August 2012

Local Officials and Candidates Respond to MTA Tax Ruling

August 23, 2012 - 19:33

New York State Supreme Court Judge Bruce Cozzens Jr. of Nassau County ruled that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Commuter Tax was unconstitutional on the grounds that the law is "a special law, which does not serve substantial state interest".

Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino Released the Following Statement

“This is good news for Westchester County and its municipalities. The MTA payroll tax is essentially an unfunded mandate from Albany. In this case, we were allowed to challenge it. We did. And now we’ve won an important victory with the court’s decision that this unfair burden on taxpayers was unconstitutional.”

George Latimer Released the Following Statement

Westchester County Executive Astorino Announces Incentives To Help Grow New Rochelle Business And Add Quality Jobs

August 23, 2012 - 19:25

Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino announced that the Westchester Industrial Development Agency has approved $30,000 in sales-tax exemptions for London Luxury, a New Rochelle-based business that plans to renovate, expand and add jobs.

“In this globally competitive environment, companies such as London Luxury could relocate anywhere,” said Astorino. “But Westchester County is determined to help companies grow, adding quality jobs for our residents. We will continue to do whatever we can to make Westchester a great place for business, and we are delighted that London Luxury has chosen to grow in Westchester.”

Founded in 2000, London Luxury develops, designs, sources, manufactures and markets home products for licensed brands and major retailers across North America, including Arm & Hammer, Claritin, Elizabeth Arden, The Sharper Image, Macy’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, Costco and JetBlue Airways.

Some of its key products include bed pillows, sheet sets and comforters as well as bath towels, rugs and robes, among other items.

Why Do You Think It'll Get Better?

August 23, 2012 - 19:17

Do you really think there still are free lunches in these unsettled times? No, that went out with good government and selfless politicians. You only need to be blitzerkrieged by Wolf or given the bumsrush by Rush to know otherwise.

A few evenings ago I was bathed in stardust listening to the majesty of Les Miserables. To the barricades they went and, when it was all said and done, good triumphed over evil, sacrifice trumped selfishness, and all was right with the world.

Then I turned the set off.

When I awoke it was the same old things. The order of business once again, was divisiveness and "breaking news" kept on its petty pace repeating over and over again, the social misery of the day. This one misspoke, off with his damn head, that one filed a suit for damages based on a physical similarity to Kim Kardashian, and while Barack and Mitt fiddled, the nation burned.

Register For The USO 9/11 Walk To Remember In NYC and Join New Rochelle's Team New Ro

August 23, 2012 - 18:07

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Boyfriend Sentenced to 30 Year to Life In New Rochelle Machete Murder

August 23, 2012 - 17:58

Akeem lindsayWestchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Akeem Lindsay, 32, of 309 North Avenue, New Rochelle, New York was sentenced today to 30 years to life in state prison on his May 7th, 2012 conviction following a jury trial on one count of Murder in the Second Degree, a class “A-I” Felony, one count of Attempted Assault in the First Degree, a class “C” Violent Felony, one count of Assault in the Second Degree, a class “D” Violent Felony, one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a class “D” Felony, relating to the death of his girlfriend and the assault of a male roommate.

On February 11, 2011 at approximately 11:56 pm, New Rochelle Police responded to a 911 call from a neighbor at 309 North Avenue.

Upon arrival, officers observed the defendant covered in blood in a hallway inside an apartment being held down by the roommate who told police the defendant murdered his girlfriend.

Westchester County Announces New Date For Senior Citizens Hall Of Fame

August 23, 2012 - 17:52

WHITE PLAINS, NY -- Westchester County’s Department of Senior Programs and Services (DSPS) announced that the date for the 30th annual Westchester Senior Citizens Hall of Fame luncheon has been changed to Monday, Dec. 3.

The event will still take place from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Westchester Marriott Hotel in Tarrytown. DSPS is accepting nominations for the Senior Citizens Hall of Fame until Sept. 14.

The Hall of Fame recognizes seniors who have generously given their time and energy to improve the quality of life in their communities or the county at large. They can be outstanding leaders or advocates in a wide variety of areas. They cannot, however, already be Hall of Fame members.

For more information about the Senior Hall of Fame, visit You can also submit a nomination online at that site. If you prefer to receive a nomination form through the mail or have questions, contact Annette Alve at [email protected] or (914) 813-6414 and leave a message.

New Rochelle Public Library To Launch “Big Read 2012” With A Large Fiesta On Mexican Independence Day

August 23, 2012 - 17:25

Big Read BW BLKBGRDNEW ROCHELLE, NY -- On Mexican Independence Day, Sunday, September 16th, the New Rochelle Public Library (NRPL) will celebrate the rich cultural traditions, culture and flavors of Mexico with a large family-friendly fiesta that will also launch the library’s 2012 “Big Read”-- a community-wide reading of Sun, Stone and Shadows: 20 Great Mexican Short Stories. The free event, which is organized in conjunction with Calaveras y Diablitos, a local group of Mexican artists, will be held on Library Green, at Lawton and Huguenot Streets, from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm.

City Hosts “New Ro Walks!” Family-Friendly Walk

August 23, 2012 - 17:21

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Residents of all ages and abilities are invited to “New Rochelle Walks”, a free, family-friendly walk through the city’s Historic District on Sunday, September 9 at 9AM. Two walk lengths will be offered: 1.5 and 2.5 miles. Registration begins at 8AM.

In addition to providing an opportunity for New Rochelleans to get exercise while enjoying a friendly walk with neighbors, friends and co-workers, “New Ro Walks” will kick off an initiative of the City’s sustainability plan, GreeNR by encouraging the creation of “Neighborhood Walking Groups.”

”Public health is an important GreeNR objective, and if we can have fun at the same time, then so much the better,” said Mayor Noam Bramson.

Prior to the walk, event sponsors, including Robeks, ShopRite, Sound Shore Medical Center, Walgreens, Westchester Yoga Arts and fitness professionals, will be on site to offer nutritional information, healthy snacks, health screenings and warm-up exercises.

Bee-Line System Fall Service Changes Effective Tuesday, Sept. 4

August 23, 2012 - 17:20

Changes on 8 routes including expanded service to Ridge Hill, Stew Leonard and Central Park Ave

Service changes for eight Bee-Line Bus System routes will become effective the day after Labor Day, Tuesday, Sept. 4.

The most significant change will be on Route 78, which will continue to provide service daily connecting Yonkers to Stew Leonard Drive and Ridge Hill. The route will be extended to operate along Tuckahoe Road to Central Park Avenue. This route extension will allow transfers between Route 78 and Route 20/21, which operates along Central Park Avenue between the Bronx and White Plains.

Also on that route, late- night service hours will be extended until 11:40 p.m., and Route 78 will no longer operate as a Limited-Stop Service, but will begin serving all Bee-Line bus stops along the route.

The other changes on bus service are the following:

· Route 12: On Saturdays, there will be minor schedule adjustments before 5 p.m. in both directions.
· Route 13: Seasonal service to Playland will be discontinued.