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  • City of New Rochelle to Hold Hearings on Restrictions on Car Dealers, End of Loose Leaf Pickup and Reduced Traffic Speed on Pinebrook Boulevard   21 weeks 5 days ago

    I thought long and hard about an April Fool's prank this year. Folks at City Hall were still a bit miffed about my 2011 joke:

    "City of New Rochelle Offers One-Day Conditional Amnesty Program - Eliminates Fines and Interest on Back Taxes. Waves All Parking Fines and Building Permit Fees (http://bit.ly/1jC4I0X)"

    Seems quite a few folks showed up looking to take advantage of this special one-day offer.

    Having covered the school district and the Yankees, I thought it was time to circle back to City government. I considered many but I settled on the "15 mph speed limit on Pinebrook" story because it was relatively harmless and had a certain plausibility to it.

    I heard from quite a few folks who got a laugh out of it -- usually after railing against the stupidity of such a plan just for a bit. I gather there are still a few folks out there who still believe this plan is operative (no need to tell them it's a joke; a little righteous indignation every now and then is good for the soul!)

    Of the feedback I got, my favorite email yesterday was this one...

    You really managed to run supper tonight. [My wife] and I sat through dinner complaining about how stupid it would be to reduce the speed on Pinebrook. I even started letting the world know there would be a Citizens to be Heard session on this next Tuesday. Nobody has ever gotten me so good with an April Fools prank.

    My favorite text and Tweet from yesterday was this one...

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  • City of New Rochelle to Hold Hearings on Restrictions on Car Dealers, End of Loose Leaf Pickup and Reduced Traffic Speed on Pinebrook Boulevard   21 weeks 5 days ago

    Apr 2, 2014, at 9:59 AM, "Strome, Chuck" wrote:

    Someone sent me your April fools story on public hearings next week. Our office received some emails and calls about the Pinebrook thing which was a joke, I suppose. Not sure if anyone commented on the site. Maybe you ought to let your readers know that it was a joke.

    From: Robert Cox
    Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2014 10:14 AM
    To: Strome, Chuck
    Subject: Re:

    It is my intention to do so

    From: "Strome, Chuck"
    Subject: RE:
    Date: April 2, 2014 at 10:20:38 AM EDT
    To: Robert Cox

    Thank you.

  • WWII Veteran Bill Moye of New Rochelle Celebrates His 99th Birthday Surrounded by Pride and Patriotism   21 weeks 6 days ago

    I have been fortunate to have met Bill Moye. He lived in the same building my mother lives, several years ago. Always a respectful gentlemen, who I saluted and shook his hands on every occasion. We have much to learn from veterans like Mr. Moye - they gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we can live in safe country. Thank you Mr. Moye and all veterans!

  • WWII Veteran Bill Moye of New Rochelle Celebrates His 99th Birthday Surrounded by Pride and Patriotism   22 weeks 18 hours ago

    Congratulations to Bill Moye, for his service to his country and community, and a long life well spent.

    Judging from the photos here, I would never suspect that Mr Moye is 99. He looks more like 80 or younger. I suspect his mind is equally youthful, despite his age.

    We should all be proud of him.

  • New Rochelle City Council Renews Echo Bay Proposals   22 weeks 1 day ago

    https://www.facebook.com/#!/PCB.ecocide
    A good place to learn what problems other communities have had with cleaning up PCB's and the related costs. Question is will the taxpayers pay?

  • New Rochelle School District Garbage Reduced by 23% Through Recycling   22 weeks 5 days ago

    Bob,

    This is a tremendous saving, especially when you are looking at the fact that this is really ONLY reflecting that the cardboard recycling now works in 9 out of 10 schools.

    Commingled recycling still only works well in 3 schools.

    With my program in place, which means all the heavy food and the trays are sorted out as well as all the commingled the kids bring to school, we should see another 60% reduction.

    Exciting stuff

  • New Rochelle School District Garbage Reduced by 23% Through Recycling   22 weeks 5 days ago

    Anna this is a great savings for the environment and the taxpayers as well. With that reduction the taxpayers would also see similar reductions in the costs per ton to deliver to the transfer station. The costs related to dump those extra tons of garbage that you did not capture from the financial end.

