September 2012

The College Of New Rochelle Appoints New Dean, Elaine T. White Named Dean Of Students

September 07, 2012 - 11:17

Image002NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Dr. Colette Geary, Vice President for Student Services at The College of New Rochelle (CNR) announced the appointment of Elaine T. White as the College’s new Dean of Students.

In making the appointment, Dr. Geary said, “The Dean of Students position is vital to our ability to continuously enhance the student experience across our campuses. Elaine White is a dynamic leader who challenges students to fully develop their potential, while ensuring that they are guided and supported in appropriate ways. She is an especially adept collaborator and problem-solver, who will always be attuned to the student voice.”

New Rochelle Police Reminder Drives: "School’s Open – Drive Carefully”

September 07, 2012 - 11:10


NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Detective Liliana Sanchez, Police Officer Nicholas Trikedes and Police Officer Mike Young of the New Rochelle Police Department, along with local school children, helped AAA New York to launch its 67th annual “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign at the New Rochelle police headquarters.

Detective Sanchez, Officer Trikedes and Officer Young will be mounting colorful “School’s Open” posters in New Rochelle to warn motorists to be extra careful as thousands of local youngsters return to school.

“The help that we get from our club-area police departments adds to the effectiveness of our ‘School’s Open’ campaign,” said Donna Galasso, assistant director of the club’s Traffic Safety unit. “We appreciate the efforts of Detective Sanchez, Officer Trikedes and Officer Young, which will result in increased safety for all students,” said Galasso.

Ms. Galasso reminds drivers, including bicyclists, to be especially cautious in school areas, keeping their speed at or below posted limits and being prepared to stop, on both sides of the street, for school buses with flashing red lights and stop arms, as required by New York State law.

The Club’s annual “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign is conducted with local government and police agencies. Thousands of posters, bumper stickers and other educational materials are distributed through the program.

New Rochelle Resident Exempts Themselves from Parking Regulations on 8th Street Near Columbus School

September 07, 2012 - 11:00

RedCar 8th 547

According to a complaint made to Talk of the Sound, there has been a red car parked in the same spot on 8th Street in New Rochelle, between Washington Avenue and Storer Avenue. A drive through the area showed there is a red car at that location with a handwritten note on affixed to the windshield. The note reads "PLEASE DO NOT GIVE TICKET. CARS OUT OF ORDER. WILL BE MOVED AFTER WORK TODAY THANKS (cousin of Deputy Joe Salerno).

Parking in the area is at premium when school gets back in session. The Columbus Elementary School is right around the corner.

"After 72 hours, police place a yellow sticker on a vehicle as a warning," said New Rochelle Police Detective Captain Joseph Schaller. "After that the car would be ticketed."

Asked about "Deputy Joe Salerno", Schaller said there was no "Deputy" Joe Salerno but there is a Sergeant Salerno.

Eliot Engel Intervenes in Democratic Party Platform Flap Over Israel

September 06, 2012 - 23:44

Charlotte, NC -- Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement after the Democratic Party amended its platform to make it clear that it supports Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“I am glad to see we revisited our party platform to make it absolutely clear that the Democratic Party believes Jerusalem is Israel’s capital city. After language was omitted from the platform, I spoke with Obama Administration and Democratic Party officials at the Convention to convince them that this language was important to show our solidarity with our ally, Israel, regarding Jerusalem. This is the right decision to revert back to the 2008 language on this matter, and I commend the President for making sure it was changed.”

Rep. Engel is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a longtime supporter of strong US-Israel relations.

Westchester County Association Sets September 20 City Showcase To Spotlight All New Rochelle Has To Offer

September 06, 2012 - 23:42

WestchesterCountyAssocationLogoWHITE PLAINS, NY -- Business leaders from across the region will be in New Rochelle on September 20 as the city, along with the Westchester County Association, welcomes developers, architects, entrepreneurs and commercial real estate brokers to learn why New Rochelle is an excellent place to do business and create the neighborhoods of the future.

BLUEPRINT City Showcase: New Rochelle

A collaborative marketing effort, spearheaded by the Westchester County Association’s Blueprint for Westchester initiative, will give professionals involved in location decisions a firsthand look at New Rochelle’s many pro-business assets including its unparalleled location, diverse and talented workforce, fine quality of life, and proactive city government.

