August 2012

My Anniversary on TOTS Coming UP

August 17, 2012 - 17:07

Believe my 4 year anniveersary on Talk of the Sound comes up in a few weeks. Aside from an occasional disappearing approval count on a posting now and then (see Malice in Wonderland), I can say with absolutely conviction that this site is essential for the vox populi.

Cox and staff have provided a voice where one did not exist before. Matt Pryce even permits an occasional spiritual outburst on my part. This is all excellent and if I could I would mandate this as required reading for all office holders. As it is, I am sure that most read it nonetheless.

You don't have to be in Bob's book of life to be heard and aside from violating some rather simple rules, you are heard as you are.

So, with this said, my appreciation for providing me and so many others with a chance to be heard.

Few of you know how hard I have tried to be an active contributor to the city government. I had everything intellectually, but I lacked a certain cultural cache I suppose being described as "thinking he knows everything."

Westchester County Executive Astorino Steps In To Help National WWII Veterans Group

August 17, 2012 - 15:27

DCE Greets USS Enterprise VeteransWHITE PLAINS, NY -- Greenberg Traurig law firm, Liberty Lines donate bus transportation during Westchester stay

Fourteen veterans who served aboard the famed U.S.S. Enterprise in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor will have transportation to their annual reunion events this week thanks to the intervention of County Executive Robert P. Astorino and the Westchester County Veterans Service Agency. The veterans, who are coming to Westchester from around the country and are staying in Rye, needed a way to get to the military sites that they were scheduled to visit and reached out to the county executive for assistance.

New York State Thruway Authority Executive Director Thomas J. Madison Slams State Comptroller

August 17, 2012 - 15:25



“The Comptroller issued a report today on the Thruway Authority. The Comptroller, and his audits over the years, have actually contributed to past problems at the Thruway Authority by failing to report years of fiscal gimmicks and deferred expenses.

“This spring we conducted an independent financial review by a highly credible firm which found $800 million in risky financial borrowing that needed to be repaid immediately. We will continue to do everything possible to control costs, and already anticipate cutting as much as $400 million in expenses.

“On the other hand, the Thruway must also be able to keep the system safe and reliable for our patrons by repairing roads and clearing snow and ice. No one wants dangerous conditions on the roads.

DiNapoli: Thruway Toll Hike Should Be Last Resort

August 17, 2012 - 15:24

ALBANY, NY -- The New York State Thruway Authority should explore all other options to increase revenue and cut costs before going ahead with a 45 percent average toll increase on some commercial vehicles that could impact the state’s economic recovery, State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli said today.

DiNapoli released an analysis showing the Thruway Authority has increased operating costs by 36 percent over the past ten years, but revenues have not kept pace. Debt service payments have nearly doubled to $181.9 million over the same time frame, necessitating increased revenue, while the authority has failed to publicly prioritize its capital projects. DiNapoli also called for an independent review of the Canal System to identify savings and alternative revenue sources, and create a plan to make it a more viable part of the upstate New York economy.

The College Of New Rochelle Mooney Center Gallery Presents “A Gathered Place" by Leslie Madigan and B. Avery Syrig

August 17, 2012 - 15:21

Leslie Madigan MJ s Yard Hastings on Hudson NYNEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The College of New Rochelle will feature “A Gathered Place,” an exhibition of recent work by two Westchester artists, Leslie Madigan and B. Avery Syrig, in the Mooney Center Gallery on the Main Campus in New Rochelle from August 22 through September 15, 2012. The artists’ reception is on Sunday, September 9 from 2 to 4 pm.

Both of these artists—in their own unique and different works--use natural materials to reveal aspects of our identity, place, and history within the natural world.

B. Avery Syrig, who lives and works in Cortlandt Manor, NY and is a graduate of Alfred University, uses natural materials to explore questions relating to our human condition: How are we bound up in our lives? Do these binds help us grow? How do we grow within these structures? Her sculptures are placed within a ‘frame’ and pushed to their outermost points; experimenting with how far we can hold onto and yet defy structure.

Obituary: Marian Otis Pasciuti (1927 - 2012)

August 17, 2012 - 15:18

Marian Otis (Pasciuti) passed away peacefully on Tuesday August 7 at the age of eighty four. She was born on August 25, 1927 in New Rochelle, NY. Upon completing high school in New Rochelle, she worked for March of Time in New York. This was the company that produced the news reels that were shown in movie theaters through the 1950's. She married V. James Pascuiti in 1948 and moved to Pound Ridge where she lived for the next fifty five years. Jim Pasciuti passed away also on August 7, forty years ago to the day in 1972. Marian enjoyed working at Schellings Market for many years. She is survived by her four children (Paul, Sandra, Jim, and Marian), five grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. She was active in the Pound Ridge Community Church where she sang in the choir for many years. She researched and wrote the geneology of Alexander Gordon, her original Scots ancestor in the colonies, who emigrated in 1652. Since 2003, she spent one year living in Vermont with her son Jim and eight years in Helena, Montana with her son Paul. She passed away in Helena loved and cared for.

