The Office of the Westchester County Board of Legislators and the Office of the Westchester County Executive are prolific generators of press releases. From time to time, Talk of the Sound just cannot keep up. Rather than catch up by ignoring the backlog, we prefer to publish the entire backlog from the past month in one shot and then get back on track with new ones. Below are recent announcements from the Westchester County Board of Legislators and County Democrats. For a similar batch of press releases from Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and County Republicans click here.
Compensation Advisory Board Proposed to Be Nixed By Westchester LegislatorsRead more
NOTE: The New Rochelle Public Libraries will be closed on Sunday, April 22 for the New Rochelle Public Library Foundation’s fundraiser, “CelebriTea”.
Library Presents Magic And Comedy Show For Families
A free, live performance by comic magician Jim McClenahan will be featured at the New Rochelle Public Library on Saturday, April 14th, at 2:00 pm. The popular magician-comedian is returning to the Ossie Davis Theater with new tricks and surprises to delight children of all ages – and their parents and grandparents. Jim’s terrific blend of awesome tricks, side splitting jokes and high levels of energy guarantees a great time. His warm presentation, wacky stunts and zany humor is a winning combination each time he performs. Seating for the performance is on a first-come, first served basis, to the 145-seat capacity of the theater.
The free program is a BID Family Day event, made possible through a partnership of the New Rochelle Downtown BID (Business Improvement District) with the New Rochelle Public Library, the City School District & PTA Council, and the Department of Parks & Recreation.Read more
Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) introduced legislation to protect cell phone users whose cell phones have been stolen. The Cell Phone Theft Protection Act amends the Communications Act to require wireless commercial services to cut off service to the stolen phone.
“It makes no sense to reward the thief by continuing service on a stolen cell phone. It’s simple common sense to say the victim of a crime isn’t responsible for service they are no longer receiving. If service is cut off on a stolen phone, it just becomes a useless brick. The motivation to threaten, or commit violence, in order to steal a phone goes away. By cutting off service, wireless companies will do wonders for public safety, and I am confident they will support this legislation,” said Rep. Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.Read more
The New York State Thruway Authority construction project to relocate utility lines on the North Avenue Bridge will continue the week of April 15 with work on North Avenue.
During the next two phases, two southbound lanes will be provided on North Avenue. During Phase 2, work will be done from 7:00 AM to 6:30 PM. This phase will last approximately 30 days after which Phase 3 will commence. Phase 3 will last for 10 days and the work will be done 24 hours a day. To provide better traffic control, Burling Lane will remain closed during this work.Read more
The New Rochelle school district is looking for opportunities to have members of the Board of Education and the district administration come and meet with New Rochelle organizations and civic groups to explain the budget process and answer any questions taxpayers, parents and citizens of New Rochelle may have.
If your organization is interested in inviting members of the Administration and/or Board of Education members to attend an upcoming meeting to provide information pertaining to the budget, prior to the Budget Vote on May 15th, the district asks that you contact Paul Costiglio, Media/Communications Specialist for the City School District of New Rochelle. He can be reached via e-mail [email protected]. or by
phone at 914-576-4305.
At last night's City Council meeting, Mayor Noam Bramson was asked about ICLEI, Agenda 21 and the United Nations. In response, the Mayor emphatically declared that "New Rochelle is not associated with the United Nations".
When it comes to ICLEI, Agenda 21 and the United Nations, methinks the Mayor doth protest too much.
Let's start with the obvious. Noam Bramson is a proponent of ICLEI. He has been the guiding hand every step of the way, operating directly or indirectly through fronts like Deborah Newborn, Chuck Strome, David Kooris, the GreeNR Committee and others. Noam speaks and their lips move. He brought ICLEI to New Rochelle over 10 years ago under the guise of signing onto an innocuous sounding position paper on reducing carbon emissions. He submitted a proposal to ICLEI in which he offered up New Rochelle as the "ideal laboratory" for experimentation with ICLEI's environmental planning and policies -- with New Rochelle residents as the guinea pigs. Noam Bramson caused New Rochelle to join ICLEI in 2010 without bothering to put it to a vote of the City Council.
A review of the 12 years show how the Mayor has worked tirelessly to help ICLEI get their nose under the proverbial tent.Read more
New Rochelle High School Principal Donald Conetta is warning that instruction will "undoubtedly" be affected by the 2012-13 school budget while demonstrating his own lack of erudition in the process.
In remarks in the recent high school newsletter, Conetta wrote:
We all realize we continue to experience very difficult economic times on the federal, state, local and personal level. The impact on our education budget is inevitable but no less difficult and worrisome. If you have attended or viewed recent board budget review meetings, you know there are many challenging decisions to be made which will impact our schools. New Rochelle High School along with every other school in the district has been directed to reduce staffing by 4.5% for next year. This directive in conjunction with reductions from the past two years will result in a staff reduction of approximately 50 positions over three years at NRHS.
Can anyone tell me what good Mr. Bill Zimmerman does for this city? Is his name Bill? I don't know. I do know one thing, however, he is arrogant and inept. One thing that I cannot figure out, is how did we get to this point. We have government officials who are way overpaid, yet lay off workers, don't do their jobs, yet refuse to hire, keep raising taxes, yet don't give proper city service.
Why am I so mad at Zimmerman is because he never gets back to you, is arrogant in any of his meetings and doesn't do anything right. I'm not the only citizen to notice this. He works out with Chucky boy (Strome) at the police gym, takes 3 hour lunches and walks around City Hall like he's busy.
Oh well.... I know with this clicky administration, nothing will be done..... but maybe I can get a few eyebrows raised if ...... anyone reads this.
Do me a favor Zimmerman..... save face and ship out, you really are incompetent!