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  • Security Guard at Heart of New Rochelle Sexting Incident Identified; Polow Knew   5 years 9 weeks ago

    That is child porn and the woman should be fired and put in jail! Why isnt this being taken seriously...the woman should not have a job with the city in any form!

  • New Rochelle School & Library Budget Pass, Hastie & Polow Elected to School Board   5 years 9 weeks ago

    Seems like you have become a real 'payne' for our troll.

  • New Rochelle School & Library Budget Pass, Hastie & Polow Elected to School Board   5 years 9 weeks ago

    I think you were remarking on my comments, about how I think this blog is good for New Rochelle, and that I think Bob Cox is not evil. My comment is two above. Just to inform you I DID NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA. And never will.

  • New Rochelle School & Library Budget Pass, Hastie & Polow Elected to School Board   5 years 9 weeks ago

    Tomatoe, Tomathoh.

    Please anon, do not criticize our little troll. "Payne" is how you spell "Paine" over in Yonkers.

  • New Rochelle School & Library Budget Pass, Hastie & Polow Elected to School Board   5 years 9 weeks ago

    I do not think it is true for everyone but certainly enough that is one the main things to be overcome.

    My desire to defeat the budget (twice) has nothing to do with lowering taxes but the effect of defeating the budget will be to "permanently" lower the budget starting the year AFTER. The budget will be lower because they will clear out the hundreds of "wrongly enrolled" students and get rid of all the sweetheart deals and no-bid contracts and non-mandated spending that is used to "bribe" certain voting blocks.

    Here is a clue on one way that works -- in order to keep the private and parochial families in line, especially in the North End, the district provides free busing for kids who do not qualify for free busing. This little perq is worth thousands of dollars a year to these families; so even though their kids do not attend the public schools they are given sweeteners to keep them just happy enough not to vote against the budget. They know that if the budget fails, the state would come in, look at the non-mandated busing and take it away. With that gone, those families have no reason to support the budget or remain neutral.

    I think the budget should be defeated (twice) every 7-10 years to force the state to take over the district's finances for a year and "clean house".

    None of this would even be necessary if the District was open about what they do but since they operate in a world of secret meetings, back room deals, withheld public records, and routinely lying to the public and "press" such as it is, there is no better way.

  • New Rochelle School & Library Budget Pass, Hastie & Polow Elected to School Board   5 years 9 weeks ago

    At the present writing of this comment there have been 52,141 visitors to this site; far more than 15 (just check the number at the bottom of the page). Although you were celebrating the districts victory, I would guess you are not from this city. How do I know? Someone TRULY familiar with this fine city would know how to spell the name 'Paine'.

  • New Rochelle School & Library Budget Pass, Hastie & Polow Elected to School Board   5 years 9 weeks ago

    There have been a few comments that keep making reference to an audience of fifteen. That number must have shown up on some talking points memo.

    Large numbers are not necessarily required to institute change. Have you ever heard of the Loyal Nine?

    http://www.sparknotes.com/history/american/prerevolution/terms/term_4.html

  • New Rochelle School & Library Budget Pass, Hastie & Polow Elected to School Board   5 years 9 weeks ago

    I agree. This is why people don't vote. I know too many people who don't vote just for this reason. They feel it's a waste of time. To keep voting. You can win once, with NO votes. Then you will have to vote again.

  • Grenade? What the hell is going on at Isaac E. "Nam" Middle School?   5 years 9 weeks ago

    Weren't the Drupals a race of aliens in the movie Spaceballs ?
    John D

  • New Rochelle School & Library Budget Pass, Hastie & Polow Elected to School Board   5 years 9 weeks ago

    i hope this election points up many important things and not the least being the importance of change.The results are conclusive enough but not anything to take as a broad mandate. If I read this correctly less than 10% of registered new roc voters came forth and cast ballots for the budget and for the trustees. That is much more meaningful than any statistic especially given the economic downturn we face today and a spot check of other communities near ours seem to portray a more participatory sense. Actually the number of registered voters seems counterintuitive to the results -- such a small percentage of eligible who vote. even comparing the yea/nay totals on the budget to the total trustee cast votes is a little problematic.

    now nobody go nuts -- it has nothing at all to do in my mind with the validity and honesty of the counts. congratulations to hastie and polow and i hope they both profit from the implicit messages as well as the explicit messages.

