City plows have been working through the night and morning and will continue operating for the next 24 to 48 hours. Major roads are now passable, but many minor roads might not be passable until tomorrow, and we ask for your patience.
We have adjusted our sanitation schedule for this week. Please listen closely, because this is a change from the information reported last night:
Tomorrow, December 28th – South End Garbage
Wednesday, December 29th – North End Garbage
Thursday, December 30th – South End Garbage & South End Paper Recyclables
Friday, December 31st – North End Garbage & North End Paper Recyclables
For emergencies or to report downed utility wires, please call 9-1-1. For non-emergency requests related to City services: during business hours, please call the City Manager’s office at 654-2140, and outside of business hours, please call the Police Desk at 654-2300. If you do not have electricity, please report your address to Con Edison at 1-800-75-CONED.
Now, here’s how you can help:
First, please use common sense and avoid traveling unless necessary.
Second, if there is a fire hydrant at your home, please shovel it out.Read more
This is the City of New Rochelle, with an important message. A snow emergency has been declared due to winter weather conditions, and snow removal operations. Please remove vehicles on designated snow emergency streets. This will aid Public Works crews. Please stay off the roads if you can. If you must travel, please take necessary precautions.
Please adhere to the following garbage schedule for this New Year’s Holiday Week.
• There will be no Garbage Collection on Monday, December 27th
• Tuesday, December 28th South Pick-up
• Wednesday, December 29th North Pick-up
• Thursday, December 30th South Pick-up
• There will be no garbage collection on Friday, December 31st.
• There will be no collection of recyclables this week
Please assist the Fire Department by shoveling out any fire hydrants that abut your home or business. Thank you for your cooperation.
EDITOR'S NOTE: residents and businesses are REQUIRED to dig out the fire hydrants and you be glad you did if there is a fire at your home or business and the NRFD do not have to waste time looking for a hydrant while your house or business burns.Read more
White Plains, NY – Republican County Legislators criticized a “flawed process that led to a flawed product,” and blasted their Democratic counterparts for their strict adherence to party line votes to override virtually all of County Executive Rob Astorino’s vetoes.
“Too much of the budget process was done behind the closed doors of the Democratic caucus, and result was 247 vetoes and a blown opportunity to dramatically reform the county government. They made questionable decisions outside the review of the media, public and Republican legislators. Unfortunately, the Democrat majority voted to override several of the County Executive’s efforts to create a more taxpayer friendly budget, downsize the county government and create savings for the taxpayers of the county with highest property taxes in the nation,” said Minority Leader Jim Maisano (R, New Rochelle).Read more
Dec. 23, 2010 -- County Executive Robert P. Astorino today slammed the Democratic-majority of the Board of Legislators for overriding hundreds of budget vetoes, thereby adopting a 2011 budget filled with runaway spending and speculative revenues.
"The Democrats on the board went on a spending spree this month," Astorino said, "Next month the bills will start coming in. The Democrats have decided to put the bill on the taxpayer's credit card. But make no mistake. The bill has to be paid and it can't be paid with phony revenues. This budget by the Democrats is government by gimmicks."
Astorino in November had proposed a spending plan for next year that cut the county levy by 1 percent, protected the county's most needy, continued all essential services and protected the county's three AAA bond ratings.
After the legislators adopted a 2011 operating budget that restored millions of dollars in funding, Astorino used his line-item authority last week to veto $33.5 million in spending . The board Thursday overrode most of Astorino's vetoes, restoring $32 million in spending, over the objections of the board's five Republicans in most every case.Read more
Talk of the Sound has been sounding the alarm since we first launched in 2008. Few among the New Rochelle Pep Squad have heeded the call. Now the bill is coming due and no amount of cheerleading is going to hold back the oncoming tidal wave of financial ruin. In just a few short years, the United States has gone from the benchmark, risk-free debt standard to a threatened negative outlook being issued by Moody's. A downgrade of U.S. debt will mean the end of the U.S. Dollar as a reserve currency and more broadly the end of the world as American's have come to know it in the Post-World War II Era. All debt in the United States from State to County to Local will be downgraded. Oil, no longer bought and sold in dollars, will become more expensive rippling through our economy making everything more expensive.Read more
Last night, at the New Rochelle Board of Education meeting, Vice President Chrisanne Petrone read through a list of draft resolutions to be voted on at the next Board of Education meeting on January 4, 2011. After the entire list was read, board member Lianne Merchant raised a question about a draft resolution regarding Rolf Koehler. Before she could complete her question, Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak produced a document which he said contained a written statement regarding the resolution.
It was clear from their reaction that not all board members had been informed of the statement, signed by BoE President Sara Richmond along with Organisciak. Richmond was not present for the meeting.
The next morning Talk of the Sound received a statement from City Manager Chuck Strome.Read more
The following is a rundown of the course of events relative to the School Security Officer position for the City School District:
1) The City School District requested a 211 waiver for Rolf Koehler, School Security Officer. This request was granted by the New York State Civil Service Commission to run through June, 2010.
2) In granting such a waiver, the New York State Civil Service Commission required a test for School Security Officer be held to determine if other candidates were available to fill the position.
(The School District determined that the job description for the test did not reflect changes they had requested and asked that the job description be amended. This request was denied by the former Civil Service Administrator.)
3) City Civil Service Commission holds the test in February, 2010. The result of the test was the establishment of a list of 12 eligible candidates for the position. (The incumbent was not required to take the test.)Read more
While still awaiting official word as to what the City of New Rochelle intends to do about the rather flagrant violations of New York State law by the City School District of New Rochelle, Talk of the Sound noticed that the job posting for the "School Security Specialist" position has been removed without explanation from the City of New Rochelle web site.
The school district had coordinated with the always "helpful" Domenic Procopio to list the job despite the fact that an exam had taken place, an eligibility list created and specific orders given by the New York State Civil Service Commission to select a person from the eligibility list as required by New York State law.Read more