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  • New Rochelle's First and Only Walgreen's Set to Close July 30, Former Home of Thruway Diner   2 hours 7 min ago

    The CVS pharmacy you speak of is not closed. There is a space available for rent right next to it (14 weyman ave) which is where that boarding facility you speak of maybe opening. I am currently employed at the CVS on weyman. Calls made to Walgreens are being automatically redirected to our store.

  • JOURNAL NEWS: Bramson County Executive Campaign Used Same Media Firm That Cuomo Protected from Moreland Commision   2 hours 56 min ago

    Here is a quote from 1997 in reference to the Armory and waterfront development from a local news article written by Eve Heyn; "Mayor Tim Idoni said the city would always maintain public waterfront access but it may want to make the site available to a private developer for a waterfront project. At that time, the city would reopen negotiations with the state."

    The City accepted the Armory under false pretenses and failed to meet their contractual responsibility of maintaining the building. The City sanctioned police & fire training in the Armory which contributed to further deterioration of the building. I know we agree on preserving the Armory but don't allow your blind defense of fellow democrats to cloud the facts.

  • JOURNAL NEWS: Bramson County Executive Campaign Used Same Media Firm That Cuomo Protected from Moreland Commision   7 hours 50 min ago

    Tim Idoni had nothing to do with Forest City, nor was Idoni involved in plans to demolish the NR Armory.

    Those plans occurred after Tim Idoni became County Clerk, and while Noam Bramson has been Mayor.

    Forest City was cancelled by 6 of 7 Councilmembers, 4 of whom were Democrats. It would only have taken those 4 Democratic majority votes to eliminate Forest City.

    If the bipartisan group had a leader it was led by Democrats Ivar Hyden and Shari Rackman. I appreciate that the 2 Republicans concurred with the 4 Democrats.

  • New Rochelle Mayor Who Sought Praise for Defending Group Home for Developmentally Disabled Affluent White Adults Blocked School for Developmentally Disabled Poor Black Children   14 hours 19 min ago

    The fact that Dr. Robert Maher labeled Mayor Noam Bramson an “elitist” is not earth shattering to anyone who has been in opposition to any of Bramson’s opinions. Bramson’s, I am the smartest person in the room attitude has been dismissive to many, including Bramson’s shameful berating of Councilwoman Shari Rackman concerning the Echo Bay vote. Bramson believes in his heart of hearts that he knows what’s best for everyone in any given situation.

    Like I said, the fact that Bramson has once again been labeled an elitist is no revelation. What IS interesting is that Bramson has been revealed as a hypocrite for supporting the group home while previously squashing a private deal for a school for learning disable children. Children who have gone on to achieve state and regional recognition. This is an extension of the elitist arrogance as once you’ve convinced yourself you are the smartest person in the room you are now above criticism so you embrace the do as I say not as I do mantra.

    The back-story here is that Bramson’s ego was so devastated by the trouncing he received from Rob Astorino in the last County Executive race that Bramson needed to reinvent himself politically and he seized this opportunity to do so by exploiting autistic children. Bramson’s power within the Democratic Party squashed the deal with one phone call to fellow Democratic Senator Suzi Oppenheimer. Bramson either overlooked this incident or assumed Dr. Maher would cower and not seek to publicly out Bramson for who he is and what he did.

    Bramson states, I was ashamed of myself and he should be very ashamed. Bramson goes on to say, I am neither naïve nor pure, but there comes a point when someone has to say enough to all that, and I guess this is my moment. It’s time to say enough to Noam Bramson’s 20-years of failed policies as an elected official, Bramson should be ashamed; not for chastising a neighborhood following the process and agreeing not to challenge the decision, but for his elitist hypocritical actions. It is time Noam Bramson closes this chapter in his life and moves on to open a new one.

  • New Rochelle's First and Only Walgreen's Set to Close July 30, Former Home of Thruway Diner   21 hours 2 min ago

    According to our councilman, the Vet is going into the back of the building, CVS is staying where it is.

  • New Rochelle Mayor Who Sought Praise for Defending Group Home for Developmentally Disabled Affluent White Adults Blocked School for Developmentally Disabled Poor Black Children   23 hours 58 min ago

    Bramson's phone call to Suzi Oppenheimer is reminiscent of his taking Shari Rackman into the back room and chastising her for her vote!

