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  • Bramson Stirs Embers of Dormant Group Home Controversy to Generate Attention for Himself   3 weeks 3 days 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 weeks 3 days 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 weeks 4 days 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 weeks 4 days 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 weeks 4 days 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   3 weeks 6 days 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   3 weeks 6 days 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   4 weeks 14 hours 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   4 weeks 2 days 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.

  • New Rochelle Selects Twining Properties as Waterfront Developer   4 weeks 5 days ago

    What developer in his right mind would build anything overlooking a swamp and a sewerage treatment plant? The only reason this is on the table again is because Bramson needs to look as if he has great plans for the city so that he can get re-elected. Smoke and mirrors so he can earn some brownie points in the election.

  • BACK ON THE AIR AFTER TWO YEARS: Bob Marrone Expected to Join WFAS-AM as New Morning Man   6 weeks 2 hours ago

    Good luck Bob with your new endeavor. I can't wait to participate in a show with personality on a station that cares about listeners enough to maintain a stable internet feed.

  • The Mayor Abdicates Municipal Authority & Keeps Us in the Dark   6 weeks 8 hours ago

    The Mayor apparently is doubling down on his strategy of denying due process to his the people he was elected to represent. The Mayor posted an inflammatory blog that attempts to cast the people of Sun Haven and New Rochelle as hot-headed, hostile and misinformed, rather than caring, concerned, tax paying citizens of New Rochelle; not to mention Americans, who are entitled to statutory due process against the State's arbitrary and capricious licensing of a men's home health care facility.

  • The Mayor Abdicates Municipal Authority & Keeps Us in the Dark   6 weeks 11 hours ago

    I believe those were the very words used when the mayor was commenting on the overwhelming objection to his pet project over in echo bay. This is, in fact, the common theme these days when it comes to "leadership" ( or more importantly, lack of ). Discussion is certainly welcomed as long as it is agreeable with the issue at hand. Opposing viewpoints are instantly labeled as obstructionist, extreme or just plain wrong. When did the concerns of residents regarding their own quality of life in their neighborhood become unimportant. (Here's a hint January 2006)
    Another shameful moment in the mayors career.

  • The Mayor Abdicates Municipal Authority & Keeps Us in the Dark   6 weeks 11 hours ago

    Joe, You are absolutely right, the Mayor does not understand his own people. Why is that? You must remember he is under the impression he is smarter and knows what is best. He has been at this job way too long.

    If he only put as much afford into this situation as he did trying get the votes to allow homeowners to have chickens in their yards, we might get some place.

    Do you think he might be looking to move to Albany and work for Cuomo?

  • New Rochelle Selects Twining Properties as Waterfront Developer   6 weeks 13 hours ago

    Dear Boy Wonder
    Having seen the push back on the Forest City Project
    I suggest the following.
    NO TAX ABATEMENT
    NO DEVELOPER GIVE AWAY
    FULL DISCLOSURE ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
    ARMORY REMAINS IN THE PUBLIC'S POSSESSION
    NO COST BURDEN TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT use real numbers.
    NO COST BURDEN TO THE TAX PAYER use real numbers

    Otherwise you will wind up in the same place just spending the developers money with a project that will not pass.

  • New Rochelle Selects Twining Properties as Waterfront Developer   6 weeks 16 hours ago

    Yet another grandiose plan to develop the convergence of two massive storm culverts that emit every foul matter imaginable from oil to human waste not to mention those cancer causing PCB's and Agent Orange (dioxins). Guess the developer like my self was bamboozled by the city's lies. Someone simply needs to witness the place after a thunderstorm or take a mud sample and test it privately, but noooo pore more money and years into that swamp. The Federal Government had an obligation to protect the citizens from New Rochelle's and Con Edison's grandiose cover up but drooped the ball because of polital preasure. Can't wait for to hear all the lies and excuses again at the end of this money transfer.

  • City of New Rochelle issues a Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”)   7 weeks 2 days ago

    The days of Bloomingdales, Arnold Constable, Woolworths, Grants, etc. would still be here if the middle class wasn't stripped of all its "disposable income."

