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  • New Rochelle School & Library Budget Pass, Hastie & Polow Elected to School Board   4 years 47 weeks ago

    Stick with it is what I say and you don't want to sell in this market anyway! We need people like you around, and remember change doesn't happen overnight. Since the contingency budget was only slightly less the 1 voted on yesterday, this budget would have passed no matter what. Just don't get discouraged.

    I too have thought long and hard about always voting for the losing side in these things, but hey thats my right and at least its free so I keep voting and you should too.

  • New Rochelle School & Library Budget Pass, Hastie & Polow Elected to School Board   4 years 47 weeks ago

    Funny you should choose the word 'disturbed'.
    Unfortunately, you've gotten fame confused with fairness. I would guess people commenting on this blog are NOT looking for their '15 mins of fame' just their 15 minutes of fairness. The 3 minute public comment session at board meetings was recently expanded to: all the time you can possibly want writing in the comment box of this blog.

    It's also 'disturbing' that you think 'New Rochelle could use a little drama'. Why would anyone CHOOSE to have drama?

  • Exit Polls: Let us know how you voted on the City School District Budget Vote.   4 years 47 weeks ago

    I attended every so-called budget meeting and read all the documents provided by the District so let me correct these false statements.

    1) There were three budget workshop meetings not "five or six public hearings". After the "final" budget was "completed" there was a fourth public meeting where people spoke for or against the final budget. These meetings were not advertised by the District beyond a very small mention on the District's lightly read web site. The meetings were aired on Channel 77 on Cablevision (and I suppose on Verizon) but the airings were not advertised. None of the video and none of the budget documents were ever put on the District's web site and are still not on the District's web site.

    2) There were no "mass mailings" to residents. There was a single mailing of a newsletter. This one mailing is mandate by New York State law. The document sent contained a $22 million error (they left out the Special Education spending). A reader was gracious enough to obtain for me a copy of the budget materials provided to Scarsdale residents; I will try to remember to bring them to the next board meeting. The documents are chock full of information and analysis and allow the voter to understand far more than New Rochelle residents could ever hope to glean from our mailer. No one on the school board could possible defend the third-rate document we get here.

    3) There were very small notices in "newspapers of record" but they are mandated by state law.

    The criteria is not whether they made people who were "paying attention" aware of the school vote but rather whether they reached people who do not normally pay attention. What we can see from the vote totals is that less than 10% of New Rochelle voters "pay attention" to school and library budget votes.

    By law, the school district administers the vote and they do have an obligation in democracy to do whatever they can reasonably do to make sure everyone votes with a recognition that no matter what they do some people will not bother to vote. Of course, it is not in their interest to do that and so, of course, they don't.

    It is absolutely false to say "the Board did what it could do". In fact, the opposite is the case, they did the bare minimum required by law. Their energy was focused on parents of children in the public school.

    The central office for the school district is at City Hall. Please show me the large sign in front of City Hall facing North Avenue announcing that May 19th was the day of the school vote? Give Jim Killoran 25 sheets of plywood, some 2 x4s and paint and there could be large signs positioned at key entrance points to New Rochelle (Exit 15 & 16 on I-95, MetroNorth station, the Hutch exits, Route 1) and at major intersections (North & Quaker Ridge, North & Main, North and Heugenot, North and Shore Road) and at a few key places like near the grocery stores. How about signs in front of private/parochial schools to reach THOSE parents?

    I bet for $200 in wood and paint the District could have increased turnout by 200%.

    So, please spare me this nonsense that the District had a half-dozen budget meetings, did mass mailings (plural) and "everything else" that could be done.

  • New Rochelle School & Library Budget Pass, Hastie & Polow Elected to School Board   4 years 47 weeks ago

    I never met bob cox, peggy godfrey or bruce negrin. but, i will guarantee you that none of these public spirited citiznes will surrender their site because you are upset at cox and gross. Negrin and Godfrey both may know that I have admired and commented on their intelligence, openness and commitment. they are open, civil, intelligent and i don't think they are going to commit hari kari if anyone see things other than they do on issues. they are exactly the kinds of people we need to celebrate and value. God Bless both Peggy and Bruce (yeah, why not Bob Cox) as well. New Rochelle could use dozens more like them.God bless you as well my manic friend.

    you probably have a louder bark than bite, but relax and have a sandwich. It will do you a world of good.

    warren gross

  • New Rochelle School & Library Budget Pass, Hastie & Polow Elected to School Board   4 years 47 weeks ago

    Great job Bob!

