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  • New Rochelle Employees Union Announces Tentative Contract with New Rochelle School District; 2-2.5% Pay Increase   5 years 13 weeks ago

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  • New Rochelle Employees Union Announces Tentative Contract with New Rochelle School District; 2-2.5% Pay Increase   5 years 13 weeks ago

    As usual you (Cox) pass judgment and disregard posts that don't bow down and agree with yours. Half of the posts that challenge you never make the blog as you censure them because they expose you for what you are; a loud mouth bully who believes he has all the answers. This site could be so much better with no effort if you print all posts. I realize anonymous posts must be proofed due to language and content but censure based on opinion goes against the transparency you mandate from others. Some anonymous posts are moles; some are wise guys but most are timid people who are not comfortable with public identification but have something to offer, aka the silent majority, who have found a way to join the discussion. Encourage more posts to increase credibility.

  • New Rochelle Employees Union Announces Tentative Contract with New Rochelle School District; 2-2.5% Pay Increase   5 years 13 weeks ago
    Cox

    I am not fond of you in the least Mr. Cox. But I am honest. You have found your niche. Without the extreme sides of information, we could not have a legitimate middle ground. I do not like your views, but I understand the need for them. Freedom of the press (both sides) brings balance. I hate to admit it, but you bring balance. Unsettling, but balance none the less.

  • Union Chief Marty Daly Says Schools Contract "Fair"; Admits Seeking Shorter Contract to Seek Bigger Raises Sooner   5 years 13 weeks ago

    a retiring fuse negotiator put her papers in and then negotiated a retirement incentive which will include her. I think they call that double dipping. net to her? about na additional $10,000 at the tax payers expense. not bad for an ALMS union rep.

  • Possible Swine Flu Case at Jefferson School, Is Swine Flu Spreading in New Rochelle Schools?   5 years 13 weeks ago

    Davis School in New Rochelle had a confirmed case according to the district pinhead Weiss-Harrison. There is no notice as of this post about anything in Jefferson. Also, the Immaculate Conception School in Tuckahoe had a confirmed case, so if your kids play with kids from there, be vigilant. As usual the ineptitude of the school board lists announcements under a cutsie "flu season" cartoon. Flu season is over, this is a seperate influenza outbreak and should be recognized as such. You CAN be vigilant AND communicate with the parents without causing panic. Pulling their head out of the sand(or out of their a_ _) would help the parents prepare for any event. So, wash your hands and call Ms Weiss-Harrison 576-4264 and ask about the report at Jefferson.

  • N. R. Citizens Reform Club Tag Sale   5 years 13 weeks ago

    Before or after the tag sale, visit Trinity Elementary (180 Pelham Road) for the PTA's first ever Carnival! Pony rides, games, food, fun! It's a short walk down and the kids will enjoy it!

  • MEMO: NRPD and CSDNR Should Collaborate to Build an iPod Database   5 years 13 weeks ago

    A note to the two commenters.

    I do not know what to think of the rather odd notion that a student who steals an iPod would then take that iPod to the police in an attempt to register the iPod in their name. Setting aside the highly unlikely nature of this scenario, the real owner of the iPod could file a criminal complaint based on proof of ownership such as a receipt, registration information or testimony. The student who stole the iPod would be arrested and prosecuted. After the case is resolved the iPod would be returned to the real owner. Given this possibility, I seriously doubt an iPod thief is going to come forward as you have suggested but if they were dumb enough to do as you say the most likely outcome is that a stolen iPod would be returned.

    It does not matter whether the New Rochelle school system is set up exactly the same as Portsmouth PD. New Rochelle school security is run by Detective Bruce Danieli (ret.), formerly of NRPD. The NRPD has a Youth Officer and is already involved in the schools through D.A.R.E. The program would be accommodated to the existing system as appropriate.

    When you understand that this sort of theft of iPods, cellphone, etc. is commonplace at schools, the value of such a program as both a deterrent and as a way to reunite iPod owners with their iPod is obvious. As the program would be voluntarily, lower crime, save money and ultimately benefit all concerned - less crime means less work for NRPD, lower number of thefts means less VADIR filings, students are protected and/or get their property back.

  • Assemblyman George Latimer Brings Bad Budget & MTA Tidings to New Rochelle from Albany Statehouse   5 years 13 weeks ago

    Thanks for your comments. The next meeting of the New Rochelle Citizens Reform Club will be on June 25th at the American Legion Post 8 on North Avenue, New Rochelle at 7:30 p.m. It usually meets on the fourth Thursday of the month but we will not meet in July and August.

  • Assemblyman George Latimer Brings Bad Budget & MTA Tidings to New Rochelle from Albany Statehouse   5 years 13 weeks ago

    "An attempt to gain concessions on pay raises was rejected by the unions, consequently the Governor said he will lay off workers."