  • New Rochelle's First and Only Walgreen's Set to Close July 30, Former Home of Thruway Diner   1 day 4 hours ago

    That dog facility will wind up going to the dogs in short order.

  • New Rochelle's First and Only Walgreen's Set to Close July 30, Former Home of Thruway Diner   1 day 4 hours ago

    I'm thinking, if the food is really bad at the Thruway Diner it will create the need for a Walgreens where people can buy stomach medication.

  • New Rochelle's First and Only Walgreen's Set to Close July 30, Former Home of Thruway Diner   1 day 4 hours ago

    For once, I agree with you Brian.

  • New Rochelle's First and Only Walgreen's Set to Close July 30, Former Home of Thruway Diner   1 day 4 hours ago

    This would make a great spot for a new Thruway Diner. Who ever granted the Thruway Diner the permission to build where they are building now should be tarred and feathered. The traffic there is horrible and this will only make it worse.

  • New Rochelle's First and Only Walgreen's Set to Close July 30, Former Home of Thruway Diner   1 day 22 hours ago

    Amy,

    I sent your comment to their spokesperson. No reply.

  • New Rochelle's First and Only Walgreen's Set to Close July 30, Former Home of Thruway Diner   2 days 1 hour ago

    I couldn't agree more!!!!

  • New Rochelle's First and Only Walgreen's Set to Close July 30, Former Home of Thruway Diner   2 days 11 hours ago

    Clear, concise and to the point. Moreover, a testament to the failed policies of administrations, past and present, and their inability to forge a healthy direction for a city that inherently has all it needs to be successful. It's time to stop trading public subsidy for private profits. New Rochelle deserves better.
    Good job, write less and say more

  • JOURNAL NEWS: Bramson County Executive Campaign Used Same Media Firm That Cuomo Protected from Moreland Commision   2 days 13 hours ago

    Brian, where do I begin? Once again your overly verbose and rambling post is flat out erroneous! I am not confused by anything; it is you who is back-peddling.

    Let’s get out of the fairytale world of the Emerald City and deal with reality. In justification of labeling Senator Jeff Klein “sleazy” for changing the majority in the senate you state, “Senator Klein did so, not to make NY a better State, but rather to increase the personal political power of Jeff Klein…” Isn’t an elected official’s job to best represent their constituents? Don’t the constituents of the most powerful elected officials receive considerations that that constituents that the party-liners do not? The peons have to tow the party line to receive a few crumbs for their constituents. So, by breaking away from the democratic majority and doing EXACTLY what you encourage elected officials to do, “I encourage elected officials to think for themselves and to vote in the interests of their constituent voting and non-voting persons.” Senator Klein thought for himself and did what he believed was best to serve his constituents.

    By stating, “I repeatedly, clearly stated on TOTS, that the NR Democratic Committee has no ‘Party Lines’ regarding any specific issues, and I accurately predicted that Echo Bay Forest City would fail to be approved by the City Council, despite 5 of 7 City Council Members being Democrats. I was proven correct when 6 of 7 City Council Members voted against Forest City, including all 6 City Council Members representing Council Districts.” You are clearly naïve or blind to the history of Echo Bay. For years both Tim Idoni & Noam Bramson conspired to demolish the NR Armory and fatten the pockets of Forest City. They violated the Armory deed and gave control over the Armory to Forest City. The aforementioned democratic mayors controlled EVERY vote preceding the last votes where a bi-partisan group, led by Councilman Tarantino, killed a bad project. If not for Mayor Bramson’s disgraceful behavior towards Councilwoman Shari Rackman’s independence, Forest City might still be moving forward. In the end, even handmaiden Fertel abandoned SS Bramson Forest City.

    The biggest farce is your statement that, “...in general the Democrats do not walk in lock-step with ‘Party Lines". You go on to state, Democrats do not walk in lock-step with party lines and there is no strong party line among democrats? Here is a reality check; OBAMACARE! Do you remember how it was passed? In the dark of night, behind closed doors EXCLUDING republicans if memory serves me. Remember this insightful quote, “we have to pass the bill [ObamaCare] so that you can find out what is in it”? What about the democrats pushing through the nuclear option? Reversing a decades old position to allow a simple majority judicial appointment as opposed to the long-standing 60-vote requirement? It was the democrats who instituted the 60-vote rule in 1975 when the democrats gained control of the senate. The democrats couldn’t play by their rules so they changed the rules.

