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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

April 02, 2012 - 20:07
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Today is a good day for me; let me call it properly a day to celebrate life and remember what the New Rochelle I knew so well not that many years ago, exists though struggling to survive.

I turned up at our neighborhood health club, Retrofit, the beautiful managed and maintained facility that is dedicated to the community in terms of rates and quality. I picked my way through garbage, smiled benevolently at the beggars and street people, and entered the facility.

Marion Bordona (sic) was there working with a client and the facility had a fair representation of the true diversity of New Rochelle. People of both sexes, a range of ages, all ethnicities were there, working out and enjoying each others company, but working out.

Enablers Part II -- Those Who Vote for Forest City/Ratner and Citizens Who Are Silent

March 30, 2012 - 15:55
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This will be brief! I join John D and many others in denouncing any of our representives who cast a vote for Echo Bay with the proviso that Forest City/Ratner are the developers.

As a matter of fact, I see Forest City, from a layman's point of view, as unindicted co-conspirators at Ridge Hill in Yonkers although their legal grounds were carefully raked and covered with manure as well as dirt.

Any Council Man or Woman, any of the 7, Ceremonial Mayor/Councilman at Large and 6 District Representatives would be covered with this wicked mixture as well.

The integrity of our government, our beleaguered and divided City, cannot take another blow. We have much to clean up; from basic management, financial management, responsibilities, priorities, and so much more. Ridge Hill may be successful but even if there were nothing amiss, it is substantially different than Echo Bay. Many powerful enablers, entrenched politicians, kin of famed prosecutors, ex mayors, councilmen, etc were involved to their dishonor. But, Jereis and Annabi stand alone at the end of the day.

Gotta Go

March 29, 2012 - 10:53
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The menu of March 29, the absence of comments on the findings of the school budget situation with its sensible recommendations along with my recommendations on what is needed to turn the City around suggests only...

It is time to go!

Maria and I love this City and Lord knows we have fought for it. But, few people care enough for it to make a difference.

WE read about citizens protesting an arrest, high school cafeterias under assault, and, among other things in the school budget report, that something as elemental, as baic as comparing projected budget to prior yaar actual is not routine. I placed the report findings aside after this and thank the committee, Ms Petrone and especially Bob Cox for bringing this up.

I seem to be a minority of one citing the importance of understanding and adhering to the City Charter/Code.

Hopefully, there are readers who respect my efforts enough to examine my last blog on the issue arond enablers and will place the onus for change on the council and will literally cry out to them to return to some degree of normalcy concerning efforts like echo bay, armory, dpw yards. The list ins endless.

Citizens -- Do the Right Things and Do Them for the Right Reasons

March 28, 2012 - 16:56
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"I have found the enemy and he is us." Pogo is right; but to be fair, there are degrees of fault as their are degrees of sin. My purpose today is not to indict, but to state that things do not remotely work in New Rochelle because we act or do not act in ways that encourage and support these outcomes.

I don't see any real value, except to ventilate anger and frustration, to do little but excoriate office holders for acting the same as most office holders have learned to do over the past half century or so. Noam Bramson is mayor of New Rochelle, yet by the authority explicit in the New Rochelle Charter/Code, he as assumed power and responsibility that is not explicit in the Charter and has taken the lead set by his predecessor and to a degree, those who came before the predecessor. There is no value in labeling him as sinner, or for that matter, even saint. He is acting well outside of role; he has assumed power not granted to him, and you must conclude that the City Council has tacitly permitted this to occur and his community support base, has done this as well through apathy, ignorance, or tacit support.

An Apology for Typos on an Important Blog

March 15, 2012 - 09:49
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Yesterday I presented a blog that I wanted everyone to read. It is long, filled with information, and alas, error. Even the title, "The City Charter A Mystery Inside an Enigma -- You Decide was unspared.

I had to finish it despite vision issus and 2.5 hours of oral surgery that I just returned from an hour earlier.

I saw more pain at the Tuesday night meeting coupled with indignation and anger. Most of the pain was on the podium; the anger in the audience.

I take zero pleasure at this. While happy that the community found their voices, it also renews a respinsibility to heal.

I created my blog to present opinion, questions and yes, facts about how we became governed as we experience it today. In a better world we would all profit from this and move on and forward.

You Get the Government You Deserve

March 09, 2012 - 17:53
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I recently published a blog on Facts, etal that put even me to sleep. The position was correct, the explanations properly drawn, but it was pedantic, boring and not responsive. It was so poorly presented that you had to search well into TOTS to even locate it and it deserved that editorial reluctance.

I marked my calendar for the end of March for submitting another blog. However, I am an open book and if you were one of less than 200 readers who read the blog or what prompted it, postings on the "state of the city" speech, you would have noticed that I left information where I lived, where I went after Retrofit in the morning, and I am glad I did that.

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Today is a good day for me; let me call it properly a day to celebrate life and remember what the New Rochelle I knew so well not that many years ago, exists though struggling to survive.

I turned up at our neighborhood health club, Retrofit, the beautiful managed and maintained facility that is dedicated to the community in terms of rates and quality. I picked my way through garbage, smiled benevolently at the beggars and street people, and entered the facility.

Marion Bordona (sic) was there working with a client and the facility had a fair representation of the true diversity of New Rochelle. People of both sexes, a range of ages, all ethnicities were there, working out and enjoying each others company, but working out.

Read more

Enablers Part II -- Those Who Vote for Forest City/Ratner and Citizens Who Are Silent

This will be brief! I join John D and many others in denouncing any of our representives who cast a vote for Echo Bay with the proviso that Forest City/Ratner are the developers.

As a matter of fact, I see Forest City, from a layman's point of view, as unindicted co-conspirators at Ridge Hill in Yonkers although their legal grounds were carefully raked and covered with manure as well as dirt.

Any Council Man or Woman, any of the 7, Ceremonial Mayor/Councilman at Large and 6 District Representatives would be covered with this wicked mixture as well.

The integrity of our government, our beleaguered and divided City, cannot take another blow. We have much to clean up; from basic management, financial management, responsibilities, priorities, and so much more. Ridge Hill may be successful but even if there were nothing amiss, it is substantially different than Echo Bay. Many powerful enablers, entrenched politicians, kin of famed prosecutors, ex mayors, councilmen, etc were involved to their dishonor. But, Jereis and Annabi stand alone at the end of the day.

Read more

Gotta Go

The menu of March 29, the absence of comments on the findings of the school budget situation with its sensible recommendations along with my recommendations on what is needed to turn the City around suggests only...

It is time to go!

Maria and I love this City and Lord knows we have fought for it. But, few people care enough for it to make a difference.

WE read about citizens protesting an arrest, high school cafeterias under assault, and, among other things in the school budget report, that something as elemental, as baic as comparing projected budget to prior yaar actual is not routine. I placed the report findings aside after this and thank the committee, Ms Petrone and especially Bob Cox for bringing this up.

I seem to be a minority of one citing the importance of understanding and adhering to the City Charter/Code.

Hopefully, there are readers who respect my efforts enough to examine my last blog on the issue arond enablers and will place the onus for change on the council and will literally cry out to them to return to some degree of normalcy concerning efforts like echo bay, armory, dpw yards. The list ins endless.

Read more

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