Recent comments

  • Fascinating Dialect Quiz from NY Times based on Harvard Linguist   29 weeks 19 hours ago

    Well it seems to have targeted my area fairly well. It identified New York, Yonkers and Jersey City. I hail from The Bronx, and as much as I like to think it is a unique place all its own, it is New York City. I guess my forty two years living here in New Rochelle explain how Yonkers got into the mix. As for Jersey City, I can only assume many NYC residents have moved there and influenced their dialect.

  • Fascinating Dialect Quiz from NY Times based on Harvard Linguist   29 weeks 1 day ago

    It told me my dialect was similar to Newark, Patterson, Jersey City, Philadelphia.

    I was born and raised in New Rochelle.

    My Mom was born and raised in the Bronx, My Mom's parents were born and raised in Manhattan. My maternal Grandfather's paternal ancestors moved to NYC in the 1830's from the UK.

    My Dad was born in Philadelphia, lived in Atlantic City until 7 and then New Rochelle, my Dad's parents were born in Ukraine (Tsarist Russia), but that Grandfather moved to Philadelphia when 2 and learned English there, while that Grandmother moved from Ukraine to Philadelphia when 14 and learned English there. My father and his parents moved to New Rochelle in 1927, when my father was 7 and my Grandparents were in their 20's.

    All in all, the Dialect Quiz was relatviely accurate in my case, at least with the Philadelphia connection. But there is no reason it should connect me with Northern NJ, and should have connected me with the Bronx or Westchester (of which the Bronx was part of until 1898).

    I had one issue with the quiz, where I think it got it wrong. The quiz was unable to distinguish that a Parkway in NY and NJ is not the same as an Interstate such as NY's Thruways and Expressways or NJ's Turnpikes. That was a trick question with no clear answer if you lived in our region.

  • @TalkoftheSound Twinterview: 5 Tweets with Westchester County BOL's @JimMaisano   30 weeks 21 hours ago

    Interesting Twinterview!

  • School Budget Input Forums and Budget Review Sessions Set to Begin in January   30 weeks 4 days ago

    What is the sense of these public guidance sessions.

    In the last two budget seasons, we had a bunch of dedicated people spent many hours of their time to go through the budget and to make recommendations.

    The first CAC had lists of detailed points and as far as we know very few to none of these recommendations were acted upon.

    Last years CAC had a more general approach, based on numbers they received at the very last moment at some point in...what... late January... which were not even actual numbers but only budgeted numbers.

    As someone that has consistently fought for change in waste management and the gross waste of money in that department, I am discouraged. Past experience shows clearly, that even though public input is sought it is not truly considered.

    So I am asking, what is the sense?

  • Jared Rice Dismisses Talk of the Sound Reporting   30 weeks 5 days ago

    Absolutely. The proof that TOTS stories are not filled with lies is the fact that the City has not filed a defamation suit against Bob Cox. Guaranteed, if Bob said something that was blatantly false, the City would be all over him like ugly on an ape.

    Bob Cox is making sure the City can't play it's usual sweep it under rug games and they despise him for that. They wish he would go away so they can go back to sugar coating everything.

  • Jared Rice Dismisses Talk of the Sound Reporting   30 weeks 5 days ago

    For the most part New Rochelle officials don't dispute TOS story's but they are almost always in Sweep under the rug mode as they prefer to pretend that our City and Local Government is Rosy.
    It's the same reason Lou Trangucci was forced to take Favang's story to a higher source because in the interest of Damage Control and protection they would have just had him resign and hope our citizens were none the wiser.
    The overwhelming Stories Cox publishes and reports are the truth and are not sanitized by Strome who is the under the rug sweeper of the Century patrolling our fair city as City Manager of Damage Control.
    Without Cox and his stories which I believe are key we would have business as usual, Echo Bay, Executive Bramson and a whole lot more dirty dealings in this town. Of Course Jared Rice is going to call it Political, of course he is going to call it lies.
    When he looks in the mirror in the morning he knows the deal. He is looking for his ladder up so he can fatten up his wallet with a Judgeship or whatever his political so call pull brings. My advice is do what is right for your constituents and the City first and the other stuff will come for good reason.
    In the mean time we need to keep the pressure up on boss tweed and the Tammany hall they have created.

  • Jared Rice Dismisses Talk of the Sound Reporting   30 weeks 6 days ago

    It's funny, but of all the articles Talk of the Sound has run, none have been disputed by New Rochelle officials. You would think that if the articles are false, then the City would post facts to show otherwise.

