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  • New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson Exploring Complete Elimination of Public Comment Period During City Council Meetings   16 weeks 1 day ago

    And I am exploring the possibility of a lawsuit.

  • New Rochelle Board of Education Declares War on Free Speech - Bans Criticism of Board Members, Grants "Right to Interrupt" to Board Members   16 weeks 2 days ago

    "I did post the emails and phone numbers for these "malefactors".
    I am not so keen on the home address thing."

    They'll delete your emails and filter your calls. And they won't abide by their own rules when they shut you down at the next meeting. Then everyone goes home discouraged, because it's a defeat. And the road gets harder.

    I'm sorry, but what they've shown you is that unless you create very personal consequences that make them rethink, you'll get more of the same forever.

    You need to give some serious thought re: how important it is to win this. The issue at stake is your freedom, or official status as a serf to your masters. Given that, demonstrating on public land in front of their homes is extremely mild. If you'd rather lose than do that, give up now. They've shown what they're willing to do to win. You?

    I'm sorry if this sounds harsh, but it's reality. Staying within the boundaries of a game your opponents have rigged? Are you kidding me?!?

  • New Rochelle Board of Education Declares War on Free Speech - Bans Criticism of Board Members, Grants "Right to Interrupt" to Board Members   16 weeks 2 days ago

    I just moved to New Rochelle from Yonkers. I can't believe how poorly the city government is run and now the school board?! New Rochelle is being eclipsed by surrounding communities in terms of business development and quality of schools. It's about time the city reclaims the title "Queen City of the Sound."

  • New Rochelle Board of Education Declares War on Free Speech - Bans Criticism of Board Members, Grants "Right to Interrupt" to Board Members   16 weeks 2 days ago

    The thing about this is, if the board is uncomfortable with people complaining, commenting, or otherwise voicing an opinion about wrongdoings, the solution would be to take action against the things that are wrong. In essence, they are shooting the messenger. I have yet to see a meeting where any complaint was not worth looking at. The criticism seems to be regarding things the board isn't aware of, or at least their public facade gives the impression they are unaware. If your doctor tells you about a problem do you limit his speaking, bury your head in the sand?

    There ARE problems. The board HAS presented itself as detached from the public, unless you are their to bestow accolades. Accolades do not solve problems, taking action under the view of the public eye builds confidence in the board's competence. If the residents were to see the board tackling the issues, we would all be more prone to offer more support.

    At the end of the day, if you don't want people to speak of the lying, cheating, malfeasance , corruption, et al, then clean it up. The best way to silence the complaints is operate beyond reproach, in full view of the public eye. If you're not stealing they won't call you a thief. Remember, every penny corrupted takes away from providing the best of services to our children.

    I urge the board to take a closer look at the conditions. Driving people away won't solve the problem. You should be welcoming the critique, use it as a "crowd sourcing" method to unroot the problems that have so obviously slipped past your oversight. Attempting to silence the people whom have elected will only serve to magnify the problems. You have all chosen to put yourselves in the hot seat, so don't complain when the temperature rises. You've brought this all upon yourselves.

    I recommend bringing more people in, welcoming them, listening and ultimately make your case for action or dismissing. Definitely NOT building a wall. The voters will decide how well you've served.

    In the meantime they're coming to get you, good luck

  • New Rochelle Board of Education Declares War on Free Speech - Bans Criticism of Board Members, Grants "Right to Interrupt" to Board Members   16 weeks 2 days ago

    Shut up, they explained.

  • New Rochelle Board of Education Declares War on Free Speech - Bans Criticism of Board Members, Grants "Right to Interrupt" to Board Members   16 weeks 2 days ago

    It seems the B of E is using the City Council as an example and they think it works. It seems 3 minutes at citizens to be heard is working fine. Well the board should attend a few council meetings and see the frustration that prevails. They must be reading Noam's playbook. Present an item at a meeting during the summer when few people are around and drop a bomb. Little do they know the power of the people. We have had enough and will not take it anymore. I hope all voters remember this meeting at election time. Do not forget to ask the hard questions during the debates.

    I had hopes for Rachel Relkin, but her actions have certainly changed.

    Thanks Bob for your reporting and investigations without them there is no hope.

