New Rochelle Parks Commissioner Bill Zimmerman, asked to respond to our ice skating story from the weekend, told Talk of the Sound that with Mother Nature's cooperation "it was wonderful seeing families enjoying some good old fashion winter outdoor recreation!"
Zimmerman told Talk of the Sound that Park Department staff will provide an update tomorrow on the remainder of city pond and lake skating conditions - they need to meet the City's minimum requirement of four inches of ice thickness from center to edge. He reports that his crew was out today clearing additional sections of ice (in addition to their other park related snow removal assignments).
Asked about the possibility of the New Rochelle Fire Department spraying the ice to smooth it out and thicken it, Zimmerman said it was discussed earlier today but may not be possible.Read more
On the December 9th City Council Meeting, once again proves that our elected officials love to waist hard working tax payers money on useless purchases.
That evening City Council Members approved the unnecessary purchase of a $44,000 pickup truck for the Parks Department.
Question: Why in the world would anyone want to spend $44,000 on an unnecessary expenditure, such as a pickup truck during frightful economic times that we are experiencing today?
Answer: It’s easy to spend when it’s NOT THEIR MONEY!!!!
Mayor Bramson, along with all the Council members once again, did not hesitate to spend money that isn’t theirs.
If this is the kind of government the people elected and allow them to run it in this manner, then the people that elected these “idiots” deserve what they get. Unfortunately, everyone else must suffer as well.
Our elected and appointed officials are elected to watch out for its tax paying citizens. But once again, we are talking about New Rochelle. Common sense, during terrible economic times, is to cut spending, not spend more. You don’t need a degree in economics to realize this.Read more
This is to let everyone know that The City Government of New Rochelle ordered and received four brand new Plow/Salt trucks. Don’t get me wrong, these vehicles are beautiful. One was actually on display at the FireFighter’s Car & Bike Show that was held at Glen Island on Sunday, October 19th.
There are a few problems with this purchase:
1. Each truck cost was $180,000 for a total of $720,000.
2. These trucks can only be used on main roads. The trucks are huge.
3. The DPW only has 2 people on staff that are truly qualified to navigate these monsters, so why did they purchase four of them?
Who gave the “Okay” to purchase such equipment?
Why wasn’t any though put behind this purchase? It would have been more cost effective to purchase 6 new smaller snow/salt trucks that would be able to fit on all of our City’s roads.Read more
About two weeks ago City Officials put into play a Hiring Freeze. Not that it is illegal to do so but at the same time, there are people who have taken tests for a city position and whose names are on a list.
One would think that the logical and ethical thing to do is to extend the list expiration the same amount of time that the hiring freeze is in effect. But then again, we are talking about New Rochelle City Officials.
I would like for everyone out there whose name is currently on a list to call up Beverly Silverman @ (914) 654-2172, and leave her a message is she doesn’t pick-up. Inform her how unfair it is to let lists continue to count-down to expiration while a hiring freeze is in play.Read more
Sycamore Park was once a park to be proud of for its nearby residence, but that has changed. Today, Sycamore Park is a disgrace. The basketball court that once stood is long gone. The swings, slides, park benches, and signs are covered with gang and vulgar graffiti. It has become a park where children no longer play. Instead, petty Mexican gang members can be seen entering the park from its Kings Hwy entrance, to conduct drug deals near the playground equipment. One only has to visit the Sycamore Park to verify that all I say is true. The Mayor's Office doesn't want to do anything to clean it up, the City Manager's Office also turns it back to it and The Department of Parks and Recreation make it seam like the park doesn't even exist. This is just another example of how City Hall pays attention only to the North End and Screws the South End. And where is Lou Trangucci?Read more
Through the District 6 Council of Neighborhood Associations, I meet quarterly with representatives of the neighborhood associations within the District. I would like to exchange ideas with representatives of the entire District at these meetings. However, there appear to be areas which do not have neighborhood associations and are not represented If you would like to participate, and your neighborhood is not among those listed below, please let me know. If you would like to form a neighborhood association, please contact Richard Sosis, President of the District 6 Council, at 632-5151Read more
We all know that speeding on local streets adversely affects the quality of life in our neighborhoods. In 2007, the first year of the competition for the City’s new traffic-calming program, one of our District 6 neighborhoods was selected as the first of two neighborhoods in our City to participate. It is the area sometimes called Huguenot Lake, which is located “behind” New Rochelle High School, and includes Clove Road, Parcot, Otsego and Flandreau Avenues, and Argyll Avenue. The neighborhood’s application to participate ranked highest on the application criteria evaluated by our independent traffic consultants. By the time of this writing, the consultant has met with neighborhood representatives, designed proposed modifications to the streets, met with a large group of neighborhood residents to review the proposal, and prepared further proposed changes based on the neighbors’ responses.Read more
The owner of the Wykagyl Shopping Center has applied to the Planning Board for approval of an addition to the Center. The proposal would expand the building behind the Houlihan Lawrence office and Big Top and add a second story in that area. The Zoning Code permits an expansion to the size and height of the building, provided the property owner satisfies numerous requirements, including adequate parking, prescribed setbacks from adjacent properties and roads, emergency access, loading docks, mitigation for adverse traffic impacts, and architectural compatibility (based upon the analysis of the Professional Architectural Review Committee). The Planning Board has jurisdiction over the application to require modification to comply with requirements and/or approve subject to conditions necessary to reduce impacts, or reject the plan. While as a Council Member I have no role in the Planning Board’s determination, I am concerned about the impacts of the proposal.Read more