September 2012

New Rochelle Police Respond to Two Shooting Incidents at Same Location in City Center Area

September 06, 2012 - 04:13

TwinShootings 544New Rochelle police are investing two shooting incidents on Wednesday in the City Center area of New Rochelle, both in broad daylight at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, the other on Wednesday afternoon, about 2:40 p.m.

In the first incident, New Rochelle Police were called to the corner of Horton Avenue and Brook Street on Wednesday morning after receiving reports from Francis Deli and Fried Chicken at 51 Horton Avenue of shots fired. Police initially dismissed the report after a canvas of the area turned up nothing and it appeared the report had been a ruse. Police received a report from the owner of Francis Deli at that a person stole a container of laundry detergent during the excitement following the initial reports that a gun had been fired.

Police were told a person ran into the store saying that shots had been fired. While the store staff went outside to investigate, the person stole the container. Police believed that the report of shots fires was unfounded, a pretext for a larceny at the store.

Later that afternoon, at about 2:30 p.m. however, police learned that a person being treated at Mount Vernon hospital claimed to have struck by a bullet after being shot at the corner of Horton Avenue and Brook Street at 9:30 a.m.

Cohen: Silver Can No Longer Effectively Serve, Asks Latimer to Put Politics Aside and Join Him for Good of All New Yorkers

September 06, 2012 - 00:30

WHITE PLAINS, NY -- Businessman and state senate candidate Bob Cohen today charged that, amid revelations that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver ordered a secret taxpayer-funded payoff to the victim of Mr. Lopez's sexual assault, he can no longer effectively serve and must step down from his position as speaker. Mr. Cohen called on Mr. Latimer to put politics aside and join his call for Mr. Silver's resignation for the good of all New Yorkers.

This is not the first-or even the second-time Speaker Silver has attempted to bury sexual assault allegations against members of his conference and staff. His actions reveal a disturbing pattern of conduct that has no business in public service or any other workplace, Mr. Cohen emphasized.

"Speaker Silver's alarming pattern of covering up sexual assaults is an abuse of power that makes him unfit to serve the people of this state as assembly leader. Anyone who hesitates to join this call is sending a message to women everywhere that this behavior is acceptable. I'm asking Mr. Latimer to do the right thing for all New Yorkers by putting politics aside and join me in taking a stand against this indefensible cover-up."

New Rochelle Mayor Grumbles About Remote Seating of New York Delegation: "Not Much Different From Watching At Home" #DNC2012

September 05, 2012 - 23:34

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New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson is still in Charlotte for the DNC and was still displaying his trademark jaded snark about the whole thing.

As he settled into his seat with the New York delegation, situated as far from the podium as you can get (according to CNN), Noam grumbled:

"as a purely visual experience, the Convention was not much different from watching at home."

He grumbled more about having to hold up signs, on cue, for the different speeches:

"we all hoisted them (campaign signs) on cue — thus discharging the primary duty of a modern-day Convention delegate: television prop."

He grumbled about the inherent phoniness of modern conventions:

"the trappings of this or any other Convention can easily be characterized as superficial."

What the heck man? For a guy who has devoted his life to elective office and now finds himself at the center of the political universe for an entire week, you think the guy would be grinning from ear to ear like a kid in a candy shop.

New Rochelle Mayor Having Miserable Times at DNC: "Preaching To The Choir May Qualify As The Theme For Most Of The Preliminary Activities Here" #DNC2012

September 05, 2012 - 23:00

DNCNoam ConventionFloorNoam has provided an update on Day 2 at the DNC Charlotte. It sure does not seem like he is enjoying it all very much.

"…preaching to the choir may qualify as the theme for most of the preliminary activities here."

"There are only so many original ways to say “Obama Good, Romney Bad,” and delivering the same sermon to the same choir gets old pretty fast."

"The speeches here, like those at breakfast, fit the expected pattern, with an added twist of self-congratulation…"

"…if I come across as a bit jaded, please chalk it up to impatience."

"Nome" did give thanks for his "relative unimportance" and he appears to have enjoyed the rally in support of reproductive health care and choice.