    What does it cost to deliver each truck load in manpower hours and benefits paid to the employees? Then there is the cost of the truck to deliver each truckload in vehicle cost, gas, insurance and dumping fees. I am sure I missed something. When I was in distribution operations we could figure out what it cost just for our delivery trucks to stop at each customer even before any product came off the truck. So I can tell you this is also a substantial savings.

    Good work!

  • CAUGHT ON TAPE: New Rochelle Planning Board Member Chuckles Over Destroying "the entire South End of New Rochelle" to Improve the Views   22 weeks 6 days ago

    I believe Dr. Lipow has it backwards......HE is the one who owes an apology. Don't hold your breath, though. It seems to be a very touchy subject for him.

  • CAUGHT ON TAPE: New Rochelle Planning Board Member Chuckles Over Destroying "the entire South End of New Rochelle" to Improve the Views   22 weeks 6 days ago

    Apparently Dr. Lipow is suffering from a guilty conscience as a result of his gaffe at the January 28th Planning Board meeting. With his microphone still on, Dr. Lipow, in speaking with one of his colleagues, was heard to say "If we could destroy the entire south end of New Rochelle..." [the last part of the comment was inaudible]. Dr. Lipow has repeatedly refused – up until now – to speak about his controversial statement.

    After last night’s Planning Board meeting, while speaking with me, Dr. Lipow abruptly changed the subject and stated that he would "accept an apology" from me, referring to my written comments about his statement back in January regarding the south end. He went on to say that I would be totally embarrassed if I had known what he actually said. I then mentioned that his comment was on tape and that I would not apologize. In fact, I told him I would call him on it again if he ever repeated such a statement.

  • New Rochelle School Student Named Girls Inc. National Scholar   23 weeks 18 hours ago

    That sounds like a wonderful organization and congratulations to Samantha.

  • House Owned by New Rochelle Police Commissioner Patrick Carroll Raises Questions   23 weeks 4 days ago

    There is a reason I don't go down to the Davenport Beach clubs. My fear is finding a City official in a Speedo and its bad enough seeing Fertel in shorts graveling for signatures from democrats.
    That being said, Bob really must warn readers of the content when the Commish is shirtless.
    Come on Bob you can harm innocent readers with this sort of stuff.

  • House Owned by New Rochelle Police Commissioner Patrick Carroll Raises Questions   23 weeks 5 days ago

    Mauro Zonzini "You can smoke in restaurant s down here not like in ny with you and the jews."

    As Bob says, readers can draw their own conclusions.

  • New Rochelle Police Release Annual Report   24 weeks 1 day ago

    Uniform Crime Report
    Crime in the United States, 2012
    Caution against ranking Variables Affecting Crime
    Each year when Crime in the United States is published, many entities—news media, tourism agencies, and other groups with an interest in crime in our nation—use reported figures to compile rankings of cities and counties. These rankings, however, are merely a quick choice made by the data user; they provide no insight into the many variables that mold the crime in a particular town, city, county, state, region, or other jurisdiction. Consequently, these rankings lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading perceptions adversely affecting cities and counties, along with their residents.
    Consider other characteristics of a jurisdiction
    To assess criminality and law enforcement’s response from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, one must consider many variables, some of which, while having significant impact on crime, are not readily measurable or applicable pervasively among all locales. Geographic and demographic factors specific to each jurisdiction must be considered and applied if one is going to make an accurate and complete assessment of crime in that jurisdiction. Several sources of information are available that may assist the responsible researcher in exploring the many variables that affect crime in a particular locale. The U.S. Census Bureau data, for example, can be used to better understand the makeup of a locale’s population. The transience of the population, its racial and ethnic makeup, its composition by age and gender, educational levels, and prevalent family structures are all key factors in assessing and comprehending the crime issue.
    Local chambers of commerce, government agencies, planning offices, or similar entities provide information regarding the economic and cultural makeup of cities and counties. Understanding a jurisdiction’s industrial/economic base; its dependence upon neighboring jurisdictions; its transportation system; its economic dependence on nonresidents (such as tourists and convention attendees); its proximity to military
    Crime in the United States, 2012 U.S. Department of Justice—Federal Bureau of Investigation Released Fall 2013
    
