All is not well in the land of Rob and Laura Petrie and taxpayers are fed up.
Gannett/Journal News, Don Imus, ABC's Channel 7 Eyewitness News and Cablevision's Channel 12 News have all now picked up our story on New Rochelle's "Crossing Guards to Nowhere" -- our exclusive investigative report on crossing guards in New Rochelle, NY who sit around doing nothing in the middle of the school day more than a year after the local school district eliminated half-day Kindergarten.
The City says the workers will continue to be paid until the end of 2011 when the current contract runs out.Read more
On Sunday, June 20th the Journal News ran a front page "Print Exclusive" by Hannan Adely. It was an article about the school crossing guards in New Rochelle who work a lunch shift with no students to cross. Now that kindergarten is full day in New Rochelle, there is no need for the two hour lunch shift of 18 crossing guards citywide.
UPDATE: The Journal News article is now online.
The crossing guard issue was first disclosed on this site. The Journal News gave Talk of the Sound credit for its original reporting which can be found here: Why Is New Rochelle Paying Over $100,000 for Guards to "Cross" Invisible Students?
Under the Journal News headline of "Crossing guards guiding no one" it says "Schedules unchanged despite end of half-day kindergarten". The article was only available in print, but will be available online on Tuesday. I will link it up, when it becomes available.Read more
Four Coach Tour passenger buses were booted at the Home Depot parking lot last night at faced up to $10,000 in fines as part of a crackdown by Home Depot at the behest of the City of New Rochelle. Pressure was put on Home Depot by the Buildings Department after a Talk of the Sound article on Wednesday: Lack of Code Enforcement by New Rochelle Turns Home Depot into Illegal Truck Stop & Limo Holding Pen. The use of the parking lot other than customer use is prohibited under the City Building Code.
In response to warnings from the City of New Rochelle, the management at Home Depot fired Safeway Towing and brought in a new company, L.A. Towing of the Bronx to manage the parking in their lot. Soon after the first L.A. Towing signs went up in the Home Depot lot, Home Depot employees reported seeing a person driving a Safeway Towing truck driving through the lot tearing down the L.A. Towing signs or cutting them in half. Safeway is the primary towing contractor in New Rochelle and works for the New Rochelle Police Department.Read more
As Mayor Bramson last night presented to the City Council, a "sustainability" plan encompassing his vision for new laws and building codes designed to lower vehicle emissions in New Rochelle, a fleet of 18-wheelers, flat-bed trucks, vans and ultra-large limousines took up their usual position in the Home Depot parking lot. Vehicles sat, idling throughout the night, spewing their black diesel exhaust into the air, rattling the doors and windows of nearby homes as the Mayor explained the importance of acquiring expensive hybrid garbage trucks to reduce carbon emissions to council members.Read more
What would you do with an extra $115,000?
New Rochelle schools have full day kindergarten across the entire city. There is no mid-day dismissal at all in New Rochelle. So, why do we still have 18 crossing guards working a two hour lunch shift? There are no children to cross.
In mid December I was home from work on a Friday and walked to the deli for a sandwich. I exchanged a few words with our crossing guard and continued on. He is a great crossing guard, works hard, is friendly to the children and is no nonsense to the drivers. But soon I wondered if we have full day kindergarten now, why is he at his post at lunch? I looked around. There were absolutely no children to cross.Read more
In keeping with a tradition that has become more reliable than the Thanksgiving Day Parade, there was yet another car crash on the corner of Pratt and Adams Streets today. Coming home from work, I had the chance to watch the last car being loaded onto the back of a tow truck. Two cars were involved and one person was taken to the hospital in an ambulance.
As I've said in previous posts this is a recurring incident that you would be hard pressed to see occurring elsewhere in this city. The East End neighborhood association has spoken to just about anyone who would listen about the speeding and frequency of accidents without any results. Yet, somehow the city council found the time and consulted with the police commissioner in multiple sessions about a resident who apparently doesn't move his car enough times in a 24 hour period.Read more
Holding true to the regularly scheduled traffic accidents at the intersection of Pratt St and Adams St, two cars collided today as someone rolled through the stop sign. For years this community has been trying to work with the city to alleviate this issue. Even to the point of trying to raise money so WE would pay for speed humps to slow down traffic . Following all the steps we were asked to follow lead us nowhere . Trying to contact Jim Stowe on no less than 5 occassions to again open a dialogue after an SUV totalled 3 cars and rolled onto it's roof in a one block stretch had no response from our councilman. None of the e-mails were returned as undeliverable and none were given the courtesy of a response. How bad does it have to get ? Do you need to see a death before you respond Mr Stowe ? Will that be important enough for your time ? It may not be a big deal to you so why don't you explain it to the kids who have to dive for cover when the drivers speed down Pratt as a shortcut to Main St.Read more