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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   3 weeks 5 days ago

    1. I think bringing back an old tradition dating back to the founding of our nation may be in order: liberal application of tar and feathers to members of this authoritarian board. They need to be reminded that they work for the people of New Rochelle and not the other way round.

    2. Punch back twice as hard: Show up for meetings with pieces of tape over your mouths. Ridicule the Board at every opportunity, both in and outside of meetings. Hammer them in letters to the editor, blog posts, flyers, and in every public forum available. Make them look like the idiots they are for silencing freedom of speech in public board meetings which is what those meetings are supposed to be for. Vetting comments before hand squelches all possibility of bring up issues the board doesn't want to address even if they are germane to the board's purpose. If that doesn't get the message across, file a class action suit against the board for violation of civil rights. (I do not believe they have immunity from such suits if it involves constitutional rights.)

  • New Rochelle Board of Education Declares War on Free Speech - Bans Criticism of Board Members, Grants "Right to Interrupt" to Board Members   3 weeks 5 days ago

    Thanks for opening comments. Good article and important issues. Tar and feathers is the traditional remedy for these types of people.

  • Person Stabbed 324 Huguenot Street New Rochelle   3 weeks 5 days ago

    NOW Is The Time For A Change Of Management In The New Rochelle Police Department, Police Commissioner Carroll And Deputy Police Commissioner Murphy Spend Too MUCH Time With Dominic Procopio At Posto 22 On Division Street In Downtown New Rochelle, Completely Ignoring The Rise In Our Crime Rates !!!!!!

  • New Rochelle Board of Education Declares War on Free Speech - Bans Criticism of Board Members, Grants "Right to Interrupt" to Board Members   3 weeks 5 days ago

    Wow, I must say I never anticipated reading news items like this ...

    "New Rochelle Board of Education Declares War on Free Speech - Bans Criticism of Board Members, Grants "Right to Interrupt" to Board Members"

    I think you all need to travel to the White House and teach Obama a few lessons on how to deal with Congress - those pesky legislators who imagine they are the ones making the "law"

    Obama can do what you all did - Tell everyone to SHUT UP OR ELSE.

    How dare do people from the public demand answers from their school board about their school system and demand accountability. How dare do taxpayers demand that those appointed to serve the taxpayers actually serve the taxpayers.

    Do the taxpayers not know that those appointed to office are untouchable? Do they not know that you all can do anything you want - and better not be questioned?

    If what you have already done fails, you can take a trip to North Korea or Russia or these other countries who really know how to deal with dissent.

    Full Speed ahead.

    PS - Last time I checked, I live in these US of A and that it is OK to send you all an email like this. Of course, you may disagree and decide to call Obama to send drones to take me out. I will watch my back.

  • New Rochelle Board of Education Declares War on Free Speech - Bans Criticism of Board Members, Grants "Right to Interrupt" to Board Members   3 weeks 5 days ago

    Since President Wilson's time in office we have been moving towards this. Welcome to the era where the little people shut up and the experts tell us how to live/run/enjoy/build our lives.

  • Two Municipal Departments Open Up Investigations into New Rochelle Fencing Operation   3 weeks 5 days ago

    Mr. City Manager, Honorable Mayor And City Council Members, It Is Time To Put Garbage/Trash Collection Contracts Out For Bid, We Are Paying Too MUCH For This Service And The Employees Are OVERPAID And ABUSING Their Jobs !!!!!!

  • New Rochelle Board of Education Declares War on Free Speech - Bans Criticism of Board Members, Grants "Right to Interrupt" to Board Members   3 weeks 5 days ago

    What does our new Superintendent have to say about this policy, or have we hired someone who will simply be a puppet of the Board of education?
    Several years ago, the "Dignity for all Students Act" was implemented by the State Education Department in New York. This act was put in place to stop children from being bullied in their schools, and allow them to feel safe and welcomed in their educational environment. Perhaps this act should be extended to the public who wish to feel welcomed, respected and heard at school board meetings.....

