Now that it is June 1, 2011 Br. Ligouri is now officially retired from Iona College. Below you will see a copy of a Letter to the Editor that was sent to The Journal News. It appears they are keeping people that speak out against Iona College off their pages. Since Iona College went to New Rochelle City Council regarding the 10 Story Dorm Proposal, the neighbors have had to fight for any coverage we can get. We realize not everything is printed timely or even at all.
"Perception is Everything". And it seems that someone is pulling their strings about what to print and what not to print. We once again had to write to the Editors looking for coverage. Could it be because Iona College runs several advertisements a year? Yesterday I opened my morning paper to see yet another advertisement for Iona College on the front page of The Journal News. The third since I wrote my original letter on May 11, 2011. What happened to the local paper they once were? It seems to be the Editorials have become self- serving political fluff. If they need more space, maybe they should consider a few less advertisements for all of the car dealers in Upper Westchester and Rockland County. The Journal News is not a fair and equal forum for the people unless they have some influence, be it political or monetary. We will still write editorials but must now go to other media outlets for fair and just treatment. Their subscription circulation in this area will continue to shrink.
Letter to the Editor:
In response to the Journal News article from Saturday April 30th. “Catholic order says it’s broke”.
This is just another on the list problem for Iona College and Br Liguori. It has been a year since Br Liguori dropped the bomb shell that Iona College has gone to The City Council for another zoning change. Time and again Iona College returns to The New Rochelle City Council asking for more changes to an area zoned specific to their needs. There has been a lot going on during Br Ligouri’s final year as President of Iona College. Since May 2010, The request for zoning change, Letter to the Mayor Bramson during election for District#3, The missing $850K and now the Christian Brothers declaring bankruptcy needing to sell off property. As of now the DEIS Process seems to be stalled. What a legacy to leave.
He is looking at the bottom line of housing another 400 students. 400 students X $13,650 for room and board = $5,460,000 in to the Iona College bank accounts. Now we can see why they want the dorm. They can use these funds to help with the bankruptcy filing. If Iona College truly wants to help The City of New Rochelle, then talk to the neighborhoods and The City of New Rochelle. Use this opportunity to better the community and North Avenue as he suggested.
Use “Common Sense for the Common Good”.
Bob McCaffrey President
The Mount Joy Place