    Brian Sussman, you need to re-read my post. I never stated or accused Governor Cuomo or Mayor Bramson of being guilty of anything. I stated birds of a feather, democrats Cuomo & Bramson, flock together; used the same media buying company (Buying Time). This is done for many reasons; to bargain for pricing and most importantly to solicit major campaign contributions regardless of party. In the end, it is you who misinterpreted both Ms. Ganga’s reporting and my post as something they were not.

    Read the words and don’t let political affiliation affect your knee-jerk political response.

    Now please sit down and take a deep breath. I just read that Governor Cuomo will endorse Senator Klein in the upcoming primary that you desire Klein to loose. Sorry Brian.

  • New Rochelle's First and Only Walgreen's Set to Close July 30, Former Home of Thruway Diner   2 days 16 hours ago

    So it turns out that the Thruway Diner was destroyed for no beneficial reason, a great loss for New Rochelle.

    Prior to that, Caruso's Lumberama was destroyed because Home Depot insisted they needed that property for an alternate entrance to their parking lot.

    That claim was a lie, because now, that 'necessary' entrance is being replaced by another diner.

    City Hall is now telling us that they will have to destroy the Armory, and to move City Yard to Beechwood, and that is their current lies.

    None of this has occurred to improve New Rochelle, and all of it has occurred as corporate welfare.

  • Bramson Stirs Embers of Dormant Group Home Controversy to Generate Attention for Himself   2 days 22 hours ago

    Truly if Bramson wanted to be an ambassador for New Rochelle he would resign and move elsewhere. He has been an ambassador for himself in every way possible. The demarcation line for people who mistrust him now reaches into all Council Districts of New Rochelle let alone Westchester County. In the Words of Pearle Q New Rochelle simply can not afford Noam Bramson.
    His inability to achieve any progress on any issue has been tainted by all of the above.
    At this point the best practice for him is to turn and run as fast as he can. Frankly you would think the Mrs. would leave him little choice.
    See Ya!

  • Bramson Stirs Embers of Dormant Group Home Controversy to Generate Attention for Himself   3 days 12 min ago

    Amen! I'll go back to my original comment.....Noam Bramson is a political opportunist.

  • New Rochelle's First and Only Walgreen's Set to Close July 30, Former Home of Thruway Diner   3 days 1 hour ago

    If we could only get the New Dinner in progress to serve up both their food offering and dispense scripts.
    Then we could follow along the great New Rochelle tradition and either open up a Church or a Dollar store in the current Walgreens location.

  • New Rochelle's First and Only Walgreen's Set to Close July 30, Former Home of Thruway Diner   3 days 15 hours ago

    Apparently the spokesperson for Walgreen's is unaware that their neighbor on Weyman Avenue (CVS) is closed...........soon to become a Best Friends dog boarding facility.

  • JOURNAL NEWS: Bramson County Executive Campaign Used Same Media Firm That Cuomo Protected from Moreland Commision   3 days 16 hours ago

    Anthony Galletta is confused about my comment, so I am clarifying my statement so he can understand my point.

    I do not believe elected officials should vote in lock-step with some 'Party Line' on various issues. I encourage elected officials to think for themselves and to vote in the interests of their constituent voting and non-voting persons.

    The reason I referred to Jeff Klein as sleazy, has nothing to do with how he votes on legislation. I do not know how Senator Klein votes on legislation, and that is not the issue I raised.

    The issue I raised, was that Senator Jeff Klein voted to prevent his own Democratic Party from placing a Democrat as the Majority Leader of the NY Senate, despite the fact that a majority of the NYS Senators are Democrats. Senator Klein did so, not to make NY a better State, but rather to increase the personal political power of Jeff Klein, in contradiction to the vote of the majority of NY State voters.

