You can't make this stuff up . Read this paragraph again from the Marty Daly investigation post:
So, if you are a parent with a concern about a particular teacher and seek to raise that concern up the chain of command within the District you will ultimately find yourself dealing with Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak and then Board of Education now run by Sara Richmond and Chrisanne Petrone. Defending that teacher will be the President of F.U.S.E., Marty Daly. If you seek to enlist the support of the New Rochelle PTA you will find yourself in front of...Marty Daly. If you try to go up the chain of command within the PTA you will find yourself in front of...Chrisanne Petrone.
Do you hear that little voice again telling you somethings wrong here ? We're being strangled by the ploy of the week .
Now read this excerpt from Section 74 Code of Ethics of the NYS Commission on Public Integrity:Read more
I am beginning to explore the possibility of opening a public charter school in New Rochelle. I'm currently a NYC school leader and former charter school director (also of a school in NYC) who resides in New Rochelle. The idea of a charter school in New Rochelle intrigues me, especially in light of the changing demographics of New Rochelle and the apparent unrest amongst our community with the direction of the New Rochelle School District. A well run charter school could bring innovation to education in this city, as well as provide competition to the established schools, thus improving the overall quality or our schools.
In the long run, lower property taxes could result as well if charter schools prove to operate more efficiently. From what I read in these blogs, some of the positions/expenses that this city is incurring are outrageous. Is it true that we employ a full time locksmith AND a carpenter (obviously, these are functions that can be outsourced rather easily)? If this is true, is waste also occurring within the schools themselves and the administrative offices?Read more
This was a popular catch phrase for a while and perhaps Ms Schweig should take it to heart. By her very own reasoning, the school board SHOULD be mindful of the taxpayer, realize the severity of the economic climate (even though it's temporary Ms Schweig, it's still devestating for many) , exhibit some fiduciary responsibility and suck it up themselves. You can tout the budget as the lowest in years percentage wise but the very size of the budget makes every percentage point translate into money than many can't afford. Ask yourself, if it is temporary, why can't the district keep the increase down to the 1.5% to 2.5% that so many districts have been able to do? Why? Because they don't care. We are voting on the budget for one year, not all future budgets. When times are better they will get a larger increase, but in times that see homes in foreclosure at historically high rates, job losses not seen in 20 years, the loss of the STAR tax rebates (did you know about that?), a sewer tax increase of $700.00 per year, corruption that now has the District Attorney looking into the district. Not to mention the assessables. Everyone, from commentary on this site, to the finance commissioner of the city has reckognized the truth about the numbers. Now, suddenly, Mr O sees the light?Read more
This letter to the Editor appeared in the Journal News on May 1st. It speaks to the impending swer tax New Rochelle will be hit with.
In response to the April 22 article, "New Rochelle sewage work to hit taxpayers," I appreciate the importance of a clean Long Island Sound and understand that upgrading sewer treatment facilities is vital to this goal. What I don't comprehend is why residents of the New Rochelle sewer district alone could be footing the bill at approximately $1,000 per household.
It also escapes me as to how two elected officials representing our city can have such a differing viewpoint regarding this burdensome, let alone unfair, tax levy. While county Legislator Jim Maisano expresses his outrage over these developments, Mayor Noam Bramson, through the issuance of another innocuous quote, is willing to let the residents of this city take another one on the chin.Read more
I'm new to the neighborhood and have been witness to the depreciation of the home value in my area.
I spoke with residents in the area about the possibility of adjusting my taxes to the assessment/depreciation of my home.Read more