    The information on this blog is great, but I think we need to field a slate of candidates for the next school & library votes. The system can't possibly change if the incumbants run unopposed. And I feel the same about the City Counsel & Mayoral races. We need people to run that will spark some enthusiasism so the voters have options and maybe more people will vote. I don't know how many registered voters there are in NR, but a turn out of 3600 is shameful.

    I've said it before and I'll say it again, I think the vast majority of registered voters in NR feel disenfranchised so they don't bother to vote at all.

    That being said, I'm not surprised that the budget did pass. I expected that it would, and yet I still went out and voted no, like I have since I moved here 11 years ago. The point is to keep pressing and moving forward and look towards the next election. Change can be a slow process sometimes.

    Thanks again for your efforts and keep on writing, maybe someday I'll figure out how to register.

    To the other out there that like to poke fun at the people contributing to this discussion, stop hiding and post your name, lets see how much of a man or woman you are! If you can't come out from behind the "Anonymous", then you are truly a coward!

  • New Rochelle School & Library Budget Pass, Hastie & Polow Elected to School Board   4 years 47 weeks ago

    I have no intention of taking my blog off. I read Bob Cox's articles with great interest. We have no newspaper that really covers what is going on in the city as he does. Thank you Mr. Cox.

  • New Rochelle School & Library Budget Pass, Hastie & Polow Elected to School Board   4 years 47 weeks ago

    Not a 'safe bet' at all. I BET readership will only continue to increase now that people need to keep a closer eye on the money in this budget and the 'business as usual' practices of the incumbent and her apprentice.

    Do you realize you are contradicting yourself? First you question if there are readers, than you say there are 200 a day. Which is it? Writing a comment is impossible to do if you're not reading the posts. There seem to be a lot of comments; good, bad or indifferent. How do they do that without reading this blog? To use your words: 'The people of new rochelle in all areas' ARE reading this blog. I hope I haven't bored you, but then again you 'have nothing else to do'. You're probably checking out this site right now. Welcome.

  • New Rochelle School & Library Budget Pass, Hastie & Polow Elected to School Board   4 years 47 weeks ago

    maybe something like this would be a better approach

    A man running for mayor in a town in Croatia promised that if elected,
    he would bring rampant corruption and rob the town at every turn. His
    campaign slogan was, "All for me, nothing for you." And he won.Locals
    said they were impressed by Josko Risa's honesty, which they
    likened to a breath of fresh air."Now we know what we are letting ourselves in for,"
    said one resident.

    http://www.croatiantimes.com/index.php?id=3957

  • New Rochelle School & Library Budget Pass, Hastie & Polow Elected to School Board   4 years 47 weeks ago

    Ha, Ha, thanks for a laugh. I don't know warren or cox. But I think they are doing a great service for New Rochelle. Never before have I have so much information on what is going on. New Rochelle needs people like them. New Rochelle has always been one sided. I too think evil never wins, so watch out!

  • New Rochelle School & Library Budget Pass, Hastie & Polow Elected to School Board   4 years 47 weeks ago

    thanks bob for the update and information. more important, you have started a movement that will lead to some degree of positive change. you should feel proud

    warren gross

  • New Rochelle School & Library Budget Pass, Hastie & Polow Elected to School Board   4 years 47 weeks ago

    credibility, who said I had any. relax, have a beer or lithium anything -- maybe bob cox is buying who knows. see you on this blog in 6 months. warren

  • New Rochelle School & Library Budget Pass, Hastie & Polow Elected to School Board   4 years 47 weeks ago

    I'd also be willing to bet that your blog has nobody reading it. I'd also like to bet you any amount of money nothing ever happens again from your blog. You are a joke and so is your bullsh*t. Every time you talk the 15 people who read this see the Bullsh*t fly out of your mouth. It's hysterical! Keep talking out of the back of your head. I love it, and i love telling you how stupid you are you stupid idiot.