    Unrealistic. So the union heads rather have members fired? Why pay to be in a union if this is the best leadership can offer? Members need to get on the phone and voice her/his opinions.

  • Assemblyman George Latimer Brings Bad Budget & MTA Tidings to New Rochelle from Albany Statehouse   5 years 13 weeks ago

    thank you peggy, this is very useful and george continues to be very open. I wish there was a way to more broadly circulate key information such as you have presented to the community-at-large. too many people, for example, are confusing star credits and rebates. there are notices on bulleting boards in pelham road residences urging people to call reprsentatative klein's office to petition the state to save the star credit. they have it wrong; at this point the credit is secure, it is the rebate that is going away.

    you may be interested in Liz Feld's statements on the latest cuomo smokescreen on consolidating political entitities. I wrote a blog point on this in Bob's blog -- cuomo is shameless in not indicating upfront that his proposal would hold school districts, state and countygovernments, and state mandates harmless. that is where so many of the expense management and efficiency layers rest.

    again, thanks for the heads up on george and hope to be there myself if health permits. can you tell me where the reform club meets and if all are welcome.

    warren gross

    warren gross

  • Union Chief Marty Daly Says Schools Contract "Fair"; Admits Seeking Shorter Contract to Seek Bigger Raises Sooner   5 years 13 weeks ago

    If you ever doubted the enormous power of school districts and educational based unions, you might want to look closely at the latest piece of form over substance AG Cuomo is trying out on the gullible voter. He is advocating giving taxpayers the power to strip away layers of government and has a considerable amount of support from the usual opportunits and airheads in state and local governments who count on its apparent emotional appeal to beleaguered taxpayers. What the taxpayer who is gotten used to running his or her life by soundbites doesn't know, it will likely do exactly the opposite.

    In Sundays's Journal News (May 31) there were a few Letters to the Editor stating support for this idea and extolling its virtues. Both letters mentioned the efficiencies that could be realized in consolidaing school districts, etc.....

    Do you think that FUSE or any teachers uniion or, for that matter, districts, would support such a notion. Of course not! And not surprisingly,
    School Districts are EXEMPT from this proposal and they were from the recent payroll tax on businesses to fund the MTA increases. But other non-profits, cancer care, animal shelters, hospices, etc. WERE NOT

    A very bright lady, ex Mayor Feld of Larchmont, correctly labeled the latest Cuomo move as "showmanship" -- after all, this is a man who does little more than grab for the headlines. But that is a story for another day.

    Do not, repeat do not, support a proposed mesure that exempts the consolidation of school districts. That is where the real savings are and that is how your taxes can be significantly reduced.

    Oh, by the way, Cuomo also would exempt State educational mandates and state and county governments from his proposal so as to ensure he gets backing at vital political levels.

    This is not a good guy to say the least, but neither is politics a decent way of life.

    But, the purpose of this blog is to demonstrate the power of the districts and unions and the enormous hurdle of trying to effect change and cut costs.

    warren gross

  • MEMO: NRPD and CSDNR Should Collaborate to Build an iPod Database   5 years 13 weeks ago

    New Rochelle does not have School Resource Officers or officers in the schools.

  • New Rochelle Employees Union Announces Tentative Contract with New Rochelle School District; 2-2.5% Pay Increase   5 years 13 weeks ago

    There are other members of F. U. S.E , it's not a teacher only union, there are mechanics, tradesman, custodians, security officers etc. That's alot of people not getting raises.

  • MEMO: NRPD and CSDNR Should Collaborate to Build an iPod Database   5 years 13 weeks ago

    Some students probably wont hand it up to get it scanned for the serial, get pictures taken of it, and a description. There is a way around that when you first register it with he database. Someone can steal an Ipod, then have it registered with the school, and then if the person that got the Ipod stolen from him then he wouldn't be able to get it back. Then the school would get in trouble if the guardian of the child could get the police involved and match the Ipod up to the Itunes that the child that got the Ipod stolen from and if its a match then the school will have big problems.

    -A@NRHS

  • New Rochelle Employees Union Announces Tentative Contract with New Rochelle School District; 2-2.5% Pay Increase   5 years 13 weeks ago

    As you are posting anonymously I have no idea who you are or why anyone should care what you think but it is certainly not true that all arguments are worthwhile. Arguments that are fallacious, based on untruths or otherwise unsound are not "worthwhile". Some arguments are self-serving, illogical or just plain stupid and should be dismissed out-of-hand.