    New Rochelle was typical middle class suburbia 40 years ago but the ever increasing cost of living and declining incomes crippled the city. Contributing to that are the non-stop property tax increases and fees. It is a shame that our mayor wants to bring a new class of people into the downtown who have higher wages and thus disposable income to replace displaced the middle class New Rochellians. We should be focusing more on bringing good paying manufacturing jobs back to the US and cutting government spending so the middle class can be rejuvenated.

  • City of New Rochelle issues a Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”)   7 weeks 3 days ago

    Brian,

    Correct but from which century?

    I am sorry but it has been a long time since we were The Old Village of New Rochelle. From what you say because I live by Iona College and live South of Eastchester Road, I therefore live Downtown? No I don’t and the way that Iona College is buying up property, I may actually live on campus in a few years! I wonder what the people out on Premium Point would think about your saying that the entrance to their exclusive estates by the Larchmont Border is in Downtown. Same goes for the homes in The Rochelle Park-Rochelle Heights Historic District and for home up Beechmont and back into the Historic District as they too are within the area you describe.

    I too am a long time citizen born and raised in New Rochelle. I have seen the days of RKO, Town, Lowes, Bloomingdales, Arnold Constables, Palace Shoes, Grants, and F& W Woolworths and Schrafft’s Ice Cream. Those were the days that the people with disposable incomes would shop at Bloomies and go to lunch at Schraff’s. My grandmother was one of them. The people from the North End and many surrounding cities would shop Downtown. It is these businesses and the many others like Lillian Vernon that brought people into Downtown every day to work and shop. Sadly, they are all gone now but I.B. Cohen and a few others. But they are going soon as well.

    The Downtown Business District of the past with an old village type shopping and restaurant spaces was largely replaced by suburban malls like the we see in White Plains parts of Pelham/Mount Vernon and several other communities that used smart planning and development. Because New Rochelle fell short in all the vital areas of Downtown Planning and Development many residents shop outside of New Rochelle choosing convenience and parking over rundown stores and empty spaces with little to no parking and getting tickets when a parking spot was found.

    New Rochelle did not change with the times and kept giving the place away with tax abatements and poor planning to a point where shoppers from New Rochelle and the surrounding area found that The Downtown Business District had eroded and was barely hanging on. Many of the shops closed up, choosing to move to a mall and the spaces were replaced by redundant nail palaces, one dollar stores, perhaps ethnic cafes, photo and cell phone shops.

    It took me a while to reply to your post as I was working really hard to find someone who thought your description of Downtown was accurate or current, which it’s not! I asked my aunts, uncles and several other long time New Rochelle residents who grew up in New Rochelle in the twenties and thirties what they thought, they don’t agree with your description. I can never remember my grandparents who settled here in the early 1900’s refer to anything other than the area around Main Street and Huguenot Street as Downtown. The train station was sometimes included when they spoke of Downtown. But they mostly spoke about Downtown as the area from the Macy’s/Harrison Street to Pintard Avenue where Huguenot Street and Main Street meet.

    You like the Mayor and some on The City Council have to realize this is not and has not been The Old Village of New Rochelle for some time now. Oh say fifty to one hundred years. As I said, I too grew up here along with my father and his father before him. As a matter of fact, if you look at the side of the building across from the Transportation Center at 301 North Avenue you can see my other grandfather’s Raymond Porter's Real Estate and Insurance sign is still there. They all had a different description of downtown. But it never fit what you claim and it hasn’t for some time now. If you look at the maps for the New Rochelle BID and many other projects, even some of the most recent ones, Downtown is the area that runs from Harrison Avenue or maybe to Echo Avenue up Huguenot and Main streets to where they meet at Pintard Avenue. You can say the parts by the train station and up Center Ave to Blessed Sacrament Church. You could say one block north of Huguenot Street and one block south of Main Street. Here is a description or definition of Downtown from Wikipedia.

    From Wikipedia:
    Downtown is a term primarily used in North America by English speakers to refer to a city's core (or center) or CBD (Central Business District), often in a geographical, commercial, or communal sense.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Downtown

    The terms downtown and uptown can refer to cardinal directions, for example, in Manhattan, where downtown is also a relative geographical term. Anything south of where the speaker is currently standing, in most places, is said to be downtown. Anything north of the speaker is uptown. In the common New York City phrase, "We're going to take the subway downtown," downtown refers to traveling in the geographic direction of south.

