Why Read the New Rochelle Master Plan of 1966? Well, heck, the same reason you would read the 1996 Comprehensive Plan!
The City recently put up an EnvisioNR web site which looks pretty cool, actually. Go check that out. But today I am going Old School.
I spent part of my afternoon today in the Development office reading through old traffic studies and looking through the 1966 Master Plan, or at least parts of it. That's not a typo. Lynn Brooks-Avni, Senior Planner was kind enough to dig through their files and provide various traffic studies related to the Weyman Avenue Large Scale Retail area. She also found an original version of the Master Plan from 1966. Unfortunately, all they could find was Part 2. So, if you have Part 1 laying around somewhere please let me know.
I took digital photos the every page of New Rochelle Master Plan of 1966 Part 2 and then cropped them and put them into PDF format. Maybe someday there will be a bette version but at least now there is a decent electronic version available. If Part I turns out I will do the same thing with that (I am thinking either Barbara Davis or Len Paduano or someone like that will come through).Read more
Yes, it's Your Armory. The citizens of this great city not only own this iconic building, but you deserve to share and celebrate the rich, nearly century-old history of military and community service. The question is, "how do we hold on to this irreplaceable, one of a kind piece of history?". We need to begin the process of restoring it to it's intended and proper place as a community gathering place. A center to showcase all that New Rochelle has to offer. The one place our future generations can shape this City through their understanding our past. There is no option other than to say "We must make this vision a reality".Read more
/ Memorial Day. No doubt the beginning of carefree summer days, swimming pools and barbecues. As our collective picnic weekend takes shape, remember the price paid that affords us the ability to share these summer days of family and friends gathering. Our freedom, as a Nation or as an individual has neither been a gift nor an endowment. Nor should we take for granted the endurance of this fundamental cornerstone of America without the sacrifice needed to support it.Read more
In 2013, the City of New Rochelle will celebrate the 325th anniversary of our founding in 1688. During the year-long observance, our culture, diversity and identity will be commemorated, alongside our rich history and growth from a small French-speaking settlement to our present-day eminence as a thriving first-tier suburb.
To organize and facilitate the celebration, a volunteer committee has been formed, spearheaded by former City Councilwoman, the Hon. Marianne L. Sussman, and community volunteers are sought for every aspect of planning. A kickoff meeting will be held for all interested New Rochelle organizations and individuals on Wednesday, May 16 at 7:30PM at City Hall, Council Chambers, 515 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801.Read more
DEAR BLABBY: I live in the Hazlehurst Park neighborhood of New Rochelle near Emerson Avenue off East Main Street. What is the origin of "Hazlehurst Park?"
Hazelhurst Park is early 20th century residential park situated along the New Rochelle-Larchmont border but you already knew that. To really dig into the origin of Hazelhurst Park we are going to need the help of an expert. New Rochelle is fortunate to have just such an expert in New Rochelle's City Historian Barbara Davis, a wonderful and unique community asset who is rarely at a loss when it comes to local history. I asked Barbara to dig into her endless stacks of files and see what she could find about Hazlehurst Park.
She writes back:
Former Yonkers City Council Democratic Majority Leader And Former Yonkers Republican Party Chief Annabi Convicted for Accepting Nearly $200,000 in Bribes and for Filing False Tax Returns Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Sandy Annabi, the former Democratic Majority Leader of the Yonkers City Council, and Zehy Jereis, the former head of the Yonkers Republican Party, were found guilty today by a jury in Manhattan federal court of public corruption crimes. Annabi and Jereis were convicted for participating in bribery schemes related to her position on the Yonkers City Council as well as the actions they took to conceal these schemes. Annabi was also convicted of making false statements to financial institutions related to loans she was seeking for two houses and an apartment in Yonkers, New York, and for filing false federal income tax returns. They were convicted on all counts after a seven-week trial before U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon.
Annabi, 41, and Jereis, 40, both of Yonkers, New York, were each convicted of one count of conspiracy to make and accept corrupt payments, one count of conspiracy to deprive the City of Yonkers and its citizens of Annabi’s honest services, one count of receiving corrupt payments, and one count of extortion. Annabi was also convicted of one count of receiving corrupt payments, three counts of making false statements to a bank, and two counts of filing false tax returns. Jereis was also convicted of one count of making corrupt payments.
Annabi faces a maximum sentence of 161 years in prison, and Jereis faces a maximum sentence of 65 years in prison.Read more