    Moreover, what is stated on Talk of the Sound is free speech as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. As such, if City officials don't like, tough. The people have a right to vent their concerns.

  • NEWRO RUMOR MILL: 2014 Promises Lots of Changes in New Rochelle   31 weeks 1 day ago

    It makes a lot of sense that Bramson would step down. In fact, he would probably make a very good college professor and would probably earn a better living. I wish him luck if in fact he chooses that route.

    As far as Barry Fertel is concerned, all I can say is good ridden. As long as I don't have to appear before him in court, he has my blessings.

    Jared Rice as mayor? Perhaps as an interim mayor but he could easily be defeated by Al Tarantino. I just don't believe Jared Rice has the backbone to lead the city.

    Now for the big question, who will replace Domenic Procopio? The Civil Service Commission is long in need of an overhaul and someone with the capability to initiate positive changes to the Commission needs to be in charge. Procopio is just taking up space. I say replace him with Reverend Leak or Margaret Chadwick.

  • NEWRO RUMOR MILL: 2014 Promises Lots of Changes in New Rochelle   31 weeks 1 day ago

    Bob,

    Disarray or the dysfunctional step child, our government has been like this for some time!

    I don’t know what you are talking about, could bring significant changes to New Rochelle? Has thrown New Rochelle Democrats into disarray, It is not just the Democrats. What New Rochelle has seen as to the state of New Rochelle City Hall over the last several years has every hint of already being in much disarray. But you have to admit there is a problem before you fix it and no one has every accepted the fact that things were not right in New Rochelle for a very long time. Let’s see what the next State of the City Address has to offer for 2014.

    With that said, We have already seen several high level positions turnover involving some very good employees and also some not so good employees here in New Rochelle. We will surely miss the good employees that left and to the others that resigned in disgrace of corruption, don’t let the jail cell door hit you on the ass. For those that don’t want to give The City of New Rochelle 100%, than it may be time to move on.

    As I said, we have lost some good employees; one of the good ones that got away was Corporate Council Kathleen Gill. Kathleen Gill’s announcement if there was one, was lost in the uproar about Forest City Ratner Echo Bay vote. I am sure that not many people know that New Rochelle just recently lost the services of The City of New Rochelle’s Corporate Council Kathleen Gill this month as she moved on to another position with Iona College. I have to say, during all of my dealings with Kathleen Gill, she was always very professional and pleasant. I wish her well in her new position at Iona College. Kathleen Gill was hired in 1995 as the Assistant Corporation Counsel, 1997 was appointed Deputy Corporation Counsel and was appointed Corporation Counsel in November 2009. Good Luck Kathleen!

    Another valuable employee we lost was back in September of 2012 when New Rochelle Development Commissioner Michael Freimuth had all of a sudden resigned to run The Capitol Region Development Authority in Connecticut.

    New Rochelle Development Commissioner Resigns
    By Robert Cox on Fri, 09/21/2012

    New Rochelle Development Commissioner Michael Freimuth has resigned, according to sources inside City Hall.
    http://www.newrochelletalk.com/content/new-rochelle-development-commissi...

    This new opportunity in Connecticut just happened to come up right as we saw Development Commissioner Michael Freimuth become more and more frustrated while dealing with Mayor Bramson, The City Council and all the craziness of what was taking place at the time with regard to The New Rochelle Armory and other things. It seemed to me that he had finally had enough of the flawed policies and practices used in New Rochelle that we all have spoken about one time or another when development was involved. You could see the frustration in his face during the last meeting when The Mayor and The City Council voted to approve the Good Profit Groups Proposal for the development rights for The New Rochelle Armory. Another prior blunder for New Rochelle because as we all know, Good Profit Group eventually failed. A new RFI was done for the area under the current Development Commissioner Luiz C. Aragon who started February 11, 2013. Let’s see where that gets us under the current setting at City Hall.

    Like Corporate Council Kathleen Gill, Development Commissioner Michael Freimuth was highly regarded in New Rochelle by those that worked with him and many of the local residents as well. To me he always carried himself as very professional and I am sure that had a lot to do with why he left.

