At last night's City Council meeting, Mayor Noam Bramson was asked about ICLEI, Agenda 21 and the United Nations. In response, the Mayor emphatically declared that "New Rochelle is not associated with the United Nations".
When it comes to ICLEI, Agenda 21 and the United Nations, methinks the Mayor doth protest too much.
Let's start with the obvious. Noam Bramson is a proponent of ICLEI. He has been the guiding hand every step of the way, operating directly or indirectly through fronts like Deborah Newborn, Chuck Strome, David Kooris, the GreeNR Committee and others. Noam speaks and their lips move. He brought ICLEI to New Rochelle over 10 years ago under the guise of signing onto an innocuous sounding position paper on reducing carbon emissions. He submitted a proposal to ICLEI in which he offered up New Rochelle as the "ideal laboratory" for experimentation with ICLEI's environmental planning and policies -- with New Rochelle residents as the guinea pigs. Noam Bramson caused New Rochelle to join ICLEI in 2010 without bothering to put it to a vote of the City Council.
A review of the 12 years show how the Mayor has worked tirelessly to help ICLEI get their nose under the proverbial tent.Read more
Tuesday's City Council meeting was the stage as Forest City performed act three of its production of "The Echo Bay Chronicles". The unveiling of the most recent iteration of the once grand development project appeared to produce more questions rather than answers. In and of itself, this assembly of housing (250 -300 one bedroom mixed with 2 bedroom and studio apartments) along with 25,000 square feet of retail would fit nicely in many places.Read more
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Over the past three days, I had several contacts with death: a high school friend, a colleague’s wife, a client’s mother and a Facebook friend’s dad. That is a lot of sadness in only three days. Two died before they reached 50 – way, way too early. Right now, it is hard to focus on anything else beyond these deaths.
Today, I will be attending the funeral of Dr. Jacqueline Proner, the wife of Legislator David Gelfarb. She was 49 and they have three kids. What is more tragic and sad than her passing? I cannot even imagine what David is going through. I hate that it happened. Several people have said to me over the past two days: “It reminds you what's really important in life.” And that is certainly true.Read more
I am having a drawn out "debate" with a fellow blogger named "Tim Knows." It has become totally unproductive and, from my viewpoint, it needs to end and so it will now.
But, it raises a fundamental question that separates some of us from others in Talk of the Sound and this is worth airing. The question relates to whether being optimistic, hopeful, even trusting is analogous to being naive, not realistic, even perhaps harmful. I have noticed that it goes far beyond where a useful debate should go and becomes ugly and actually even masks what are substantive areas of agreement and distorts these into areas that are divisive and ugly.Read more
Students have been signing petitions and threatening to march on City Hall in order to re-open the Deli Mart store on North Avenue at the corner of Hubert Place near Iona College. The Board of Appeals for Zoning (BAZ) has responded by moving the meeting scheduled for tomorrow night (Tuesday, March 6th at 7 p.m.) to the City Council Chambers in City Hall. Neighborhood associations including those from Halcyon Park and Mount Joy are organizing opposition to an appeal by Deli Mart to allow Deli Mart to operate 24/7.Read more
Our family lives at 44 Poplar Place in New Rochelle. As many of you already know, we had a house fire on Tuesday, January 10, 2012.
The damage was extensive. The property loss was high. But with more joy than we can possibly describe, we can tell you that all our family members and pets evacuated the house unharmed.Read more
I was not able to speak at Citizens To Be Heard last night. I received some calls asking what happened. I had to leave before my name was called. I am not sure what happened. My name was on ordered sign-in slip number Five. Due to family commitments I get there early so that there is more than enough time for me to speak. I did not want to disrupt the proceedings and waited for my turn to speak. When I kept thinking I would be called next, I wasn't. I had to leave before I spoke. I feel the opportunity to speak before council was taken away. The Mayor says that he must follow the rules of the forum format. A mere mistake can be forgiven. But, Perception is everything as my comments were to state. Submitting my comments to The City Clerk are not the same as speaking before the full council body. I have attached my comments and will ask The City Clerk to enter them into the record.
Comments for February 14, 2012 Citizens to be Heard:Read more
The giants of the mobile device market are racing in the direction of quad-core processor support. Reports indicate that Apple could have terminated a big shot. The iOS 5.1 beta has the earmarks of quad-core support, reports Engadget. Source of article: The iOS 5.1 beta suggests Apple is on track for quad core
Brand new reference for iOS 5.1
As reported by 9to5Mac, there are two images that suggest iOS 5.1 will support over just the same, old dual-core devices. The images relate to the processing core of whatever system runs the updated OS. As opposed to being named “/cores/core.1” as an OS optimized for dual-core processors would be, the iOS 5.1 beta references “/cores/core.3” as a marker for quad-core capability.Read more