Governor Andrew Cuomo pulled no punches in his State of the State Address laying out an aggressive plan to restore New Yorkers faith in its State government at a time of crisis for the Empire State.
"We have a government of dysfunction, gridlock, and corruption," said Cuomo.
Cuomo repeatedly stated that his economic proposals were not going to be cost-cutting and budget-trimming exercises but a "fundamental economic realignment of the State of New York". He noted that New York's financial condition is 41st in the country, with just 8 states being in worse condition than New York State.
The two changes offered by Cuomo which will impact New Rochelle residents the most were a proposed 2% Tax Cap on local property taxes and a shift to funding based on performance grants. Cuomo singled out Westchester as having the highest taxes in the nation, saying that New Yorkers cannot be taxed any more.Read more
This is an update to a story published on Dec. 30, 2010: The Mystery of Lafayette Avenue: Snow Removal Queries Go Unresolved in New Rochelle's West End. That story has been updated to include this new information.Read more
Susan Kettner was sworn in as the City of New Rochelle's first elected female judge. Jared Rice was sworn in to serve the last year of the unexpired term of James Stowe who passed away in August, replacing Roxy Stowe who was appointed by the City Council in September to serve in place of her husband until the City could hold a special election in November.Read more
City Manager Chuck Strome calls it all a big mix up, former District 4 City Council Member Roberto Lopez said it was lies being told by liars then later admitted it was true but that he had nothing to do with it, and DPW workers were broadcasting over the radio saying "we're going back to Lafayette and you're not going to believe why!" In the end no one could quite make explain what had happened or how.
Here is what Talk of the Sound has confirmed.
On Wednesday morning, at about the time the City of New Rochelle was declaring an end to the recent Snow Emergency, a rather elite crew of Department of Public Works officials and two workers moved piles of snow in front of, on and through a private, commercial parking lot at 26 Lafayette Avenue.Read more
County Executive Robert P. Astorino today named a new commissioner of Social Services, selecting a person with almost three decades of bottom-to-top professional experience in health and human services to oversee the county’s largest department.
Kevin M. McGuire, a one-time New York City social services caseworker who up until this week was executive director of the Maryland Department of Human Resources Family Investment Administration, was selected following a nationwide search. He will begin his new job next week.
“Kevin McGuire is a professional with a successful history of managing the many complexities of a large social services organization,” Astorino said. “He knows how to deliver crucial safety net programs to residents, navigate constantly changing state and federal regulations and ensure that tax dollars are spent wisely.”Read more
With the input of community partners and residents, the City of New Rochelle has completed the creation of a draft Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan which identifies projects that can reduce or mitigate damages that may incur from future natural disasters. The creation of the draft plan over the past 12 months was funded by a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and prepared in accordance with state and federal standards. It has been submitted to FEMA for approval.
“This plan will allow the City to apply for funds to implement improvements after a disaster,” said Assistant to the City Manager, Omar T. Small. “Without this assistance, implementation would be costly, and even cost-prohibitive.”
To assist the study team in assessing the nature, extent and probability of various hazards in New Rochelle, a 23-question on-line survey was created for residents to complete and a series of public meetings were held. Information was posted on the City website www.newrochelleny.com/Read more
Saturday, January 1, 2011 begins the New Year...and will also begin the terms of two elected officials in New Rochelle: Susan I. Kettner, newly-elected City Court Judge, and Jared R. Rice, newly-elected City Councilman in the 3rd Council District. Both Kettner and Rice will be sworn into office at a public ceremony to be held in the Council Chambers of the New Rochelle City Hall, 515 North Avenue, to begin at 1 p.m. on New Year's Day (1-1-11 at 1 p.m.).Read more
The City of New Rochelle began removing snow from the downtown sidewalks Tuesday night and Wednesday.
As of 5:00 am Thursday morning all snow was removed from the sidewalks from Pintard to Lecount Place on Main Street and on North Avenue.
From Main Street to Huguenot Street, the city used 5 private dump trucks, 2 front end loaders, a small bobcat, a sand truck and 5 men shoveling the snow. By doing this the city freed up all the parking on Main Street. Shoppers will no longer have to climb over piles of snow to get to the stores. The snow was hauled to the D'Onofrio Field parking lot.