  • Did Polow Commit A Crime in Failing to Report ?   4 years 47 weeks ago

    I really take offense to your remarks. I am a GOOD person, not an evil one. I voted NO. I have children in the system. There are a lot of people right know who are hurting. The ecomony is REALLY bad. We don't need our taxes rasised right know. Does any of these "GOOD" people who voted yes think about that. Why can't our school system cut back, like the rest of us. And I also know more then 15 people who log on to this site. You seem evil to me. And why would you discribe Mr. Cox as a criminal and sociopath? What has he done so wrong? Tell the truth on what really goes on. Maybe you don't want the rest of us to know the really stories.

  • New Rochelle School & Library Budget Pass, Hastie & Polow Elected to School Board   4 years 47 weeks ago

    What do you think is going to be the reaction to this? That someone will beg you to stay?

    I suggest in choosing your new community that you look carefully at what its educational system looks like and ensure that it is agreeable to you before you move in.

    More than likely, the buyer of your house will be someone who will vote yes on the next school budget.

  • New Rochelle School & Library Budget Pass, Hastie & Polow Elected to School Board   4 years 47 weeks ago

    Because they are not actually that unhappy with the status quo. Simple as that.

  • New Rochelle School & Library Budget Pass, Hastie & Polow Elected to School Board   4 years 47 weeks ago

    As a north ender who voted for the budget, I would have NO PROBLEM at all with the idea of specific parts of the community appointing an ombudsman to represent their interests. I think it is a good idea, actually. I would only urge that you find someone who is thoughtful and well-versed in the facts, rather than someone who will just be a fountain of anger and incoherence.

    I do not think that Malfetano is your best choice.

  • New Rochelle School & Library Budget Pass, Hastie & Polow Elected to School Board   4 years 47 weeks ago

    Warren,

    If you click on the image at the top of this post it will expand it to a much larger image which will show you votes by precinct. There is no measure of "vote by school" only by precinct. What it shows is that the North End overwhelmingly supported the budget, Hastie and Polow, the south end went slightly for the budget and the Hastie-Polow ticket. The east and west end voted against the budget and supported Malfetano.

    There are many ways to bring about change -- only one of which is at the ballot box. There are the courts, the press, protest, etc. This recent election is just one of many ways and sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.

    In this case, it is hard to say that 2,200 people voting in favor of the school budget is some sort of vindication when we have about 40,000 voters in New Rochelle. The same can be said for the school board. It really more of a triumph of the school district's ability to operate in secret and in public at the same time. It is also a commentary on residents sense of civic responsibility.

    More fundamentally, the entire nature of the referendum on the budget places all the inertia on the side of supporting the budget.

    If you went to a school, read the mailer that was sent home, read the Journal News or listened to WVOX you knew about the election. The majority of voters in New Rochelle have no reason to be at a public school building, the readership of the Journal News has dropped over the past decade and WVOX has a very small listenership. Even for those who did know there was an election it would have been very easy for yesterday to have passed without any reminder that they needed to go vote THAT day.

    I drove all over New Rochelle yesterday and went to almost every polling place and from one end to the other and other than a small white sign on school building there was not a single sign that an election was taking place. To that extent, the District is behaving in a perfectly rationale manner. They want to bring only those people who support what the District is recommending in the budget to come vote. They also set up the polling places, count the votes and otherwise administer the election. They have over 2,000 union employees, many of whom live in New Rochelle not only prepared to vote but prepared to use children to get our "their" voters under the guise of supporting the idea of everyone coming out to vote.

    Money talks and I would bet that the District spent no more that required by law to inform the public at large about the vote. Some commenters here want to give credit to the District for stories in the Journal News or the Budget News newsletter that is sent out or the League of Women Voters event but these things have nothing to the District or are mandated by law. There were many, many things the District could have done if they wanted a large turn out. Obviously, they do not.

    The District basically acts as judge, jury and executioner so looking to them to create a level playing field that might result in an outcome disadvantageous to them is a waste of time. It would be like our saying that Monsanto lawyers are going to arbitrate all asbestos litigation or having the mafia run RICO trials. No matter what they promise, who believes they are going to be fair. On top of that the State government controls what goes on through NYSED, a part of State government that obviously supports the existing public school system and the bureaucracy which runs it. Then there are the union laws and the education laws which stack the decks so far in favor of the school district it is a wonder there is every ANY successful opposition.