    One is surely how to we encourage more people to exercise their franchise on a matter that effects two thirds of their tax burden in the city and one that has such a significangt effect on current and future city planning. another is how do we ensure city wide representation -- should we employ the growing trend toward mayoral control, have council persons and the mayor appoint the board or leave it as is with the provision that there are sub community observers or even an omsbudsman to represent the distinctive needs of the community.

    i want to look a little deeper into the data and look at district rankings, participation, etc... to see the extent of the situation; something I hope Jeff Hastie picks up on.

    All this said, congratulations to Deirde and Jeff and I hope that they see this less as a mandate for the status quo, but more as a community-based responsbililty.

    As for the library, running unopposed is neither a handshake or a closed fist from the community. It does tell me that the library requires a great deal of board attention given its importance to the district, its placement near a number of our new major residential initiatives as well as a recent record of misconduct and worse. Go get em Em

    warren gross

  • Grenade? What the hell is going on at Isaac E. "Nam" Middle School?   5 years 9 weeks ago

    I like both formats. Can you have both at the same time? :)

  • Thank You to the Party Hacks (Dolts)   5 years 9 weeks ago

    Glad someone else said it !
    CJFNR

  • Security Guard at Heart of New Rochelle Sexting Incident Identified; Polow Knew   5 years 9 weeks ago

    So, let me see if I can boil this down a bit.

    There was allegation by a 17-year old girl against a cop who entered into a plea agreement where he made no admission of guilt on the allegation of rape. The NRPD defended the cop in many different ways. But you say it WAS rape. So, in other words, you are saying that you do not believe the cop and you do not believe NRPD. Is that correct? They are lying and you are telling the truth?

    OK.

    Now you agree that Ms. Henry was reported to Child Protective Services for assaulting a child, right? So we agree on that. In fact, she was reported to CPS by a social worker at Albert Leonard who then turned the matter over to NRPD, right? And the same NRPD that you say lied about a cop raping a 17-year old girl, they "fully investigated" and determined that the allegation was unfounded.

    So, when it suits you, you BELIEVE the cops and when it does not suit you the cops are LIARS. Is that about right?

    And when a social worker at Albert Leonard calls CPS on Ms. Henry, the social worker is the liar. And when there is an incident with Ms. Ferrera, then people lied then too in order to make Ms. Henry look like the bad guy? And what about threatening people in the finance department where he daughter-in-law works? Were those people lying? And why has been Ms. Henry been repeatedly bounced around the school district buildings, suspended, and most recently been assigned to a "make-work" job guarding an empty conference room on the 2nd floor at City Hall? Were the administrators who did this all liars? And if these are all lies then where is Marty Daly and F.U.S.E. defending her instead of agreeing to the suspension and whatever make-work assignments she is given? Oh, and I am a liar too, right? And the people who provided me information on this story are all liars.

    Wow!

    Seems like EVERYONE is a liar except for you -- and the cops but just on the days when they close cases in ways that you like otherwise they are liars too.

    Now, let's try a little truth.

    Had this blog been operating when the cop was alleged to have raped a girl we would have reported that but since it happened before this site existed we could not. For the record, the case is a disgrace for the NRPD and that cop got off waaaaay to easy. He should be in jail as far as we are concerned here.

    You can't prove a negative so there is nothing much to say about your claim that "there was never any pictures floating around or being text in this situation by any grown ups". There was and that is why she was suspended. What should have happened is that she should have been reported to the police and they should have called in the DA to a full forensic investigation to trace that image from her phone to any other phone that received the image. They should have then arrested any person who received that photo AND sent it to someone else.

    The way we really know you are full of it is your laughable claim that "if something like that happened trust and beleave there would've been people getting fired and arrests made form day 1."

    Hilarious.

    Stuff like like this happens all the time in the New Rochelle school system and it is almost ALWAYS swept under the rug.

    You got anything else or are we done now?

  • Thank You to the Party Hacks (Dolts)   5 years 9 weeks ago

    You could, I suppose look up the payrolls to get the names of the employees (their names were published in the Journal News I believe) then cross check it against voter info (public records). You'll know who voted but not how they voted. You could draw a pretty accurate conclusion though.