Westchester County Calls For Volunteers to Honor Those Who Died Sept. 11

August 17, 2012 - 15:17

WHITE PLAINS, NY -- Once again, Westchester County and The Volunteer Center of United Way are calling on those who live and work in Westchester to use volunteer service as a way to pay tribute to those whose lives were lost and were forever changed by the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

Across the nation, communities are participating in the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, with events that promote volunteerism. Here in Westchester, a variety of volunteer activities will take place from Sept. 9 to Sept. 15, including blood, book and food drives; art projects; trail and park clean ups; and veteran- and military-outreach.

On Sept. 11 itself, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., visitors to The Rising at Kensico Dam Plaza, the county’s 9/11 memorial, will have a chance to donate food and participate in projects to honor soldiers still stationed overseas. At 7 p.m., the county will hold its annual memorial ceremony at The Rising.

Westchester County Board of LegislatorsLaw Modifying Acquisition and Contract Board Will Not Be Challenged in Court by County Executive

August 17, 2012 - 15:12

WHITE PLAINS, NY -- The December 2011 law enacted by the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) to change the composition of the County’s three-member Board of Acquisition and Contract (A&C) will not be challenged in court.

The announcement, which was made by a county attorney representing County Executive Robert P. Astorino at a judicial hearing today, means that there should be no further confusion as to whether laws adopted by the BOL should be followed and obeyed.

“This is good news for the residents and business owners of Westchester, who no longer will have to worry whether the A&C Board was acting in its legal capacity or not, and whether its contract approvals could be questioned,” said BOL Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers). “We expect to see County Budget Director Lawrence Soule at the table for the next A&C meeting on Thursday, ready to move the business of Westchester forward.”

Obituary: Joan A. DeNicola (139 - 2012) Jefferson Teachers Aide

August 17, 2012 - 15:08

Joan Ann DeNicola, a life long resident of New Rochelle, NY, passed away on Thursday Aug. 9, 2012 at the age of 73.

She was born on January 1, 1939, "First New Year's Baby of New Rochelle, 1939" to Oderick and Rose (Rella) Feola.

Joan married John A. DeNicola Sr. on April 12, 1959 at St. Gabriel's Church in New Rochelle, NY.

She was a Hairdresser, a Real Estate Agent and a Teachers Aide at Jefferson Elementary School.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 53 years, John A. DeNicola Sr., loving children, John A. "Dino" (Melissa) DeNicola Jr. and daughter, Janine (Jeff) Gresham, cherished grandchildren, Dakota DeNicola, Thomas and Alexandra Gresham. She is also survived by her devoted sisters, Louise (James) Colangelo, Barbara (Mike) Caruso, Lorraine (Mick) Bombace and many loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

A wake was held Saturday August 11 and Sunday Aug. 12, 2012at Lloyd Maxcy and Sons Beachamp Chapel, 16 Shea Pl. New Rochelle, NY 10805(914) 632-2700

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday Aug. 13, 2012 at 10:00 am in the Holy Name Church, 75 Lispenard Ave., New Rochelle, NY.

Interment was at Beechwoods Cemetery, New Rochelle, NY.

Sound Shore Residency Program Names Chiefs

August 17, 2012 - 15:05

Sound Shore Medical Center LogoNEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Sound Shore Medical Center’s (SSMC) Department of Medicine is pleased to announce its Medical Residency Program’s selection of Chief Residents for the 2012-2013 academic year. Two standouts from its 2012 Class, Drs. Bubu Banini and Diana De Jesus, were selected to serve as Co-chief Residents.

As Chief Residents, Drs. Banini and De Jesus will oversee the activities of the residents of the Internal Medicine and Transitional Training Programs. This includes planning resident schedules, in compliance with the American Board of Internal Medicine Guidelines; meeting educational goals, organizing educational conferences and actively participating in the supervision of Medical and Transitional residents in both inpatient and outpatient settings. In addition, they will serve as departmental representatives. Drs. Banini and De Jesus will also represent SSMC with various professional organizations, including the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine.