The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has pushed back the completion date for its electronic security program by another two years
until 2014, putting the program nearly six years behind its original scheduled completion date, according to a progress report released today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
In February 2012, the MTA completed all of the projects planned under Phase 1 of the capital security program, begun in response to the attacks of September 11, 2001, with the notable exception of the electronic security program. This program has encountered numerous setbacks and is now expected to be completed in June 2014 at a cost of $516 million, nearly double original estimates. The MTA has completed two of the 16 construction projects slated for Phase 2 of the program, but it intends to defer six projects due to lack of funding.Read more
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced today that Demetrius Williams, 36, of 40 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle, New York was convicted after a jury trial of one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class “C” Violent Felony.
On May 6, 2011, at approximately 4:12 p.m., members of the City of New Rochelle Police Department responded to Yamaha Wheel Sports Center, located at 399 Huguenot Street, on the report of a verbal dispute.
Upon arrival, the officers met with a Yamaha employee and the defendant, and learned that the dispute was regarding a civil matter concerning nonpayment on a previous motor scooter purchase.
Both parties agreed that until payment could be made, the scooter would remain at Yamaha.
The dispute having been resolved, the police left.Read more
DEAR BLABBY: My long-time neighbor went all Paul Bunyan on me recently, cutting down several beautiful trees on their property, next to my property. I am not too happy about it. Can any one just cut down trees whenever they want in New Rochelle? Don't they have to get a permit or pay into some sort of tree fund?
DEAR NOT TOO HAPPY ABOUT IT
Paul Bunyan can swing his axe and cut down any tree "as of right" except in two specific situations so the answer to your question is "it depends".
New Rochelle City Code 301-25 always permits removing a tree when there is an actual or ongoing emergency condition or if the tree is sick. Smaller trees can always be removed where smaller means with a "DBH" of less than eight inches. DBH stands for diameter at breast height.Read more
Brandonn Baez, 10, a fifth grader and victim of bullying at New Rochelle's Trinity Elementary School is speaking out as an Ambassador for Love Our Children as part of the non-profit organization's Anti-Bullying Campaign. The then-fourth grader was the victim of an assault last year when an ongoing bullying situation went from verbal to physical. Now he is turning his experience into an affirmation of his effort to overcoming bullying in his school.Read more
Noam Bramson professes to be shocked that Albany Republicans created a State Senate district intended to benefit one of their candidates and tip the state legislature further in their favor.
Overall the New Rochelle Mayor has little good to say about recent political redistricting except his own. While offering only minor criticism of the new State Assembly districts, Bramson takes issue with the Congressional districts He saves his real fury for Suzi Oppenheimer's State Senate district.
Bramson find that the new State Senate lines "make a mockery of any good-government redistricting standard" because they are designed to make the 37th Senate District more competitive for Bob Cohen.
Has the Mayor taken a good look at his own plan for New Rochelle?Read more
(White Plains, NY) -- A federal magistrate’s recent ruling regarding the Fair and Affordable Housing Settlement between Westchester County and the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is no “major victory” for disabled residents, seniors, veterans and others who depend on housing assistance vouchers, said Westchester County Board of Legislators Vice Chairman Lyndon Williams (D-Mount Vernon).
At issue is the problem of discrimination against potential homeowners and renters who rely on housing vouchers and other subsidies—the so-called “Source of Income.” Though the magistrate concluded that the Settlement requires the County, as a whole, to promote Source of Income legislation, it does not require the County Executive to sign the legislation into law.Read more
There is evidence that some members of the Harvard Faculty can critically think and then, there are the rest of them.
Intelligence is not necessarily an operant criteria in a 140 or less word society and surely, Harvard has not been successful enough to transform 21st Century greed and governance from its predessors in earlier times. But, although greed may be a lost cause there and elsewhere, there are those among the faculty, research base, and graduates who recognize the simple truth that, without a new paradigm for managing the massive changes brought about by globalization and the world wide web, just to mention two, nations will either suffer enormously in the economic world or look to overthrow existing governance in order to survive.Read more
The Democrats on the Board of Legislators continue to circumvent county laws by refusing to establish a biennial, citizen Compensation Advisory Board which is called for in the Westchester County Charter. The Charter requires the volunteer advisory board to review the financial compensation of Legislators and to advise if they believe extant economic conditions warrant either raising or lowering Legislators pay. The Compensation Advisory Board is charged with reviewing the compensation that Legislators receive as their base pay ($49,200) as well as expenses and stipends for things like serving in caucus leadership positions and for chairing various committees. The stipends pay between $3000 and $9000 annually. The Stipend for Board of Legislators Chairman is $40,000 annually.Read more