    installations, correctional facilities, etc., all contribute to accurately gauging and interpreting the crime known to and reported by law enforcement.
    The strength (personnel and other resources) and the vigor of a jurisdiction’s law enforcement agency are also key factors in understanding the nature and extent of crime occurring in that area. Although information pertaining to the number of sworn and civilian employees can be found in this publication, it cannot be used alone as an assessment of the emphasis that a community places on enforcing the law. For example, one city may report more crime than a comparable one, not because there is more crime, but rather because its law enforcement agency, through proactive efforts, identifies more offenses. Attitudes of the citizens toward crime and their crime reporting practices, especially concerning minor offenses, also have an impact on the volume of crimes known to police.
    Make valid assessments of crime
    It is incumbent upon all data users to become as well educated as possible about how to understand and quantify the nature and extent of crime in the United States and in any of the more than 18,000 jurisdictions represented by law enforcement contributors to the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. Valid assessments are possible only with careful study and analysis of the various unique conditions affecting each local law enforcement jurisdiction.
    Historically, the causes and origins of crime have been the subjects of investigation by many disciplines. Some factors that are known to affect the volume and type of crime occurring from place to place are:
    • Population density and degree of urbanization.
    • Variations in composition of the population, particularly youth concentration.
    • Stability of the population with respect to residents’ mobility, commuting patterns, and transient factors.
    • Modes of transportation and highway system.
    Crime in the United States, 2012 U.S. Department of Justice—Federal Bureau of Investigation Released Fall 2013 2

    • Economic conditions, including median income, poverty level, and job availability.
    • Cultural factors and educational, recreational, and religious characteristics.
    • Family conditions with respect to divorce and family cohesiveness.
    • Climate.
    • Effective strength of law enforcement agencies.
    • Administrative and investigative emphases of law enforcement.
    • Policies of other components of the criminal justice system (i.e., prosecutorial,
    judicial, correctional, and probational).
    • Citizens’ attitudes toward crime.
    • Crime reporting practices of the citizenry.
    Crime in the United States provides a nationwide view of crime based on statistics contributed by local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies. Population size and student enrollment are the only correlates of crime presented in this publication. Although many of the listed factors equally affect the crime of a particular area, the UCR Program makes no attempt to relate them to the data presented. The data user is, therefore, cautioned against comparing statistical data of individual reporting units from cities, counties, metropolitan areas, states, or colleges or universities solely on the basis of their population coverage or student enrollment. Until data users examine all the variables that affect crime in a town, city, county, state, region, or other jurisdiction, they can make no meaningful comparisons.
    Crime in the United States, 2012 U.S. Department of Justice—Federal Bureau of Investigation Released Fall 2013 3

  • New Rochelle's Schools to Donate Surplus Food instead of Throwing it in the Garbage   24 weeks 2 days ago

    Let us hope our Superintendent finds a way to donate this food. Recent newspaper articles claim many families are spending half of their income on rent. This leaves less and less money for food.

  • See How Iona College Presents New Rochelle to Students: Get To Know New Rochelle   24 weeks 4 days ago

    In a city with a population of over 77,000 there are no people in the video. Davenport, Five Islands & Glen Island parks yet NO PEOPLE!

    The most blaring flaw is that Iona chose to ignore New Rochelle's strong suit; DIVERSITY! What this video lacks is a stroll down the Union Avenue corridor....

  • See How Iona College Presents New Rochelle to Students: Get To Know New Rochelle   24 weeks 4 days ago

    I would like to say I hate when New Rochelle is referred to as New Ro. What a shock if students and parents drive off Exit 15 or 16 on I95. I guess Iona thinks that New Rochelle needs to be improved. What would Iona's enrollment be if the real New Rochelle was revealed to students and parents.