    It is not just the fact that we stuck to the Forest City Ratner people to long that has delayed true growth and change, it is the fact that so much corruption and lies were not seen or even looked for by any honest member of City Staff or The City Council for that matter. I think thanks have to go to Talk of the Sound, many individual citizens that didn’t give up and the coming together of many parts of New Rochelle like United Citizens for a Better New Rochelle. We now have the facts and support needed to clean out the closets and work towards a much cleaner environment at City Hall for the future of New Rochelle.

    The City New Rochelle has lost or fired several other employees for one reason or another over the last few years. Here is a sampling of a few employees that we lost that were not so professional and not so good for New Rochelle:

    1a) Former DPW Commissioner Jeffrey Coleman resigned unexpectedly in July 2010; just days after investigators from the DA's office visited the New Rochelle DPW City Yard at 224 East Main Street.

    http://www.newrochelletalk.com/content/westchester-county-district-attor...

    1b) Jeffrey Coleman, New Rochelle DPW Commissioner Resigns, Leaving Effective August 31st
    By Robert Cox on Thu, 07/22/2010

    http://www.newrochelletalk.com/content/jeffrey-coleman-new-rochelle-dpw-...

    2a) Westchester County District Attorney Focuses Entirely on Fevang; New Rochelle Plans to Fire DPW Fleet Manager Upon Indictment
    By Robert Cox on Sun, 06/19/2011

    http://www.newrochelletalk.com/content/westchester-county-district-attor...

    2b) Former New Rochelle DPW Fleet Manager Richard Fevang Pleads Guilty, Sentencing in January
    By Robert Cox on Wed, 09/28/2011

    http://www.newrochelletalk.com/content/former-new-rochelle-dpw-fleet-man...

    2c) Former New Rochelle DPW Fleet Manager Sentenced to 5 Years’ Probation
    By Robert Cox on Wed, 01/11/2012

    http://www.newrochelletalk.com/content/former-new-rochelle-dpw-fleet-man...

    3a) As Westchester County District Attorney Indictments Loom, New Rochelle Fires Deputy DPW Commissioner Joseph Cotroneo - UPDATED
    By Robert Cox on Fri, 06/17/2011

    The City of New Rochelle today fired Deputy DPW Deputy Commissioner - Operations Joseph Cotroneo

    http://www.newrochelletalk.com/content/westchester-county-district-attor...

    3b) As Westchester County District Attorney Indictments Loom, New Rochelle Fires Deputy DPW Commissioner Joseph Cotroneo - UPDATED
    By Robert Cox on Fri, 06/17/2011

    http://www.newrochelletalk.com/content/westchester-county-district-attor...

    4) Tino D'Abruzzo, a building inspector for the City of New Rochelle Unexpectedly Resigns in July 2011.

    New Rochelle Building Inspector "Unexpectedly Resigns" Following Allegations of Extortion, Soliciting Bribes by Robert Cox on Fri, 07/15/2011

    http://www.newrochelletalk.com/content/new-rochelle-building-inspector-u...

    5a) How Municipal Corruption Works in New Rochelle: A Case Study from the New Rochelle Board of Education's Painter-Working Foreman Position
    By Robert Cox on Tue, 06/28/2011

    http://www.newrochelletalk.com/content/how-municipal-corruption-works-ne...

    5b) How Municipal Corruption Works in New Rochelle: A Case Study from the New Rochelle Board of Education's Painter-Working Foreman
    By Robert Cox on Mon, 08/15/2011

    http://www.newrochelletalk.com/content/how-municipal-corruption-works-ne...

    5c) How Municipal Corruption Works in New Rochelle: A Case Study from the New Rochelle Board of Education's Painter-Working Foreman Part III
    By Robert Cox on Thu, 08/25/2011

    http://www.newrochelletalk.com/content/how-municipal-corruption-works-ne...

    I won’t even attempt to get any further into the employees from The New Rochelle School District that lost their jobs due to arrests or other improprieties as that list is too long and continues to grow at an alarming rate. If you are looking for something to read on a snowy day go to the section at Talk of the Sound called “Pigs at the Trough”, Articles about government waste and unnecessary or questionable spending. All of this content is not funny. It speaks to the sad state The City of New Rochelle is in.

    http://www.newrochelletalk.com/category/talk-sound-categories/hot-topics...

    I am hoping that the changes we saw on The New Rochelle City Council lately will begin to correct the course of business for New Rochelle and signal a new beginning not only for The New Rochelle Water Front but for all of New Rochelle. With the approaching New Year comes a chance for a new direction towards a better brighter future for all of New Rochelle. If everyone shows as much interest and fortitude as they did with Forest City Echo Bay there is nothing left to do but change and change we must New Rochelle.

