November 2012

Hurricane Sandy Relief Collection At Iona Men’s And Women’s Basketball Season Openers

November 11, 2012 - 01:20

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- In the wake of devastating hurricane Sandy that hit the east coast last week, Iona College Athletics encourages all attendees for tomorrow's men's and women's basketball season openers tomorrow night to bring donations to be delivered to those that are in need.

The following is a list of items that will be collected by members of the Iona College Athletic Department and the Office of Campus Ministries. This first collection will be delivered on Nov. 10 and 11. In addition to the collection site during the games, Campus Ministries will also be accepting donations throughout the day in the lobbies of LaPenta, McSpedon, Hagan, and Residence Halls.

Work gloves
Face masks
Thick black contractor bags
Baby cough medicine, Advil, Tylenol
BAND-AIDS, Neosporin
Ace bandages
Toothbrushes, toothpaste, hand soap
Baby wipes and hand sanitizers
Jars of baby food
Baby formula
Baby bottles
For more information contact Campus Ministries office 914-637-2772, LaPenta 217

Proposed City Budget Busts Tax Cap: 6.99% Tax Increase, No Layoffs

November 10, 2012 - 19:06

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- City Manager Charles B. Strome is calling for a 6.99% tax increase based on a 5.75% increase in the City's levy, far in excess of the 2.49 tax levy cap required by New York State. As a result, the City will be required to hold a Public Hearing on the budget and secure a super-majority vote on Council.

Strome and City Finance Commissioner Howard Ratner met with reporters on Friday at City Hall.

The three major changes highlighted by Strome was a reduction in sworn police officers to 158 through attrition, an effective reduction in manning levels for the fire department and an end to loose leaf pick up. The police department is down from over 180 officers three years ago, according to Strome. The fire department manning levels were 31 several years ago but since reduced to 27. Under the current budget the City will not pay overtime to add manpower on a given shift unless the manning level falls below 24 and will only then bring them level up to 24, not 27. As a result, Ladder 12 will likely be out of service on a recurring basis. Residents will be required to bag all leaves starting next year.

New Rochelle High School Cheerleaders Raising Funds

November 10, 2012 - 18:08

A group of New Rochelle High School Cheerleaders took to the streets of New Rochelle to raise funds for there program early Saturday afternoon on the Corner of Anderson street and North Avenue.IMG 4783
The group was loud and cheerful waiting for Red lights to get drivers attention. They did cheers and jumps and looked like they were having fun.IMG 4786

NYS AG Investigates Post-Hurricane Price Gouging

November 10, 2012 - 17:39

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced an investigation into post-Hurricane Sandy price gouging after receiving hundreds of complaints from consumers across the state of New York. Before the storm made land fall, the Attorney General issued an open letter to vendors in areas forecast to be affected by Hurricane Sandy to warn against price gouging, the inflation of the price of necessary goods and services. General Business Law prohibits such increases in costs of essential items like food, water, gas, generators, batteries and flashlights, and services like transportation, during natural disasters or other events that disrupt the market. Attorney General Schneiderman also issued a guide to New Yorkers recovering and rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy, including tips on how to avoid scams as they restore and rebuild their homes and businesses.

Six Cars Damaged On New Rochelle Street.

November 10, 2012 - 13:57

Six cars were spray painted overnight as they were parked near Centre Avenue and Shea Place.
New Rochelle police were called by one car owner around 8:00am Saturday morning who said that at least six cars were hit with spray paint.
New Rochelle police are investigating the incidents.
Update-New Rochelle Police have found more cars with spray paint on Maple Avenue brining the total to ten cars so far. Police are continueing to search the area for more cars.

Posted from my iPhone

Location:Centre Avenue and Shea Place

Why Would Electric Utilities Not Be Willing To Make a Simple Change To Stop Massive Outages?

November 10, 2012 - 04:32

The use of easily installed Breakaway Power line Connectors located at the start and end on every elevated power pole would allow the wiring to disconnect whenever power lines may be struck by the force of a falling tree or limb. A Storm like Hurricane Sandy which produced unprecedented power line damage causing many homeowners and business to have their power Interrupted for long periods of time. In some cases power was inoperable for more than 11 days. There are many crews crossing our County trying to affect repairs in a timely manner.
The same hurricane with breakaway connectors on our power lines could cause much less damage and very little interruption of service. The then simple repairs could be done in every case in a few short minutes vs what we have seen during our recent storm. The Technology is currently employed by many Power Service Providers or Utilities in Hurricane areas of Florida.

What is going on here in New Rochelle?

November 09, 2012 - 14:09

The elections are over and people are slowly getting their lives back in some type of order after Hurricane Sandy and a Nor’easter. So much must still be done. While there has been some good work out there we have also seen some under performers here in The City of New Rochelle. Over the past several months many public servants have been in the news and The City Council of New Rochelle is about to start discussing and voting on several important decisions that will set the path for the future of The City of New Rochelle and its tax payers. My purpose is not to point fingers or accuse, but to review some of the last few months and some of what I have said to The City Council.

Westchester has changed a lot

November 07, 2012 - 18:05

We live in a county with about 150,000 more registered Dems and that 150,000 spoke loudly last night. It is questionable whether any Republican, including the real Abe Lincoln himself, can ever win in Westchester again in a presidential year. There is nothing a Rep candidate can do when so many people just vote Democrat right across the ballot. I saw a leaflet from Mt Vernon Democrats that said "Vote Obama & Row "A" All the Way" and that is exactly what a ton of Westchester voters did yesterday. So much for voting for the person and splitting your ballot...LOL! What ever happened to swing voters in Westchester? I don't have a problem with Obama winning because Romney was not so great, but it is very sad that Westchester has become a rubber-stamp Democrat county - the Dems just win automatically win in presidential years. I wish people would think more about all the individual races and vote for person over the party. I voted for both Reps & Dems yesterday, but I must be a dying breed.

Democrats Sweep Local, County, State and National Elections

November 07, 2012 - 13:55

It does not get any better than this for Democrats Their candidates won every single election that was on a ballot in New Rochelle.

President/Vice President: Democratic Candidate Obama/Biden

United States Senator: Democratic Candidate Kirsten Gillibrand

Supreme Court Justice: Democratic Candidate Gerald E Loehr, Democratic Candidate Maria Rosa Democratic Candidate Sandra Sciortino

Congressional District 16: Democratic Candidate Eliot L Engel

Senatorial District 35: Democratic Candidate Andrea S Cousins

Senatorial District 37: Democratic Candidate George S Latimer

Assembly District 88: Democratic Candidate Amy Paulin

Assembly District 91: Democratic Candidate Steven Otis

County Court Judge: Democratic Candidate David S Zuckerman

Source: Unofficial County Board of Elections Tally

9 People in New Rochelle, Including Infant, Taken to Hospital With Carbon Monoxide Poisoning After Boiler Malfunction

November 06, 2012 - 13:49

A boiler malfunction at a residence at 63 First Street in New Rochelle has sent 9 people to the hospital with Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Crews from the Fire Department found the levels of CO in the home were 300 parts per million, a fatal level. The injured include children and at least one infant. Con Edison is on the scene.