The City of New Rochelle informed Metro-North of its intention to close the bathroom at the New Rochelle train station on December 1st. In a meeting on December 15th, representatives of the railroad urged city officials not to do that. New Rochelle officials told Metro-North that the bathrooms are frequently vandalized and are in bad shape and need capital investment.
"In November 1968, our predecessor railroad sold the station building to Trio Investors Corp. of NYC," said Metro-North spokesperson Marjorie Anders. "In the deed, the sellers required the buyers to keep the restroom open, cleaned and maintained." Anders said the deed also retained for the railroad a ticket office and waiting area.
According to Metro-North officials, sometime thereafter the sale to Trio, the City of New Rochelle took ownership of the train station and maintenance became the responsibility of the city's Department of Development. The city has been maintaining it ever since.Read more
The New Rochelle Industrial Development Agency held their Regular Meeting this afternoon.
The three highlights were the formation of a UTEP Sub-Committee, a review of projects currently in the IDA pipeline and the resignation of Lloyd Robinson from the IDA Board.
Robinson said he could not recall how long he has been on the IDA but around 12-15 years. Robinson defended his work on the IDA saying that his answer to critics who say the IDA gave away money willy-nilly is the drive across the Throgs Neck Bridge into the Bronx where, if you look left, you can see 4 buildings that were not there before.Read more
Last night the Board of Education discussed a modified version of a proposed resolution prepared by the New York State School Board Association which serves to express opposition to Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed 2% tax cap. Basically, the Board of Education is taking the position that a tax cap absent a deal to reform the cost drivers at the local level -- unfunded mandates, pension contributions and collective bargaining -- will wreak havoc on the school district. Board of Education President Sara Richmond states that the SBA resolution was modified to address some local concerns without explaining what she meant. She is certainly write that a tax cap alone would destroy the local school district and the local government.Read more
This is Mayor Noam Bramson, and here we go again.
Yet another winter storm is hitting our region, with forecasters predicting that the heaviest snowfall will begin late this afternoon and continue until dawn.
A full complement of City plows will be operating throughout the night, prioritizing main roads, but given the timing of the storm, it is likely that many secondary roads will not be cleared by the Thursday morning rush, and we encourage you to plan accordingly.
Thursday's North End garbage collection is cancelled. The next North End garbage pickup will be on Monday, January 31st. Friday's South End garbage collection will occur as normal.
Let me offer our usual reminders:
For snow-related requests or complaints, please call 235-4029, that's 235-4029.
For any emergencies, call 9-1-1.Read more
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced today that Darrell Evans (DOB 11/22/59) of 8 Ellwood Avenue, Mount Vernon, New York plead guilty today to two counts of Murder in the Second Degree, class “A” Felonies, in exchange for a sentence promise of two consecutive terms of twenty years to life in state prison. Additionally the defendant will serve a consecutive term in Federal Prison relating to a 2008 mail fraud conviction.
On January 7, 2010 the defendant and Joan Whitfield were having an argument on the telephone.
The defendant told her he was going to kill both the babysitter and their daughter Ayanna Evans. Whitfield then called the Mt. Vernon Police Department to alert them to defendant’s threats.
Police responded and as they approached the house, the defendant emerges from the front door unarmed and surrenders while admitting to shooting everyone.Read more
There is a sign on the door at the New Rochelle Public Library stating that the library is closed due to a lack of heat. Callers to the library get a message stating that the library is closed due to lack of heat in the main building.
UPDATE: Thomas Geoffino, Director of the New Rochelle Public Library tells Talk of the Sound "Our boilers stopped functioning sometime yesterday morning. Despite calls to our vendor (busy due to other emergencies) they were not able to visit till last evening. They did get the boiler functioning but apparently the building was still very cold this morning and not really acceptable for our patrons and staff to utilize. We are very hopeful that our building will be properly heated and open for business tomorrow."Read more
New Rochelle's Municipal Civil Service Commission met today at City Hall. Apparently, you were not supposed to know that. Now you do, courtesy of Talk of the Sound.
This ostensibly public meeting was not listed on the City of New Rochelle web site. There was no calendar event on the City web site. No meeting agenda or order of business was published on the City web site or made available at the offices of the Municipal Civil Service Commission, even on the day of the meeting or during the meeting. It was, obviously, not broadcast on NRTV and will not be made available on the City web site. The City Clerk's office told Talk of the Sound they had no information about the meeting. The City's Media Relations department told Talk of the Sound they had no information about the meeting.Read more
Talk of the Sound has learned that Richard Fevang is now seeking a 30 day suspension for a city worker suspected of being the whistleblower who came forward last year with the evidence that led the Westchester District Attorney investigation of the City of New Rochelle Department of Public Works. The Westchester DA investigation began when invoices for a garbage truck, invoices approved by Fevang, were determined to contain charges for thousands of dollars of work that was never done. The investigation has since expanded to include multiple individuals and multiple vendors throughout the Tri-state area as well as the New Rochelle Marina within the Department of Parks & Recreation.
The identity of the whistleblower is an open secret within City Hall.Read more