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June 2016

06/16 Habitat for Humanity Westchester to Host Family of Bridge of Spies’ Hero James B. Donovan in New Rochelle 6:30 PM

June 15, 2016 - 14:13
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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- John Donovan and Beth Amorosi will discuss James B. Donovan, the main character in the Oscar-nominated Steven Spielberg film "Bridge of Spies”. The pair have a unique insight into the man, the story and the film. John Donovan, the son, lives in Larchmont, NY. Beth Amorosi, the granddaughter, lives in Lake Placid, NY.

The event will take place Thursday June 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Habitat for Humanity Westchester Re-Store located at 659 Main Street.

James B. Donovan Event Flyer

Monroe College Pitcher Tony Hernandez Selected by Yankees in 2016 MLB Draft

June 15, 2016 - 14:00
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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- A pair of Bronx institutions made a connection over the weekend as the New York Yankees selected Monroe College pitcher Tony Hernandez in the 15th round of the MLB Draft. The West Hazelton, PA native is the second Monroe pitcher in two years to be drafted; Alex Vargas was chosen by the Houston Astros in the 39th round last year.

Hernandez, a left-handed pitcher, arrived at Monroe in 2015 after being recruited by Lou Melendez, the current Athletic Director at Monroe who had been Head Baseball Coach during Hernandez' senior year at Hazelton Area High School.

Monroe College Pitcher Tony Hernandez Selected by Yankees in 2016 MLB Draft

Governor Cuomo Announces Selection of Shared-Use Path Connections for New NY Bridge

June 15, 2016 - 13:50
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NEW YORK, NY -- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that a final design has been selected for the New NY Bridge shared-use path connections. The Thruway Authority’s ultimate design selection – dubbed “Alternative F” – was chosen after a thorough review of its impacts and benefits to the local communities. The shared-use path will be located on the northern span of the New NY Bridge, and its end points in South Nyack and Tarrytown will accommodate bicycle and pedestrian connections, and include new parking lots and visitor facilities.

Governor Cuomo Announces Selection of Shared-Use Path Connections for New NY Bridge

Regents Act to Provide School Districts with More Flexibility in Meeting Teacher and Principal Evaluation Requirements Ahead of September Deadline

June 15, 2016 - 13:28
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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The New York State Board of Regents today adopted rules that provide school districts with more flexibility in meeting teacher and principal evaluation requirements by the September 1, 2016 statutory deadline for State Aid increases.  School districts that demonstrate it is a hardship to meet the independent evaluator requirement for teachers and principals can apply for a waiver from the State Education Department.

Regents Act to Provide School Districts with More Flexibility in Meeting Teacher and Principal Evaluation Requirements Ahead of September Deadline

Moody’s Affirms Aa2 Rating for City School District of New Rochelle, Removes Negative Outlook

June 15, 2016 - 13:14
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NEW YORK, NY -- Moody's Investors Service has affirmed the Aa2 rating on City School District of New Rochelle’s $53.6 million in outstanding general obligation debt in addition to removing its negative outlook. 

Moody's Report on City School District of New Rochelle

The Aa2 rating reflects the district's substantial tax base, above average socioeconomic indicators and reserve levels below what is typical for the rating category.

Moodys

Failure No Longer an Option Under Revised Grading Policy at New Rochelle High School

June 15, 2016 - 05:11
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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- A new grading policy at New Rochelle High School, obtained by Talk of the Sound, makes it almost impossible for teachers to fail a student, even if a student never attends class. This according to veteran teachers concerned about grade manipulation at the school.

Under the new policy, teachers are no longer permitted to put an "E" down as a grade for students with excessive absences. Teachers must now put down a number or letter grade and the lowest permissible grade is 50.

NRHS Grading Policy

Eighth grader wins "There Ought To Be A Law" contest

June 14, 2016 - 18:28
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Sarah Jane O’Connor, an eighth-grade student of Pelham Middle School, placed first in the “There Ought To Be A Law” contest held earlier this year. 

O’Connor won for a proposal she wrote to the State that would mandate insurance coverage for basic hearing aids, according to an email from Assemblywoman Amy Paulin’s Office.  O’Connor traveled to Albany to meet Paulin, and received a citation from her.

"It was a pleasure having her here today,” Paulin said. “I love the thought and care she put into her proposal and will do everything I can to see it become a law.”

Is Big Brother Watching in New Rochelle?

June 13, 2016 - 06:50
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Last week, I received a phone call at my office from New Rochelle Development Commissioner Luis Aragon.  Ashley Aldrich, the NR Future Liason, urged NR Future supporters to sign a petition advocating for New Rochelle’s downtown redevelopment plan, joining in a competition for a ten million dollar grant application; I commented that instead, New Rochelle’s City leadership should focus its attention on servicing those who already live here, rather than endeavoring to attract new residents in new developments that, in my view, we are not going to be able to service.

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