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
UPDATE: Iona College has issued a statement responding to the news of Thornton's arrest, disputing the amount. (below)
UPDATE: DOJ has issued a statement correcting the amount from $1.2 million to "more than $850,000".
DOJ Press Release:
PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and BRIAN HICKEY, the Special- Agent-in-Charge of the Northeast Region of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of the Inspector General, announced today the arrest of MARIE E. THORNTON, the former Vice President of Finance for Iona College, on charges of embezzling more than $1.2 million from Iona College over the course of a ten-year time period.
THORNTON surrendered this morning and was presented in Manhattan federal court today.
As alleged in the Information filed in Manhattan federal court:
Join theTrinity Elementary School's PTA Annual Holiday Boutique
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2010
Time: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Location: Trinity gymnasium
There will be over 30 vendors.Read more
The people of New Rochelle have no assurance that their public employees are being hired, promoted and paid on the basis of merit and fitness as State law has required for 126 years. The most recent incident involving a Board of Education hire has shed light on serious deficiencies within this system and it has now become incumbent to request the assistance of Nancy Groenweger, the NYS Commissioner of Civil Service. As she did with her investigation and findings of the City of Long Beach earlier this year, she will find that the system in New Rochelle is broken. As a former counsel for the New York State School Boards Association, she will certainly feel offended at the machinations of the New Rochelle Board of Education. It is a system designed to get friends and acquaintances into the payroll despite their incompetence, but more importantly they are thumbing their nose at the very process that is supposed to be fair and transparent. To have the Board of Education be part of this onerous scheme or being misled by their legal or HR leaders is a shame. We will await further instructions from our complaint in Albany.Read more
BREAKING NEWS: Tonight the BoE pulled Resolution 11-183. The Board said they were referring the matter to the City of New Rochelle to review the language in the job description.
This is going to be a long article so pull up a chair, get comfortable and put on your thinking caps. If, at the end, you are as disgusted as I am about what the school district is doing here, considering showing up tonight and speaking our or, at least, bearing silent witness to the travesty of justice scheduled for tonight.
A few new disclosures in this article: (1) I was able to review the Eligibility List for the "Safety and Security" Civil Service Exam given in February which shows that Rolf Koehler was not on the eligibility list; (2) a draft copy of formal complaint sent to the New York State Municipal Service Commission by "concerned citizens; (3) the informed claim that the school district did not interview candidates for the open security administrator position. OK? Here we go...Read more
In light of the recent and topical conversation about New Rochelle’s second government (the board of education), now seems like a good time to shed some light on another specific issue that chronicles poor decision making by the BoE, misuse of funds, continued ignorance of the issue and seemingly no effort to make right the misdeed. This issue makes New Rochelle visually seem more like an inner-city slum than a fine suburb of Manhattan. It wholly shows the inconsiderate and uncaring attitude of the Board of Education, it lowers the real estate value of the neighboring areas and reflects poorly on the city overall.Read more