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We Are The Elephant in the Room

June 27, 2012 - 15:52

Last night I spent a few hours with some exceptional people. The Citizens Reform Club held a meeting at the VFW Hall on North Avenue and the featured guest was George Latimer who is running for NYS Senate. A fine man and fine public servant who was generous with his time and articulate on his views.

But, he left as planned for his next engagement and the couple of dozen people in the room began to discuss other topics. I will not identify them nor will I cover the topics in any depth. I just want to point out how critical it is to our regeneratiion as a community to have such people in our midst.

One young man, known to some of you enthusiastically mentioned the need and his commitment to build this community into a functioning and caring collectivity. He committed himself to this effort and sought support. What resonated to me was both the sheer joie de vivre of what he was saying and his utter distress at the apathy he is personally experiencing. We let it end at that point but ideas were floating and there is something in the wind.

What Your Community Expects of Yoou

June 20, 2012 - 21:32
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I want to share something with you that I just received minutes ago from a colleague.

It reworks the RFP for the Armory and I will quote the exact language... "The City of New Rochelle invites qualified development teams, cultural and civic associations, colleges and universities, non-profit and for profit entities to submit proposals for the adaptive reuse of the former Armory located at 260-70 E. Main Street, New Rochelle, N.Y."

The contact person is Suzanne Reider, Senior Project Manager, Department of Development.

I will not repeat my oft-delivered point that the best resource would be a committee of local and experienced citizens headed up by Ron Tocci, former State Assemblyman. I am urging Tocci take his proposal throughout the City, to every Synagogue, Church, Association, etc. to indicate that his team has a multi-usage scheme that would both form a lead into Echo Bay and our sorely needed commercial development to ease the tax burden.

I can recall many recent cants by the Administration citing resistance to this neglected propery, then its need to develop revenue for it to be considered at all.

You Brought the Brooklyn Bridge

June 15, 2012 - 15:30
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I will be mercifully brief. You brought the equivalent of the Brooklyn Bridge and it is getting harder and harder to divest. While you are at it, look at your property and other taxes, school district issues, and other serious urban indicators of decline or decay.

You earned it! You enabled it! You rationalized that everything was fine, the principle cause of below New Rochelle griping and whining was either because they were untermenchen or that's just the way "people are." And, frankly, "those people" deserve it because of their inability to focus beyond the isolated indicators such as traffic and parking, or the alleged crooked, manipulative, and patronizing ways of Bramson and before him, Idoni.

Let me tell you that things are not that simple. The old maxim of "keeping your friends close and your enemies closer" comes into play.

Let me begin with headlines -- the City is undergoing massive disruption not always evident by the indicators you see and rarely by the explanations given. Look at your quality of life, your safety and security, your asset value, your school system drift.

Read it and Don't Weep

June 13, 2012 - 15:25
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Last night I attended the City Council Meeting prepared to give a brief comment on the importance of working together as a community as well as some steps that should be taken to rebuild and restore New Rochelle.

Preceding general citizens commentary was a presentation to 5 young women students athletes who received awards for excellence on the field and in the classroom. Four of the five were present.

Excerpts from their narratives stating why they should receive these rewards were read and they were exceptional. Thematically these young people knew about the power of positive thought and actions, or as Colin Powell puts it, continuous optimism. They spoke of teamwork, family and community values, and more.

Noam was very gracious and you would hope that he and all of those on stage would take this message to heart.

Following this were the usual diatribes about traffic, failures in governing, checkbook diplomacy, and favoritism in filling slots on committees and other community roles.

What's the Mattter With Kids Today -- Relative to What?

June 11, 2012 - 15:48

Recently a hornet's nest was disturbed in our somewhat lethargic City. It was so disruptive that over 20,000 or so postings came forth driven by reactions to Ms. Anton, the Pirate Librarian. Her indiscretions were obvious and sadly reflective of too many similar similar acts throughout our nation. It led to other, more strident outbursts and reactions driven by a lip sync celebration by students of one of their faculty favorites, Mr. Rapaci. You can read all you need to read or remember on TOTS; it is very easy to find.

Lets Build Community Value Together

June 01, 2012 - 18:02

I see where the librarian instance has attracted close to 13,000 reads at the time of this posting and that tells me that Talk of the Sound has considerable community outreach.

It is not a pleasant story but a necessary one to pass along to the community. However, there is a potentially powerful story building that can be the beginning of a renaissance, or better put, a restoration and rebuilding of the City we love. It is the resurrection of the Armory; in a new form, one that servicemen and women would endorse from my generation and hopefully, yours.

