October 2012

New Rochelle City Council Denies Cabaret Permit, Omits Armory Proposal From Agenda

October 29, 2012 - 17:58

Mayor Bramson had stated at the September City Council meeting that the official vote to designate a developer for the Armory would take place in October. But at the October 17 legislative meeting no vote was taken and a designation for a developer's MOU was not on the agenda. City Manager, Chuck Strome, when asked said there was a possibility it would be on the agenda for the October 30 meeting when the Council will review a draft environmental impact statement by Forest City Residential on the City Yard which is adjacent to the Armory.

Is a Fair Process Being Used to Develop a Comprehensive Plan in New Rochelle?

October 28, 2012 - 23:12

The New Rochelle Department of Development is making every effort to involve City residents in revisions to the City's Comprehensive Plan. The process is called EnvisioNR. But will EnvisioNR result in a future plan for the City that meets the expectations of most of its residents? One salient concern is whether the City will be stronger financially as a result. Another is whether an enhanced quality of life for all neighborhoods will result.

New Rochelle Schools Closed Monday #Frankenstorm #Sandy

October 28, 2012 - 18:14

The New Rochelle Board of Education has made the following announcement:

Due to Hurricane Sandy and the weather predicted for tomorrow, all New Rochelle schools as well as the district office will be closed on Monday, October 29th. A decision will be made about Tuesday by mid-afternoon tomorrow. In the meantime, please check our website and local media for further updates.

Storm Preparations Update from Westchester County Government

October 28, 2012 - 08:33

Please be safe from the upcoming storm and take steps to ensure you are prepared. Here is an update from the Westchester County Government to help you prepare for the so-called "Frankenstorm" and its expected flooding, high winds and potential power outages.

- Have a plan – A family emergency plan should include deciding where to go in the event you have to leave your home.

- Check in with family members that have special needs. Don't forget to make plans as well as your pets.

-Make a kit – specifically, a go-bag for use in an evacuation and a household disaster kit to enable a family to survive at home for several days without electricity. Suggestions for items to include in each can also be found on the county's web site (

- Stay informed – Keep up-to-date on the progress of any storm and the protective actions being recommended by government agencies in response.

- Check on supplies – Make sure you have flashlights and batteries on hand as well as at least a three-day supply of water and non-perishable foods.

- Check medications – Make sure to have an ample supply of any medications you may be taking.

Governor Cuomo Cancels New York State Conference on Emergency Preparedness to Prepare for Emergency #Frankenstorm

October 26, 2012 - 20:41

AndrewCuomo.jpgNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo has cancelled his inaugural Conference on Emergency Preparedness due to prepared for a weather emergency.

Meteorologists are expecting Hurricane Sandy, a low category hurricane, is expected to collide with a winter storm moving in from the Great Lakes and arctic air blowing in from the South. The National Weather Service has labeled the resulting mess which is expected to arrive as Halloween approaches as "Frankenstorm". Hurricane Sandy left 39 dead in Haiti and Cuba.

Who Is Roger Fawn?

October 26, 2012 - 18:36

Roger Fawn is a New Rochelle resident. He is the owner of Roger Fawn Heating & Cooling Inc. located at 298 White Plains Road in Eastchester, NY. Another business associated with Mr. Fawn, Fawn Group, a general contractor, also operates out of the same office building at 298 White Plains Road. Fawn Oil Fuel is another "d/b/a" business of Roger Fawn.

Fawn resides at 142 Kensington Oval in New Rochelle, NY.

There have been a number of complaints against Fawn to the effect that he did not do work for which he was paid, took deposits and ran off with the money or did shoddy work.

Roger Fawn and his companies have been been the subject of numerous lawsuits, in numerous jurisdictions including Westchester County Court, Kings County Civil Court, Mount Vernon City Court, New Rochelle City Court and New York County Civil Court.

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Reminder to voters in 37th State Senate District

October 26, 2012 - 06:21

Our prior state senator was a Democrat that was in minority of state senate for 26 of her 28 years. For New Rochelle, we have estimated that having a senator in minority for close to 3 decades cost the city TENS of MILLIONS of DOLLARS in lost state aid. Less money to schools, less money to city and higher taxes for property owners. It is well known that the majority parties in state legislature (Reps in senate and Dems in assembly) control the purse strings and majority members get more money for districts.

If we elect Latimer, another Dem, there is no question that New Rochelle will still not get its fair share of state aid because he will be in minority - and the taxpayers will be on the hook as always.

If we elect Bob Cohen, we will have a smart and energetic reformer in the majority ready to fight every day to protect and improve New Rochelle. We made a big mistake 28 years ago - suffered for it ever since - please don't make the same mistake on 11/6!

If you care about the future of New Rochelle - Bob Cohen is the only choice for state senate. Vote for New Rochelle on Election Day instead of voting for your party!

The College of New Rochelle Graduate School Presents First Annual Symposium on Mental Health

October 25, 2012 - 21:54

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- On Saturday, November 17, 2012, The College of New Rochelle Graduate School will hold its first symposium on Mental Health, bringing together researchers, practitioners and students whose work demonstrates innovations in mental wellness.

Keynote speaker will be Daniel Smith, holder of the Mary Ellen Donnelly Critchlow Endowed Chair in English at CNR and the author most recently of The Monkey Mind Chronicles, which offers stories, advice, and information about living with anxiety.

Professor Smith began his career as a staff editor at The Atlantic Monthly. He has published articles, essays, and reviews in The American Scholar, The Atlantic, Granta, n+1, New York, The New York Times Book Review, The New York Times Magazine, and Slate, among other places, and his work has appeared in The Best American Science and Nature Writing. He is the author of two books: Muses, Madmen, and Prophets: Hearing Voices and the Borders of Sanity and Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety. He also served as associate editor of The American Idea: The Best of The Atlantic Monthly — 150 Years of Writers and Thinkers Who Shaped Our History.

Alzheimer’s patient from White Plains located by Westchester County Police

October 25, 2012 - 21:50

WHITE PLAINS, NY -- Westchester County police used Project Lifesaver technology Wednesday night to find an elderly Alzheimer’s patient from White Plains who had wandered away from home.

White Plains police notified Westchester County police at 8:26 p.m. that an elderly White Plains resident who was enrolled in the Project Lifesaver program was missing from her home and was last seen in the vicinity of Idlewood Road and Hartsdale Avenue. County Police Officers Kathleen Cristiano and Christopher Neuhs, who are trained in the use of the Project Lifesaver tracking equipment, responded to assist in the search for the missing woman.

Under the Project Lifesaver program, persons suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia who have a history of wandering away are fitted with a special tracking bracelet. Specially trained and equipped county police officers are able to locate missing persons wearing the bracelet by tracing a radio signal that it emits.

The county officers were able to pick up the signal from the woman’s bracelet and located her at 9:12 p.m. at Prospect Street and South Lexington Avenue – about 1.3 miles from home. She was returned home safely to her daughter.