    Therefore, I have advocated that Democrat Jeff Klein be ‘primaried’ out of office, much like what happened to Republican Eric Cantor. I advocated that Oliver Koppell would be a much better Senator than Jeff Klein. This is in regards to a mostly-Bronx Senatorial District that, until recently, included part of New Rochelle.

    I know George Latimer, and think he has been a very good Senator and Assemblyman, so I do not understand why you brought him up. My own Senator is Andrea Stewart-Cousins and my Assemblyman is Steve Otis. Assemblyman Otis has been very effective in his first term. Senator Stewart-Cousins has been effective in her several terms of office, and will probably become NY Senate Majority Leader next year. Obviously, New Rochelle would very much benefit by having its Senator become Majority Leader.

    Personally, I don’t believe in ‘Party Lines’, and in general the Democrats do not walk in lock-step with ‘Party Lines’. The past few years, I repeatedly, clearly stated on TOTS, that the NR Democratic Committee has no ‘Party Lines’ regarding any specific issues, and I accurately predicted that Echo Bay Forest City would fail to be approved by the City Council, despite 5 of 7 City Council Members being Democrats. I was proven correct when 6 of 7 City Council Members voted against Forest City, including all 6 City Council Members representing Council Districts.

    Whereas there is no strong ‘Party Line’ among Democrats, the Republican Party, especially in Washington DC and in states other than NY, very much does follow ‘Party Lines’ in lock-step. The House of Representatives is a perfect example of Republican Party negligence, if not malfeasance, in this regard.

    Speaker John Boehner refuses to put anything to a vote unless a majority of the Republicans supports that vote. If Speaker Boehner truly believed in democracy, he would put legislation to a vote of the majority of all the Congresspersons, even if a minority of Republicans contributed to the vote’s total majority. In comparison, when Nancy Pelosi was Speaker, she did put legislation to the vote, even if less than a majority of Democrats supported the legislation.

    I do agree with you, that it is unfortunate that Corporations and Power Brokers have too much influence on our politicians.

    However, within my lifetime, I have seen the influence of Unions greatly diminish, to the detriment of our economy and blue collar workers, and consider that unfortunate for the USA. It is no coincidence that the USA’s economy was at its strongest in the 1940’s thru 1960’s when the Unions were at their strongest, and Ultra-Wealthy families at their weakest. It is no coincidence that the USA’s economy has weakened since the 1970’s, especially among Laborers, during the same period that Unions have weakened while the influence of the Ultra-Wealthy has increased dramatically.

    There is a great difference between the negative influences of Big Business Lobbies, and Union Lobbies. Big Businesses lobby to increase the influence of the already-overly-influential top 10% of Americans (let alone the top 1% who virtually run America’s economic and foreign policies). Unions lobby to provide some influence for the vast number of under-paid Laborers of Americans, including those Laborers who don’t join Unions.

    Anthony Galletta, you have certainly failed to prove your false allegation, that Gov Cuomo’s elimination of the Moreland Commission proves Mayor Bramson is somehow guilty by association. It is you who are guilty of innuendo, by your associating Noam Bramson with the questionable acts of Andrew Cuomo.

    I do not think a 2-Party System is inherently evil, and in the USA and UK, it has historically been necessary and effective. When one looks at republics such as France, Italy or Israel, it is obvious that nations of many political parties, tend to be unstable and incompetent. I’d perhaps blame that instability problem on parliamentary systems, except that the UK tends to have stable governments, and is a 2-Party System. Of course the worst situations are 1-Party systems such as in fascist Russia and Syria, or Communist China.

    I have little knowledge of Common Core, and don’t know whether I agree with its objectives and policies, or not. I do think Public Education is one of America’s greatest priorities. But, I do not follow the policies of NR Board of Education closely, as I have no children in school. I believe its very much in the interest of parents of current and future students to closely monitor and influence the policies and effectiveness of NR public schools, as well as monitoring the NR School District.

    Certainly, our schools are obligated to give the best education possible, and to encourage greater knowledge of Math, Science, English, Civics, Economics, History, Geography and the Arts. Without such education, our students would be less competitive in our current and future economic environment. Knowledge of Civics, Economics, History and Geography are a serious necessity to a well-functioning democracy.

    I do not know what Common Core’s objective is, regarding any of those subjects. Perhaps you can enlighten me, as to your own perspective on that, and as to what your problem is with Common Core.