On June 7th at the American Legion Post 8 hall the thoughts and love of your neighbors who formed into a Citizen's group to propose a plan, will be available for community critique and comment. The Hall is located on lower North Avenue and the presentation is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. This is not a done deal; this group that I will refer to as the Tocci group hereafter, is one of potentially some number that may develop a proposal to restore this Armory.

Time Wounds All Heels -- But Can We Really Know Who is Who

May 30, 2012 - 16:59
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We hear that Al Gore invented the Internet. Mitt Romney put into place the seeds for the Motor City turnabout.

It sounds sincere maybe because they feel it is sincere. It is sort of like saying you are a fan of small government, but have no responses for what would happen to the hundreds of thousands of people who work in government jobs at all levels. Or perhaps, the current Administration taking crediting for the return of manufacturing jobs but not mentioning they are priced competitively with Southeast Asia -- oh, say $14.50 an hour.

Or perhaps, it is like most of us, "tweaking" our tax returns, knowing enough to avoid non-reporting of income, but playing with the deduction entries (not me please) rationalizing we want and need our social security and medicare because, damn it, we paid for it.

OK, so living a lot longer is the luck of the draw and you say it has no impact on "small government?"

A Blantant Attempt for Review, Reflection, and Feedback

May 19, 2012 - 20:47
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Notice that the most read articles today were two on Pharmacy Closings, one on the Mayor apparently saying he never intended to go to Rio, a burning boat and one or two others.

I am writing about the significant needs for serious change in New Rochelle as well as finally demonstrating some significant personal issues about how our nation and city work or should work.

Our nation, state, and city are held captive by rabid ideology or a continuation of political correction buffeted by liberal guilt.There is little in between but apathetic people and those who leave it to others to take the burdens of change.

These articles are The Courage to Be and Damn It Enough, sometimes emotion trumps intellect.

The readership is sparse and the comments non-existent on both postings.

Since the editorial staff at TOTS is completely fair; it has to be I need to be more tabloid oriented, apathy has invaded even TOT's readers or no one cares to put forth their views on these topics or stand up and be heard.

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But, he left as planned for his next engagement and the couple of dozen people in the room began to discuss other topics. I will not identify them nor will I cover the topics in any depth. I just want to point out how critical it is to our regeneratiion as a community to have such people in our midst.

One young man, known to some of you enthusiastically mentioned the need and his commitment to build this community into a functioning and caring collectivity. He committed himself to this effort and sought support. What resonated to me was both the sheer joie de vivre of what he was saying and his utter distress at the apathy he is personally experiencing. We let it end at that point but ideas were floating and there is something in the wind.

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The contact person is Suzanne Reider, Senior Project Manager, Department of Development.

I will not repeat my oft-delivered point that the best resource would be a committee of local and experienced citizens headed up by Ron Tocci, former State Assemblyman. I am urging Tocci take his proposal throughout the City, to every Synagogue, Church, Association, etc. to indicate that his team has a multi-usage scheme that would both form a lead into Echo Bay and our sorely needed commercial development to ease the tax burden.

I can recall many recent cants by the Administration citing resistance to this neglected propery, then its need to develop revenue for it to be considered at all.

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I will be mercifully brief. You brought the equivalent of the Brooklyn Bridge and it is getting harder and harder to divest. While you are at it, look at your property and other taxes, school district issues, and other serious urban indicators of decline or decay.

You earned it! You enabled it! You rationalized that everything was fine, the principle cause of below New Rochelle griping and whining was either because they were untermenchen or that's just the way "people are." And, frankly, "those people" deserve it because of their inability to focus beyond the isolated indicators such as traffic and parking, or the alleged crooked, manipulative, and patronizing ways of Bramson and before him, Idoni.

Let me tell you that things are not that simple. The old maxim of "keeping your friends close and your enemies closer" comes into play.

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Preceding general citizens commentary was a presentation to 5 young women students athletes who received awards for excellence on the field and in the classroom. Four of the five were present.

Excerpts from their narratives stating why they should receive these rewards were read and they were exceptional. Thematically these young people knew about the power of positive thought and actions, or as Colin Powell puts it, continuous optimism. They spoke of teamwork, family and community values, and more.

Noam was very gracious and you would hope that he and all of those on stage would take this message to heart.

Following this were the usual diatribes about traffic, failures in governing, checkbook diplomacy, and favoritism in filling slots on committees and other community roles.

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