  • New Rochelle Board of Education Declares War on Free Speech - Bans Criticism of Board Members, Grants "Right to Interrupt" to Board Members   3 weeks 6 days ago

    Have you yankees forgotten where you placed your pitchforks? Yall are the ones who invented tar and feathering....

  • New Rochelle Board of Education Declares War on Free Speech - Bans Criticism of Board Members, Grants "Right to Interrupt" to Board Members   3 weeks 6 days ago

    Normally, we require registration to comment but with thousands of people coming to read this article we opened up comments for a limited time.

    UPDATE: the open commenting is now over, we closed it up. Deleted all the resulting spam as well.

  • JOURNAL NEWS: Bramson County Executive Campaign Used Same Media Firm That Cuomo Protected from Moreland Commision   4 weeks 17 hours ago

    When former City Manager Peter Korn states “There was no desire at any time to utilize or preserve the Armory building”, he is referring to himself or perhaps the City Council or the People of New Rochelle.

    There is nothing in that quote indicating that he was referring to Tim Idoni, and it's just as likely Mr Korn was referring to Anthony Galletta.

    Our chief executive was City Manager Peter Korn, not our legislative Mayor.

    Anthony, it's clear that you have been beating a dead horse all along.

  • Talk of the Sound Teams Up with Paranormal 718 to Investigate Ghosts at Thomas Paine Cottage Museum in New Rochelle This Weekend   4 weeks 21 hours ago

    1. Do you believe in ghosts or paranormal activity?

    No.

  • JOURNAL NEWS: Bramson County Executive Campaign Used Same Media Firm That Cuomo Protected from Moreland Commision   4 weeks 1 day ago

    Brian, I attempt to avoid long posts because people shy away or skim-read responses missing important FACTS as you apparently did when you read my I apologize comment.

    That said, I will make this short & sweet for YOU by re-quoting then City Manager, Peter Korn, one of two people responsible for arranging acquisition of the NR Armory, under MAYOR TIM IDONI:

    “There was no desire at any time to utilize or preserve the Armory building.”

    I can no longer beat a dead horse that you refuse to accept is dead.

  • JOURNAL NEWS: Bramson County Executive Campaign Used Same Media Firm That Cuomo Protected from Moreland Commision   4 weeks 1 day ago

    Anthony, don't confuse your opinions with actual facts.

    We are in agreement that Noam Bramson strongly supported Forest City, and made no effort to preserve the armory.

    But you're opinions regarding Tim Idoni, are unsupported by facts.

    1991 was the last At-Large City Council Election. In 1991, I actively campaigned against Linda Levine's reelection, but did campaign in support of Alex Eodice for City Council.

    In 1991, Linda Levine campaigned against that year's referendum both changing the At-Large City Council to representation by Council Districts, and against replacing the appointed office of City Manager with an elected Executive Mayor who would no longer be a legislator on the City Council. Linda Levine had also sued New Rochelle, to abort that referendum.

    In 1991, Alex Eodice advocated both replacing the At-Large City Council with one of Council Districts, and replacing the City Manager with an Executive Mayor.

    In the 1991 Election, incumbent Linda Levine lost to newly elected Alex Eodice.

    The referendum resulted in our changing the City Council from fully At-Large to Council Districts, with the exception of our Mayor being the single At-Large Councilmember.

    The referendum resulted in retaining the office of appointed City Manager, leaving New Rochelle voters unable to directly determine who is our city's Chief Executive, and leaving us with a confused lack of separation of governmental powers. That is Linda Levine's legacy to New Rochelle. I can see why she flocks together with Jeff Klein.

  • New Rochelle Schools IT Director Blocked Emails from Westchester County Executive Program to Rewards High-Achieving Students with Free Season Passes to Playland   4 weeks 1 day ago

    Hi, I'm Diane Barnes, the parent that started this over the Playland season passes. I may have made mention of it and sent the letter to both the press & to the County Exec's office, but it was Robert Cox and the Talk of the Sound that took almost a month of his inquires to get to the bottom of this as to what happened and who dropped the ball, not just as a journalist, but also as a parent with a child who should have also received the Playland passes also.