  • JOURNAL NEWS: Bramson County Executive Campaign Used Same Media Firm That Cuomo Protected from Moreland Commision   3 days 23 hours ago

    I would like to respond to both of your comments.

    So let me get this straight; if you don’t vote in lockstep with the Democratic leadership you are a sleazy turncoat? Does that apply to the five democrats who voted against Common Core, which was initially supported by the Democratic leadership? If applied consistently, your condemnation defines Senator George Latimer as a sleazy turncoat for opposing Common Core.

    While the two party system is a necessary evil, the mindset that once one is registered in a political party they must tow the party line, denying independence, is what resulted in the current corruption that is NYS government. Governors have resigned for scandals, many while in office, and the current governor is embroiled in a developing scandal because the primary political objective is to protect those who helped the current political power brokers get elected at all costs. Some might respond the “people” put them in office but the truth is the corporations, unions and power brokers who contributed millions to allow the politicians to get their “message” out are responsible for the current dysfunctional gang in Albany.

    The winning “message” is usually a party line message crafted by the power brokers to protect their contributors while luring the faithful "blind mice” party liners to sign on to. That message is targeted at attaining public office regardless of what is best for the constituency. This was never more evident then the current day Charles Rangel fiasco. Rangel’s peers, in an overwhelming vote of 333-79, for ethic violations and financial misconduct, censured the 40-year representative. Yet the party line cronies helped the disgraced Rangel survive a primary challenge this past June.

    The party line lackeys may consider it "guilt by association" but the reporting of Bramson using the same media firm that Governor Cuomo uses and attempted to protect from the defunct Moreland Commission's corruption investigation is reporting that furthers the adage; Birds of a Feather FLOCK TOGETHER”!

  • JOURNAL NEWS: Bramson County Executive Campaign Used Same Media Firm That Cuomo Protected from Moreland Commision   5 days 16 hours ago

    NY is clearly a 2-Party State.

    George Pataki (Republican) was the governor from 1995-2006.

    Rudy Giuliani (Republican) was Mayor of NYC from 1995–2001.

    Michael Bloomberg (Republican-Independent) was Mayor of NYC from 2002–2013.

    Rob Astorino (Republican) is in his second term as Westchester County Executive.

    The NYS Senate had been run by Republicans from 1939 to 1964 and then from 1965 until 2009. Then, in January 2009 the Democrats gained control, but in June 2009 lost that Senate majority following the defections of sleazy Jeffrey Klein, David Valesky and Diane Savino from the Democratic caucus, the Republicans regained control of the NYS Senate.

    That was unfortunate for Westchester and New Rochelle, as otherwise Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (Democrat), representing New Rochelle, would have been Majority Leader of the NY Senate, one of the 3 most powerful positions in NYS government. That would have been very good for New Rochelle and Westchester.

    Hopefully, turncoat Jeff Klein will lose the 2014 Primary to Oliver Koppell.

    If the Democrats gain control of the NYS Senate in 2015, then our Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins will become Majority Leader of the NY Senate, and she will be in a position to do much for the people of New Rochelle and Westchester.

    Fortunately, once the Democrats control the NY Senate, the inmates will no longer running the prisons.

  • JOURNAL NEWS: Bramson County Executive Campaign Used Same Media Firm That Cuomo Protected from Moreland Commision   5 days 18 hours ago

    Guilt by association?

    Personally I think Gov Cuomo's interference with his own Moreland Commission was foolish, at least politically and morally.

    But I see no reason to associate Noam with that controversy, as you have not stated anything dishonest that 'Buying Time' did on behalf of Bramson.

    However, if 'Buying Time' actually produced Noam Bramson's commercials, the problem is that the commercials were not very compelling, nor for that matter were Rob Astorino's commercials.

  • JOURNAL NEWS: Bramson County Executive Campaign Used Same Media Firm That Cuomo Protected from Moreland Commision   1 week 1 hour ago

    We owe this to NY States 1 party system. I guess the residents brought this all upon themselves not that the other party is squeaky clean.
    The problem is the fox is minding the Hen House so the games will continue. The democratic machine churns out the music no matter so the residents either continue to dance or move.
    In general its a dirty little mess.
    Mario Cuomo I never liked but at least he was honest.
    Andrew I dislike and now know he is a dishonest but less than Boy Wonder who is just plain too smart for us all.
    The inmates are running the prisons

  • Proposed Group Home in East End Stirs Controversy in New Rochelle   1 week 1 day ago

    New Rochelle, could this be just the tip of the iceberg?