    In this particular case, I commented on a post about greed being a driving factor in the tentative contract. I did not disagree with the "argument" and I am not dismissing it. It is not necessarily false or stupid. It may even be true. My concern is in addressing the core issue: the union manipulating the system to drive up spending to unsustainable levels not only within a particular budget period but long-term in the form of unfunded pension liabilities. What is happening with GM is a case in point. It is my view that the "they are greedy" is not a line of argument likely to carry the day. While it may well be the case, it is entirely subjective and goes to the state of mind of the union and its members and therefore not a fact-based argument.

    In either case, it is not "bullying" to express my view or challenge someone else's point of view. The name of the site is TALK of the Sound. We have an active comments section for a reason; so commentary and debate can take place. To that extent this is a marketplace of ideas and in that sort of marketplace the fact that you, me or anyone else expresses a particular point of view on a topic does not require that everyone else buy what is being sold.

    You seem overly concerned with the question of whether or not I or anyone else should have the right to respond to someone else's comment and label that "bullying". Nonsense. That this site offers you a forum to express your view does not entitle you to a particular response. If you believe that the union is being greedy than make the case for that instead of just uttering a claim and then expecting your verbal ejaculation to be accepted as received wisdom.

  • New Rochelle Employees Union Announces Tentative Contract with New Rochelle School District; 2-2.5% Pay Increase   5 years 13 weeks ago

    Cox; stop bullying public opinions. While you are an educated man you are far from perfect. While your points are valid so are others. Greed is a major factor whether it’s a raise or feeding friends and family at the public trough. Removing excess staff would be a major savings but all savings count! My grandmother taught me to take care of the pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves. Instead of being holier then thou acknowledge valid opinions even if they are less “worthy” in your world. Last I checked you can’t walk on water!

  • New Rochelle Memorial Day Parade 2009 - UPDATED IMAGES   5 years 13 weeks ago

    This was a proud day for New Rochelle and all its veterans.

  • My Life in New Rochelle: Tom Roberts   5 years 13 weeks ago

    I remember going to this mall, outdoor skating summer and winter, roller and ice. Later on the rink was taken over by "Peachtree's" for outdoor bbq's and cocktails. Do you have any pictures of this mall and the skating rink??? If you do, you may want to give everyone some happy memories and post them on deadmalls.com thank you, Frank jerseycityfrank2004@yahoo.com

  • 15 Minute Lunch   5 years 13 weeks ago

    go too trinity.Was a reply ever recieved?Most kids if they have the choice between recess or lunch,they would pick recess.But i understand that there is a section set aside for those who dont finish there lunch.There is no room ,its called over crowding and lack of monies for monitors.

  • Trinity Elementary School Reverse Course: Pledge of Allegiance No Longer "Optional"   5 years 13 weeks ago

    The 2008-2009 City School District Calendar on page 2 shows school hours as being: 8:27 am for the first bell and 8:45 am as the start of the first session.
    When did this change and were parents notified? I was under the impression that 8:30 was on time.

  • New Rochelle Employees Union Announces Tentative Contract with New Rochelle School District; 2-2.5% Pay Increase   5 years 13 weeks ago

    ...or a Language Arts teacher.

  • Union Chief Marty Daly Says Schools Contract "Fair"; Admits Seeking Shorter Contract to Seek Bigger Raises Sooner   5 years 13 weeks ago

    daly is really good at what he does. should be superintendent and go against whoever becomes FUSE delegate. I suppose we can expect the usual rationalizations from new rochelle district and many blog readers about the deserving teachers, overworked administrators,etc....

    come on really! what else is there to know? The journal news guy is a poor excuse for a journalist. he is certainly not in the league of a dwight worley.

    all the information is there for rational and reasonable people to look at.

    warren gross

  • New Rochelle Employees Union Announces Tentative Contract with New Rochelle School District; 2-2.5% Pay Increase   5 years 13 weeks ago

    I don't think much of your book when it says that delaying a raise by six months means you cut the amount of the raise in two. Getting a 2% raise then a 2.5% raise but having the raise deferred for six months does not mean that the raise is actually 1% and 1.25%.

    Let me see if I can explain this to you in the simplest possible terms so that even you can follow it.

    You have a teacher making $100,000 on June 30, 2009.

    The new contract starts on July 1, 2009 and they are still making $100,000

    On Jan. 1, 2010 they get a 2% raise so they are now making $102,000.

    On Jan. 1, 2011 they get a 2.5% raise so they are now making $104,550

    On June 30, 2011 the contract ends with the teacher making $104,550 which becomes the base salary for the next contract.

    The effect of the contract is to raise the teachers salary by a total of 4.55%.

    In terms of cash in pocket the teacher gets a total of $100,000/2 for 6 months, then $102,000 for 12 months and then $104,550/2 for 6 months or...

    $50,000 + $102,000 + $52,275 = $204,275. for an EFFECTIVE increase of 4.275% over two years or, if you want to take a simple average which does not concern itself with the investment rate, 2.14% per year. Without the delay, the simple average would 2% + 2.5% = 2.25% per year so the effect of the delay is to decrease the average effective salary increase by 2.25% minus 2.14% for a total of .11%.

