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  • City of New Rochelle issues a Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”)   24 weeks 4 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”)   24 weeks 5 days ago

    Brian,

    Correct but from which century?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    From the 1996 Plan:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • OPEN LETTER: New Rochelle Municipal Housing Authority Violations of New York State Open Meeting Law   25 weeks 4 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   25 weeks 6 days ago
  • OPEN LETTER: New Rochelle Municipal Housing Authority Violations of New York State Open Meeting Law   25 weeks 6 days ago

    Bob,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • New Rochelle Board of Education: Happy school boards are all alike; every unhappy school board is unhappy in its own way   26 weeks 2 days ago

    Hello Bob,

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

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

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

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

  • OPEN LETTER: New Rochelle Municipal Housing Authority Violations of New York State Open Meeting Law   26 weeks 3 days ago

    Brian,

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

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

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

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

    In fact, the opposite is the case.

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

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

    So, here we go...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Con Edison Named Top U.S. Utility In Newsweek Green Rankings   26 weeks 3 days 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   26 weeks 4 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   26 weeks 5 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”)   26 weeks 6 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”)   27 weeks 2 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   27 weeks 3 days 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.

  • North Avenue Mile/ Council to Discuss New Rochelle Homelessness Tuesday   27 weeks 4 days ago

    Your are right.

  • IT'S OFFICIAL: Board of Education Announces Appointment of New Superintendent   27 weeks 6 days ago

    I've never met Dr. Osborne but grew up in Maplewood NJ where life was pretty great in the 60s/70s -- ditto for the schools. Good luck to all!

  • North Avenue Mile/ Council to Discuss New Rochelle Homelessness Tuesday   28 weeks 23 hours ago

    Citzen's to be heard starts at 730pm. Public hearings first then Citzens to be heard

  • New Rochelle Police Join in Search For Wanted Suspect   28 weeks 2 days ago

    A robo call from the principal @ Webster School stated the school was in a "lockout" from early morning until 11:30 when they were cleared to open. Children will be kept indoors as a precaution for the balance of the day

  • Trangucci: Leaf Bagging Not a 'Green Project'   28 weeks 3 days ago

    If anyone believes bagging leaves is about being “Green” or saving the planet, they are sadly naive. Taxpayers are angry because they are losing another paid city-service. Taxpayers will have to endure an increase from landscapers or bag leaves in addition to watching their property taxes increase regardless of any "savings" from bagging leaves. This is all about city council maneuvering in an effort to stay under Governor Cuomo’s tax-cap for the upcoming budget. Taxpayers lost backyard garbage pickup, had garbage collection extracted from the budget and changed to a “fee” and were blackmailed into accepting a new library tax because city council can’t live within the taxpayers means.

    On another note, a member of the ruling class in New Rochelle telling taxpayers who are angry about bagging leaves that it’s “too bad, as they should do it even if not required by law” is a prime example of the elitist, do as I say, arrogant attitude that has divided New Rochelle.

    Being Green and staying under the tax-cap should look good on the resume Mayor Bramson submitted to the committee assigned to search for the next President of Westchester Community College. It is apparent to all that the embarrassing loss to Astorino has left Bramson a two-time looser. Even he realizes it's time to move on; leaving behind a legacy of failed development.

  • Trangucci: Leaf Bagging Not a 'Green Project'   28 weeks 4 days ago

    Brian,

    If you look at your comment and my comment, it is quite clear that I quoted EXACTLY WHAT YOUR WROTE. If you did not convey your meaning with the words you chose then re-phrase your remarks but please do not accuse me of "misquoting" you when I have quoted directly from what you published above.

    I have expressed my concerns with Agenda 21 many times so I have no idea why you believe that I agree with you about global warming or climate change or that anyone that does not share your opinions on the topic are "anti-scientific". I am not interest in having that debate but focusing on the topic at hand -- leaf bagging.

    I publicly stated my support for it at the hearing while recognizing that opponents have perfectly legitimate reasons for opposing it and well-founded reasons to be skeptical of assurances made by our local government.

    My reason for supporting the leaf-bagging has a lot to do with the experience this winter where our streets were often impassable due to snow and that this was compounded by loose leafs piled up on the streets making snow removal difficult. To me it is a safety issue first.

    There is an inconvenience and a cost and real questions of what the City will do with any money "saved". To dismiss those legitimate concerns is what I mean by you living in a cartoon world.

    You might just once trying to understand that someone can have a different point of view and not seek to ascribe nefarious motives to them.

  • Trangucci: Leaf Bagging Not a 'Green Project'   28 weeks 6 days ago

    Bob, I say "I don’t understand why..." when something is stated that I don't understand; and that is because I am not ashamed to admit to those things I don't understand.

    But I do understand that our planet is undergoing serious climate change and global warming, some of which is an ongoing natural process, and much of which is due to the self-destructive tendencies of modern civilization.

    I think you agree with me on the dangers of climate change, and especially of the dangers of sea level rising to our city on the shore of the Long Island Sound.

    Using your logic, I shouldn’t worry about this, as I live on the 4th floor of a building whose ground floor is 50 feet above current sea level, and because I am 63 and won’t live to see the worsening effects of climate change that will occur in the latter half of the 21st century.

    But I am concerned, as our current civilization must protect future generations from our society’s current short-sighted excesses and selfish greed.

    I am unsure whether bagging and mulching leaves is intended as an environmental or as a social concern. But if it benefits our society it’s probably a good idea.

    I am always concerned about ever-increasing taxes of all kinds, even those taxes that do not directly affect me. Obviously, if all taxes continued increasing perpetually, eventually taxes would reach 100%, which of course will never actually happen.

