The purpose of this article is not to say that there have been no benefits whatsoever to the development of New Roc City, Trump Plaza or the Avalons and other projects. There have been some benefits.
The purpose of this article is to give critics of the Idoni-Bramson vision for New Rochelle a language with which to articulate their opposition to specific completed projects, a reason to celebrate the demise of LeCount Square and the apparent demise of the Echo Bay Project and a basis upon which to demand a true, full cost-benefit analysis of imagined future projects like the Main Street Corridor and David's Island. It is not to be "against virtually everything" to demand that any proposed tax-payer funded government intervention in our local economy is made to consider the "unseen" costs of the projects, the possible unintended consequences of a project and be based upon an independent, verifiable cost-benefit analysis that is then used as a benchmark to check and recheck progress on a particular project at each phase in the development.
Talk of the Sound asks what a 19th century French economist and political philosopher can teach us today about men like Noam Bramson, Tim Idoni, Louis Capppelli and the Ratner Family.Read more
Talk of the Sound has been sounding the alarm since we first launched in 2008. Few among the New Rochelle Pep Squad have heeded the call. Now the bill is coming due and no amount of cheerleading is going to hold back the oncoming tidal wave of financial ruin. In just a few short years, the United States has gone from the benchmark, risk-free debt standard to a threatened negative outlook being issued by Moody's. A downgrade of U.S. debt will mean the end of the U.S. Dollar as a reserve currency and more broadly the end of the world as American's have come to know it in the Post-World War II Era. All debt in the United States from State to County to Local will be downgraded. Oil, no longer bought and sold in dollars, will become more expensive rippling through our economy making everything more expensive.Read more
The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that the 2010 Census showed the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2010, was 308,745,538. This is the first report from the U.S. Census Bureau on the 2010 Census Population Counts. The County and Local data is due out in early 2011, likely in the next 45 days according to sources at the U.S. Census Bureau.
Commerce Secretary Gary Locke presided as the Census Bureau announced that the resident population represented an increase of 9.7 percent over the 2000 U.S. resident population of 281,421,906.
New York State's population increased by 2.1 percent to 19,378,102 people since 2000. New York still has the third highest population in the United States behind California (37,253,956) and Texas (25,145,561).
As expected, New York state will lose two congressional seats under reapportionment starting in 2013.Read more
Steve Kroft and the 60 Minutes Crew catch up on what we've been trying to say here since 2008 -- the day of reckoning approaches.Read more
The Associated Press is reporting:
The 2010 census report is coming out Tuesday. Experts expect it will show an increased shift from northern states to the south and southwest.
The biggest gainer will be Texas, a GOP-dominated state expected to gain up to four new House seats, for a total of 36. The chief losers - New York and Ohio, each projected by nongovernment analysts to lose two seats - were carried by Obama in 2008 and are typical of states in the Northeast and Midwest that are declining in political influence.
Veterans who want to find out more about the benefits they’re entitled to should come to the Westchester County Veterans’ Service Agency’s next registration day on Thursday, Dec. 16. A newly expanded schedule now invites veterans in to sign up for medical services twice a month.
The Dec. 16 “Veterans Registration Day” event will be held in conjunction with the James J. Peters’ VA Medical Center in the Bronx from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, December 16. The next event, on January 6, will include a representative from the Franklin Delano Roosevelt campus of the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System in Montrose.
Programs are held the first and third Thursday of every month at the agency's office at 112 East Post Road, 4th floor, Room 442, White Plains.
Veterans who have not yet registered can get a new identification card, sign up for medical services and arrange for a wellness exam. To take advantage of this service, veterans need to bring their DD-214 (discharge or separation papers).Read more
New York State has fined Dumont Masonic Home in New Rochelle, NY a whopping $20,000. This on top of a $10,000 fine, lated reduced to $6,500, from the Federal government. Both fines relate to a survey of the facility on July 16, 2009.
Despite the State and Federal enforcement action, Dumont Masonic Home continues to display information claiming it is a "5 Star Facility".
Months after a survey of the facility which resulted in the Federal government citing Dumont for multiple deficiencies and socking them with a $10,000 fine, the Dumont Masonic Home published a newsletter -- still displayed on the facility web site -- touting Dumont as a "5 Star facility" and claiming "the federal government (CMS) has given the Dumont Masonic Home its highest rating!".Read more
UPDATE: Iona College has issued a statement responding to the news of Thornton's arrest, disputing the amount. (below)
UPDATE: DOJ has issued a statement correcting the amount from $1.2 million to "more than $850,000".
DOJ Press Release:
PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and BRIAN HICKEY, the Special- Agent-in-Charge of the Northeast Region of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of the Inspector General, announced today the arrest of MARIE E. THORNTON, the former Vice President of Finance for Iona College, on charges of embezzling more than $1.2 million from Iona College over the course of a ten-year time period.
THORNTON surrendered this morning and was presented in Manhattan federal court today.
As alleged in the Information filed in Manhattan federal court: