The Save our Armory Committee made a presentation to the New Rochelle City Council on July 20, 2010 to describe their plans for a re-adaptive use of the New Rochelle Armory. Speakers including Save Our Armory Committee Co-Chairs Ron Tocci and Peter Parente and SOA Executive Committee members John Verni and John D'Alois. The entire presentation including Q&A ran to about 40 minutes; to meet the requirements of YouTube it is necessary to break the video into four parts.
Part 1 of 4: Introduction and Vision for the Armory, Ron Tocci.
Part 2 of 4: Tech & Uses, Peter Parente.Read more
Forest City Enterprises has granted permission for the City Council to hear an alternative plan for the preservation and adaptive re-use of the New Rochelle Armory. The new plan will be outlined by Save Our Armory committee members Ron Tocci and Peter Parente. The current agreement between the city and the developer grants exclusive rights to Forest City regarding the property included in the Echo Bay development project scope. The alternative plan will be unveiled on Tuesday, July 20 @ 7:00 PM, in the council conference room.
Waterfront access, youth and senior services, sports and veterans services are all part of the vision for a renewed Armory venue. Preliminary discussions with Monroe College have provided a glimpse into the possibilities available in the new facility. As to the question of a partnership between the College and proponents of the Armory Plan, Monroe spokesman Rob Seitz stated "Monroe would consider participation in a feasibility study with the veterans if they get City Council approval,".Read more
New Rochelle, New York 07/14/10
A planned proposal for the adaptive re-use of the New Rochelle Armory will be presented to the New Rochelle City Council on Tuesdays, July 20 at 7:00 PM .
Executive members of the Save Our Armory Committee, representing Veterans and local supporters of the beleaguered facility, will offer a development plan that includes, opening up access to the water, community services for youth and seniors, veteran support services and open public space with a focus on successful economic growth and environmental sustainability.
The meeting will be held in the Council Chamber of City Hall, 515 North Avenue. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. The meeting can also be viewed on Verizon channel 28, Cablevision channel 75 or online, at www.newrochelleny.com.
There will be a free event at the Thomas Paine cottage today from 2-4. We have attended these events in the past and really enjoyed them. If you have a chance, stop by. Barbara Davis will be speaking and her knowledge of New Rochelle history is really amazing.
Press release here:
New Rochelle, NY - Celebrate the Thomas Paine Cottage at the 100th Anniversary Of Operation as an Historic House Museum on Sunday, July 11, 2010 from 2 to 4 PM.
The public is welcome to this program. City and state representatives and historical speakers will give a perspective on Thomas Paine - and the Thomas Paine Cottage. There will be light refreshments.
Our first speaker will be R.B. Bernstein, a distinguished adjunct professor of law at New York Law School. He is the author of The Founding Fathers Reconsidered (Oxford Books, 2009) and of Thomas Jefferson (2003). He is a board member of H-LAW and a Director of Online Operations of Heights Books, Inc. of Brooklyn, NY.
On the holiday weekend there was a fun and free New Rochelle trolley tour about local history. During the tour, tour guide and Habitat for Humanity director Jim Killoran mentioned the Post Rider plaque installed in downtown New Rochelle outside of the HSBC Bank.
The Post Riders delivered messages from the armies in the Revolutionary War. The NY Post ran an article about the Post Road and the Riders on July 4th, linked here: The Road that Paved the Way to Revolution I went to look at the plaque and it was covered in pigeon waste, really awful, almost impossible to read.Read more
The trolley rides again!
This Saturday from 10am to 3pm, the historic trolley ride will be given. Rides will originate in front of the Habitat for Humanity offices and Re-Store location at 524 Main Street each hour on the hour.
“This is a great fun way to celebrate history and homes in New Rochelle”, stated Jim Killoran, Habitat's Executive Director and the man behind brining the trolley to New Rochelle. "These tours celebrate independence in New Rochelle and our country".
"We are glad to talk about the Revolution and Armory, Norman Rockwell and Mighty Mouse, Eddie Foiy, Ossie Davis and more. The history is endless here in New Rochelle.” stated Killoran.
Habitat for Humanity of Westchester is encouraging fun public transportation with real affordable housing in down towns across Westchester. With fewer cars, more affordable homes and fun transportation like trolleys, communities can be healthier with a sense of pride and history and home.
For more info contact Jim Killoran 914-403-4821Read more
As co-chairperson of the Save Our Armory Committee I and our secretary Lorraine Pierce sat in Senator Klein’s office to garner his support to save the New Rochelle Armory. Without hesitation or a second thought, Senator Klein pledged his wholehearted support and a few days later memorialized his support in a letter dated October 25, 2006. Senator Klein states; “I am writing this letter in support of your group’s effort to save the New Rochelle Armory. The Armory is a site of significant historical importance to the City of New Rochelle and should be preserved”. Now, less than four years later, Senator Klein has stabbed his New Rochelle constituents in the back by co-sponsoring a bill with Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (S08307) which would allow Mayor Bramson “to sell, alienate and convey waterfront real property”. The Armory is not mentioned by name but if you read the entire bill the coordinates include the Armory. This legislation comes on the same day (6/22) of the special election where Sheila Marcotte, a republican, decisively defeated Greg Varian, a democrat, for Vito Pinto’s vacant county legislator seat.Read more