    So by that definition you are correct. But we are not and never will be New York City or even White Plains. Many people from New Rochelle can barely admit that New Rochelle has become a city. If you are at Iona College you are not Downtown but if you are going south on North Ave past Iona College, you can say you are headed Downtown. Here is some info from The 1996 Plan. Excuse the typo’s but I took it as was written.

    From the 1996 Plan:

    II-18 Parking;
    Surface lots located between Main Street and Huguenot Street ~serves
    The New Rochelle Library and other downtown uses. These surface
    lots may be interim land uses subject to redevelopment for other
    purposes as part of downtown development plans.

    II-28 Characteristics of Major Arte.rials
    Traffic activity within the
    downtown area and along the major arterials leading into it can be
    significant, particularly during peak periods. Redevelopment activity
    in the downtown, including development of the Intermodal
    Transportation Center, is only expected to increase this activity.

    II-29 Road Classification:
    The major arterial roadways in the city provide relatively high capacity
    Routes into, through and around the downtown and adjacent areas.
    Through downtown,
    Main Street is one-way heading east with three lanes of traffic and on street
    Parking on both sides in selected areas where expanded
    Sidewalks limit parking.

    II-30 Road
    Main Street. Main Street is the major east-west arterial carrying traffic
    From the city's east and west borders through the downtown where it
    Is a paired one way system with Huguenot Street? Main Street links
    New Rochelle with the Villages of Pelham and Pelham Manor to the
    West and the Town of Mamaroneck and Village of Larchmont to the
    East.

    As stated, “The Request for Qualified Developers for two key “cluster” parcels in the downtown - 1) The Transit Oriented Development Cluster (“TOD”) and 2) The Downtown Cluster, made up primarily of City-owned parcels but also including privately-held properties, in the heart of the City”.

    The plan speaks of the Huguenot and Main Street area for the Downtown area. The only anchors Iona College has in Downtown are the students they house in the building formerly known as The Avalon and The Marriott at New Roc. I would also love to confirm his numbers where he claimed "hundreds of businesses and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of people, and tens of millions in spending power" exist around Sickles and Union Street. Which are in the West End of New Rochelle not Downtown? So I would say that you, The Mayor and anyone else who still believes as you do needs to wake up and get into the 21st Century. Update your maps, your minds and your logic!

    No wonder we can’t get The Downtown Area turned around,

    What has to happen first and can be done right using this RFQ Process, is to plan for a revised version/vision of a Downtown Business District Model. You have to plan and invest in vertical parking structures to service these shops as well as the expected growth rate. Just because you live near a train station does not mean people will not drive. They will and that has been part of the demise of the current downtown. They will drive straight to White Plains or just shop in New York City before they come home to New Rochelle.

    Precede any further large residential developments with a total update of the zoning laws, addressing the issues caused by current realtors and developers. Build the correct foundation by providing protection (police) clearing away vacant small businesses that just do not meet the cut. We must fix and cleanup what we have. We can’t continue the build it and they will come models. Ask the right questions and get the right answers as so many cities and towns around us have.

    As stated, create a Retail Hub with shops, restaurants, a vibrant downtown and business district. A city that hustles and bustles day and night with activity, places to go and people to see, a warm and inviting downtown that attracts the young and old alike, a destination. Everything that New Rochelle lacks yet members of council and staff continues the pitch for more housing and development. We must get it right this time as New Rochelle can only have so many second chances which we have today. We have a chance for change, a change of mind, heart and direction for all of New Rochelle and the future to come.

    I am not going to get into the North End debate. Yes I will! The North End is just that, the section of New Rochelle in the Northern most part of The City of New Rochelle.

    End /end/noun
    Noun: end; plural noun: ends
    1. The furthest or most extreme part or point of something.
    "A length of wire with a hook at the end"
    Synonyms: extremity, furthermost part, limit; more
    2. A final part of something, especially a period of time, an activity, or a story.
    "The end of the year"
    Synonyms: conclusion, termination, ending, finish, close, resolution, climax, finale, culmination, denouement; more
    Epilogue, coda, peroration.

