In the November 25 issue of the Westchester Guardian
Thomas Paine was not without controversy in his day, and neither is Dick Morris, political author, commentator and former consultant to President Clinton. Morris acknowledged in his keynote speech he was "delighted to be attacked for something new," when he spoke at the Huguenot and New Rochelle Historical Association dinner on November 17 in New Rochelle. He quipped, the other group is "a royal Paine."Read more
The Amsterdam News wrote a profile of New Rochelle Council Member Richard St. Paul entitled "New Rochelle’s ‘saint’".
St. Paul says it was dream to hold elective office since he was 11 and became a lawyer because he noticed that most elected officials were lawyers.Read more
First, I would like to take this opportunity to thank God for keeping my family and me safe and healthy throughout this intense campaign. I would also like to thank my campaign team for being so truly dedicated to helping me to get my message out to the District 3 community. They worked tirelessly, day and night giving 200% from day one of this campaign until Election Day.
To the people of District 3, I am extremely grateful to you for opening your doors to me as I walked the community as well as opening your minds and hearts to my message of a better future for New Rochelle. Coming into this race I had no idea I would meet so many wonderful people; people from all races, creeds and religions; the diversity of this district is certainly unique to the rest of the city. Although it was one the challenges I faced, I did my best to face it head on and made strides to prove that you do not have to come from the same background to be a true representative of the people. Although District 3 is an ‘Opportunity District’ the opportunity is for an equal playing field for candidates from any race so that all can be equally represented.Read more
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