The New Rochelle Citizens Reform Club met on Thursday, November 4 at 7:30 PM, at the American Legion Post 8 Hall, 112 North Ave., New Rochelle. This group meets monthly to discuss a host of local issues.
The first item on tonight's agenda was the proposed Iona Dormitory issue that Greg Varian, an attorney and resident of the area, made a brief report. The dorm is being financed by the NY State Dormitory Authority and is located on the north side of New Rochelle. He highlighted the issues surrounding this new construction citing parking, vehicular traffic, and the surrounding building zoning issues. Iona used to be a commuter school that redefined its self as a residential/dormitory college some years ago.Read more
5:55 AM: We will be live-blogging election activity throughout the day and the results later tonight. We will be visiting polling places and have results as they come in after the polls closes. If you run into problems send an email to robertcox-at-newrochelletalk-dot-com or call 914-500-8386. Keep checking back throughout the day.
5:57 AM: Remember that we have new optical-scan voting machines for the first general election (they were used in the primaries and did not fare that well). If you want to learn more about how to use them before you head to the polls, click here.
5:59 AM: The Department of Justice has hotlines set up to report problems voting.
7:28 AM: Our first problem of the day, polls at the Library on Lawtown Street failed to open at 6 AM.
8:28 AM: New Rochelle Schools are closed today. Teachers are meeting up at the high school for a Superintendent's Day conference on bullying and school violence. Ironic, considering the high school lies every year in their report to the State Education Department.
9:01 AM: New Rochelle Patch has published a useful list of the candidates on the ballots in the area.
9:11 AM: Find your polling place on Google Maps, with directions and a map showing fastest route from your house to the polling place.
10:17 AM: Voting machine at ED 10 not working.
11:19 AM:Voting running smoothly at New Rochelle High School. ED 68, 37, 41, 36, 34.
1:14 PM:Susan Kettner campaigning inside the Hugh Doyle Senior Center for 15 minutes. Republicans have filed a complaint.
5:31 PM:Commotion at 95 Lincoln. Rice campaign material placed on sign-in tables, voters getting "help" filling out ballots, police called, complaint filed.
By now we've seen our share of flyers and mailings from the politicians. Some have been informative or creative in some way or another. The latest one I've seen has got to be the most hilarious, childish one so far. I guess the Dems have gotten so desperate about their state of affairs, that rather than face up to the long list of their failed economic policies, inability to generate revenue for the city (other than raise taxes), or even halt the decline of the quality of life issues, they've taken to trying to make obscure connections between local and state candidates. This is typical of Democrats to redirect the focus rather than answer questions.
The latest joke is how the District 3 candidates are somehow supposed to have some connection with the Cuomo/Palladino race. Is there anyone, I mean ANYONE who has ever met Mr. Parente, that could even remotely draw any similarity to Carl Palladino? I rest my case. Mr. Rice and Mr. Cuomo? Even funnier. Look back into Mr. Cuomo's part in the financial meltdown stemming from his days at FannieMae and his work in the HFA? So, is Mr Rice responsible for a financial meltdown, or is he a long standing politician resting on the laurels of his father?Read more
Watching the possible collapse of Democratic control of the city unfold before his eyes, Mayor Bramson recently sent out an e-mail blast with a misguided message followed by a plea to help himself rather than his fellow candidate.
In the message itself he goes on saying, "a bright and energetic attorney with extensive roots in New Rochelle and a real passion for public service.". If that is the criteria, then all you have to do is change "attorney" to "businessman" and you would really be talking about someone who lives up to these qualities - Peter Parente. Mr. Rice has no roots in District 3 (well, maybe a few weeks worth). The Mayor also claims "Jared grasps the challenges confronting the diverse neighborhoods of the Third District...". That is in stark contrast to the long time residents of District 3 who have come out to say "how is he supposed to represent district 3...(he)doesn't have any idea of what the issues are..." and in challenging the wisdom of his nomination state "it's a disgrace"... "we need someone in the community that has hands on... that knows about District 3". Who are you going to believe, long time residents of a district to long underserved or the self preservation tactics of the party responsible for the conditions in District 3?Read more
(Republican Mayor, Len Paduano and Democratic State Assemblyman Ron Tocci Stand Alongside Peter Parente)
Dear Friend and Neighbor,
This Tuesday could be the most important city council election in over ten years. For too long, tax give-a-ways, limited downtown retail, and ill-conceived development has plagued our city, stressed our schools and city services.
We believe it’s time for change. Peter Parente has the passion, commitment and vision that offer this opportunity. His election will bring a new majority to the City Council and a new direction for our city.
Please join with us and support Peter Parente for City Council on Election Day, this coming Tuesday, November 2nd. .
Leonard Paduano, Former Mayor of New Rochelle
Ronald Tocci, Former New York State Assemblyman
visit http://peterparente.org for more informationRead more
With the advent of the silly season in the political campaign season, there are any number of allegations and recriminations floating around the various campaigns at the State, County and Local level. The real issue is sky-high property taxes. Peter Parente has been singularly focused on this issue -- keeping down taxes by ending giveaways to developers starting with Capelli Enterprises and Forest City/Ratner. Jared Rice has talked in generalities and appears to view it as his right to be elected to City Council.Read more
Your vote, one single vote, will in fact make all the difference in how District 3 and the city as a whole will be represented in the coming year. Your vote, will have to answer the question of "who will benefit" from my decision? Will it be the Louis Cappelli's , or will it be the people in district 3? Will it be big business or will it be the quality of life that seems to slip just a little each year.
Truth be told, most of us want the same things out of our government. A sound, stable environment so we can maintain safe homes for our families, affordable taxes, good education and programs for our kids and so on. Idealistic, yes, but not a bad goal. So why is it when you look around district 3 you might get the impression that the city could do better, should do better. Thank heavens for the many community activists and all those who are involved in community affairs for they are the glue holding things together, but they could use some help.
Could there be a relationship between the party of power and the conditions we find ourselves in? Are you better off than you were 3 years ago,5 years ago, have YOU benefitted from Democratic control? If we keep making the same choices at the voting booth, how will anything ever change?Read more
Scarsdale, NY – Westchester’s oldest and most prestigious weekly paper, The Scarsdale Inquirer, today endorsed Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) for re-election. As a result, her opponent, Republican Bob Cohen, was abandoned by the very newspaper editorial board that knows him best.
Noting “she was reinvigorated by her first crack at majority leadership in the Senate,” the newspaper praised Senator Oppenheimer’s role in the Senate, which “has accomplished things in the past term that we have long advocated: enacting no-fault divorce and ending the Rockefeller drug laws.”
Less than two years ago, Ms. Oppenheimer was appointed chair of the Education once the Senate assumed Democratic leadership after more than six decades of Republican rule. Immediately, she declared a moratorium on any unfunded educational mandates. Later, she sponsored the Mandate Relief Law to lower costs to schools and pass on the savings to property taxpayers. She also authored and passed the landmark 2010 Education Reform Law, which was instrumental in delivering $700 million in federal “Race to the Top” to New York State.Read more