  • Why is City of New Rochelle Stonewalling on Army Corps of Engineers Report?   31 weeks 4 days ago

    It is clear that the City is "stonewalling" because they don't have a clue as to what it will cost to clean up Echo Bay or who will pay for it. As such, they are trying slip by development plans for Echo Bay without including the cleanup costs in the proposal. They will then deal with this after the fact and pass the costs off to the taxpayer.

    Furthermore, I fail to see the need to develop Echo Bay anytime soon. What happened to revitalizing downtown and bringing retail to NR? Personally, I believe we need to get retail into New Roc.

  • Why is City of New Rochelle Stonewalling on Army Corps of Engineers Report?   31 weeks 5 days ago

    Ken,

    To me this is the worst thing I have yet uncovered in New Rochelle -- and that is saying a lot since I uncovered a child rapist at Isaac Young Middle School.

    It is the worst because some City officials have know for more than 7 years that there are dangerously high levels of toxic metals in Echo Bay -- 3 to 7 times NYDEC "threshold levels" and withheld that information from residents.

    I am reliably informed that Development Commissioner Luiz Aragon told residents at a neighborhood meeting that Echo Bay was so clean that people could go clamming there.

    I suppose if clams could actually live with all the oil and toxic chemicals you could go clamming there -- if your goal was to get mercury poisoning.

    When you are willing to let the residents of your town become seriously, perhaps terminally ill, in order to flog a real estate deal, you have hit rock bottom.

    I do not say this sort of thing often but anyone who knew about this report and failed to disclose it should resign (if elected) or be fired (f employed) and those persons should be permanently barred from holding any position of trust in our city government -- appointed, elected or otherwise.

    The City Council has it in their power to formally investigate this matter.

    If they don't I will find someone who will.

  • Why is City of New Rochelle Stonewalling on Army Corps of Engineers Report?   31 weeks 6 days ago

    Seems Boss Tweed Still does exist in New Rochelle City Hall. Maybe we have a few Boss Tweed's running this like a small family business.
    7th Largest City in the State of NY and nobody is doing the Perp Walk in Shackles?

  • Public Hearings for December 10th and 17lth   31 weeks 6 days ago

    The hydrant proposal to chenge United Water's billing from the city to individual users of the wagter has already passed the legislature with no provision on how United Water will bill individual users of their water. In my opinion, Council should not approve this legislation unless they include a statemenlt that they will not accept this change unless United Water (in writing) states the method they will use to distribute this fee will be by usage.

    Strome suggested residents send this request to the New York Public Service Commission which needs to approve this change. He also suggested contacting state legislators who approved the legislation.

    It should lalso be noted that United Water is running an advertisement in the Journal News today requesting a rate increase of 30% which they claim a net increase of 23% will result.

  • New Rochelle Schools Issue Statement on Decision Not to Evacuate High School After Threat   32 weeks 4 days ago

    Back in August the district put out a statement including a timeline regarding the asbestos exposure incident that was riddled with inconsistencies. Upon hearing it read at a school board meeting, I stated then that the timeline would not stand up to scrutiny. It did not. The district was forced to issue a retraction. The retraction statement was also flawed, which I pointed out, and yet another retraction was issued.

    The district's response to my reporting on the asbestos at Davis, and the ensuing coverup, was largely a David Lacher production. Davis is the President of the Board of Education and fancies himself as some sort of clever communications strategist who prides himself on his imagined ability to trick people through cleverly worded statements decided to deceive by mixing some truth with lies and a lot of leaving out pertinent information.

    Mr. Lacher similarly crafted the district's response to a damning finding from the U.S. Department of Justice regarding the district's failure to evacuate 2 wheel-chair bound students during a fire-related evacuation in January. In that response, he tried to make it sound like the DOJ was offering advice on how to improve safety measures at the school when, in fact, the DOJ was offering the district a last chance to explain itself before brining charges against the district.

    This week, in response to the 2 known threats and evacuations at NRHS, Mr. Lacher was at it again. Not telling the public nor even fellow board members of a third threat that very morning in which NRHS was not evacuated.

    Now we have a statement in which the District (and Lacher's fingerprints are all over this too) lays the entire mess at the feet of the New Rochelle Police Department.