  • New Rochelle School & Library Budget Pass, Hastie & Polow Elected to School Board   5 years 9 weeks ago

    Pay attention folks.This is some very deep commentary from a person taking his life lessons from a batman cartoon. Be very afraid.

  • Thank You to the Party Hacks (Dolts)   5 years 9 weeks ago

    I am not aware of any way to find this out but it might be possible to determine how many of the 2,200 district employees live in New Rochelle; that would be a start. I would not assume that all employees who vote all vote to support the budget or the official candidates but it is likely a high percentage.

    Ironically the head of the PTA could not vote because he lives in Yonkers.

    The Superintendent did not vote because he lives in Westbury. None of the Assistant Superintendents voted because they don't live here either. The medical director did not vote here because she lives in Larchmont. So I guess you mean how many of the "rank and file" voted.

    Look, there is no point in crying over spilled milk.

    The only people who are actually organized on this issue are supporters of the school district - the schools themselves, the administration, the teachers union, the PTA which is controlled by the teachers union.

    The entire voting process is stacked in favor of the district -- they select the polling places, they put almost all of the polling places in their own buildings and then hold concerts and other events at the schools/polling places on election day, they deal with the press, they put up the signs, etc. And then if they lose they get a do-over.

    What we are voting on is shrouded in mystery. Millions of dollars is hidden behind the various line items in the budget. Discussion of union negotiations is supposedly illegal. Few people even understand that the only thing we actually vote on is the top line number in the budget. We do not vote on a tax increase; the figure provide is entirely fabricated based on various assumptions about the value of assessed property six months down the road.

    The only way to really know what the voters think is for concerned citizens to develop their own organization capable of countering the District's ability to get their message out and take responsibility for raising awareness in the community that a vote is occurring.

  • New Rochelle School & Library Budget Pass, Hastie & Polow Elected to School Board   5 years 9 weeks ago

    If you don't care and are finished with this conversation, just turn off your computer. It's just like changing the channel on your television, turning the dial on your radio or hanging-up your telephone. It's also very obvious WHO cares.

  • Grenade? What the hell is going on at Isaac E. "Nam" Middle School?   5 years 9 weeks ago

    I did keep the ability to add a subject line or headline.

    I was trying to to figure out a way to have people reply directly to a comment that they intend to reply to rather than simply add a new comment. The conversation gets out of order because some people are using "add new comment" when what they mean to do is "reply" to a comment.

    I do not know enough Drupal programming to make it work right. Any Drupal programmers looking for some volunteer work?

  • Thank You to the Party Hacks (Dolts)   5 years 9 weeks ago

    Seven hundred and twenty votes doesn't sound like a landslide.

  • Thank You to the Party Hacks (Dolts)   5 years 9 weeks ago

    Who would be dumb enough to vote 'no' for their own raises? I'm sure the 1,420 'no' voters don't have school district jobs; if they have jobs left at all they need to pay for their mortgages not for other peoples raises. If this bad economy is as 'temporary' as our newly-elected library trustee has portrayed it; then the increases could easily have been 'temporarily' put off until next year's budget.

  • Thank You to the Party Hacks (Dolts)   5 years 9 weeks ago

    Those three districts will in fact be the driving force that will propel this venue to reach and most likely surpass it's goals. Where can those districts turn to for 'sound talk'? They turn to 'Talk of the Sound'.

  • Grenade? What the hell is going on at Isaac E. "Nam" Middle School?   5 years 9 weeks ago

    Bob, what happened to the comments? I don't like how it has changed.

  • New Rochelle School & Library Budget Pass, Hastie & Polow Elected to School Board   5 years 9 weeks ago

    You sound so dum!!! The only people that should win, are the children of New Rochelle. Or are you someone who works for the school system? And want a big raise?

  • Security Guard at Heart of New Rochelle Sexting Incident Identified; Polow Knew   5 years 9 weeks ago

    School board has allowed this to happen and exposed the taxpayers to a lawsuit

  • New Rochelle School & Library Budget Pass, Hastie & Polow Elected to School Board   5 years 9 weeks ago

    FINISHED!!!!!!