    This problem is just the tip of the iceberg. What other information has been missed, miss-placed, miss-understood, miss-filed, miss-appropriated, miss-lead, missing and in the words of the mayor “Just Kept Silent”. It is time for New Rochelle to wake-up!

    Hold the people we entrust with our homes, our lives and our city accountable as they must each other. Taking some of what was written in one of my earlier article on The Mayor and City Charter;

    Much has been said by me, others on this site, and others from New Rochelle and people from outside the city regarding The New Rochelle City Charter as it refers to the responsibilities of The City Council and the role and responsibility of the office of the Mayor. Strong Mayor vs. Weak Mayor, what type of government do we have here in New Rochelle? New Rochelle has an identity crisis because many have not yet accepted the fact that we are a city. New Rochelle is not a big city like New York, but a city just the same.

    New Rochelle, “WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY AND HE IS US.”
    By Bob McCaffrey on Fri, 10/11/2013

    http://www.newrochelletalk.com/content/new-rochelle-%E2%80%9Cwe-have-met...

    If you read this, you will see that I have also done some research regarding the roles, relationships and responsibilities of the Mayor, City Council and City Manager. I looked into the past history of the community's unwillingness to support a strong mayor position and believe that the confusion or unwillingness to conform to the Charter language has been instrumental in our judgment causing many of the prime issues we experience as a community such as a city divided, lack of a direct focus on assessment and planning, inflated city budgets on exempt salaries, and insufficient accountability.

    With all this uproar about the group home, how about the 35 Maple Senior Housing Complex and some of the other problems that get identified when people speak at Citizen to be Heard and don’t get answers. Every month I hear James O'Toole asking the mayor for help down at the 35 Maple Senior Housing Complex where his mother and many other seniors live. Silence!

    I am sure if an article about the problems these poor senior citizens have had to endure was put on the AARP Facebook Page it would get tons of “LIKES” or actually “DIS-LIKES”.

    All this goes on under the guidance or lack thereof of The City Council, City Staff and our Mayor. Since Scarsdale-Based Developer MountCo acquired the property for a song and broken promises all we have heard is horror stories of frightened seniors. Read some of what has been going on there.

    New Rochelle's Washington House to be sold, renovated
    The Westchester Blog
    Ernie Garcia, elgarcia@lohud.com 10:48 a.m. EDT May 15, 2014

    http://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/westchester/2014/05/15/new-rochell...

    MountCo Lied to City Before Acquiring 35 Maple Senior Housing in 2011, Rents SkyRocket
    By James O'Toole on Wed, 12/11/2013
    VIDEO:
    http://www.newrochelletalk.com/content/mountco-lied-city-acquiring-35-ma...

    SHOCKER: Scarsdale-Based Developer of Maple Avenue is a Bramson Donor
    By Robert Cox on Wed, 10/19/2011

    http://www.newrochelletalk.com/content/shocker-scarsdale-based-developer...

    Maple Center Renovations Planned Under New Developer
    The senior apartments will soon be on the city's tax rolls.
    Posted by Michael Woyton (Editor) , November 04, 2011

    http://newrochelle.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/maple-terra...

    2011 Discussion and Vote on Maple Center Elderly Housing Project
    By Talk of the Sou... on Tue, 12/10/2013
    VIDEO:
    http://www.newrochelletalk.com/content/2011-discussion-and-vote-maple-ce...

    New Rochelle now is the time to have much needed conversation because the next mayoral election is in 2014/15. The conversation, dialogue needs to start and information should be shared to get everything on the table. No idea is too small; New Rochelle has so many smart people that do want to share their thoughts and Ideas. It could be moved to get a new referendum on the ballot to clarify the roles and responsibilities of The Mayor and The City Manager. It could also be brought up to change the form of government once again if so chosen. That is opening up a whole new can of worms and I am not saying one is better than the other.