This article is intended to shed some light on the hidden costs and threats to your rights as a property owner in the City of New Rochelle. Links are provided throughout the article providing a true glimpse into the back-story and agenda yet to be provided by city council. If you care about your rights as a property owner, or just want to know more, please take some time to read more about the revenge of unintended consequences associated with handing over control to outside influence.Read more
I think a lot about underutilized space in New Rochelle. There is an extraordinary amount of it. My thoughts on this topic were re-ignited by Betaville, created by NYU-Poly, which is an "open-source multiplayer environment for real cities, in which ideas for new works of public art, architecture, urban design, and development can be shared, discussed, tweaked, and brought to maturity in context, and with the kind of broad participation people take for granted in open source software development."
How cool! Right now, limited environments are available. Obviously, New Rochelle is not one of them.
Absent a malleable real-time virtual world to share, discuss, tweak ideas about New Rochelle, I think we should generate two lists: one, underutilized and distinctive spaces in New Rochelle; two, a list of unfulfilled community needs. The goal would then be to match spaces to needs.Read more
It was that time again, time for a developer to sit down with city council and explain why they won't deliver any product for another year or so. It's taken 14 months to hear Forest City tell New Rochelle the same old we got nothing. This latest manipulation comes as no surprise to anyone who has followed the saga of Echo Bay. Afterall, Lou Cappelli received 13 or 14 extensions over nearly a decade and you see where that got us. The rhetoric of how the economy is bad, financing is tough etc, has led the developer to scale back the project and divide it into 3 phases. Phase 1 would encompass all of the property that can be secured with little or no cost to the developer (as in city owned property only). Phase 2 and 3 will have no guarantee of ever happening.Read more
Two by two the came, New Rochelle City Council Members were brought into secret meetings last Friday with Forest City Ratner executives to hear private pitches on a revised Echo Bay Development plan - a plan that was promised for delivery last Aguust.
Mayor Bramson on his WVOX radio show today, when asked about the Echo Bay "closed meeting" of the City Council, said the executive session was to discuss a real estate matter, done on the advice of legal counsel because it involved real estate transactions. News of the secret meetings was first reported on WVOX's Talk of the Sound Radio last Friday (click the link to the article about the radio show, then click the word "PODCAST" within the article to listen).Read more
After having first raised the issue in 2008 and raised it ever since, Talk of the Sound is happy to report the Board of Education is now hosting videos of past board meetings online. While there has been now official announcement, Paul Costiglio, the Communications & Media Specialist for the City School District of New Rochelle emailed today in response to my question why New Rochelle High School sports videos were available online but not Board of Education meetings.
I wanted to let you know that your assertion from last week that BOE meetings are not viewable on our website is inaccurate. They have been on the District site for a while and the list now includes the meetings dating back to late November.
Simply click on Videos at the bottom of the heading District Resources on the homepage. Then click on Board of Education Meeting Videos and that will take you to the list of videos able to be viewed.
The following are remarks I made to the Board of Education at the most recent Board of Education meeting on December 7, 2010. The speech was meant to address the scheduled vote on Resolution 11-183. Minutes before the scheduled vote, the Board announced that Resolution 11-183 was being pulled from consideration without explanation. Based on past performance, the Board of Education discussed the matter during an Executive Session prior to the public meetings. The declared purpose of the executive session was to discuss a student appeal. It is illegal under New York State's Open Meeting Law to do anything other than discuss the declared subject of an executive session during executive session and, of course, to discuss public business in executive session. Such illegal meetings are routine for the New Rochelle Board of Education and this past meeting appears to have been no exception.
Now, to my remarks made last Tuesday:
Before the Board considers Resolution 11-183 it would be instructive to look back to understand WHY, precisely, this matter ever came before the Board of Education in the first place.
BREAKING NEWS: Tonight the BoE pulled Resolution 11-183. The Board said they were referring the matter to the City of New Rochelle to review the language in the job description.
This is going to be a long article so pull up a chair, get comfortable and put on your thinking caps. If, at the end, you are as disgusted as I am about what the school district is doing here, considering showing up tonight and speaking our or, at least, bearing silent witness to the travesty of justice scheduled for tonight.
A few new disclosures in this article: (1) I was able to review the Eligibility List for the "Safety and Security" Civil Service Exam given in February which shows that Rolf Koehler was not on the eligibility list; (2) a draft copy of formal complaint sent to the New York State Municipal Service Commission by "concerned citizens; (3) the informed claim that the school district did not interview candidates for the open security administrator position. OK? Here we go...Read more
Times Editorial Comes on the Heels of Endorsement from Mayor Bloomberg
WHITE PLAINS – State Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R,I,C – 37th District) was today endorsed by the New York Times. In their endorsement, the Times wrote:
"The Republican candidate, Bob Cohen, dares to name United States Senator Jacob Javits — a voice of thoughtful moderation — as his hero. He is challenging Senator Suzi Oppenheimer, a Democrat, who has held the seat for 26 years.
A real estate executive and political newcomer, Mr. Cohen has promised to focus on straightening out the mess of a state budget. He wants to cap state spending with adjustments for inflation, set long-term targets for Medicaid and schools, and eliminate “all V.I.P. tax credits to politically connected insiders.” Mr. Cohen says he wants to work with both sides of the aisle, a revolutionary idea, especially in this polarized year. Senator Oppenheimer is a person of integrity, but she has too little to show for her years in Albany. "
We support Bob Cohen, the Republican, in District 37.
View the Times endorsement here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/29/opinion/29fri3.htmlRead more