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
The Republican members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BoL) are expressing serious concerns over the continued inaccurate and inflammatory statements from the Democrats on the BoL. A press release that was distributed by the Democrats on Thursday, July 19 was full of misrepresentations and unfounded accusations. The Republicans would like to correct the public record.Read more
Surely you are impacted by the daily barrage of horror and madness in the world and nation. We see it daily; we see the overweight little fat girl taunting the camera at McCarron pool in New York City when she and 3 to 4 cowardly friends broke a 13 year old girl's nose for no reason. We wonder why some young bastards would play a game where they would sucker punch someone; likely old or infirm. This time it caused a loss of life.
That is within a 3 mile radius; a tip of the icebag. It happens with regularity all over and now, the absolute horrific theater massacre. Will it end in the USA, Mexico, Syria, Afghanistan, Sudan, Somalia.... all over?
Not likely! The reasons are not too difficult to fathom. We have lost all of our safety valves. Families are fractionalized, the economy suffers while the pinheads debate Bain or some other past irrelevancy like Obama's social group in Chicago.Read more
I am an independent voter; fiscally conservative, somewhat moderate even libertarian in other matters. I am sickened by the daily displays of excesses in ideological behavior, the presumptive power of the Internet, Social Media, and especially cable news. We have become an angry nation, lacking compassion, basic critical thinking skills, and cannot digest even the most basic ideas of how our spoiled, selfish selves, uber consumers and international moral authorities, have dominated the landscape for too many recent generations.
I am weary of my own holier than thou pronouncements and critiques of people in office who perhaps are no better than they can or even should be. I mean who the hell can Noam look up to in this day and age -- surely not Barack Obama and our sons and daughters with their seemingly endless series of "wants" be it in modern technology or off the wall priced sneakers, worship where they are directed toward by their parents, music and sports heroes, and so....Read more
As both an attorney and elected official, people often ask me about the process to get on the ballot to run for public office in New York State. Most people seem to think that a candidate gets endorsed at a political convention, but that is only partly true. While candidates do seek the endorsement of political parties at local or county conventions, that endorsement only means that the district leaders for that political party will support you and help you get on the ballot (which is very important).
However, unless you are running for state-wide office (senator, governor, attorney general or comptroller, who are nominated at state conventions), you must obtain signatures on "designating petitions." This is the requirement for congress, state legislature, county legislature or local city and town elections (but not villages or supreme court). We are in the final week to collect signatures on designating petitions for New York's six established parties -- Democrat, Republican, Conservative, Working Families, Independence and Green. As a matter of fact, I walked my neighborhood this past Sunday night and collected signatures.Read more
Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends,
New Rochelle City Council prepares to vote on yet another site specific zoning amendment for Iona College with no Master Plan in place. There has got to be some kind of plan. They just don’t acknowledge it like the City Council does not acknowledge the City Charter. That way there is more flexibility especially if no one challenges their decisions.
Let me start by saying that this is not an Anti-Iona campaign. We want to see Iona College succeed. Iona College is part of this city and can be a part of the fix for the North Avenue corridor with proper planning and management. The concerns are the continual problem of poor planning; procedures, policies and past bad planning decisions on the part of Iona College, The City Council, City Management and City Staff of New Rochelle. They all have a bad habit of letting history repeat itself when it comes to planning and development. We need to get it right this time.Read more
I want to share something with you that I just received minutes ago from a colleague.
It reworks the RFP for the Armory and I will quote the exact language... "The City of New Rochelle invites qualified development teams, cultural and civic associations, colleges and universities, non-profit and for profit entities to submit proposals for the adaptive reuse of the former Armory located at 260-70 E. Main Street, New Rochelle, N.Y."
The contact person is Suzanne Reider, Senior Project Manager, Department of Development.
I will not repeat my oft-delivered point that the best resource would be a committee of local and experienced citizens headed up by Ron Tocci, former State Assemblyman. I am urging Tocci take his proposal throughout the City, to every Synagogue, Church, Association, etc. to indicate that his team has a multi-usage scheme that would both form a lead into Echo Bay and our sorely needed commercial development to ease the tax burden.
I can recall many recent cants by the Administration citing resistance to this neglected propery, then its need to develop revenue for it to be considered at all.Read more
Last night I attended the City Council Meeting prepared to give a brief comment on the importance of working together as a community as well as some steps that should be taken to rebuild and restore New Rochelle.
Preceding general citizens commentary was a presentation to 5 young women students athletes who received awards for excellence on the field and in the classroom. Four of the five were present.
Excerpts from their narratives stating why they should receive these rewards were read and they were exceptional. Thematically these young people knew about the power of positive thought and actions, or as Colin Powell puts it, continuous optimism. They spoke of teamwork, family and community values, and more.
Noam was very gracious and you would hope that he and all of those on stage would take this message to heart.
Following this were the usual diatribes about traffic, failures in governing, checkbook diplomacy, and favoritism in filling slots on committees and other community roles.Read more