The elections are over and people are slowly getting their lives back in some type of order after Hurricane Sandy and a Nor’easter. So much must still be done. While there has been some good work out there we have also seen some under performers here in The City of New Rochelle. Over the past several months many public servants have been in the news and The City Council of New Rochelle is about to start discussing and voting on several important decisions that will set the path for the future of The City of New Rochelle and its tax payers. My purpose is not to point fingers or accuse, but to review some of the last few months and some of what I have said to The City Council.Read more
The League of Women Voters will hold a candidate event tonight at New Rochelle City Hall.
Candidates for U.S. Congressional District 16 (Engel - Grimaldi)
NY Assembly Districts 88 & 91 (includes Villanova - Otis)
NY Senate Districts 35 & 37 (includes Cohen - Latimer)
For further information, call 715-3916 or 917-572-6654.
Candidates will respond to audience questions.
The meeting will replay on Cablevision Channel 75 and Verizon Channel 28 in the days before the Nov. 6 election.Read more
A full house was on hand as thee NAACP New Rochelle Branch held its annual candidate forum at 95 Lincoln in New Rochelle, NY. Event organization Mark McLean served as debate moderator. The main event was a debate between Bob Cohen and George Latimer who are running for the 37th State Senate District to replace the Suzi Oppenheimer who is not seeking re-election. The undercard featured Steve Otis and Bill Villanova who are running for the 88th State Assembly district vacated by Latimer. Also on hand were State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin and State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins both of whom are running unopposed.
NAACP Candidate Forum 2012 Cohen v Latimer
NAACP Candidate Forum 2012 Otis v Villanova
NAACP Candidate Forum 2012 Amy PaulinRead more
NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Independent New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today endorsed businessman and state senate candidate Bob Cohen (R-C-I) in his race for New York's open 37th state senate district in Westchester County.
Mayor Bloomberg cited Mr. Cohen's independence and his unwavering commitment to property tax relief and pro-job-growth policies as chief reasons for his endorsement.
"Westchester voters who want property tax relief, mandate reform, and pro-job-growth policies in Albany have a superb candidate for state senate this year in Bob Cohen," Mayor Bloomberg said. "Bob Cohen is an independent thinking businessman with the guts to stick up for Westchester taxpayers, and to say 'no' to the special interests and party bosses. Bob Cohen has my support in his race for state senate, and I ask that you give him yours as well."Read more
The New Rochelle Branch of the NAACP presents a candidate forum on Tuesday October 16th, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. The forum will be held at the Dr. Martin Luther King Center at 95 Lincoln Avenue in New Rochelle, NY.
37th New York State Senate District: Bob Cohen (R-NY) v. George Latimer (D-NY)
91st New York State Assembly District: Bill Villanova (R-NY) v. Steve Otis (D-NY)
88th New York State Assembly District: Amy Paulin (D-NY): Unopposed
35th New York State Senate District: Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-NY): Unopposed
Westchester County Board of Elections
25 Quarropas Street
White Plains, NY 10601
You may visit the office during business hours Monday - Friday between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. or by telephone.
Absentee Ballots (914) 995-5285
Registrations (914) 995-5713
Financial Disclosures (914) 995-5292
Maps/Enrollment Lists (914) 995-5712
Other Information (914) 995-5700
Candidate web sitesRead more
Richard Lipsky, a former lobbyist for Echo Bay developer Forest City Ratner, received a sentence of three months in federal prison in connection to his political corruption guilty plea. The New York Times is reporting Lipsky's lenient sentence is in consideration of his (Lipsky's) "substantial credit for his cooperation" and, according to a 4 page letter issued from the office of Preet Bharara, U.S.Attorney for the Southern District of New York "substantial assistance in the investigation and prosecution of numerous other persons".
At the time of his entering a guilty plea in January, Mr Lipsky was facing up to 10 years in jail as a result of a broad investigation that included bribing a politician in return for favors that would benefit his clients. Among those involved were Brooklyn Democratic State Senator Carl Kruger who also plead guilty to corruption. Kruger was sentenced to 7 years in prison earlier this year.Read more
Noam is now in Day 4 at the DNC in Charlotte and finally starts to seem to be enjoying himself.
He began his report on a down note:
"…despite a scattering of bright spots, the speeches as a whole were less coherent and mostly forgettable…
But bordered on ecstasy in recounting the speech last night by former President Bill Clinton.
"The crowd in the arena was over the moon. Smiling, cheering, up on our feet, shaking our heads in disbelief as one of the great practitioners of the political arts performed for our edification and entertainment."
He connected at a meeting of municipal officials:Read more
Our own Council Member Jared Rice of New Rochelle (D-District 3) is a social media star in the making.
From small things, big things one day come.
Yesterday, Rice had a few dozen Twitter followers and zero mentions on political blogs around the country. Today he has 127 followers and climbing and has not gotten over a hundred mentions in blogs and tweets from coast to coast including mentions on an NBC News media site and a twitter curation site run by Michelle Malkin, a Fox News contributor. Can Rush Limbaugh be far behind? He now has way more than our own Mayor, Noam Bramson. In a bit of irony, Bramson will head to the DNC in Charlotte next week with just 98 followers.
As someone familiar with this space I am keeping an eye on this because this is the sort of thing that can take off in the Twittersphere and blogosphere. I've seen it many times before and I suspect we may see this again.Read more