    So, the effect of the delay is to reduce the effective increase by a little over 1/10th of a percent not to cut it by 50% as you have claimed.

    At the same time, whatever increase is negotiated 2 years from now will be applied to that salary of $104,550 as will pension benefits so although the delay decreases the effective increase the base salary it has no impact at all on the salary upon which future increases will be based.

    Now, according to you the raise is really only 1% and 1.25% because you are cutting it in half because it is delayed by a few months (6 to be precise).

    Under your scenario this is the same as a 1% raise on July 1, 2009 followed a year later by a 1.25% raise a year later. Let's see how that works.

    The same teacher is making $100,000 on June 30, 2009.

    The teacher gets a 1% raise to $101,000 on July 1, 2009.

    A year later, on July 1, 2010 the teacher gets a 1.25% raise which comes out to be $102,263 or a 2.26% increase.

    So, you are understating the amount of the raise by about half and understating the new base salary going into the next contract by over $2,000.

    If you STILL think what you have claimed makes sense then vote against the tentative contract and let's make a new deal where we give this teacher a $2,500 cash bonus and a zero percent increase. According to you claims that is a better deal for the teacher in this scenario, right?

  • New Rochelle Employees Union Announces Tentative Contract with New Rochelle School District; 2-2.5% Pay Increase   5 years 13 weeks ago

    I would gladly trade a pay increase double what is in the tentative contract if the school district would get rid of the surplus teachers, staff and administrators currently on the district payroll.

    Mr. Organisciak said the district employs 2,200 people for a school system with 11,500 students enrolled. Think about that! There is one employee for every 5 students. And this does not count "outsourced" employees whether they be lawyers, contract workers, temps, BOCES, cooking school teachers, etc.

    The District is perfectly happy to have a debate over whether or not teacher's salaries are too high or whether maintenance staff get too much overtime because they have ready answers for that and can swat down any argument. They will talk about "fairness" and the need to be competitive with other school districts in Westchester. For the maintenance staff they will talk about emergencies and unforeseeable "calamities" like snowfall.

    The issue is not whether teacher's salaries are too high but whether we actually need as many teachers as are on the payroll.

    The district was able to "reassign" 13 full-time teachers to the new full-day kindergarten program. People should be asking: reassign from where? Where are these 13 teachers today and how can it be they do so little that they can be taken away from their current duties and reassigned. The total cost to the district of carrying these 13 teachers this year was about $1 mm.

    There is also the issue of improperly enrolled students. After disputing claims here that there are hundreds of students enrolled in New Rochelle schools that do not live here, Ms. Polow at the LWV forum proceeded to rant on and on about how 60-90 students a year ARE removed from the schools and that in some case students are ALLOWED to be enrolled in the school even when they do not live in New Rochelle because the Superintendent gave them a waiver for person reasons such as joint custody situations. By her own math, over the past 5 years the district has found and removed 300 to 450 students and there is some unspecified number who are given waivers. Yet, the district stridently objects when school board candidates point to Mount Vernon which found 816 wrong enrolled students and call for a similar residency investigation to determine the full extent of the problem in New Rochelle. After claiming the problem does not exist, Ms. Polow now admits that there have been hundreds of students wrongly enrolled which raises series questions about the process by which students are enrolled in the first place. Whether the number is 300, 450 or 800, the fact is that the District has a history of wrongly enrolled students so to attack residents who raise this issue at board meetings is demagoguery plain and simple.

    Let's get off losing arguments like debating 2% pay increases which involves less than $2.5 mm and focus on whether we have 100 teachers and related staff we do not need, 50 clerical staff we do not need 50 maintenance staff we do not need. Eliminating 100-200 unnecessary positions is worth tens of millions of dollars and savings and has a long-term benefit of reducing pension liabilities.

  • New Rochelle Employees Union Announces Tentative Contract with New Rochelle School District; 2-2.5% Pay Increase   5 years 13 weeks ago

    Greed is the driving force!

    Greed is the driving force behind the above comment. Whether it’s 1%, 1¼%, 2% or 2.5% makes no difference because it should have been ZERO. We have a system whereby teachers are encouraged to slack after receiving tenure because unless they shoot themselves in the foot they cannot be fired. Teachers pay nothing towards their health and retirement benefits, work less then 200 days per year and have the summer to relax or work a second full time job. All this and one would think the teachers would be willing to share the pain in these challenging times but they want a raise. It’s not only the teachers; it’s the school system when you consider that Organaschac took a $13,000 raise. The greed is most evident in the fact that similar positions in the city administration pay 10% to 15% less. It’s time to stop the pigs from feeding at the trough.