The past two Board of education meetings have been dominated by public speakers on the sole issue of out of district busing for student enrolled in private schools, primarily to the SAR Academy in Riverdale, NY and The French American School in Larchmont, NY. Both schools are wonderful and are highly respected institutions and many New Rochelle residents would love to send their children there, but…and this is where it gets interesting, tuition at both this institutions cost over $21,000 per student per academic year. The SAR Academy’s tuition for K-8 is an astonishing $21,300, plus a $4,000 building fund per family per year. The French American School’s tuition for k-8 is a whopping $21,400 - $23,420 (depending on grade), plus an additional $2,000 per student per year for ESL.
Now, if you can afford to send your children to any of these schools, you make more than enough to pay for busing your child to and from your home to the school. For that tuition, the school should include busing for those that need it.Read more
New Rochelle Board of Education is having yet another Budget Meeting at New Rochelle High School Library @ 7PM. Not sure of the specifics on the agenda, but it seems as if they will discuss program cuts, especially within our elementary schools. And of course, music & arts, which children need in their elementary development stages, may be on the chopping block. Funny how a City which claims to be so pro the arts, places the arts on the chopping block so quickly. There are many studies out there that show the vital importance of the arts in the elementary level and there are hundreds of children that participate within these programs throughout our district. Music and art are proven programs that reflect higher grades in those students that participate within the programs then those students who are not. By cutting the music and arts programs in the elementary schools, the Board of Education will be choking the middle and high school music and art programs in the near future. This will lead to more future layoffs due to enrollment and the death of a now vibrant program. The elementary music & art programs have seen positive growth over the last ten years.Read more
Organisciak and the rest of the school board are out of their minds. And don’t think that they didn’t have their hand in the sudden “technical interruption” that surprisingly cut-off live streaming while one of New Rochelle’s residents was giving it to them good.
But everyone shouldn’t be surprised as the Board of Education always tries to censor taxpayers.
This meeting was a strange one. Surprisingly the main issue was about busing, how ridicules. It’s really not about busing; it’s about necessary budget cuts vs. unnecessary budget cuts.
Why is it necessary that supervisors get salary increases?
Why is it necessary that supervisors & department heads have unlimited expense budgets?
Why is it necessary that executives & supervisors are assigned city vehicles?
Why is it necessary that the Board of Education continues paying overtime to maintenance employees?Read more
PC Magazine is reporting that New York is one of five states with taxes and fees over 20%. In a survey conducted by KSE Partners, New York ranked third highest in the country.
1. Nebraska: 23.69%
2. Washington: 23%
3. New York: 22.83%
4. Florida: 21.62%
5. Illinois: 20.90%
Oregon has the lowest taxes and fees at 6.86%.
The survey reports that "consumers pay over 16 percent on wireless taxes and fees, compared to 7.4 percent for other taxable goods." Also that "wireless taxes grew three times faster than the retail sales rate between 2007 and 2010."
Why is our wireless tax burden higher than ever? The report highlights a couple perpetrators, but as a general principle the report suggests that legislators and Congressmen are targeting the wireless industry for tax money to relieve the burden from more recession-starved industries.
Following Anthony Galletta's reporting on the state of affairs in New Rochelle is always an eye opener. His recent debunking of the mayor's voodoo economic numbers regarding the purported "net benefit" bestowed upon the citizens of this city is a case in point. In Part 1,he points out how the stated benefit from development has apparently grown from a $2million to a $7.5 million benefit in just 18 months(I wonder if the election year has helped pump up the numbers, or are we really doing that well). In Part 2, he provides a glimpse into the real numbers affecting the cost side of the "net benefit" equation. As usual, well done Anthony!Read more
"Taxpayers have already lost,” said Legislator Sheila Marcotte (R-Eastchester/New Rochelle), reacting to the need for both the Westchester County Executive and Board of Legislators to hire outside counsel because of a conflict of interest created by actions of Chairman Ken Jenkins and the Democratic County Legislators in siding with the CSEA union in its lawsuit against Westchester County.
“County Legislators have a fiduciary duty to the taxpayers of Westchester,“ stated Minority Leader Jim Maisano (New Rochelle/Pelham), and therefore, we have a duty to taxpayers to oppose this lawsuit. The Republican legislators have introduced a resolution for the February 14 legislative meeting, calling on the entire Board to join us in opposing the lawsuit and seeking to have it dismissed.”Read more
It was far from business as usual for the Chamber of Commerce and New Rochelle and the New Rochelle Rotary Club last Wednesday night. The two organizations teamed up to invite County Executive Robert Astorino to give an overview of his first year in office and discuss future plans for the County.
More than 100 people attended the event at the Davenport Club in New Rochelle, NY including Mayor Noam Bramson, Superintendent of Schools Richard Organisciak and Chamber of Commerce President Cynthia Lobo. Astorino, who has been a Rotary member since 1995, was happy to attend.
"I applaud Rob for his willingness to address issues," Bramson told the crowd as he introduced the key speaker.
The event was a bipartisan one, addressing issues that affect all members of the community — particularly our high taxes.Read more