The Friends of Peter Parente will be holding a pep rally to support his election for Council District 3. It all happens Thursday, September 23rd, in the American Legion Post 8 at 112 North Avenue.
Meet Peter and his supporters as they join together to take on the tough issues facing this city. Join the team and help make a difference or just listen in. There's room for everyone , whatever your comfort level.
You won't want to miss this special event.
Admission is free, refreshments will be served, and there's ample parking.Read more
COHEN ENDORSED BY NEW YORK STATE PROFESSIONAL
WHITE PLAINS – State Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R,I,C – 37th District) today announced the endorsement of the Fifth District of the New York State Professional Firefighters Association. Cohen was also endorsed by the Local 1394 Scarsdale Firefighters.
“I am proud to have the support of so many of New York’s hard working public safety professionals who put their lives on the line for us at a moment’s notice,” said Cohen. “I've worked very closely with these brave men and women and am honored that they are giving me the chance to represent them in Albany.”
Cohen has been a member of the Scarsdale Volunteer Fire Department for 17 years, and has served as a Lieutenant for six years.
Brian Robinson, President of the Scarsdale Firefighters Local 1394 said, “Bob has always shown a dedication to fire safety for the citizens of Scarsdale and a dedication to the safety of firefighters. He will be a strong advocate in Albany and we are proud to support him in his race for state Senate.”Read more
The two major parties have now selected their nominees for the upcoming Special Election for District 3 in New Rochelle. The Democrats nominated Jared R. Rice, an attorney and son of New Rochelle Judge Gail B. Rice. The Republicans nominated Peter Parente, a small business owner and former Marine most well-known as organizer of the New Rochelle Memorial Day Parade.
Jared Rice, 31, works for Rice & Rice Attorneys at Law, a general practice law firm located in New Rochelle. He also works as a public defender for local courts in Westchester County. Rice recently launched a sports law practice and represents a dozen world-class athletes. Rice received his undergraduate degree from Delaware State University in 2001 where he was a scholarship athlete at the Division I school. Rice received an academic scholarship to attend North Carolina Central School of Law and graduated in May 2004 prior to joining Rice & Rice. Jared Rice graduated from New Rochelle High School in 1997.
Peter Parente, 43, is a small business owner; he owns and operates two area automobile services stations. Parente is the Commander of VFW Post 439, President of the United Veterans Memorial & Patriotic Association and Co-Chairman of the Save Our Armory Committee. Parente volunteers in numerous capacities throughout the City of New Rochelle and is perhaps most well-known as the organizer of the annual New Rochelle Memorial Day parade. Parente graduated from New Rochelle High School in 1985 and soon after enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. Parente served for 8 years on active duty and in the reserves. Parente served overseas in Operation Desert Storm after which he received an honorable discharge in 1993. Parente is a life long resident of New Rochelle.Read more
Cohen Says Hearings Look More Like a Pre-Election Whitewash Than an Investigation
WHITE PLAINS – State Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R,I,C – 37th District) today called on Senator Oppenheimer to quit protecting the special interests bankrolling her political campaigns and use her full authority as Senate Education Chair to launch a comprehensive investigation into the unexplainable decline in education performance standards in recent years. Cohen called the Senator’s currently planned hearings ‘window dressing’ and an ‘attempt to cover up a scandal that occurred on her watch as Education chair.’
“Parents who thought their children were doing well in school are now shocked to learn that they are actually behind the curve,” said Cohen. “As a parent and a taxpayer, I am appalled. Senator Oppenheimer owes us a thorough investigation, but it looks to me like the Senator has already determined the outcome of her committee’s hearings.”Read more
Senator Oppenheimer Nets Minus 10 on 100-point Unshackle Upstate Rating
RYE – Against the backdrop of several abandoned storefronts in the City of Rye, State Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R,I,C – 37th District), joined by Mayor Doug French, today called for a change in New York’s policies toward small businesses and taxpayers, and expressed disappointment in Senator Oppenheimer’s abysmal record on jobs and the economy.
“Even in the midst of a recession, with many of our inner-cities in a death spiral, career politicians in Albany like Senator Oppenheimer persist with their hostile attitude toward small businesses and taxpayers,” said Cohen. “Employers know that policies from Albany can affect their bottom-line as much as any competitor, maybe even more so, and they’re moving on to places with a friendlier business climate. Some, as you can see from our surroundings, have given up altogether.”
“As the cost of government continues to rise, small business owners and taxpayers are being taxed out of the state, and it’s not happening just in Buffalo, Syracuse and Schenectady; it’s happening right here in Rye,” said Douglas French, mayor of the City of Rye. “Albany needs new ideas from new people who understand how difficult it is to create jobs in such a harsh business climate.”Read more
In a deliberate political maneuver, Mayor Noam Bramson plotted with his fellow council democrats to deny Council District 3 qualified representation for five months. This flies in the face of the democrat’s long standing policy of appointing a provisional council representative in a timely fashion. Council minutes reflect council representative Bramson was appointed provisional mayor three days after Mayor Idoni was sworn in as county clerk at the January 3, 2006 special council meeting. Seven days later, January 10, 2006, Barry Fertel was appointed provisional representative for council district 5 to replace Bramson. Later that year Councilman Jack Quinlan moved away from New Rochelle leaving Council District 2 unrepresented. Quinlan’s farewell council meeting was on June 29, 2006 and twelve days later on July 11, 2006 former councilwoman Chris Selin was appointed provisional representative for Council District 2.Read more
In dueling press releases, the Republican and Democratic Parties of New Rochelle yesterday offered two very different ideas on how to best serve the needs of District 3. The Republicans have called for a Special Meeting of the City Council to appoint former County Legislator and Board of Education President Pearl Quarles to immediately fill the seat with the understanding that Quarles will not run in any elections in 2010 or 2011. The Democrats have proposed waiting until after a winner is declared in the District 3 Special Election scheduled for November 2nd and then appointing the winner to immediately fill the seat.
The City Charter gives the City Council the authority to immediately appoint a successor in the event a seat on the Council is vacated.
Democratic Party Press Release
NEW ROCHELLE, NY – The Democrats on the New Rochelle City Council – Mayor Noam Bramson, Council Member Barry Fertel and Council Member Marianne Sussman – today issued the following joint statement concerning the vacancy in Council District Three:
Jim Stowe’ s sudden and tragic passing has set in motion a process defined under both the New Rochelle City Charter and New York State Public Officers Law for choosing a new Council representative in District Three.
We believe strongly that this critical choice should be made directly by the people of the Third District through their votes in a special election on November 2nd, and that the Council should not impose its will on District Three residents by making any appointment prior to the election.Read more