    Anyone familiar at all with the disdain that exists between the two parties and Mr. Carroll's finely-tuned political instincts would know that the idea that Patrick Carroll would take on the responsibility and liability for becoming the decider of whether or not to evacuate one of our public schools is absurd.

    I have my difference with Mr. Carroll but we share views on the poor security situation in the New Rochelle schools. A published an interview with Mr. Carroll in which he called for NRPD to take over ALL of the security in the schools. An idea flatly rejected by school officials.

    At the end of the day there are records.

    There will be records of when the NRPD was called to the NRHS on Tuesday. There will be records of who responded. There will be lots of other records.

    I am highly confident that the records will not support the statement put out last night by the district -- that the district consulted with NRPD and based on their decision not to evacuate NRHS on direction from NRPD.

    We will want to know a few things:

    1. When did the threatening call come in to NRHS?
    2. When was the call first heard at NRYS"
    3. What did Principal Richardson do upon hearing the threat?
    4. What conversations took place among school officials?
    5. When was NRPD contacted?
    6. Who in NRPD communicated with CSDNR?
    7. Who told CSDNR that NRPD recommended not evacuated, when, where?

    This information will come out. This information will not match up with the statement issued by CSDNR.

    Beyond that, there is the new safety protocols embedded in this statement.

    After much fanfare, the district finally, after a decade of failing to comply with the NY SAFE Law, created safety teams, safety plans, held hearings, hired consultants, received recommendations, formerly adopted plans and teams and filed the results with New York State as required under SAVE.

    Those plans do not include the sequence described in the latest statement where decisions to evacuate a school building will now involve calls to the District's Central Office and the NPRD and some sort of joint decision making.

    The entire point of safety plans is for rapid, rote decision making to minimize delays where seconds count -- fire, bomb, active-shooter, etc.

    Recall that the entire motivation for the district over this past year was the Sandy Hook tragedy.

    Adam Lanza killed 26 students and staff in less than 10 minutes.

    By the time a principal gets people from Central Office and NRPD on the phone (and note this latest incident occurred at about 7 am when Central Office is closed) and they discuss and evaluate and weigh the pros and cons, the event could well be over with catastrophic results.

  • Structure Fire Guts 2 Floors of House in New Rochelle   32 weeks 5 days ago

    Just want to remind people that ladder 12 has there ladder up to the top of the house. Reminder that the city was thinking about closing this ladder company down. Thank god there are no plans in this years budget to do that.

  • New Rochelle High School Threatened for Third Time But No Evacuation   32 weeks 5 days ago

    NSA knows when you pick your nose and talk on the phone and NRPD cannot determine where these phone calls are coming from.
    One would think in this day and age NRPD detectives would have been all over the call the first time the school was evacuated.

  • New Rochelle High School Threatened for Third Time But No Evacuation   32 weeks 5 days ago

    The answer to your question: "Which member of the school board wants to face the parent and explain that "we thought it was a prank""

    Not that he wants something bad to happen but he is the one orchestrating all of this -- as is almost always the case with this sort of thing.

    Not only did Mr. Lacher decide to NOT to evacuate the school and not to tell parents and staff about that decision but now I am hearing that fellow board members were not told either

    My son is at NRHS. I am certain I did not put Mr. Lacher in charge of deciding what sort of risks my child should be exposed to because he does not like unflattering news coverage

    What is being circulated now by the school district as an excuse is that they were only doing what they were told by the "experts" at NRPD.

    Absurd!

    Anyone familiar with the disdain that the district has shown towards NRPD (and believe it is well-known about our police department) over the years can only laugh at the notion that all of sudden the school district is placing security decisions in the hands of the NRPD.

    First, the safety plans do not say "in case of emergency, call NRPD and ask them what to do".

    Second, my NRPD sources tell me that they WERE asked by school officials to take over the responsibility for deciding when to evacuate the schools and FLATLY REFUSED.

    What is really going on here is that the district does not want to keep evacuating the schools AND they do not want to be responsible for that so they are seeking to lay the blame on someone else...in this case, NRPD.

    Readers may recall that Patrick Carroll proposed earlier this year in an interview I did with him that NRPD take over ALL security for the schools and that was dismissed out of hand by school officials.