Idoni-Bramson Failed Development Strangles New Rochelle Taxpayers

September 05, 2012 - 01:08

I apologize to TOTS bloggers as I have been tied up tending to a family situation for many months and unable to contribute here. As a birthday tribute to TOTS, I decided to make my usual FOIL request of the New Rochelle School District and was absolutely dumbfounded by the response. I have been an adversary of what I believe to be the failed development policies of the Idoni and Bramson administrations. I have publicly challenged Mayor Bramson to document his delusional claims of first a $2 million dollar net benefit from development

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New Rochelle Mayor Arrives in Charlotte for Democratic National Convention, Proud to Serve As Prop for DNC Television Production

September 04, 2012 - 18:52

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New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, selected as a delegate from the state of New York to the 2012 Democratic National Convention has arrived in Charlotte, NC and will be updating residents on his experience. From his initial post, it sounds like he has not exactly gotten swept up in the excitement or his role in the convention.

"…as a delegate, my function is to serve as a prop in a television production."

He did manage to work in a reference to sustainability and green (several times).

"I am continuously struck by the tension between the insubstantiality of the event itself and the importance of the larger process it serves."

Noam is able to get through all the security using his ID Card issues by the DNC so he can get inside the arena and vote to support candidates opposed to require people to show ID Cards to get inside polling places and vote for candidates they support.

Show Who and What We Are on September 20

September 03, 2012 - 20:46

You may know that September 20 is a special, albeit, not widely known day in the life of New Rochelle. During the morning and early afternoon, members of the real estate, investment community, potential commercial developers and others are scheduled to tour the City along with officials of the Westchester County Association and I would imagine, others on the City's Advisory Board and Council.

I have expressed concerns over the agenda as well as issues around communication, but frankly, I am a little tired of "expressing concern" and seeing it reinforced in comparable areas and venues on the national and state level.

So, let me be as open, optimistic, and hopeful as I can be that the experience is carefully developed to be honest, descriptive, and open to a strong partnership with the County, State and moreover, members of this community.

A major point is to show our visual strengths; cleerly that includes our transportation center, the surrounding areas that would support commercia growth and mostly, our largely fragmentally defined waterfront assets.

Two Car Accident In New Rochelle Sends One to Jail One To Hospital

September 03, 2012 - 05:00

IMG 3234A two car accident late Sunday evening on the corner of Clinton Place and North Avenue sent a young lady to the hospital and the other Male driver to jail.
Police were called to the area by local residents whom some described the cars colliding sounded "like a bomb went off"
New Rochelle Police,Fire and Ems all responded to the scene. Police were interviewing people who said the male driver got out of his car and threw cans into a garbage pail after the accident.A New Rochelle policeman removed two full cans from a garbage pail near the scene.Police conducted a sobriety field test on the male driver and then handcuffed him and put him into a police car.
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Is the Dignity for All Act Truly Dignity for All?

September 02, 2012 - 17:24

The State of New York passed a law mandating a Dignity for All Students Act. Its intent is to provide both elementary and secondary school students "a safe and supportive environment from discrimination, intimidation," harassment and bullying on and off school property. It was effective in July 2012. Before the Act was passed Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz wanted Yeshivas and parochial schools to be exempt from any provisions that would conflict with their religion. But lessons and situations about tolerance which were not in keeping with their religious beliefs were not removed from the legislation. However, the Regents voted to exempt these private schools from the Act. But giving exemptions to these private schools does nothing to ensure religious liberty for public school students.

GO WORK IN CHINATOWN: Former Mandarin Teacher Claims New Rochelle Schools Superintendent Made Racist Remark, Files Notice of Claim for Defamation

September 01, 2012 - 21:32

HuiAltman 253Former New Rochelle school teacher Hui Altman is disputing claims by school officials regarding an incident last spring during which New Rochelle police were sent on a mad scramble to track her down after she allegedly made several threatening statements following a meeting with Reza Kolahifar, Assistant to the Superintendent for Human Resources.

Altman says she plans to sue the district.

"I have already filed Notice of Claim against Kolahifar and Organisciak for defamation and other issues," wrote Altman in a recent email.

Altman says that in a meeting with Kolahifar and Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak on April 6, 2012, several days after the incident, Organisciak made a racist remark.

"Organisciak said 'Why don't you work in Chinatown?'", said Altman who is Chinese.