Today I read the most incredulous report I have read since Simpson Found Innocent. It appeared in the Mar.26/Apr.6 issue of The Report. The title of the page 1 story is.... "City's Major Crimes Up 21% and it encapsulates all I know from my past, learned from my experiences here, and portrays an image of our future in New Rochelle unless corrected either by Noam, the protagonist or the community.
Let me go over some highlights and then quote verbatim from Noam's narrative. Highlights inclde (1) larceny is up 14% over prior year, Aggravated assaults rose by 28%, arrests dropped by 13%. There is much more.
Noam begins innocently enough, "obviously I am not happy about the increae in crime." (attaboy). "But I also put these figures in the context of any overall safety record that remains very strong." (huh). While claiming a new method of calculating aggrvated assaults (brilliant during a year of atrrition), he adds, "it will be important to examine that the spike in 2011 is not the beginning of a trend." (huh). He goes on to cite we remain an safe community; best in the state, ranking only 8 spots below Carmel, Indiana.Read more
At the New Rochelle Board of Education meeting last night, Barnard Principal Patricia Lambert presented her goals and objectives for the 2012-12 school year. The only problem is that it is April and the school year is about three-quarters over. Last week the board heard a similar presentation at Albert Leonard Middle School from Principal Velma Whiteside. Again, the year is almost over so why are we hearing about this year's goals and objectives?
The system in place now is flawed to the point of being worse than useless and needs to be replaced.
Like Wimpy, the old Popeye character, most New Rochelle administrators come before the board with vague assurances of good things to come as if asking the board for a hamburger today in exchange for the promise of a hamburger on Tuesday.Read more
(White Plains, NY) -- An appellate court judge in Brooklyn kept in place today the temporary restraining order against County Executive Robert P. Astorino to stop breaking the laws of Westchester, but decided to allow the County’s Board of Acquisition and Contract (A&C) to convene with just two members in order to approve contracts awaiting consideration.
“This decision will allow important initiatives to move forward for the good of Westchester,” said Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers).
Justice Jeffrey A. Cohen of the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, rejected County Executive Astorino’s request to immediately vacate the temporary restraining order issued by Judge Barry Warhit on Thursday, March 29, which prohibits the County’s Board of Acquisition & Contract (A&C) from approving contracts other than emergency funding measures until a decision is rendered on the preliminary injunction motion next week.Read more
The New Rochelle Board of Education will meet tonight at the Barnard School to hear a presentation on goals and objectives for the 2011-12 school year from Barnard Principal Patricia Lambert.
Board Of Education Committee Of The Whole Session And Regular Meeting
Tuesday Evening April 3, 2012
Henry Barnard School, Auditorium
129 Barnard Road, New Rochelle, New York
Seeing Is Believing – See For Yourself
7:00 P.M. COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE SESSION
I. Board of Education Announcements
II. Superintendent's Report
A. Barnard Student Presentation: A Journey Through Pre-K with Mrs. Pizzuti and Ms. Morales
B. 2011-2012 Goals & Objectives: Patricia Lambert, Principal, Henry Barnard School
C. College Night – April 4, 2012
D. 2012-2013 Budget Adoption
III. Review of Additional Draft Resolutions
IV. Board/Community Informal Discussion
8:00 P.M. REGULAR MEETING
ADDITIONAL MATERIALS RELATED TO THIS MEETING CAN BE FOUND BY CLICKING ON THE LINKS BELOW:
http://bit.ly/H9w5NI - 2011-2012 Goals for Henry Barnard School
http://bit.ly/GRnYT9 - Draft Resolutions
Trinity Elementary School Principal Rolando Briceño announced his resignation yesterday to staff at an afternoon meeting and to parents by way of robocall. At the time of his appointment in 2009, Briceño was only the second hispanic principal in the history of the New Rochelle public school system.
Briceño was under fire from Trinity parents from the moment his appointment as principal was announced three years ago. He has had a rocky relationship with parents in the Trinity PTA which came to a head over the past few months with the ouster of former Assistant Principal Nadine Pacheco, the removal of a popular second grade teachers and a recent allegation that a student had been attempting to set fire to seats on a school bus servicing Trinity students. There was a highly publicized complaint of a bullying situation last June involving the grandson of Maria Baez, a prominent, former elected official from New York City.Read more
If New Rochelle officials ever wondered why New Rochelle residents do not trust the real estate developers who, in exchange for grand but vague promises, are offered generous tax abatements, coddled by the New Rochelle IDA, offered public property giveaways and granted repeated MOU extensions despite a complete lack of progress on developing projects, they need to look no further than the once active apartment building at the corner of North Avenue and Anderson Street.
The building known as "5 Anderson" is a monument to the unreliability of promises from real estate developers and the gullibility of city officials when dealing with them.
In never before seen photos of the interior of 5 Anderson (after the jump), obtained exclusively by Talk of the Sound, the utter devastation of the building is clear. Every single room, in every single apartment has been gutted and otherwise left unusable. Exterior photos show the faded remains of window treatments installed under the terms of a 2010 MOU extension obtained by Cappelli Enterprises under the condition they beautify the outside of the building and address various code violations. Additional photos in the slideshows below.Read more
James Bonanno is one of two New Rochelle school district employees on a Methadone Maintenance Program. His primary job is to act as courier transporting supplies among school buildings in New Rochelle. As such, he is often driving a school vehicle under the influence of methadone, as well as illegal drugs like marijuana, sources say.
In the above video, Bonanno is seen driving a school district van to the Westchester County methadone clinic on Sickles Avenue in New Rochelle. After leaving the methadone clinic he drives onto North Avenue, then Lockwood and on to the buildings and grounds offices on Grove Street near Webster Avenue. Setting aside that Bonanno is doing all of this between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. during a workday which begins at 7 a.m., should the school district allow heroin addicts enrolled in methadone maintenance programs to operate district vehicles?
There is a wide range of conflicting literature on the topic.Read more
The web site for Westchester County in New York was hacked. The site is currently closed for maintenance. A notice about the incident was sent to county workers.
The site was hacked following the installation of a third-party extension to the Joomla software which is used as the content management system for the county web site. No information was available on possible losses of confidential data.Read more