    It irks me that this is the same district that for many years had NO safety plans and then post-Sandy Hook went to great lengths to put on a show about hiring a security consulting firm and even posting their supposedly-confidential building-level safety plan on their web site (lunacy!) to show people what a great job they were doing then made a big show of appointing people to safety committees and adopting plans and hiring a new safety person (Ellen Garcia for about $70,000; in other words firing a teacher but hiring her).

    So all that dog and pony show goes on all spring and what do we get?

    Within about 4 months Lacher becomes President of the Board of Education, starts big-footing everyone and effectively makes the protocols and procedures OPTIONAL.

    You see my point on that?

    The whole point of a safety plan and training on that plan is that it becomes a ROTE PROCEDURE where everyone knows what to do.

    Now there is DOUBT.

    The next incident confronting a building leader in NR will now require that person to ponder...should I pull the fire alarm? should I call the police? maybe I should call central office? Maybe I should call the Police Commissioner? What will David Lacher say if I pull the alarm and it turns out to be a prank. Maybe I should wait.

    The clock is ticking.

    Adam Lanza killed 26 people in about 10 minutes at Sandy Hook.

    If the district was FINALLY motivated to put in place safety teams and security plans because of Sandy Hook then surely they understand that every minute matters.

  • New Rochelle High School Threatened for Third Time But No Evacuation   32 weeks 5 days ago

    How thin is the line when predicting future behavior? Suddenly someone wakes up and decides to threaten a group of people over the course of a week or two (assuming it's the same person). If it's for attention, how does the fact that no one will know who it is unless/until they are caught satisfy this need? What happens when the satisfaction of evacuating the school is removed from the equation? Do they become incensed from being ignored and up the stakes? Prankster, antisocial personality disorder, psychopath, where on the spectrum does this behavior land and who is actually doing the evaluation of this individual? A callous and persistent disregard for social norms and rules shouldn't be taken lightly when we're putting a student body on the betting table. Plus, every time our first responders rush to a situation there's a risk factor.
    Certainly I'm glad the decision isn't up to me, however, I like to think I would follow a safety protocol and not bend the rule for convenience or whatever the thought process seems to be in this situation. Follow the plan because at some point the "prankster " will be caught or he/she will stop. The other potential scenario's aren't worth the risk. Which member of the school board wants to face the parent and explain that "we thought it was a prank"

  • New Rochelle High School Threatened for Third Time But No Evacuation   32 weeks 5 days ago

    As this has now happened for a third time, I would hope that our local authorities and the school system have alerted the FBI and/or Homeland Security to investigate what amount to terroristic threats against our high school (this should have happened after the 2nd event). A strong message needs to be sent that these threats, which are now being treated as pranks by an "attention seeking individual", will not be tolerated.

    The flaw with treating this as a prank (after the third call) is that it gives a recipe for disaster to someone who may really want to cause harm. For example, a person calls in two threats that they know are false, with the intention of causing harm on the third since they think the school won't take it seriously after repeated attempts.

    I'm not saying the school is incorrect for not evacuating again if they have evidence to believe its the same person (school days have already been severely interrupted). However, a message needs to be delivered to the public that these threats will not be tolerated and the investigation along with severe consequences for committing this act should be made absolutely clear.

    We hope someone from the school district will detail the steps being taken to discourage this type of behavior.

  • New Rochelle Tree Lighting Happens Thursday At 6pm   32 weeks 6 days ago

    And we love SANTA!!!

  • 12/06 Concert for Wounded Veterans Coming To Tarrytown Music Hall This Friday   32 weeks 6 days ago

    New Rochelle, We can’t let the band pass us by!

    The Westchester All Stars Christmas Concert for Wounded Veterans, the event will benefit two wounded veterans’ organizations. Such a tie in would be perfect for a location like a converted Armory such as the proposed vision for The Veterans Center for the Performing Arts submitted by Shop Architects along with the New Rochelle Veterans and The New Rochelle Opera.

    New Rochelle needs something positive and upbeat like this to draw people into this city, I believe there should be an emphasis on The Armory being used as a Performing Arts Center as proposed by SHoP Architects. If The City of New Rochelle was to create a vision of a New Rochelle Waterfront for all the people of New Rochelle which includes saving the Armory in some way shape and form. Restore and re-vitalize The Armory and New Rochelle with an emphasis on The Armory being used as a Performing Arts Center possibly anchored by The New Rochelle Opera (The Veterans Center for the Performing Arts) with a community center honoring and serving the post-service needs of veterans for New Rochelle and all the Veterans.

