You want boring? Try watching hours of New York State Civil Service Commission video tapes looking for mentions of New Rochelle. We watch so you don't have to! What we found so far is that the New York State Civil Service Commission discussed three items regarding New Rochelle at their meeting on September 15, 2010.
Two short clips and one longer one -- the first shows how the District ignored the State on direction to pick from the eligibility list, the second shows how the City's Civil Service Commission flat out ignored the State. The last is on Daniele but we left in the whole 4 minutes because it also helps explain a key part of the NYS Civil Service law.Read more
Meeting records from the September 2010 meeting of the New York State Civil Service Commission obtained by Talk of the Sound reveal that the CSC gave the City School District of New Rochelle just six weeks to select a new security administrator to replace Rolf Koehler from the Eligibility List created by the City of New Rochelle on May 12, 2010. The school district refused to select anyone from the list. After the deadline passed, school officials engaged in repeated efforts to violate New York State law and the thumb their nose at the ruling of the New York State Civil Service Commission. Those efforts continue to this day.Read more
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.
What is an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)?
An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is a document that impartially analyzes the full range of potential significant adverse environmental impacts of a proposed action and how those impacts can be avoided or minimized.
What is the purpose of an EIS?
An EIS provides a means for agencies to give early consideration to environmental factors, and assists in the balancing of environmental issues with social and economic considerations in planning and decision making. The EIS systematically considers the full range of potential
environmental impacts, along with other aspects of project planning and design. The EIS must identify and analyze significant adverse environmental impacts; evaluate alternatives to avoid one or more of those impacts; and discuss mitigation measures which could minimize identified impacts. EIS procedures also provide the means for public review and comment about a proposed action.
Who prepares an EIS?
A draft EIS may be prepared either by the project sponsor or applicant, or by the lead agency. It is most common for the applicant or project sponsor to prepare the draft EIS.
What is scoping?Read more
Draft Scoping Document for the Preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Proposed Iona College Residence Hall
Name of Proposed Action: Proposed Iona College Residence Hall
Project Location: Mayflower Avenue, New Rochelle. Block 1566, Lot 158
SEQRA Classification: Type I
Lead Agency and Contact: New Rochelle City Council
c/o Michael Freimuth, Commissioner of Development
515 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10801
Applicant: Iona College
Jonathan Ivec, MBA, CPA, Vice President for Finance and Administration
715 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10801-1890
Scope Adoption by Lead Agency:Read more
Iona is proposing the construction of a new 10-story residence hall consisting of approximately 93,434 square feet and housing approximately 393 students. The residence hall would be constructed on the site of an existing parking lot on the Iona College West Campus, adjacent to the existing Loftus residence hall.
The residence hall would include 110 units, organized into two-unit suites with shared living space and bathroom. The ground floor would include the security desk and residence units. The project would also include 16 surface parking spaces.
A Public Scoping Session will be held Thursday December 9, 2010 at 7:00PM in City Council Chambers.
For additional information, contact the Department of Development at (914) 654-2185
Some guy from the development office is explaining the process of how an Environmental Impact Study occurs over time.
Scoping is optional, a way for City to get input (lead agency is City Council)
people have 10 days to submit written comments.Read more