    Bob, you misquote me when you claim I wrote that Lou Trangucci thinks those who are angry about the leaf-bagging are “basically anti-environmental". I did not state that. Rather, I asked if anti-environmentalists are people Councilperson Trangucci thinks will be angry. It is because I don’t know the answer, that I ask that question.

    Personally, I believe Lou’s concerns are financial, and that Mr Trangucci does have environmental concerns, especially as most of his constituents live near the shore.

    But there are some persons who regularly post at TOTS, with comments that absurdly mock our City Council’s, the USA’s and UN’s efforts towards an environmentally-safe planet. And I do believe those persons are quite right-wing, anti-scientific and anti-environmental even at minimal cost.

    As such, I would like to know for sure, whether the angry constituents Councilman Trangucci refers to, are only people who want to avoid tax increases, or also include anti-scientific / anti-environmental persons. I do believe Mr Trangucci’s concerns are mainly that of taxes, but I‘d like to know Lou’s perspective on those persons who are anti-scientific and anti-environmental.

    I do not live in a cartoon world at all, but am quite realistic and pragmatic. The people who live in a cartoon world, are those people who post at TOTS ranting against the environmental concerns of the New Rochelle City Council’s, the USA’s and UN’s efforts towards an environmentally-safe planet.

    Having stated that here, my initial reason for posting my comment was that Peggy Godfrey wrote that Shari Rackman stated that “her district is mostly in the 10583 zip code group, and she [Shari] noted, many houses in her zip code are in Scarsdale proper”.

    I find it hard to believe Councilperson Rackman would have implied or stated that her constituents include persons actually living in Scarsdale but not in New Rochelle. Obviously, our City Council only represents those persons actually living in New Rochelle, no matter what their zip code. I myself grew up in the Scarsdale postal zone of New Rochelle, and did live in a house with a lawn and trees.

  • Trangucci: Leaf Bagging Not a 'Green Project'   28 weeks 6 days ago

    Frankly I think bagging leaves or mulching to be the responsibility of the Home Owner who has the property. I have about 10 huge oaks on my property and I am not opposed to mulching, composting and mulching on my property. However in the right of way there are a number of City owned Oaks that impact my life and I do want the city to be responsible for their trees in the right of way.
    In many cases the City Trees have been neglected as the City as usual does not have the funds. There are thousands of City Owner trees that need pruning, removal and topping off to protect the homeowners.
    My plan is to do an assessment of City own leaves and have the City come and pick up their leaves off my property. I should have a cold day in hell getting it done.

  • Trangucci: Leaf Bagging Not a 'Green Project'   28 weeks 6 days ago

    Brian,

    I think you could start most of your comments with "I don’t understand why..." because you seem incapable of accepting the notion that someone would could have a different point of view on an issue and not be some evil Republican working for Dick Cheney and Karl Rove.

    At the hearing, I spoke in favor of Mayor Bramson's idea of bagging leaves for pick up. Like everything, however, there are legitimate arguments on the other side of the issue which, as is often the case, you tend to dismiss as one-dimensional.

    Last I recall you live in an apartment and so are not impacted by the cost to bag leaves so you might want to make disclosure that you have no skin in this particular game and can afford to be dismissive of the financial impact on homeowners.

    I heard three main arguments at the hearing:

    1. That this is another example of the City seeking to balance its books by transferring costs to taxpayers with the one hand and using the "savings" to spend money elsewhere. In other words, the City will not spend less, they will spend the same AND taxpayers will have new costs.

    2. The City's curbside loose-leaf pick up is more efficient and cost-effective than lots of little pickups at each property PLUS picking up the bags themselves.

    3. The costs will be absorbed by landscapers whose customers will not pay extra to have their leaves bags but this will take time and cost money for the landscapers.

    You say you do not know WHO Lou thinks will be angry about the leaf-bagging then say "those people are basically anti-environmental".

    So, do you know who these people are or not. If you do not know WHO the people are who are angry about the leaf-bagging how can you claim to know ANYTHING about them and then go so far as to make a broad sweeping statement like 'those people are basically anti-environmental".

    You need to stop living in a cartoon world where anyone who does not agree with you, basically a liberal ideologue, is characterized.

    I would suggest to you that many people who are unhappy about the leaf-bagging, as they are homeowners, do a lot more in a given month to take steps to protect the environment then you do in a year of living in an apartment.

  • Trangucci: Leaf Bagging Not a 'Green Project'   29 weeks 13 hours ago

    No New Rochelle Councilperson has any constituents in Scarsdale proper or in Eastchester proper, except for those few constituents whose property exists both in New Rochelle while also in another municipality. As it is, Scarsdale PO in Golden Horseshoe, is itself in New Rochelle proper. The 10583 zip code is for those addresses north of Stratton Road.

    USPS letter carriers deliver this mail when he "feels like" doing it, on Huguenot St too, including certified mail and notices thereof. Local USPS service has greatly deteriorated over the last decade.

    I don’t understand why Councilman Trangucci said that there are going to be many angry people. Does he think people are angry about having to bag their leaves? Well that’s too bad, as they should do it even if not required by law. Or does Trangucci think people would be angry because those people are basically anti-environmental, in which case what is needed is better education.

    Alternatively, is Councilman Trangucci’s problem, that as a ‘Green Improvement’, this plan simply does not go far enough. If so, I applaud his efforts to make New Rochelle’s policies more environmental.

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    Isn't it amazing that none of the council members who protested the raising of the Gadsden Flag at the NR Armory objected to the Gadsden Flag in the color-guard and being flown at Hudson Park? The Gadsden Flag is a prominent part of the memorial service and seen flying proudly in pictures with City Manager Strome, Councilman Trangucci and helicopter personnel.

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