President Obama will soon give his State of the Union Address. Andrew Cuomo just gave his State of the State Address. Supervisor Valerie O'Keefe of the Town of Mamaroneck just gave her annual State of the Town address. These reports on the state of the country, the state and other municipalities happen at the beginning of the year, every January. So why does New Rochelle hold its State of the City address in March? By March the year is almost one-quarter over. The City just gathered people for a New Year's Day Inauguration event. Why not combine the two? The Council just approved the 2011 budget? Doesn't it make sense to then have the Mayor or City Manager give some sort of report on the previous year and projections for the coming year? Who even makes this decision? The Chamber of Commerce of New Rochelle hosts the event. They have to coordinate with the Mayor. Richard St. Paul has already proposed creating a Commission to review the City Charter. Perhaps it is time to require that the State of the City address be given at a specific time.Read more
The purpose of this article is not to say that there have been no benefits whatsoever to the development of New Roc City, Trump Plaza or the Avalons and other projects. There have been some benefits.
The purpose of this article is to give critics of the Idoni-Bramson vision for New Rochelle a language with which to articulate their opposition to specific completed projects, a reason to celebrate the demise of LeCount Square and the apparent demise of the Echo Bay Project and a basis upon which to demand a true, full cost-benefit analysis of imagined future projects like the Main Street Corridor and David's Island. It is not to be "against virtually everything" to demand that any proposed tax-payer funded government intervention in our local economy is made to consider the "unseen" costs of the projects, the possible unintended consequences of a project and be based upon an independent, verifiable cost-benefit analysis that is then used as a benchmark to check and recheck progress on a particular project at each phase in the development.
Talk of the Sound asks what a 19th century French economist and political philosopher can teach us today about men like Noam Bramson, Tim Idoni, Louis Capppelli and the Ratner Family.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
Hunan Ritz, a popular Chinese/Japanese restaurant at 1335 North Avenue in the Wykagyl section of New Rochelle has been shut down after the New Rochelle Building Department closed the building to "imminent danger". According to the notice the structure was deemed unsafe and may not be occupied until work is undertaken to address the reason the building has been determined to be unsafe. The notice does not say why the building is structurally unsafe.
The restaurant has put up its own hand-written note reading "due to construction we will be temporarily closed sorry for the inconvenience".
Calls to the restaurant were not answered.
Steve Rotker, a New Rochelle resident, got his start in the toy business sweeping floors and stocking shelves for his father Marty Rotker who, with a partner, opened the first Big Top store in Eastchester 60 years ago. His recent decision to close the last remaining Big Top owned by the Rotker family was not easy. Three years ago, with his lease up at the Wykagyl Shopping area, Rotker made one last go of it at the new but smaller location at the Quaker Ridge Shopping Mall but the store was never the same.
"The new store was half the size and was never really quite the same store," Rokter told Talk of the Sound whistfully. "At the old store a mother could look through magazines while her kids went up and down the aisles looking at toys, we had racks and racks of greeting cards, at the new store there was just no room for that."Read more
The room was filled with music and excitement during the The Low-Savin/Soundview Apartment's 30th anniversary celebration held recently on the United Hebrew of New Rochelle campus. Soundview Apartments, a senior housing residence and part of the United Hebrew of New Rochelle campus of services, was one of the first HUD sponsored senior apartments in New York State. The tenants were very happy to celebrate this major milestone with music, dancing and a wonderful dinner. The planning committee, included a team of tenants, long time administrator, Margaret Curran and service coordinator, Joanne Russo Lanza.
“We are all so proud to be celebrating this happy occasion with our tenant friends at The Low-Savin Residence,” said Rita Mabli, president/CEO of United Hebrew, “For 30 years it has been a model for seniors living independently and aging in place successfully.”Read more
Jenna Goudreau of Forbes.com has an interesting look at 2010 projections by Moody's Economy.com: Top 10 States People Are Fleeing. The data suggests a good news/bad news scenario with the implication that building more apartment buildings in New Rochelle may be unwise:
At No.1 on our list, New York is expected to wave goodbye to 49,000 more people than it gains this year. The state has seen a steady loss of residents over the past five years, losing an average of 100,000 people per year. Karp explains that, because New York is a large state, it may report greater movement than others, but notes that population size is not the only reason residents are fleeing.
In order to move, you need to be able to sell your home," says Karp. "The housing market [in New York] has not gone through the meltdown that other states have gone through."