September 2012

BOARD GAMES: My search for transparency and accountability at the New Rochelle Board of Education

September 27, 2012 - 02:10

This article is the first in an ongoing series that will follow the activities of the New Rochelle Board of Education. I will try to provide an honest and fair report of the issues that affect all of us in the community and our children.


Did you know that New York State enacted a new law called the “Dignity for All Students Act”? It became effective this past summer and our schools are required to comply with it. In short, the law mandates a ZERO TOLERANCE FOR BULLYING.

If you are a parent in the school system you should brush up on this law and know your rights! Contact me through Talk of the Sound and I will get you a copy of it.

Our New Rochelle School District Code of Conduct must be amended to include the new law. In fact, New York State suggested that School Boards start working on this early so they would be able to change their Codes before the law took effect on July 1, 2012. Our Board of Education reviewed our Code in August, AFTER the law had taken effect.

Question....would you vote for the following candidate?

September 25, 2012 - 05:07

If I candidate had the following voting record...would you vote for him?

1) proposed and passed legislation to lift New Rochelle's property tax cap!

2) voted against Gov. Cuomo's statewide property tax cap!

3) ran out of the legislature to avoid voting yes or no for the Tier 6 pension reform that will save millions for local governments!

4) voted to implement the MTA commuter tax!

5) tried to sneak through legislation at the end of legislative session to allow the New Rochelle Armory to be knocked down!

That is the voting record of George Latimer in State Assembly and now -- remarkably -- he wants a promotion to State Senate. Yes, we know, it is very hard to believe. Frankly, it is absurd that anyone in New Rochelle would ever vote for Latimer!

Elect Bob Cohen on November 6!

Former New Rochelle Sports Writer James (Jim) O'Toole Passes

September 24, 2012 - 08:21

JamesOtooleNEW ROCHELLE, NY -- James (Jim) O'Toole 78, A lifelong New Rochelle native and local sports writer for the Standard Star and Journal News passed away Sunday at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx after a brief illness.

For twenty-five years, Jim was a bartender at Spectators sports pub in New Rochelle.

Jim was inducted to the New Rochelle Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.

Jim O'Toole leaves behind his loving wife Mary and three sons, Matthew, a resident in Florida, Lawrence of Greenwich, CT and James of New Rochelle, NY and three grandchildren William, Natalie and Cooper. Jim was predeceased by three brothers PJ, Frank and Jack.

He loved to write about many local kids in sports and many softball teams and there players.

Funeral information will be posted as soon as the family has made the arrangements.

Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel, Inc.
16 Shea Place
New Rochelle, NY

Visiting hours will be Wednesday September 26 from 7 - 9 p.m. and Thursday September 27 from 2 - 4 p.m. and 7 - 9 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be on Friday September 28 at 10: 30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church.

Internment is private.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Butterflies From Jodie 31 President Street NR NY 10801.

Remembering 9/11: To be Free We Must Believe in Freedom

September 24, 2012 - 00:42

The crowd had gathered on the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 attack on our World Trade Center and Pentagon. The moderator for the evening at the American Legion Post 8 was Peter Parente, President of the United Veterans Memorial and Patriotic Association. He recalled last year's celebration when 2,997 flags were placed on the front lawn of New Rochelle City Hall. This year he said was a closer and more intimate setting for the ceremony. Candles were distributed and lit by the people present.

Leg. Maisano enjoys ArtsFest in New Rochelle & Pelham!

September 23, 2012 - 17:17

Check out yesterday's pics from ArtsFest in New Rochelle and Pelham at my Flickr link:

We greatly enjoyed visiting the Pelham Art Center for its exhibit by artists utilizing map themes and the Charles Fazzino Studio. Charles is an internationally famous pop artist from New Rochelle with a studio in our downtown. We were excited to take a photo with him and tour his work studio. I attended with my son Michael and his friend Jack.


Jim Maisano 75pxJim Maisano is the Minority Leader of the Westchester County Board of Legislators. He represents District 11 covering New Rochelle and Pelham. You can follow Jim on Facebook, Twitter or on his Blog. You can contact Jim at 914-995-2826 or [email protected]

CBS TV show being filmed at Sound Shore Medical Center

September 22, 2012 - 02:32

I woke up yesterday morning to notice film crews setting up across the street from me at Sound Shore Medical Center. I asked one of the workers about what they were filming and he had told me that they are filming the show "Person of Interest" which I understand takes place partially in New Rochelle. The show stars actors Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson. The filming started on Thursday September 20th untill Friday September 21st. Unfortunately I do not have a working camera and my phone camera is poor quality so i could not get any pics of anything nor did i see any of the actors because they are filming inside the hospital. If anyone is interested in checking it out it is still going on at the corner of Washington Avenue and Glovor Johnson Place.

