A vote that was widely expected to go 5-2 along party lines in favor of extending the Forest City MOU with the City of New Rochelle passed 7-0 in favor after a last minute deal was struck under which changes to the term sheet shortened the length of the MOU extension from 18 months to 9 months while creating a concurrent RFP process for the New Rochelle Armory.
"I am happy everyone has agreed to these terms," said Council Member Al Tarantino before voting in favor of the resolution to extend the MOU until the end of the year. "This will allow Council to put this to bed one way or another".
Council Member Jared Rice was pleased with the Council having achieved consensus on what has been a contentious issue for many years.
"I want to credit Council Member Trangucci and Mayor Bramson", said Rice. "It's a good thing for the City if we can tweak things so everyone can be happy".Read more
The New Rochelle Memorial Day Parade is an event that New Rochelle residents have enjoyed for the past four years. Each year the parade has grown larger and better. A part of the day has also included the after-parade-event at Hudson Park. In the past this event has been filled with music, good food, military vehicles and helicopter static-display, fun for the kids and so much more.
The planning process, which is monumental, is underway for this year’s Memorial Day Parade. Remembering the sacrifices made on our behalf by our brave veterans is a most important and worthy endeavor. Honoring and showing our appreciation for the many troops who are brought up to New Rochelle on Memorial Day during “Fleetweek” is also the least we can do as they serve our country in Afganistan and other places overseas. The appreciation and gratitude they receive here in New Rochelle has become something that the troops remember and talk about for years afterword.Read more
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has proclaimed March 29, 2012 as Vietnam Veterans' Day in New York. In doing so we are reminded that "we have not forgotten - nor will we ever forget" the men and women who have served, and still serve this Nation. We thank the Governor for the recognition and in holding up the tradition of keeping the memory of the cost for freedom alive. It's been said that no soldier ever dies until he's forgotten. May they all live forever in the collective memory of a grateful Nation.
Visit The New Rochelle Armory for a link to the Vietnam War Memorial Wall and the names of those from New Rochelle who are remembered for their contribution.Read more
Marine Corps Second Lieutenant Andrew Kinard will be speaking at Iona College in New Rochelle on Wednesday, March 21 at 6:00 pm. The location is the Burke Lounge in Spellman Hall. Kinard will speak on his experiences fighting in Iraq and living as a double amputee and current student at Harvard.
The event is sponsored by Students United for Veterans.
Read more about Andrew Kinard here.
Andrew Kinard, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, deployed to the Al Anbar province of Iraq in 2006 as an infantry platoon commander. While leading a team of Marines on a routine foot patrol, an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded directly under his feet.Read more
WE have always held that keeping this icon of our history alive is the fitting tribute for those who walked before us. Please read this passage from one of our stories titled Can you Answer This Question?
" Imagine a vibrant and energetic arts center or museum and interpretive historical center that would engage the community. A living tribute to what those of this city might have become had they not paid the price of answering their country’s call. A forum for those yet to come. It’s been said that no soldier ever dies until he is forgotten. What better way to honor our history of contribution than by celebrating in life. This is the time to make history for all of the right reasons. When we look back, will the urban development fall under the “rich in history" category?"
Get on board and get active. If the following questions are answered YES, then you need to Save the Armory because the possibilities there are endless.
1. Do you want a Community Center in New Rochelle to cater to children, teens, seniors, educators and Veterans?
2. Do you want a Performing Arts Center in New Rochelle where you could enjoy concerts and a vast variety of entertainment?Read more
Tonight a group of veterans and residents will be attending the New Rochelle City Council meeting to speak about the Armory issue. I have to be in Albany tonight and tomorrow, but just emailed the letter below to the Mayor and City Council to lend my voice to the issue of saving the Armory:
93 Wilson Drive
New Rochelle, New York 10801
E-Mail: [email protected]
March 13, 2012
Dear New Rochelle Mayor & City Council:Read more
For the second time in as many years, representatives of Veteran's groups, Save Our Armory Committee, and concerned citizens are formally requesting to meet with the City Council and the Mayor. A new vision for the Echo Bay area that includes taking advantage of an adaptive re-use of the historical structure will be presented for consideration. With time running out on the extension of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) handed to Forest City/Ratner Developers, proponents of Armory re-use contend that now is the time to rethink the possibilities. At the heart of the new vision is the expectation to return the Armory to its original purpose of serving the public good. To that end, the Armory supporters will be requesting a one year MOU with New Rochelle for the purpose of establishing financing and development services.Read more