

Staten Island Railway

MNR Press Release: Special Getaway Schedule Planned for the Friday Before Labor Day Weekend

August 28, 2012 - 18:02

On Friday, August 31, Metro-North will have early afternoon "getaway" trains leaving Grand Central for people who want to get a jump on the last long weekend of the summer.

The railroad will operate 18 extra getaway trains between noon and 4 p.m. for people leaving work early on Tuesday, July 3. In conjunction with this early rush hour, several regularly scheduled late PM peak trains will not operate. The extra trains are as follows:

Hudson Line

1:46 p.m. express to Poughkeepsie

2:40 p.m. express to Poughkeepsie

3:25 p.m. express to Poughkeepsie

4:05 p.m. express to Poughkeepsie

Harlem Line

1:45 p.m. express to Southeast

3:14 p.m. super-express to White Plains and North White Plains only

3:37 p.m. express to Southeast

4:08 p.m. express to Southeast

New Haven Line

12:04 p.m. express to Westport, then all stops between Fairfield and New Haven.

1:04 p.m. express to Westport, then all stops between Fairfield and New Haven.

1:59 p.m. express to Stamford then all stops to South Norwalk.

2:04 p.m. express to Westport, then all stops between Fairfield and New Haven.

2:28 p.m. stopping at all stations between New Rochelle and Harrison.

Westchester Legislators Discover Astorino’s Budget Mistakes Result in $29 Million Deficit

August 28, 2012 - 18:00

WHITE PLAINS, NY -- Department of Social Services Projects $7.9 Million Surplus Even at Current Day Care Spending

White Plains, NY – During his presentation of the 2012 2nd Quarter Forecast today, Westchester County Budget Director Lawrence Soule stated that unfunded salary and benefit costs associated with new contract agreements and a loss of revenue from securitization from the tobacco settlement were key components of a staggering $29.7 million deficit the county is facing.

The 2nd Quarter report was delivered this morning to the Budget & Appropriations (B&A) Committee of the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL). Especially frustrating to the Democratic committee members was that significant portions of this newly discovered deficit were included in the initial budget requests made by the County Department of Corrections and Public Safety. These departmental requests were modified by County Executive Robert P. Astorino’s Proposed 2012 Budget, preventing the BOL from analyzing department requests versus the County Executive’s recommendations. Recently, the departmental requests came to light, thanks to a Freedom of Information inquiry after a BOL subpoena.

Obituary: Jeannette D. Richards (1922 - 2012)

August 28, 2012 - 17:58

Jeannette Richards, a longtime resident of New Rochelle, died on August 27, 2012. She was 89.

Jeannette was born on November 30, 1922 in Brooklyn to the late Joseph and Gertrude (Pedersen) Tiso.

She was predeceased by her husband John Richards Jr. who died in 2002.

She is survived by her three sons, Robert, Donald and John; her daughters-in-law, Karen, Julia and Kathleen; her grandchildren, John IV, Joshua, Jillian, Jeffrey and R.J. and her three great grandchildren.

Visiting hours are Wednesday 2-4 & 7-9pm at Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel Inc. 16 Shea Pl., New Rochelle. A funeral Mass is scheduled for Thursday 10 AM at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. Interment will follow at Holy Mount Cemetery.

The College of New Rochelle Names Michael Antonaccio Director of Sports Information and Communications

August 28, 2012 - 13:24

Michael AntonaccioNEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The College of New Rochelle athletics director Harold Crocker has announced that Michael Antonaccio has been hired as the institution’s first full-time Director of Sports Information and Communications. Antonaccio, an 11-plus year veteran in college athletics administration, will publicize CNR’s six-sport, NCAA Division III athletics program, including serving as the editor-in-chief and webmaster of the department's newly redesigned web site, and in a support role within the Division of Student Services.

Antonaccio has extensive experience coordinating media relations and new media initiatives in the metropolitan area, including serving as Manager of New Media with the New York Red Bulls and Director of Sports Information at Manhattan College.

GETTING RESULTS: New Rochelle Board of Education Plans Do-Over on Flawed Public Hearing on Anti-Bullying Legislation

August 28, 2012 - 04:05

School Board 2010 Budget Meeting - 5.jpgThe New Rochelle Board of Education will seek to remedy a flawed Public Hearing held on August 7th, 2012 on changes to the New Rochelle Board of Education Code of Conduct to bring the district into compliance with the New York State Dignity Act, anti-bullying legislation signed into law in 2012 which went into effect on July 1, 2012.

The board held the Public Hearing before voting to schedule the hearing hours later during the same board meeting.

New Rochelle Board of Education President Chrisanne Petrone, responding to concerns among those who came to speak at the hearing, relayed to her for this article, told Talk of the Sound that she has requested a draft Resolution be prepared for consideration and vote by members of the Board next Tuesday, Aug. 28th. The resolution will authorize a second Public Hearing on September 4, 2012, at 7:00 P.M., in the Linda E. Kelly Theater, New Rochelle High School, for public comment on the revised Code of Conduct setting the stage for a board vote on the changes at the end of September.

"I am anticipating that a Resolution to adopt the revisions to the Code of Conduct will be considered and voted on by the Board at its Special Meeting on September 24th," said Petrone.

Petrone, who has often advocated for greater community involvement with the school board including greater transparency with board proceedings, moved swiftly after learning of community concerns.