New Rochelle Development Commissioner Resigns

September 21, 2012 - 19:26

Michael FreimuthNew Rochelle Development Commissioner Michael Freimuth has resigned, according to sources inside City Hall.

UPDATE: City Manager Chuck Strome has confirmed Freimuth's resignation.

UPDATE: Michael Freimuth tells Talk of the Sound he be around New Rochelle until October 12 and be available "as needed" until December. His official start date at his new job, according to the CRDA, is October 1.

Word of the resignation comes two days after New Rochelle Mayor Bramson rammed through a controversial decision to award development right for the New Rochelle Armory to Good Profit although the time is said to coincidental. These same sources, however, say that Freimuth had complained that he had become fed up with Noam running the Department of Development and Bramson's actions with regard to the New Rochelle Armory were the final straw.

Freimuth was highly regarded in New Rochelle for his professional demeanor and thorough approach.

Freimuth is leaving to run the Capitol Region Development Authority which is responsible for overseeing the Hartford Convention Center, Rentschler football field and other area developments.

“Certainly, we are sorry to see him go, but given the opportunity Mike was offered by the State of Connecticut, I fully understand why he accepted the position." New Rochelle City Manager Charles Strome. "Mike managed the department well and New Rochelle benefitted from his expertise, particularly with regard to land use and zoning. We will begin our search for a replacement immediately, and wish Mike the best in his new position."

Freimuth's departure was reported in yesterday's Hartford Courant without any announcement from the City of New Rochelle.

The Courant quoted a statement from Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy.

"Hartford's legacy as a busy center of commerce and entertainment is a history worth repeating, and CRDA will be at the forefront of that effort. With Mike at the helm, we have the leadership in place to revitalize our capitol region. His extensive background in economic development will be a strong asset to the organization."

Freimuth served under Malloy when he was Mayor of Stamford, CT.

City officials said that no departure date had been set. According to the Hartford Courant, Freimuth will start in his new job on October 1. In a call to the Development office, staff would only say that Freimuth was not in the office.

Woman Drives Car Into Front Door of I.B. Cohen on Main Street in Downtown New Rochelle

September 21, 2012 - 17:46

A woman trying to get out of the way of an ambulance driving behind her, drove her vehicle onto the sidewalk and into the window of the I.B. Cohen store at 525 Main Street in downtown New Rochelle. The woman sustained minor injuries and was taken from the scene in an ambulance. No pedestrians were injured.

Main Street was shut down and traffic redirected for about half hour.

I.B. Cohen is a family-owned men's clothing store that has been in New Rochelle for 124 years. In 2007, the windows at I.B. Cohen were smashed in during a melee involving a group of New Rochelle High School students. The windows were smashed in again last May when an unknown person smashed the windows overnight.

PHOTO CREDIT: Aaron Kershaw

PAC House Theater Host New Rochelle ArtsFest Events Saturday from 12:30 to 5:30

Submitted by Incoming Tide on Fri, 09/21/2012 - 17:31

Posted on September 21, 2012 at 1:05 pm

The PAC is proudly hosting a series of events on behalf of the 2012 New Rochelle ArtsFest, on Saturday 9/22 from 12:30pm to 5:3pm.

All performances are free admission. Our location is 311 Huguenot Street at the corner of Division Street.

Please visit our event schedule for more info at

Performances by the Monroe College Drama Club, singer Whitney Kelly and the reading & talkback from ten Westchester Review authors.

Be our guests and share with friends.

New York State’s Recent Legislation to Address Bullying in our Schools

September 20, 2012 - 16:46

I was asked by a blog reader to mention New York State’s Anti-Bullying laws. Two important laws went into effect this past summer with the goal of reducing bullying in our schools. I think we can all remember how badly some of our classmates were treated back in high school, and as I look back on those days as an adult and father, it is troubling to remember the abuse some kids had to deal with. I dealt with it from both sides of the vicious cycle many kids experience – at some points I was bullied, and at other points I behaved badly towards classmates. Let’s take a brief look at New York State’s efforts to address these issues.

1) Dignity for All Students Act (“DASA”), passed in 2010, but effective July 1, 2012 (the following from Child Abuse Prevention Services website):