    The North End has always been everything from Quaker Ridge Road North. Hence, The North End. Heading South of Quaker Ridge is the Wykagyl Section which goes into the Pain Lake/Pain and Forrest Avenue section and then the High School which is the where the North Side of New Rochelle ends at Eastchester Road. Then from Eastchester Road which has been considered the center point or dividing line of New Rochelle converts into the South Side of New Rochelle and so on to Downtown New Rochelle and finally into the South End of New Rochelle. There are also the East and West Ends which again by definition are the points at the end of each side of the town not the center points or they would be the center of town and not the North, South, East or West Ends!

  • OPEN LETTER: New Rochelle Municipal Housing Authority Violations of New York State Open Meeting Law   8 weeks 2 days ago

    "I cannot imaging why you have denied me any specific historical citation to a fair and appropriate request"

    Imagine this...

    I have better things to do.

    If you do not believe what I wrote then your are free not to believe it. If you want to research the topic then go ahead. But you have no reason to expect a reply just because you imagine something is important.

    I wrote about the NRMHA. My interest is to better serve the public by highlighting deficiencies. Your interest seems to be mentally pleasuring yourself with inane digressions into some rabbit hole of your own making about a topic of interest solely to you.

    Expect to be criticized whenever you digress from the topic. As we have discussed, there is a thin line between debate and trolling and you have crossed it before and are crossing it now.

    Trolls are suspended from the site so choose your next words carefully.

  • OPEN LETTER: New Rochelle Municipal Housing Authority Violations of New York State Open Meeting Law   8 weeks 3 days ago
  • OPEN LETTER: New Rochelle Municipal Housing Authority Violations of New York State Open Meeting Law   8 weeks 4 days ago

    Bob,

    I have always treated you fairly, but lately I have encountered a rude and insulting attitude from yourself, towards me. Generally, I ignore that attitude, hut refrain from responding to your inappropriate rebuttals to my own comments, as I respect that this is your own website. But I must respond this time.

    Regarding the governments of the USA, NYS and City of New Rochelle, all three governments ultimately exist under the US Constitution. All three governments do have many non-public executive sessions. And Congress does have many non-public legislative committee sessions, at least when national security is claimed. Privacy issues are also a basis of denial of FOIL. Under both Federal and NYS law, Freedom of Information requests will generally be denied regarding executive sessions and privacy issues.

    Regarding the government of New Rochelle, we only have a two-branch government of legislature and judicial. There is no independent executive branch, as the City Manager is appointed, not elected, and serves at the pleasure of the City Council. New Rochelle’s ‘executive sessions’ exist within the legislative City Council. NR governmental executive sessions are beyond the requirements of FOIL requests, and probably that is also true of the NR Board of Education. Therefore, your recourse to denial of such FOIL requests are NY Supreme Court Article 78 actions.

    I had read the entire article “OPEN LETTER: New Rochelle Municipal Housing Authority Violations of New York State Open Meeting Law”. As I agree that the government should always rapidly comply with Freedom of Information requests, I had little to comment on in that regard, except for what I just written above.

    However, I am very knowledgeable on American. British and World History (and New Rochelle History), perhaps a bit more than yourself.

    But there are certainly historic things I am uninformed in, and you had raised one of them, so I asked for a source of information on 18th Century UK forbidding public viewing of Parliamentary procedures. And I asked for a source of information on that being a basis of the American Revolution / creation of American Constitution’s Bill of Rights. That is one of the topics you wrote of, and the topic I ask for more information.

    Although that topic was incidental to your main topic of responding to Freedom of Information requests, you ironically ended up doing exactly what you are critical of, which is that you avoided providing the information that I freely requested of you.

    I cannot imaging why you have denied me any specific historical citation to a fair and appropriate request, unless you yourself don’t have any source for your statement regarding either/or both 18th Century Parliament’s refusal to allow public observance of its proceeding and/or of the American Revolutionaries guaranteeing public observance of Congressional proceedings because specific to Parliament’s refusal to do so.

    I am not saying you are mistaken, but rather that you have made a declaration regarding both UK and USA history that I am otherwise unaware of. Certainly, if you have such knowledge, there is no reason for you to not provide it.

    You responded “Instead, you seek to imply in a passive/aggressive manner that you know what you are talking about and, by extension, that I do not.”