    Kudos to all the kids & their parents who are eligible for this because they achieved their goals before they knew about a Playland Pass, that's what I instill in my son to know that he can do if for himself, not for anything or anyone else.

    Had I not spoke up & Talk of the Sound not taken the time to look into this, it may have continued on past the 2yrs we all missed out on already.

    Thanks & Much Appreciated!
    Diana & Ryan Barnes
    www.GoFundMe.com/RyanTheScientist

  • GETTING RESULTS: Astorino Offers Students Second Chance to Claim ACE Prize, Free Season Pass to Playland   4 weeks 1 day ago

    Hi, I'm Diane Barnes, the parent that started this over the Playland season passes. I may have made mention of it and sent the letter to both the press & to the County Exec's office, but it was Robert Cox and the Talk of the Sound that took almost a month of his inquires to get to the bottom of this as to what happened and who dropped the ball, not just as a journalist, but also as a parent with a child who should have also received the Playland passes also.

    Kudos to all the kids & their parents who are eligible for this because they achieved their goals before they knew about a Playland Pass, that's what I instill in my son to know that he can do if for himself, not for anything or anyone else.

    Had I not spoke up & Talk of the Sound not taken the time to look into this, it may have continued on past the 2yrs we all missed out on already.

    Thanks & Much Appreciated!
    Diana & Ryan Barnes
    www.GoFundMe.com/RyanTheScientist

  • JOURNAL NEWS: Bramson County Executive Campaign Used Same Media Firm That Cuomo Protected from Moreland Commision   4 weeks 1 day ago

    Once again you allow your opinion and blind defense of Democrats to cloud the facts. Your statement: “I stand by my accurate statement, that Forest City was cancelled because of the votes of 4 Democratic Councilpersons. Their 4 votes were the majority necessary to cancel the Forest City” is absurd and in no way “accurate”. It is true that a four-vote majority of a seven-member council decides the fate of any motion. That said, the first four votes, either yay or nay, rule. In this case the first four nay votes came from districts 1, 2, 3 & 4. Two Republicans and two Democrats represent those districts. Once the four-vote majority is reached, the remaining three votes, districts 5 & 6 along with the Mayor’s vote are moot.

    IF your goal is to be accurate, a Republican introduced a motion to kill the Forest City Echo Bay project, I believe a fellow Republican seconded it and a four-vote bi-partisan (two Republican / two Democrat) sequence sealed the projects fate. The final vote was a super-majority 6-1 against but as reported, the final vote included flip-flops from Democrats for political considerations.

    The BI-PARTISAN "Core-Four" that truly killed Forest City was Tarantino, Trangucci, Hyden & Rackman as Rice & Fertel flip-flopped on the final 6-1 vote.

    Bob Cox is correct in that there were many moving parts, secluded from the public, that had to align in order for this BI-PARTISAN effort to kill a bad deal. It was refreshing to see a BI-PARTISAN majority work for the betterment of New Rochelle.

  • JOURNAL NEWS: Bramson County Executive Campaign Used Same Media Firm That Cuomo Protected from Moreland Commision   4 weeks 2 days ago

    I apologize to TOTS readers for the length of this reply and I apologize to Brian Sussman as I presumed that a person of your stature, a self-proclaimed NR historian and a Save Our Armory (SOA) supporter, would understand the significance of former Mayor Tim Idoni’s 1997 statement. Since you are claiming ignorance, I will spell it out.

    You are WRONG on two levels; 1) in 1997 the Echo Bay project, under former Mayor Tim Idoni, comprised 26 acres including the 3-acre NR Armory site; 2) the reason Idoni states renegotiation with the State would be necessary is because signing the Armory over to a private developer would violate the deed stipulation for public use requiring the City to renegotiate the deed. If your selective memory is functioning, you should remember that Mayor Bramson, without a vote from council, sent a home rule request to then Assemblyman George Latimer to amend the Armory deed to allow the City unrestricted ownership to allow private, non-public use of the Armory. As usual this was attempted during the closing hours of the Assembly session and in the wee hours of the morning but thankfully SOA supporters got wind of the backroom attempt to sabotage Armory preservation and squashed Bramson & Latimer's best efforts (http://tinyurl.com/mq4ucby).