    It is precisely for this reason that I opted to create an entirely new venue to take on the District, a web site they do not control, through which questions could be raised and where answers can be made public whether they like it or not. We have been at it less than a year and have already had a major impact on the way the District conducts itself. It may never be possible to dislodge the people in control of the school district but we have already demonstrated that it is possible to shine a bright light on they are up to and just maybe go a little ways towards keeping them honest (at least occasionally).

    This was my first time really looking closely at how this whole process works. I made a lot of notes and have some ideas on how the playing field might be leveled in the future. Those discussions have already begun and I think you will see some changes start to show themselves over the next year or two.

    Meanwhile, folks should recall we still have some newsworthy events to watch -- what now happens with the union contract, what happens with the size of Full-Day K enrollment, what happens with the decline in the assessed value of property, what happens with property taxes. We have staked out some positions here on that; let's see what actually happens.

    I will go out on a limb here and say that there will be one national news story about major problems with the administration of the New Rochelle School District and one district employee, at least, will be arrested and charge with some form of corruption by Christmas.

  • New Rochelle School & Library Budget Pass, Hastie & Polow Elected to School Board   4 years 47 weeks ago

    They are not nothing. They are fellow citizens of your city who happen to disagree with you on certain issues. This is not the way to behave toward your neighbors.

  • New Rochelle School & Library Budget Pass, Hastie & Polow Elected to School Board   4 years 47 weeks ago

    I would like to think this post is sarcasm, but I don't think it is. So, to this poster, I would like to say, posts like yours are wrong and unhelpful. I don't agree much with Cox and I dislike a lot of what I see on this blog, but that does not make him evil. I bet you voted for Obama. Is this how Obama treats people whose views are different from his? Everyone is entitled to a voice and not to be villified for expressing an opinion about issues of civic importance.

  • New Rochelle School & Library Budget Pass, Hastie & Polow Elected to School Board   4 years 47 weeks ago

    This is right.

    To those posters on this blog who are so unhappy with the board and the budget:

    There is no point being outraged at the board. It is democratically elected and it is following the will of the people who elected it. Your disagreement is not really with them but with your fellow citizens of New Rochelle who have different views than you do about the way the school system is run. Their opinion is not less legitimate than yours, it's just different.

    Politics is the art of persuading other people. Your problem is not lack of turnout, it is that too few people feel as outraged as you do about the school taxes and the board. If they did, they'd vote. You can say they didn't know about the election, but really that is just another indication of the fact that they are not all that unhappy with the status quo. Everyone gets a property tax bill and everyone knows that the schools are the biggest portion of it.

    The north end is by and large happy with the schools and the board (and the city council, for that matter). That is their right. They are not bad people because they have a different view than you do. You are not bad people because of your views, either. The bottom line though is that right now your view is the minority, and theirs is the majority - and by a wide margin.

    If you want change you have to persuade, not villify.

  • New Rochelle School & Library Budget Pass, Hastie & Polow Elected to School Board   4 years 47 weeks ago

    If all of your posts and more of the posts on this blog were as calmly reasoned as this one, you and this blog would be much more influential.

  • Did Polow Commit A Crime in Failing to Report ?   4 years 47 weeks ago

    Are you saying that the 'citizens of New Rochelle' are of one view point even though the vote was NO WHERE NEAR unanimous? Are you saying that those who voted 'yes' are 'good' and those who voted 'no' are 'evil'? Are you saying that everyone commenting on this site is a lier? I think you are the one who is slipping, my friend.

  • Exit Polls: Let us know how you voted on the City School District Budget Vote.   4 years 47 weeks ago

    Looks like the only people in new rochelle that voted no were people on your blog. LOL looks like another 2 years of wasting gas, shooting deer, eating lunch at 10 am, selling plywood and driving around school vehicles on weekend. I must say your doing a great job Cox, keep up the good work. LOL

  • Exit Polls: Let us know how you voted on the City School District Budget Vote.   4 years 47 weeks ago

    This has nothing to do with Mr. Cox's @## or his blog.

  • Did Polow Commit A Crime in Failing to Report ?   4 years 47 weeks ago

    thanks, it's getting better. They said it would take about 3-4 weeks.