In the June 21, 2014 issue of Soundview Rising
On Memorial Day we honor men and women in the armed forces who have given their lives to keep our great country free. One conflict in World War II in which many lives were lost marked its seventieth anniversary on June 6.Read more
The unfolding Armory/flag controversy promises a season of real drama, as the clumsy apparatus of New Rochelle city government tries to control the irrepressible local forces of patriotism and libertyRead more
Over the past 15 years I have been employed in both the finance sector on Wall Street and as a Finance Director at a Fortune 40 Corporation. At present, I serve as the CFO of a Westchester-based non-profit. Academically, I have multiple graduate degrees—in financial economics, public administration and American history. I mention this because it is relevant on two fronts. Firstly, I am both educated and extensively experienced to the nuances of large-scale budgeting, general management (both private and public) and the policies that impact them. Secondly, I am the paradigm resident who bears much of the burden of the New Rochelle budgeting process. While I enjoy very much hearing about how national and local politicians are constantly "working for the middle class," I write this letter as an established middle-class member. As such, I am demanding that the City Council execute the following initiatives so as to truly “work” for us.
2) Publicly remand and striking from the record of inflammatory September 2012 comments made by the Citizens’ Panel for Sustainable Budgets regarding residents’ acceptance of taxes and decreased services as serving some “higher public purpose.”Read more
If you are like most people, you blissfully kiss your kids good bye in the morning, wish them a good day in school and then concentrate on your own day ahead. Well that was me, it never occurred to me to think about what their lunchroom was like, nor did I ever, in a million years thought about the trash that was generated in that lunchroom.
I was yanked into reality when I did an Earth Day project with my kids, cleaning up the woods. Upon finding a large piece of knarly looking Styrofoam, clearly in the woods for ages, I launched into an explanation how bad Styrofoam is for the environment. My son interrupted me by piping up that in the lunchroom they used disposable Styrofoam trays. I was shocked.
I went to the principal to get permission to survey the lunchroom and low and behold, every single day, the school with 1,064 kids generated a mountain of trash. 22 large garbage bags per lunch.
I did an in-depth survey and realized that 90% of that garbage are fully recyclable materials, if they were just sorted out.Read more
The New Rochelle City Council voted unanimously July 10th 2012 to approve borrowing $1.5 million to buy an LED lighting system for the City-owned garages at New Roc City and the New Rochelle Transit Center. The project is now moving forward despite a lack of independent review and a failure to solicit competitive bids.
As a long-time New Rochelle resident, familiar with the New Rochelle DPW's checkered past regarding purchasing decisions, and more than three decades in the field of Architectural Lighting, I suggest this deal needs to be examined under, if you will forgive me, more light. Without fully understanding the science involved, the City intends to pay northward of 1.5 million dollars, using borrowed money, for a new and emerging technology. While LED Lighting is coming to the forefront of the Architectural world as a means of saving energy and saving maintenance dollars that alone does not make this a good deal. Further examination is required.Read more