  • George Zimmerman Acquitted in Trayvon Martin Case   16 weeks 2 days ago

    The matter under discussion is State versus Zimmerman, a Florida criminal case in which the defendant had been presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

    In Florida, as in the large majority of jurisdictions (including the Special and Territorial jurisdiction of the United States), once self-defense is raised by some evidence, from whatever source, which only might be believed, then the burden falls and remains on the prosecution to disprove self-defense, and to do so beyond a reasonable doubt.

    The defense has no burden of persuasion whatsoever, and only the slightest burden of going forward, which burden may be met by facts brought out during the prosecution case in chief. Furthermore, under the Florida's Evidence Code, there is a so-called "rule of completeness," whereby if any part of a defendant's out-of-court statement is introduced by the prosecution, all of it may come in, not just the inculpatory part.

    The jury verdict was not only right, it was overwhelmingly correct under the law and the evidence, to the extent that a guilty may not have survived a post verdict motion or have held up on appeal.

    Incidentally, they was no "Travon Martin case." Dead persons cannot be parties to law cases. Had the decedent lived to stand trial for his assault upon Zimmerman, it is not unlikely that the same presumption of innocence and requirement of proof beyond a reasonable doubt in self=defense cases would have resulted in a not guilty verdict also.

  • New Rochelle Board of Education Declares War on Free Speech - Bans Criticism of Board Members, Grants "Right to Interrupt" to Board Members   16 weeks 2 days ago

    "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor" Barak Obama
    The Moreland commission can look at me, the lt. Governor or the legislature. Gov. Cuomo

    We want more people to come to our meetings, more people to be involved. Unless, of course we don't approve of what you are saying. Then stay the f&#k home and mind your business. Isn't that what the school board is saying?

    More of the same media control and spin brought to you by the new wave of communist manipulation of the truth.

    Instead of circling the wagons, why don't you cowards grow a pair and line up the wagons and put them on display as they demonstrate the actions of a board interested in cleaning things up. Make an example of dealing with the wrongdoing instead of demonizing those who have elected you to serve the public. As a board, you're all a disgrace and failures of the public trust. I know there's one or two of you who agree, so stand up and come out of the shadows. You will be surprised with the support you will receive. You have the power to change things. Use it or move out.

  • New Rochelle Board of Education Declares War on Free Speech - Bans Criticism of Board Members, Grants "Right to Interrupt" to Board Members   16 weeks 2 days ago

    We have a 2-1 voter registration of Dems -v-Repubs.
    Worse than that people treat local elections as unimportant and do not turn out in large numbers. The local elections affect their pockets even more and harder than National Elections. Worse the School District tax levy is 2 times larger than the City of New Rochelle Tax LEVY and nobody shows up for school board or school budget elections accept the cronies of the powers in charge. I guess the public has gotten what they have deserved and until it becomes so evident that the present elected officials are the problem we get more of the same.
    So the only hope has been this blog shining the light on the crooks. Speaking at public meetings was the other good method but the same 5 people show up.
    More of the same will continue until this system breaks.

  • New Rochelle Board of Education Declares War on Free Speech - Bans Criticism of Board Members, Grants "Right to Interrupt" to Board Members   16 weeks 2 days ago

    I do not disagree as a matter of general principal.

    However, you are not familiar with New Rochelle and the Board of Education or the level of corruption that exists here.

    I cannot possibly explain it in a comment but this is a whole web site devoted to exposing the systemic corruption in our city government and school district -- and we have been very busy.

    This change in policy is strongly rooted in what has taken place at board meetings after we reported last April that then School Board President David Lacher had obtained personal medical insurance through the district (allowed under New York law) but then failed to make timely payments so that he was in arrears for almost two years, much of that time over $10,000 in arrears. As the amounts grew, the District began sending demanding payment in full by certified mail, they were ignored so that at the time we first raised the issue in public he owed about $13,500.

    The District routinely violated Open Meeting Laws and Freedom of Information law. In this case, after denying Mr. Lacher was even getting the insurance, we obtained the records and published them.

    You can view a summary of our efforts here.

    Lacher refused to resign and there were several contentious board meetings in which board members fought with each other and the public expressed their contempt both for Lacher and the board as a body.

    THAT is where this "plan" originated.

    And when you know, as I do, that this kind of stuff has been standing operating procedure you realize this is pure CYA.

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  • New Rochelle Board of Education Declares War on Free Speech - Bans Criticism of Board Members, Grants "Right to Interrupt" to Board Members   16 weeks 2 days ago

    Love it! Exactly right.

