New York State Same-Sex Marriage Bill Defeated in Albany 38-24

The New York State Senate defeated a bill that would have redefined marriage in New York State in a bipartisan 38-24 vote. Below is a new release from the New York State Catholic Conference:

New York State Catholic Conference Executive Director Richard E. Barnes made the following statement today regarding the defeat of a bill in the New York State Senate by a vote of 38-24 that would have allowed people of the same sex to "marry" each other:

"On behalf of the Bishops of New York State, we are extremely pleased and grateful that the New York State Senate in a bipartisan vote rejected the concept that marriage can be anything other than the union of one man and one woman.

"While the Catholic Church rejects unjust discrimination against homosexual men and women, there is no question that marriage by its nature is the union of one man and one woman. Advocates for same-sex 'marriage' have attempted to portray their cause as inevitable. However, it has become clear that Americans continue to understand marriage the way it has always been understood, and New York is not different in that regard. This is a victory for the basic building block of our society."

The Catholic Conference represents New York State's Bishops in matters of public policy.

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H & R BLOCK - Jackson Hewitt and Identity Theft

One of the biggest and most under reported sources of identity theft occurs at tax time. Large firms like
H&R BLOCK and JACKSON HEWITT hire part time workers every year for a few months to do peoples taxes and then they're gone. They have access to all your personal information and your families information like SS#, bank accounts, address etc.. everything a person needs to steal your identity and your money. The best thing to do is find a tax preparer near you that has a year round business and no temporary employees for tax season. A family run business is the best!!!. The following link is a NY Times story about a White Plains H&R Block MANAGER that stole hundred of files and sold them. It happens much more than they report.

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All About ICLEI: Part II

This is Part II in a 7-part series "All About ICLEI"

All About ICLEI: Part I - The Mayor's Speech

Our series began by providing video and text of the Mayor's Announcement that New Rochelle was one of three cities selected to participate in an ICLEI initiative. This got us wondering who is ICLEI, what the Mayor hopes to accomplish specifically and what alternatives to an ICLEI partnership exist for New Rochelle.

Our goal in this series is to drill down on this statement and understand the organizations and terms behind it. When we find a new term or organization in a description of a preceding term or organization we will seek to explain that term or organization and continue to drill down until each term and organization is explaine

We began with the Mayor's announcement...

What is the ICLEI initiative Mayor Bramson is talking about in his speech?

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December 12, Christmas Party and Toys for Tots Drive

At the American Legion Post 8 Hall, come on out and have a good evening while also helping to bring joy to a child’s holiday season


Saturday December 12th, 8-11pm

American Legion Post 8 Hall, 112 North Ave, New Rochelle.


$25 Cover includes open bar and all you can eat


Donated toys should be unwrapped

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All About ICLEI: Part I

This is Part I in a 7-part series "All About ICLEI"

In March 2009, Mayor Bramson announced that New Rochelle would participate in a pilot program with ICLEI.

Earlier this year, the premier international umbrella organization for sustainable communities, called ICLEI, announced an exciting initiative: a handful of cities throughout the nation would be selected through a competitive process to work with ICLEI staff to craft local versions of New York City’s PlaNYC.
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New Rochelle City budget to be Discussed

New Rochelle City Budget to be Discussed


The New Rochelle Citizens Reform Club will meet on Thursday December 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post 8, 112 North Avenue,  second floor.  Guest speakers will be Howard Rattner, Commissioner of Finance, and Chuck Strome, City Manager, who will explain the 2010 New Rochelle City budget.  A question and answer period will follow.  Refreshments will be served.  There is free parking across the street at the Mormon Church lot.

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New Rochelle Board of Education Votes to Begin Litigation Against Vito Costa

vitocosta-before-after.jpgThe New Rochelle Board of Education voted unanimously last night to begin litigation against Vito Costa and A 2 Z Heating and Air Conditioning and V & M Vending, two companies controlled by Costa.

Costa is now facing up to 7 years in prison after he was arrested in August and charged with Grand Larceny and Falsifying Business records, a story first reported here on Talk of the Sound in June.

New Rochelle School District HVAC Employee Under Investigation?

BREAKING NEWS: Finally, An Arrest of a New Rochelle School Employee

The resolution passed by the board last night authorizes lawyers to recover all amounts owing due to abscence from work to pursue unauthorized personal business done during work hours, and to recover all amounts owing due to business down with the School District through entities owned and/or controlled by Mr. Costa.

On the criminal side, Costa is currently scheduled for conference with prosecutors on February 17, 2010.

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New Rochelle's Talk of the Sound Hits 150,000 Visitors!

We hit another big milestone this morning: 150,000 readers! Thanks folks. Keep coming back and help spread the word! One way you can do that is to email links to our stories rather than the entire story. I would note here that it took us a year to get to 100,000 readers but only a few months to get to 150,000 readers. All good stuff.

Back in August we announced plans to require registration in order to comment. At the time I wrote:

The effect, however, of allowing only registered users to comment is an initial drop in comments and traffic. My experience is an 80% drop in comments and 20% in traffic -- initially. After a few months comments will surpass the previous numbers and traffic will jump.

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