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  • JOURNAL NEWS: Bramson County Executive Campaign Used Same Media Firm That Cuomo Protected from Moreland Commision   17 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   17 weeks 5 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   17 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   18 weeks 7 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   18 weeks 1 day ago

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

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

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

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

    By Bob McCaffrey on Fri, 10/11/2013

    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, 10:48 a.m. EDT May 15, 2014

    MountCo Lied to City Before Acquiring 35 Maple Senior Housing in 2011, Rents SkyRocket
    By James O'Toole on Wed, 12/11/2013

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

    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

    2011 Discussion and Vote on Maple Center Elderly Housing Project
    By Talk of the Sou... on Tue, 12/10/2013

    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   18 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   19 weeks 6 days 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   20 weeks 1 hour 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   20 weeks 3 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   20 weeks 4 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   20 weeks 6 hours ago

    Dear Boy Wonder
    Having seen the push back on the Forest City Project
    I suggest the following.
    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   20 weeks 9 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”)   21 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”)   21 weeks 3 days ago


    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.

    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

    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   22 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   22 weeks 3 days ago
  • OPEN LETTER: New Rochelle Municipal Housing Authority Violations of New York State Open Meeting Law   22 weeks 3 days ago


    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 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:

  • New Rochelle Board of Education: Happy school boards are all alike; every unhappy school board is unhappy in its own way   22 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.”

  • OPEN LETTER: New Rochelle Municipal Housing Authority Violations of New York State Open Meeting Law   23 weeks 1 day ago


    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 (

    "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   23 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   23 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?

  • OPEN LETTER: New Rochelle Municipal Housing Authority Violations of New York State Open Meeting Law   23 weeks 3 days ago

    This is ridiculous, and is definitely another issue that is contributing to homelessness in New Rochelle. Section eight has been closed for years for the majority of applicants, and when it does open very few are informed or accepted. In addition many who have section eight vouchers in my community have trouble finding places to live and not much is being done to rectify that. Some of my friends have been on the waiting list for two years or more. MHA should be accountable to the public and publicly accessible.

  • City of New Rochelle issues a Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”)   23 weeks 3 days ago

    Actually, the description of New Rochelle's downtown including Iona College, Montefiore, College of New Rochelle, Monroe and the Public Library, Pintard, Echo, Sickles and Union Street" is correct.

    However, downtown also includes US Rt 1 as far west as I-95 Exit 15 (near Home Depot), and east to the Larchmont Border.

    Traditionally, west New Rochelle including Union and Washington Ave was the original downtown of the old village of New Rochelle. It's still part of downtown New Rochelle.

    Along North Ave, downtown exists as far north as the south side of Eastchester Rd. The 'North End' of New Rochelle traditionally begins on the north side of Eastchester Rd, and is not downtown.

    West of North Ave, downtown's northern border is Lincoln Ave.

    Drake and Weyman Ave, north from Elm are part of downtown too.

    It's easy to spot downtown New Rochelle, as its where most of the stores and colleges are, and is entirely in the 'South End' of New Rochelle.

  • City of New Rochelle issues a Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”)   23 weeks 6 days ago

    TOD BS. The race to save the planet. Climate change. Agenda 21. All a bunch of nonsense to waste taxpayer money.

    New Rochelle has lacked adequate parking and meaningful retail for at least two decades. Meanwhile, every community around NR has been able to secure retail development. Not us. We keep chasing residential so we can cram people into downtown apartments near the train station. We are doing our part to get people out their cars and close to mass transit. We want to socially integrate them so we can all live as one, big happy family.

    And while we are chasing this Agenda 21 pipe dream, the American Dream is becoming a nightmare. The middle class is being wiped out. Home ownership
    among the middle class--once a sign of our prosperity--is on the decline. We become more and more dependent on government benefits--foodstamps, Obamacare, etc. American jobs that once helped the middle class prosper are in China. Here, Americans get replaced by cheaper, foreign labor who manage
    to get into the country on visa loopholes.

    Save us, Mayor Bramson. Save the middle class from ever-increasing property taxes. The bulk of which go to fund never ending pay increases for city
    workers. Save us from all the "fees" and the library taxes that helped line the pockets of Avalon developers and Louis Cappelli. Save us from more traffic in the downtown thanks to TOD, From more crime, more dorms, more college takeovers. Restore the middle class suburban lifestyle that NR
    used to have. This is a suburb of NYC. It is not
    NYC. Stop cramming us in like a bunch of sardines.

    In short, stop taking the quality of life away from the middle class property owners who built this city and forking it over to transients and rich developers. Stop taking our money in the form of
    fees and taxes and we will have more to spend on goods and services which, in turn, would benefit the city economically. You're saving the planet by killing off middle class Americans. I rather die from climate change.

  • Ruby Dee Passes in New Rochelle   24 weeks 23 hours ago

    During the 1960's, when I was a teenager, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis spoke to us students, a number of times in Assemblies at Albert Leonard Jr High and New Rochelle High School. They were active locally and in the PTA, probably because of their children, but also because of their love of this friendly suburban city.

    I recall, in particular, an Assembly where Ossie and Ruby spoke to the students shortly after ML King Jr was murdered, to reassure and calm all the students and faculty. Everyone appreciated their efforts. The ALJHS and NRHS students, of all ethnicities, got along and socialized well, but the guidance and caring of Ruby and Ossie were well received, and they were loved by all of us.

    In many ways, New Rochelle was in the center of the Civil Rights Movement, as it had three segregated elementary schools ordered integrated by the federal courts. Yet it also had loved residents such as Ruby and Ossie, as well as Whitney Young, with Malcolm X living in nearby Mt Vernon, all in the center of the Civil Rights Movement.

    Ruby and Ossie were wonderful people in their private as well as professional lives, and will be greatly missed in New Rochelle as well as throughout the USA.

    God bless you, Ruby Dee. You lived a peaceful, blissful, artistically and socially productive life. I know you will rest in peace.

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