    But, actually I did the opposite, and instead indicated I had no knowledge of historic facts you alleged, and asked you to educate me and the public, by providing the information that you alleged “For those who know their history” is aware of. Actually, I believe very few people (if anyone) who knows history is aware of what you declare most historically aware people are supposedly aware of. So please provide me a basis of your assertion regarding UK Parliament. If you do know this to be true, why wouldn’t you document it upon request?

    At any rate, I assure you that anyone truly interested in history, pays close attention to ‘sidebars’ and other incidental statements. History shares something with Science, which is the continuous need to be documented, reviewed, questioned, resulting in restatement or correction. I’m surprised that is not your own attitude, to all statements posted at TOTS, including your own. Your failure to provide the information I legitimately requested, and to inappropriately criticize my raising an appropriate question, indicates it is you, not me, who has exhibited a “passive/aggressive manner”.

    I am not about to do your historic research for you. I have read your opinion, couched as historic fact, if you are unable to document it, with an actual historic source. You may well be right in your assertion, and probably are, but without an actual citation from you, I cannot help but to wonder if your assertion is actual fact.

    But I have gone as fare as to do google the topic, using part of your quote. Wikipedia partially supports your statement as http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hansard but one cannot fully depend on the reliability of Wikipedia. But that link has a quote you used, leading me to believe that your own source is Wikipedia. That’s at least a start, but you could have provided that link yourself, instead of deliberately insulting me.

    You falsely stated “That you are unaware of this is beyond my ability to cure.” Actually you could have cured it easily. If you know what your are writing about, it means you have the ability to provide me with a specific book or historic document. So what does it mean if you refuse to document what you state? I do appreciate your quote of James Madison, but there is nothing in that quote indicating it was a reference to Parliament or to Parliament’s supposed refused to allow public proceeding of its procedures.

    I looked up James Madison’s quote, and I see no direct relation between it and Parliament. Most likely it relates to the 1st Amendment’s rights to free speech, a free press and assembly. However, nowhere in the US Constitution is there a public right to freedom of information, other than the right to observe those legislative sessions that are held in public Madison’s concept was that our democracy depended on Congress being able to question the executive branch. But Madison wasn’t so interested in the rights of individuals to make such requests of the executive branch.

    Indeed, Madison’s idea of Democracy was to allow white men only, direct vote of the members of the House of Representatives, but without popular vote of elections to President or the US Senate. Senators were not elected by popular vote of men, until the early 20th century, and the President is still not elected by popular vote.

    Freedom of Information requests by the public is a modern concept, unknown to our founding fathers. The federal Freedom of Information Act was enacted in 1966.

    Here is a link to NYS Public Officer Law Art 7, the Open Meeting Law, for everyone, in public and in the government, to read:

    http://www.dos.ny.gov/coog/openmeetlaw.html

  • New Rochelle Board of Education: Happy school boards are all alike; every unhappy school board is unhappy in its own way   8 weeks 6 days ago

    Hello Bob,

    After reading this piece, it made me think about a book I mentioned to you some time ago titled David and Goliath:… by Malcolm Gladwell. Here is a quote from the book. It all fits.

    “But crucially, innovators need to be disagreeable. By disagreeable, I don’t mean obnoxious or unpleasant. I mean that on that fifth dimension of the Big Five personality inventory, “agreeableness,” they tend to be on the far end of the continuum. They are people willing to take social risks—to do things that others might disapprove of.

    That is not easy. Society frowns on disagreeableness. As human beings we are hardwired to seek the approval of those around us. Yet a radical and transformative thought goes nowhere without the willingness to challenge convention. “If you have a new idea, and it’s disruptive and you’re agreeable, then what are you going to do with that?” says Peterson. “If you worry about hurting people’s feelings and disturbing the social structure, you’re not going to put your ideas forward.” As the playwright George Bernard Shaw once put it: “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

    Excerpt From: Malcolm Gladwell. “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.”
    http://www.amazon.com/David-Goliath-Underdogs-Misfits-Battling/dp/031620...