    All good ideas -- we have a blog, we asked Glenn Reynolds for help (and got it), sent it over to FNC, see if they are interested.

    I did post the emails and phone numbers for these "malefactors".

    I am not so keen on the home address thing.

    My main goal right now is to raise awareness and turn out as many people as can come to the next board meeting.

    That''s on September 2nd at the New Rochelle High School at 7 PM.

    If you want to speak for the five full minutes under the CURRENT policy send an email to the District Clerk and tell her you want to speak on the topic of Education at the 9/2 board meeting. She is NOT the problem and a very nice person so please save your snarkiness for the school board members linked above. The clerk email address is LSaraiva@newrochelle.k12.ny.us.

    I suppose if enough folks come they will suspend public comments altogether; that might result in an interesting response.

  • New Rochelle Board of Education Declares War on Free Speech - Bans Criticism of Board Members, Grants "Right to Interrupt" to Board Members   16 weeks 2 days ago

    I left the national blogging scene 6 years ago to focus on bringing transparency and open government to my hometown, New Rochelle, NY.

    I have worked very hard. I have run twice for school board.

    New Rochelle is a one-party town (guess which party?). For many years there have been no effective opposition to one party rule. I launched Talk of the Sound in 2008 to create a resistance movement.

    There has been some successes. We played a key role in helping to defeat New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson when he ran for Westchester County Executive against Rob Astorino who is now running for governor against Andrew Coumo.

    There have been a number of criminal investigations as a result of our reporting and some public integrity arrests. We exposed that a former Asst. Superintendent was a convicted felon with a long list of arrests for a wide variety of crimes. Our report recently resulting in the firing of the District Business Manager.

    The fight began as one guy with a blog. Our success here has created blowback from the powers-that-be. This current effort to restrict speech is all about crushing dissent. They have the votes to ram this through and its been made to clear to me that they already anticipated criticism from me (Robert Cox/TalkoftheSound) and intend to blow right past that criticism.

    What they may not have figured on is an Instalanche -- any effort to spread the word is appreciated.

  • New Rochelle Board of Education Declares War on Free Speech - Bans Criticism of Board Members, Grants "Right to Interrupt" to Board Members   16 weeks 2 days ago

    These public muzzlers are the ones who hired the new super. Not his place to comment.

  • New Rochelle Board of Education Declares War on Free Speech - Bans Criticism of Board Members, Grants "Right to Interrupt" to Board Members   16 weeks 2 days ago

    Got here from Instapundit. The instalanche works.

    A quick question: how long have these board members been in office?

    How many elections have each won?

    Seems to me that you folks are missing a rather obvious tool for correcting the behavior of public officials who aren't doing what you want them to do.

    If your response to this is that they're too entrenched, that the media and the machine are protecting them, etc., that just means you haven't worked hard enough to unhorse them. Beating an incumbent in an election isn't easy. It isn't supposed to be.

    I live in a smaller village in Illinois. We the average public have ourselves removed school board, park district, and village council members. It usually takes something fairly outrageous to motivate voters to a local election but it can be done.

    By all means fight back with the other tools you have. But you need to have candidates for the next election, and the time to start that process is NOW.

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  • New Rochelle Board of Education Declares War on Free Speech - Bans Criticism of Board Members, Grants "Right to Interrupt" to Board Members   16 weeks 2 days ago

    the guillotine works better

  • New Rochelle Board of Education Declares War on Free Speech - Bans Criticism of Board Members, Grants "Right to Interrupt" to Board Members   16 weeks 2 days ago

    "free speech does not mean the speaker has a right to an audience (or to applause when they finish speaking, for that matter)."
    if taxpayers are opposed to a policy, this is the forum to air those grievances. if many people show, that could mean that the measure is not popular with the people that pay their salaries. and they do have a right to be heard...if the meeting runs long, so be it. everyone should be civil, but it is difficult when people in power try to seize more and more in an effort to silence dissent. take for example that they declared these changes at the end of the meeting...now why would they not want discussion? that's a rhetorical question.

  • New Rochelle Board of Education Declares War on Free Speech - Bans Criticism of Board Members, Grants "Right to Interrupt" to Board Members   16 weeks 2 days ago
    ?

    taking a page from the obama playbook, i hear them, but i never listen to them.

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