Recently, my son took the Firefighters Exam for New Rochelle. Although I knew it was a futile effort and a waste of a few bucks, I figured that perhaps moving forward a different climate might be present locally and nationally, and the trend of hiring in the public sector might resurface.
About two weeks ago he received an envelope from Civil Service. Inside we found dates for a scheduled agility exam in November, and information about this phase of the test. Nowhere present was a score. I took it upon myself to call the Civil Service Office. After two days of constant voice mail I was finally connected to Jeanett Medina.
I questioned Ms. Medina to the whereabouts of my son's scores, figuring that this was merely a missed envelope. She told me that she opted to not send scores. Whereas this would "discourage" candidates with low written grades from showing up.Read more
It does appear that a letter was sent home by the school explaining Mr. Jordano's hiring. However, the "bookbag" monster does appear to have taken this letter from our child because it did not make it home to us (I did mention this was a possiblity in the original blog--kids lose letters). This is the reason why we check the school's website (which generally does have a lot of information on it) to make sure we are as up to date as possible. My point on communication is that, considering all of the recent events and considering this hiring is related to this unfortunate incident, let's use all possible avenues to communicate this hiring, including the school's website, the robo-call, and maybe even this website to announce major events. I know we are not the only ones who just learned of this.Read more
Has Ms. Nieves and the BOE learned nothing from the way they handled the communication issues with the Martinez case? I just noticed that Joseph Jordano is listed as Jefferson's new AP. An Internet search of Mr. Jordano revealed that he was the long time principal of a highly succesful Westchester elementary school prior to his retirement.
It would have been very nice of the school to send home a small notice explaining that Mr. Jordano was now serving as the AP along with his credentials. Considering the recent issues with personnel, you would think that the school would have sent home this letter to give parents some sort of insight into who this person is. Now, it is possible that the bookbag monster ate the letter that may have explained this, but our child assures us that no letter was sent home. Apparently, some type of introduction did take place to the students as our child knew that Mr. Jordano was retired.Read more
In the April 7 issue of the Westchester Guardian
The City of New Rochelle has been encouraging development in the
downtown area since the Democratic majority took over. Since that time
there has been criticism of the type of development and the tax
abatements given. It was surprising to hear how far the City coffers
have diminished during this period according to the guest speakers,
Councilman Lou Trangucci and former Assemblyman Ron Tocci, at the New
Rochelle Citizens Reform Club March 24th meeting.
Councilman Trangucci said that Avalon had 30 years to pay the city
for the land on which it built its apartment complexes. He took the
initiative to make a request of the Council suggesting an early payment
to the City for part of the money owed. Avalon agreed to give New
Rochelle $9 million of the money they owed over the next five
years: three million dollars the first year and one and a half million
dollars for each of the next four years. He told the members of the
New Rochelle Citizens Reform Club that half of Avalon's nine million
dollar payment has already been used. In his view Mayor Bramson did
It truly is a bit disturbing how people quickly change topics with regards to the school budget layoffs of over 100 employees, with most being teachers. The budget is purely, 100% for the benefit of all New Rochelle Public School students. They are priority #1 and they are the main recipients of every dime paid by taxpayers. The budget is created to provide quality education and programs for New Rochelle Public School students. If, and only if there is some extra funding and should the Board of Education feel 100% satisfied that the New Rochelle student population is 100% taken care of, then and only then should funding be allocated to residential children attending grades K-5 in private schools located in district first, and out of district second.Read more
In the March l0 issue of the Westchester Guardian
New Rochelle City Council, not the Industrial Development Agency (IDA), should grant tax abatements according to Councilman Richard St. Paul .At the February City Council meeting he stated Assemblyman George Latimer was drafting the legislation which would give City Council this power. Mayor Noam Bramson did not agree, saying that the IDA works "in concert" with the City Council and this change would put "our taxpayers at a severe disadvantage" and result in a loss of investments in the city.Read more