  • OPEN LETTER: New Rochelle Municipal Housing Authority Violations of New York State Open Meeting Law   9 weeks 1 day ago

    Brian,

    As is so often the case, you become distracted by a sidebar in an article, ignore the actual topic addressed by the article, and seek out a "debate" in which you can demonstrate some imagined expertise to "prove" that you are "right" about some tangent of that sidebar of that article related to that topic in the hopes of "proving" the author you are responding to is "wrong". And then what happens from there is not clear.

    The topic here is the failure of the NRMHA to abide by the Open Meeting Law.

    If you are care to address the actual topic, I would be interested.

    Instead, you seek to imply in a passive/aggressive manner that you know what you are talking about and, by extension, that I do not.

    In fact, the opposite is the case.

    Now, I am not going to do homework for you just because you SAY you know American and British history very well when quite obviously you do not. I suggest you visit the New Rochelle public library and educate yourself.

    What I am willing to do is verbally "bitch slap" you in the hope that you might appreciate that I am much smarter than you, better educated and do not write or speak on topics when I am not sure of the topic.

    So, here we go...

    Go run off to the library and find a book on British Parliamentary history. Read through it until you get to the part where, in the years immediately preceding the American revolution, the British Parliament was a highly secretive body. You will then find this slowly began to change starting in 1771 following a particular case involving the Mayor of London and then evolved over the next few decades.

    You will see how, for most of the18th century, British citizens were not allowed to observe debate and no record was made available of debate. The only thing that was available was the official record of the actions of the House AFTER THE FACT. In other words, a citizen could learn what the law was but now how it came to be.

    In fact, the publication of remarks made in the House became a breach of Parliamentary privilege, punishable by the two Houses of Parliament. Penalties for publishing records of remarks included fines and jail.

    Traditions of self-governance evolved differently in the American colonies, reflecting , in part, the way in which churches and pastors “governed” communities. There was more community involvement albeit limited to white, male, landowners and an expectation that colonists were not only entitled to know how they were being governed but have a direct say in it.

    The Founders were influenced by a wide range of political science theory, tradition, including past practice in the British Parliament, and more so there is no one document you can read to understand the way in which freedom of information became one of the bedrock principles of democratic self governance and is a cornerstone of our conceptions of democracy.

    That you are unaware of this is beyond my ability to cure.

    James Madison, who authored the original draft of the Bill of Rights, said:

    “A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy, or perhaps both.”

    Read more here (http://bit.ly/TaOKRV):

    "The policy of public access to the government’s business can be traced back to the writings of those instrumental in the American Revolution and the founding of the new democracy. The principle that the government served the people and that it existed only with the knowledge and consent of the governed was encapsulated in the formation of the government and the Bill of Rights. The laws are based on the underlying principle that government business is the public’s business. Therefore, people have a fundamental right of access to that process and the information and records related to it."

    Now I know you are just champing at the bit to find some phrase in my remarks to form the basis for a digression from my reply to your tangent about the sidebar of the article related to the topic but my interest here is a serious one about correcting egregious violations of OML at the NRMHA and protecting the public's right to know not engaging in diversions meant to do little more than make you feel better about yourself.

    If you have some concerns or insight regarding the NRMHA and OML in the context of my reporting I am interested. Otherwise, not.

  • Con Edison Named Top U.S. Utility In Newsweek Green Rankings   9 weeks 1 day ago

    The Company that likely caused the death of Lou Gehrig, my own family members. That has left a toxic legacy in New Rochelle for one hundred years and caused the fish to be the most toxic in the state.That has shut down development of the waterfront for 30 years costing the citizens millions in taxes. A company that lied to the public, state, federal agencies and courts, to be awarded anything other then fines is total hypocrisy.

  • OPEN LETTER: New Rochelle Municipal Housing Authority Violations of New York State Open Meeting Law   9 weeks 2 days ago

    Bob, you wrote "British citizens were not allowed to attend parliament and were not allowed to obtain records of the business of parliament."

    I know American and British history very well, and I never have heard of that problem with 18th century UK parliament, nor of American complaints about it.

    Obviously, most American colonists could not attend Parliament as it was an ocean away. Generally, what Americans are taught are simply that American colonists were not represented in Parliament.

    As I am very interested in British and American history, I wonder if you provide me a source for the lack of any public access to 18th century parliament proceedings, and a source for that being an issue to Americans during our Revolution?