The following is a part of what I was put through by New Rochelle City Clerk Bennie Giles in obtaining what turned out to be 3 pages of records from the Parks & Recreation Department. I believe it provides a good example of why it should be required of anyone working in the City Clerk's office including the Clerk themselves. It is clear that Giles does not understand the Freedom of Information Law. The law is too important to be in the hands of someone who does not understand it so this needs to be fixed. Going forward, the City Council ought to make it a requirement that the City Clerk have a demonstrated understanding of the New York State Freedom of Information Law and the New York State Open Meeting Law.
I first contacted Bennie Giles on June 3, 2010 after visiting Ward Acres Community Garden and noticing there was an ongoing fundraising effort to pay for installing a water system at the location.
from Robert Cox
to "Giles, Bennie"
date Thu, Jun 3, 2010 at 12:54 PM
subject Public Records Request - Ward Acres Community Garden
This is a public records request.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
The period for submitting public comments after the public scoping session has now ended. All comments were due by close of business on Monday December 20, 2010, ten (10) days after the public event at City Hall on Thursday December 9, 2010.
Iona is proposing the construction of a new 10-story residence hall consisting of approximately 93,434 square feet and housing approximately 393 students. The residence hall would be constructed on the site of an existing parking lot on the Iona College West Campus, adjacent to the existing Loftus residence hall.
At the public scoping section, dozens of residents, most of whom live in the immediate area, spoke out against the project.
In the meantime, to build support, Iona College has been sending out form letters to alumni living in New Rochelle asking them to send a letter to the Mayor in support of the project.
As a member of the New Rochelle community and a graduate of Iona College, I write to ask for your support of a very important project for Iona.
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
December 15, 2010 - According to a story published in the Connecticut Post, the spanking new New Haven line M-8 commuter cars are not coming on line this month as promised. Owing to a bug in the software, railway signal systems were disrupted while the cars were being tested.
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New York, NY (December 14, 2010) – Metro-North riders found a note from the railroad on their seats tonight. The note was not about a service problem – it was an explanation of the 11.1% fare increase scheduled to take effect on December 30, 2010. In addition to the price up-tick for fares in New York State, the type of tickets sold and the terms they’re sold under have changed.
All WebTicket (internet purchase) discounts are being eliminated and a few types of tickets will no longer be sold via the web. Special event, ‘Getaway’, single day one-way and round trip tickets will no longer be available. The Mail&Ride 4% discount is being reduced to 2% or eliminated for travel between New York State stations. On-board step-up, ride extension and senior fares are also being increased. One-way and round trip tickets will be refundable only from 30 days of purchase, down from 6-months.
A $10 ticket refund processing fee will be implemented for redemption of unused or partially used tickets.Read more
Last Monday night, November 22nd, Mayor Bramson invited neighbors to a community meeting at the colorful and beautiful offices of Cross Cultural Solutions at 2 Clinton Place. Cross Cultural Solutions offers programs where people can volunteer around the world. Their brochure says "With CCS, you can enjoy the flexibility of choosing from 12 countries, start dates year round, and programs from 1 to 12 weeks long." Their offices are filled with photographs, cultural artifacts, pottery and sculpture. To get upstairs, you walk up a wide staircase made of rough hewn logs.
A diverse group of approximately 45 locals met in a round open auditorium with three levels of platforms with chairs on them. The mayor stood at the bottom and the entrance and encouraged all to sign in. A large skylight was centered above the room, which was very warm.
Economic ChallengesRead more
Scarsdale, NY – Westchester’s oldest and most prestigious weekly paper, The Scarsdale Inquirer, today endorsed Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) for re-election. As a result, her opponent, Republican Bob Cohen, was abandoned by the very newspaper editorial board that knows him best.
Noting “she was reinvigorated by her first crack at majority leadership in the Senate,” the newspaper praised Senator Oppenheimer’s role in the Senate, which “has accomplished things in the past term that we have long advocated: enacting no-fault divorce and ending the Rockefeller drug laws.”
Less than two years ago, Ms. Oppenheimer was appointed chair of the Education once the Senate assumed Democratic leadership after more than six decades of Republican rule. Immediately, she declared a moratorium on any unfunded educational mandates. Later, she sponsored the Mandate Relief Law to lower costs to schools and pass on the savings to property taxpayers. She also authored and passed the landmark 2010 Education Reform Law, which was instrumental in delivering $700 million in federal “Race to the Top” to New York State.Read more