First, I would like to take this opportunity to thank God for keeping my family and me safe and healthy throughout this intense campaign. I would also like to thank my campaign team for being so truly dedicated to helping me to get my message out to the District 3 community. They worked tirelessly, day and night giving 200% from day one of this campaign until Election Day.
To the people of District 3, I am extremely grateful to you for opening your doors to me as I walked the community as well as opening your minds and hearts to my message of a better future for New Rochelle. Coming into this race I had no idea I would meet so many wonderful people; people from all races, creeds and religions; the diversity of this district is certainly unique to the rest of the city. Although it was one the challenges I faced, I did my best to face it head on and made strides to prove that you do not have to come from the same background to be a true representative of the people. Although District 3 is an ‘Opportunity District’ the opportunity is for an equal playing field for candidates from any race so that all can be equally represented.Read more
Iona College President Brother James Liguori has sent a thinly-veiled threat letter to City Council District 3 candidate Peter Parente promising to use "use all means at our disposal" to "make our case" (i.e., defeat Parente if he opposes a proposed dormitory) before the "next general election in 2011". Liguori described Iona students as "a force to be reckoned with", a force whose voices "deserves to be heard".
If elected tomorrow, Parente will fill the unexpired one-year remaining on Jim Stowe's term. Stowe died unexpectedly in August setting up a special election.
The nakedly partisan political letter sent to a Republican candidate for City Council and cc'd to Noam Bramson, the de facto leader of the Democratic party, shows a picture of Liguori at odds with his public image. He comes off as a bullying cleric engaged in hardball politics more concerned with the bottom line at the college than the quality of life for residents who have endured loud parties, drunken students, open drug use and vomit-stained sidewalks for years courtesy of the Catholic college.
Liguori took issue with a quote attributed to Parente in the The New Rochelle Sound Report:Read more
By now we've seen our share of flyers and mailings from the politicians. Some have been informative or creative in some way or another. The latest one I've seen has got to be the most hilarious, childish one so far. I guess the Dems have gotten so desperate about their state of affairs, that rather than face up to the long list of their failed economic policies, inability to generate revenue for the city (other than raise taxes), or even halt the decline of the quality of life issues, they've taken to trying to make obscure connections between local and state candidates. This is typical of Democrats to redirect the focus rather than answer questions.
The latest joke is how the District 3 candidates are somehow supposed to have some connection with the Cuomo/Palladino race. Is there anyone, I mean ANYONE who has ever met Mr. Parente, that could even remotely draw any similarity to Carl Palladino? I rest my case. Mr. Rice and Mr. Cuomo? Even funnier. Look back into Mr. Cuomo's part in the financial meltdown stemming from his days at FannieMae and his work in the HFA? So, is Mr Rice responsible for a financial meltdown, or is he a long standing politician resting on the laurels of his father?Read more
Watching the possible collapse of Democratic control of the city unfold before his eyes, Mayor Bramson recently sent out an e-mail blast with a misguided message followed by a plea to help himself rather than his fellow candidate.
In the message itself he goes on saying, "a bright and energetic attorney with extensive roots in New Rochelle and a real passion for public service.". If that is the criteria, then all you have to do is change "attorney" to "businessman" and you would really be talking about someone who lives up to these qualities - Peter Parente. Mr. Rice has no roots in District 3 (well, maybe a few weeks worth). The Mayor also claims "Jared grasps the challenges confronting the diverse neighborhoods of the Third District...". That is in stark contrast to the long time residents of District 3 who have come out to say "how is he supposed to represent district 3...(he)doesn't have any idea of what the issues are..." and in challenging the wisdom of his nomination state "it's a disgrace"... "we need someone in the community that has hands on... that knows about District 3". Who are you going to believe, long time residents of a district to long underserved or the self preservation tactics of the party responsible for the conditions in District 3?Read more
(Republican Mayor, Len Paduano and Democratic State Assemblyman Ron Tocci Stand Alongside Peter Parente)
Dear Friend and Neighbor,
This Tuesday could be the most important city council election in over ten years. For too long, tax give-a-ways, limited downtown retail, and ill-conceived development has plagued our city, stressed our schools and city services.
We believe it’s time for change. Peter Parente has the passion, commitment and vision that offer this opportunity. His election will bring a new majority to the City Council and a new direction for our city.
Please join with us and support Peter Parente for City Council on Election Day, this coming Tuesday, November 2nd. .
Leonard Paduano, Former Mayor of New Rochelle
Ronald Tocci, Former New York State Assemblyman
visit http://peterparente.org for more informationRead more
In a desperate effort this weekend to distract voters from the real issues in this campaign for city council and get the focus on himself, Jared Rice once again, attempted to besmirch Mr. Parente. What Mr. Rice has continued to miss, throughout this entire process, is that this race for city council in District 3 is not about him, but about you, the residents and taxpayers.
This campaign for city council in District 3 is about our hard working residents who desperately need relief from the over-taxing and careless-spending policies that have been the order of the day for the current majority. A majority that has raised taxes 33.5% just in the past five years alone, and have lost touch with you the taxpayers. Just like Jared Rice, they have been more focused on party politics than on the people they are there to serve.
Thirty years of the same majority in city hall has led to stagnation, over-burdening taxes, irresponsible development, a reduction in public safety services, a lack of true sales-tax producing retail and a lack of responsible common sense budget priorities. These policies have left taxpayers, including many of our senior homeowners, in an extremely difficult position.Read more
With the advent of the silly season in the political campaign season, there are any number of allegations and recriminations floating around the various campaigns at the State, County and Local level. The real issue is sky-high property taxes. Peter Parente has been singularly focused on this issue -- keeping down taxes by ending giveaways to developers starting with Capelli Enterprises and Forest City/Ratner. Jared Rice has talked in generalities and appears to view it as his right to be elected to City Council.Read more
Your vote, one single vote, will in fact make all the difference in how District 3 and the city as a whole will be represented in the coming year. Your vote, will have to answer the question of "who will benefit" from my decision? Will it be the Louis Cappelli's , or will it be the people in district 3? Will it be big business or will it be the quality of life that seems to slip just a little each year.
Truth be told, most of us want the same things out of our government. A sound, stable environment so we can maintain safe homes for our families, affordable taxes, good education and programs for our kids and so on. Idealistic, yes, but not a bad goal. So why is it when you look around district 3 you might get the impression that the city could do better, should do better. Thank heavens for the many community activists and all those who are involved in community affairs for they are the glue holding things together, but they could use some help.
Could there be a relationship between the party of power and the conditions we find ourselves in? Are you better off than you were 3 years ago,5 years ago, have YOU benefitted from Democratic control? If we keep making the same choices at the voting booth, how will anything ever change?Read more