    The New Rochelle Opera and Symphony would have a home and not have to use other auditoriums like they currently do. In the November issue of “The Gael Gram” from Iona College the list of events include; “The Symphony of Westchester All Beethoven Program” by The Symphony of Westchester, “An Evening of Celtic Music” Iona College Pipe Band and more, “Handel’s Messiah” By The Sound Shore Chorale and “Chamber Musicians of the Symphony of Westchester" The Symphony of Westchester.

    What do some of the cities and towns around New Rochelle currently have and what are they doing? They are energized and community driven with venues such as The Tarrytown Music Hall, The Emelin Theater, The Capital Theater, The Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase, The White Plains Performing Arts Center, The Paramount Center for the Arts, The Ridgefield Playhouse and so much more. We can’t let the band pass us by any longer New Rochelle.

    New Rochelle needs to create a concert venue with restaurants and places of interest with shops and boutiques, a destination place for people from outside of the city as well as the citizens of New Rochelle. Give people a reason to want to visit New Rochelle.

  • In Upstate Op-Ed, New York State Comptroller Calls for Closing LDC Loopholes Used to Fool Taxpayers   33 weeks 1 hour ago

    The Good News is that the Comptroller is already watching the games played in our fair city.
    Some of us citizens have kept the pressure on highlighting the gamesmanship with the Comptroller.
    The more who do bring these matters to the attention of his office limit the ability for us tax payer to get scorched.
    The office admits having to circumvent the politics as the ruling party has power and they are often bridled.
    That said it is really time to clean up New Rochelle power brokers and cronies as it stinks to high hell.

  • IT'S OFFICIAL: New Rochelle City Council Kills Echo Bay Development Deal   33 weeks 2 days ago

    Actually most people view Obama as an incompetent liar surely you have seen the polls. But I will give you this it certainly seems to be a bi-partisan opinion so maybe you are right. One would have to be extremely blind not to see that.
    If laws aren't being voted on in the senate one can only blame that bastion of fairness Harry Reid for that. Last time I checked your pals control that disfunctional branch of the government.
    Obama care not being socialist enough for you comes as no surprise to me . All one has to do is read your comments to come to that conclusion. Anybody in Canada who wants quality healthcare in a timely manor comes to this country. I have family in England and trust me they don't use the government system for any kind of serious procedure. They say anybody who can buys private insurance because the other choice is not an option. Nothing like shared misery a very socialist tenet.
    My problem with Carter and Obama isn't whether they are decent but rather if they were competent. The answer is a resounding NO! The only good thing about the Carter presidency was that it ushered in 8 years of Ronald Reagan. Hopefully after 8 years of this disastorous regime ,we will be as lucky. It can only get better cause we have hit rock bottom.

  • IT'S OFFICIAL: New Rochelle City Council Kills Echo Bay Development Deal   33 weeks 2 days ago

    Brian,

    You wrote:

    "All of that is basic economics, that we all were taught in school and college, and has again been proven as true by the problems of our current economy."

    What you are describing as “basic economics” that “we all were taught” is, in fact, one particular economic theory. Specifically, the theories of John Maynard Keynes in his book "General Theory of Employment Interest and Money” and known as Keynesian Economics.

    This is a theory that holds that governments should spend money they do not have to achieve full employment. It was widely adopted by OECD countries from WWII until the 1970s.

    Thanks to the work of economists like Frederich Hayek and Milton Friedman, Keynesian Economics was largely rejected by OECD countries by the late 1970’s leading to the Thatcher-Reagan economic boom and setting the stage for decades of economic growth and global prosperity.

    I will grant that with the market meltdown in 2007-2008, there has been revived (misguided in my view) interest in Keynesian Economics but the issue at hand was about World War II and the Great Recession.

    You have put a lot of effort into not addressing my comment squarely and just admit that World War II is widely recognized by economists as that driving factor in “ending” the Great Recession.

    As a Keynesian true believer, your definition of ENDING a recession (or depression) is based on achieving full employment not GDP growth, right?

    Most every economist I can think of agrees that was achieved as a result of World War II not economic policies undertaken by FDR.

  • IT'S OFFICIAL: New Rochelle City Council Kills Echo Bay Development Deal   33 weeks 2 days ago

    Bob,

    The Great Depression ended in the USA by the late 1930's, not so much because of Europe or Japan starting WWII years before the USA declared war.