    That combined with the fact that no developer would agree to and the City’s absolute refusal to mandate NR Armory preservation in their Request For Proposal (RFP) or in the Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) granted to Forest City should make it clear that the City never intended to honor the deed. The City had no intention of honoring the letter of the law nor the clear intent of then Governor Pataki as stated in his press release. Governor Pataki is quoted as saying, “By providing a public park on the banks of the Long Island Sound, we can make this beautiful natural resource accessible to children and their parents."

    Let’s not forget another recent Bramson debacle, in 2012, a party line 5-2 City Council vote awarded Good Profit, a fruit stand / restaurant proposal, the right to negotiate a deal with the City Manager on the Armory property. This project failed to acquire basic financial backing and fizzled by the way side not to mention that one member of the Good Profit group had ties to Mayor Bramson’s wife. This proposal would have required the State renegotiation Idoni acknowledged in 1997. City council railroaded this feeble project through, along party lines, slighting a NR Veterans’ proposal to construct a Performing Arts Center that would satisfy the deed.

    Former City Manager, Peter Korn, one of two people responsible for arranging acquisition of the NR Armory penned a Letter to the Editor in which he states, “There was no desire at any time to utilize or preserve the Armory building.”

    Finally, on the subject of Armory destruction, I would direct you to your 2012 comment on Talk Of The Sound,
    “Considering where we were six years ago, I am encouraged that the Armory still exists, and that the City Council is at all attempting preserve it. Our real loss was Ft Slocum in the 1970-80's, something that was an unforgivable crime. Let’s not repeat it.”

    Game, set, match!

    On the matter of me attacking democrats, I challenge anyone whose beliefs and or actions are not supported by facts or anyone who does not represent the will of their constituents regardless of political affiliation. I publicly challenged the NR Republican Party when they flip-flopped on strong mayor by debating both Jim Maisano & Kathy Conroy on WVOX. I also supported and displayed a large lawn sign for State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin. Our core beliefs are at opposite ends of the spectrum BUT Ms. Paulin puts constituent service above politics; for that reason she received my vote.

    While I accept the fact that I have conservative views and am a registered Republican I have worked with and fought against all parties. I worked with Senator Klein when I was co-chair of the SOA Committee with former Democratic Councilwoman Linda Levine and blasted Senator Klein when Bramson and Latimer used Klein as a pawn in their failed attempt to hijack the NR Armory. I once switched my political registration to Independent/non-affiliated and was mocked by members of the NR Democratic Party when I attended their public Democratic meeting. A near riot developed that night as then Mayor Idoni acknowledged my presence and incited the group against me prompting the meeting to be adjourned and moved to a private residence. To his credit, Chairman Arnold Klugman defended my right to attend. Since that night, the NR Democrats meet privately and have denied certain registered Democrats the right to attend their meetings.

  • Coyote in New Rochelle Kills Three Kittens   4 weeks 3 days ago

    One dog and one person has contracted Lyme disease on Brady Ave which is located next to Jefferson Elementary School. Not sure if this is connected to the coyote that was spotted in the area but it is a possibility. If you haven't done it yet, please get your animals vaccinated for Lyme disease. To see this little dog hobbling around because his leg hurts so bad is heart wrenching. If Lyme is contracted you have to undergo a three week course of anti-biotics.

  • JOURNAL NEWS: Bramson County Executive Campaign Used Same Media Firm That Cuomo Protected from Moreland Commision   4 weeks 3 days ago

    There is nothing in your quote, that indicates Tim Idoni advocated demolition of the Armory, nor demolition of anything else. In fact your quote doesn't even mention the Armory nor does it mention City Yard.