New Rochelle Mayor Enjoys Bill Clinton Speech, Makes New Friends in Charlotte at #DNC2012

September 06, 2012 - 22:19

DNCNoam BigDogNoam is now in Day 4 at the DNC in Charlotte and finally starts to seem to be enjoying himself.

He began his report on a down note:

"…despite a scattering of bright spots, the speeches as a whole were less coherent and mostly forgettable…

But bordered on ecstasy in recounting the speech last night by former President Bill Clinton.

"The crowd in the arena was over the moon. Smiling, cheering, up on our feet, shaking our heads in disbelief as one of the great practitioners of the political arts performed for our edification and entertainment."

He connected at a meeting of municipal officials:

Transit Center Entrance Closes For 1 Month Starting This Weekend

September 06, 2012 - 20:29

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Due to the ongoing North Avenue Construction Project, motor vehicle traffic will be prohibited from entering the Transit Center Garage and Train Station from North Avenue beginning Monday, September 10, 2012. It is anticipated that this access prohibition will last for 1 month.

The following detour routes will be in effect:
· Patrons traveling from the south should use Memorial Highway and then take Division Street to Station Plaza North;
· Patrons traveling from the north should use Lockwood Avenue or Lincoln Avenue to Memorial Highway then take Division Street to Station Plaza North.

Drawings showing the detour routes to the Transit Center Garage and Train Station will be available on the City website

Detour signs will be posted along the detour routes.

New York State Public Service Commission Announces Lifeline Awareness Week to Promote Telephone Service Discounts

September 06, 2012 - 20:28

ALBANY, NY -- The New York State Public Service Commission (Commission), today announced September 10-16, 2012, as “Lifeline Awareness Week” to encourage income-eligible customers to sign up for a discount on their telephone service through the Lifeline program. The program provides qualified consumer with discounts for monthly residential phone bills for basic telephone service.

“As part of a national effort, the Commission wants to stress the need to raise awareness of this important and valuable program that provides discounts to low-income New Yorkers for primary residential telephone service,” said Commission Chairman Garry Brown. “Although the program has been in place for over 25 years, many eligible customers still fail to take advantage of the discount offered under the Lifeline program. I hope more eligible New Yorkers will take advantage of this valuable program.”

Customers interested in enrolling in the Lifeline program, may wish to attend one of the following kickoff events on September 10, 2011:

Albany Public Library
161 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

William K. Sanford Town Library
629 Albany Shaker Road
Loudonville, NY
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Learn From History or Repeat History?

September 06, 2012 - 10:14

When do anonymous neighbor and association reports evolve into harassment?

George Santayana, “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

Not unlike the Nightmare on Stephenson Boulevard, published 7/2011 on Talk of the Sound (TOTS), it seems that there are still a few New Rochelle residents who are very eager and willing to file anonymously complains based on personal grudges, individual dislikes and/or bias.

We were told today (9/5/12) that anonymous neighbor reports are common in small towns. As we read in the TOTS “Nightmare…” series, isolated incidents like this can and do morph and evolve, taking on a life of their own of not stopped by exposing them to the sterilizing light of day.

In the beginning:

When we moved in 2001 to the 10801 zip code, multiple double bagged garbage bags containing household trash along with tires as assorted refuse were left daily in front of our home for months. In addition all of the thermostats were broken when we moved in and needed immediate repair. We complained and nothing was done. This was our welcome to the neighborhood.

New Rochelle Mayor Abides at Jeff Bridges Concert at DNC Convention #DNC2012

September 06, 2012 - 04:39

DNCNoam JeffBridges

New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson finally cut loose in Charlotte after several days of grumbling about the seating, the security, and the superficiality of the entire event -- repeatedly referring to himself as a stage prop for the Obama campaign.

Jeff Bridges, at the DNC promoting his No Kid Hungry campaign, played a concert with his group, the Abiders. The Dude and his band have appeared at both conventions to promote his cause.

Although not invited, Bramson, along with the Little Bramson Urban Achievers, joined Bridges on stage, carrying the New York State delegation sign with him.

At one point Bramson managed to catch the eye of the actor.

"What's with the sign, man?" asked Bridges.