  • New Rochelle's City Council Flouts Armory Decision   25 weeks 17 hours ago

    I find it very strange that the discussion item concerning the armory on the 3/11 Council meeting agenda was referred by Lou Trangucci and not Al Tarantino, whose district includes the armory.

    Perhaps Councilman Tarantino should call another East End meeting so that he can get some input from concerned citizens. He won't find it necessary to invite guests this time who don't appear on the agenda.

  • Lesson Number Two: Why Did New Rochelle Schools Pay $5,792 to Move Dirt to Make Room for "Snow Storage"   25 weeks 4 days ago

    I have been reading your primers as well as Anna’s update on the flag pole and was thinking we need a committee of knowledgeable and honest citizens to review the validity of these expenditures. But then, isn’t that why we have elected a Board of Education?

  • New Rochelle School District Snow Removal, Do We Really Need to Spend $100.000 on Contractor?   26 weeks 14 hours ago

    Anthony,

    Bulfamante did not have the capacity to do the school district alone. However, they managed to find the capacity to service the City of New Rochelle. That's how the game is played, split the contracts up in order to create additional deception.

  • New Rochelle School District Snow Removal, Do We Really Need to Spend $100.000 on Contractor?   26 weeks 3 days ago

    Brian,

    You are raising 2 issues -- that a business bidding on a contract builds in profit for itself in any bid, that contracting out to private businesses invites corruption.

    Given your extensive business expertise, I am surprised you do not realize that there are times when it is CHEAPER to hire an outside contractor because they have specialized equipment or specialized personnel or can otherwise be more efficient. There are also times when it is more expensive. It is NOT the case that just because a private contractor seeks to make a profit that they are not also cheaper or can do a better job for various reasons.

    I chalk this up to your knee-jerk liberalism that default to the idea that bigger government is always better.

    But you are wrong in what you said because your are making such a broad, absolutist statement.

    On the second point, while it is certainly true that public entities contracting our for services can lead to corruption, it is also true that corruption can occur without contracting out for services.

    New Rochelle demonstrates this has it has both -- and both at the City, School District and Housing Authority level.

    There is corruption involving outside contractors AND there is corruption involving direct employees.

    The issue is not whether to bid out the work or to use direct employees but whether there is proper management and oversight which ever is used.

    And THAT is the problem in New Rochelle at every level -- a lack of oversight where the mice play as the cat sleeps (except in New Rochelle there has been no cat for a long, long time.

    Now there is! Meow!

  • New Rochelle School District Snow Removal, Do We Really Need to Spend $100.000 on Contractor?   26 weeks 3 days ago

    Privatization of government services is usually a bad idea, as businesses require the additional costs of profit, and contracting businesses invites corruption.

    This is true in snow removal, parking meter and ticket collections, construction etc.

    Privatization of government services is one of the main reasons for the increased costs of federal, state and municipal government since the early 1980's.

  • New Rochelle School District Snow Removal, Do We Really Need to Spend $100.000 on Contractor?   26 weeks 3 days ago

    Intersting, I presume Zonzini & Bulfamante were on the 2012-2013 contract because neither was large enough to handle the contract alone. I believe Bulfamante also has a contract with the City of New Rochelle. Seems like certain contractors have the inside track.

  • 03/22 Warhit Family To Be Honored By Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle 7 PM at Mercedes Benz of New Rochelle Showroom   26 weeks 4 days ago

    Best wishes to Quay Watkins and the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle for a successful event.

  • New Rochelle School District Snow Removal, Do We Really Need to Spend $100.000 on Contractor?   26 weeks 4 days ago

    Yes, the contract from 2012-2013 listed both Zonzini and Bulfamente, but the extension for 2013-2014 is only Bulfamente for the full amount, beforehand it was 50,000 each.

  • New Rochelle School District Snow Removal, Do We Really Need to Spend $100.000 on Contractor?   26 weeks 4 days ago

    It is my understanding that Mr. Zonzini moved from New Rochelle to South Carolina.