    And to "maintain public waterfront access but it may want to make the site available to a private developer for a waterfront project", doesn't indicate demolition and could well indicate restoration.

    I don't blindly defend anyone, but you do appear to blindly attack Democrats. Try not to stretch the truth with false or misleading allegations.

  • JOURNAL NEWS: Bramson County Executive Campaign Used Same Media Firm That Cuomo Protected from Moreland Commision   4 weeks 3 days ago

    I see no facts in your statement that contradicts me, despite your stated belief that you are contradicting me.

    I stand by my accurate statement, that Forest City was cancelled because of the votes of 4 Democratic Councilpersons. Their 4 votes were the majority necessary to cancel the Forest City.

    Although Councilpersons Tarantino and Trangucci correctly voted to cancel Forest City, it would have been cancelled without their votes, because of the votes of Hyden, Rackman, Rice and Fertel.

    Although I might be a bit sarcastic here, I am accurately stating the reality, that the Democrats could have cancelled Forest City without the votes of the Republicans, but the Republicans could not have cancelled Forest City without the votes of the Democrats.

    I take a lot of credit myself, for advocating against Forest City and against the demolition of the Armory and against moving City Yard to Beechwood as far back as 2006. When did TOTS or United Citizens first speak up against Forest City?

    I repeatedly spoke up against these projects to the various Councilpersons who have served during that time, directly and at NR Democratic Committee meetings, and have talked with many voters about these projects, even before Councilpersons Tarantino and Trangucci were elected.

    During that same time period, I effectively advocated against real estate reassessment in New Rochelle, based on the fact that reassessment would create havoc by relatively lowering the taxes of the wealthy North End, by increasing the taxes of the poorer South End.

    Noam wasn't outfoxed. He just didn't realize there was never much support for Forest City or destroying the Armory. I witnessed very few Democrats advocating for that demolition and construction.

    Mayor Bramson and the few Democrats that did advocate it, echoed to each other, creating the false illusion they believed, that there was wide public support for Forest City, when most voters either had no opinion or were strongly against Forest City.

    There is an important lesson here, for all politicians. Despite a politician's closest associates and supporters loudly encouraging a specific policy, that doesn't mean the voters support that policy. And even if a large portion of the public hasn't spoken out against a policy, that doesn't mean that policy is popular among the public.

  • JOURNAL NEWS: Bramson County Executive Campaign Used Same Media Firm That Cuomo Protected from Moreland Commision   4 weeks 3 days ago

    Brian,

    Your understanding of how it came to pass that the Echo Bay development deal with Forest City was defeated is uninformed.

    I do realize that being uninformed has never prevented you from having an opinion but for readers who might be confused, there were many moving parts and lots of factors that came to play over an extended period of time and those who REALLY know what happened are not talking.

    You are right that 4 Democrats and 2 Republicans voted to kill the deal with Mayor Bramson the sole "yes" vote.

    Prior to November the votes lined as Noam, Barry, Jared, Shari v. Ivar, Lou, Al and it was Shari who swung her vote against the project. Jared and Barry changed their vote, according to The Sound Report, at the direction of the Mayor in order to salvage their own futures when the community had so obviously turned hard against the project. I would also point out that the resolution Shari was supporting was brought by Al Tarantino with support from Ivar and Lou.

    Missing from your analysis is WHY the votes lined up they way the did for a while, then changed and then changed so more. That had a great deal to do with many people NOT on City Council and a slowly building consensus that the deal was simply not a good deal for the community; that consensus reached critical mass in the fall of 2013.

    I will just say these things did not JUST HAPPEN.

    In the end, a small group of people came up with a plan to turn around an ocean liner, acted on the plan and then let the tides do the rest.

    Noam was outfoxed. And part of outfoxing him is not disclosing how it was done.

  • New Rochelle's First and Only Walgreen's Set to Close July 30, Former Home of Thruway Diner   4 weeks 4 days 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   4 weeks 4 days 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   4 weeks 4 days 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   4 weeks 4 days 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.