    Rather, the Great Depression ended because our federal government seeded our economy by spending a lot of borrowed money to build infrastructure, and because federal government expanded its civil service, and paid people SS to retire to have money to spend, and paid unemployment insurance so unemployed people would have money to spend, and by providing school loans and better child labor laws to take people off the job market, providing jobs for others.

    The government was able to accomplish that via borrowing and printing money. As that government-provided money entered the private economy, our businesses prospered and hired more people, and the Depression ended. I'm not referring to the speculative stock market, but to the real economy employing labor.

    Prior to WWI, 90% of all Americans lived on farms. During WWI and the 1920's, our economy changed to one of greater industry and services, and much of small private farms.

    In the 1920's, as Europe began to recover from WWI, Europe became less dependent on the USA for industrial output and farmed products. By the mid-1920's, our farmers had too many expensive mortgages on too many farms, resulting in too many abandoned farms, causing a real estate glut, resulting in financial institutions crashing the stock market by late 1929. That crash expanded to our industrial and service economy, resulting in massive layoffs throughout the USA, similar to 2008's effects.

    Beginning in 1930 under President Hoover, our federal, state and municipal governments, receiving less revenue, began laying off employees, which only expanded the Great Depression, similar to 2008's effects.

    Similarly, at the end of WWII, the USA had one of the few intact economies in the world. From 1945 through the early 1970's, the USA prospered not only via deficit spending, but because we were providing a lot of food and industrial products for the rest of the world.

    By the early 1970's, Europe and Japan had recovered enough to industrially compete with the USA, resulting in a repressed USA economy, from apprx 1974-1982, but the USA economy has not been as vibrant since, especially regarding clothing, automotives and electronics.

    Of course there have been other factors negatively affecting our economy since the early 1970's, such as Oil Cartels, and a very much over-sized military-industrial complex. But basically, our economy thrived from 1914-1929 because of WWI, and thrived from 1940-1974 because of WWII.

    Since 1929, USA capitalism and private enterprise have been unable to provide anything near full employment, so the government will have to continue to fill that void. When the government lays off people, there are insufficent private jobs to pick up that slack, resulting not only in expanding unemployment but also in depressed wages, due to supply and demand of labor.

    So when the government cuts its civil service budget, it ends up spending even more money on welfare, social security, etc. And when the government cuts its spending on infrastucture, that directly depresses the private economy, and also ends up spending even more money on welfare, social security, etc.

    Reduced government spending results in less money being spent on private businesses, which result in less government revenue, which results inless government spending. A very bad downward economic spirals, caused by well-meaning, poorly thought-out good intentions, paving the way to hell.

    All of that is basic economics, that we all were taught in school and college, and has again been proven as true by the problems of our current economy.

    The bottom line is, that during bad economic times our national government needs to expand our economy, by expanding its civil service and spending more, and by borrowing and/or simply creating more currency.

    And during good economic times, national government should increase taxes and pay off our national debt, and to avoid creating economic bubbles. GW Bush, having inherited a good economy did exactly the opposite of what he should have, and lowered taxes instead of increasing them, which caused a real estate bubble, that crashed in 2007-2008, resulting in financial disaster and Great Recession of 2008, and of our current on-going economic woes.

    Of course I am referring to necessary deficit spending of our national economy and federal government, not our local government. Our federal government controls our international relations and currency, is master of its fate, and cannot go bankrupt. The USA dollar is the most desired and respected currency in the world.

    But States and municipalities cannot create currency and can go bankrupt. But they do damage our economy when they reduce spending. So it is necessary for our federal govenment to assist the financing of States and municipalities in various ways, including the building of infrastructure, and by the federal government providing social services that local governments cannot afford.

    Regarding your analogy of a kid breaking a window, resulting in money being spent on our economy, there is much truth to your sarcasm. If people didn't commit crimes, we'd need less police, resulting in greater unemployment of potential police officers and of less judges. But people do commit crimes.

    Currently, if the USA suddenly stopped acting as the world's policeman, we'd have a much smaller military and be spending much less on military hardware, so massive unemployment would result.

    Much of the USA economy is based on our abusively over-sized Military-Industrial Complex, that President / 5-Star General Eisenhower knowingly warned us about. We need to greatly reduce military spending. But if the USA suddenly massively cut military spending we'd create an economic Depression that would last for years. We do have to find a way to greatly cut military spending, as that is the main cause of our federal government's deficit. And its about time we start.