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New Rochelle City Hall Officials & Employers will be Liable…


The City of New Rochelle is plagued with illegal immigrants. One of the main reasons why these illegal immigrants come to New Rochelle is for the work that is available to them in many private sectors. The main area is landscaping & contracting business that employs them. These businesses pay these illegal immigrants cash so that they can cheat the government out of payroll taxes and unemployment taxes. These illegal immigrants also cheat the government. Their salaries are not taxed because they are not recorded by there so called employer. BUT, theses illegal immigrants sure know how to take advantage of our health and welfare system. They are main contributors as to why our nation’s health and welfare system is in the red. You see, when you have more people pulling out then putting in, what do people expect? To bad our government officials can’t see the logic in this. But this is another topic.

The Armory Series - Lamenting Our Loss or How Did THAT Happen?


There will be no room for remorse . That about sums it up when speaking of the consequences of misguided demolition . The fact is , there has been no actual review of the possibilities of an adaptive re-use of the Armory , by this or any other administration . The only consideration given was the City asking the most recent developer , Forest City- Ratner , what they want to do with the property . Hardly in-depth thinking . Granted the city doesn't have much experience in this area , but that only reinforces the need to stop and take a closer look at just what might happen and what we will loose forever . There is no going back .

Norman Rockwell: An Artist and Social Activist


Norman Rockwell, famous as an artist who drew covers for the Saturday Evening Post, had strong roots in Westchester. He lived in New Rochelle for many years and a lot of the models he used in this paintings were local residents. Jim Killoran, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity in Westchester, talked about the importance of history in our lives, then introduced Tom Daly, Curator of the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

The talk by Daly, "A Look at Rockwell's Life as an Artist and a Social Activist," illuminated much about the way Rockwell viewed his drawings. Daly said Rockwell's "bread and butter" was boys and puppies. Audiences wanted to see young people and pets. The artist wanted to tell a simple story. However, Daly said one l960 cover on the Saturday Evening Post showing a black child entering a school was not received well. 92 of Rockwell's paintings concerned civil activism. Rockwell wanted people to know not only about this back child, Ruby Bridges, but also that all other parents had taken their children out of this school at that time. Ruby Bridges, now a Trustee of the Mu\seum, had to go to school all by herself.

New Rochelle Celebrates Parents in First Ever "Excellence in Parenting Award"



New Rochelle honored parents from around the city Monday as part of a new initiative to promote and uplift good parenting as a central vocation for the realization of healthy families and communities. On hand were many New Rochelle dignitaries including New Rochelle Police Commissioner Patrick Carroll, Mr. Alan Inman of the American Family Coalition, Rev. Compton of the Westrock Family Church, Ms. Beuenia M. Brown of the President F. Willia Davis Women's Organization, Rabbi Ameil Wohl of Temple Israel and the Coalition for Mutual Respect. The event was organized with the assistance of the Hudson Valley Parents' Day Committee.

The Curious Cases of the McKnight Kids: New Rochelle Police Punt on McKnight II, Tosses Case to DA


Demetrius Hazelton.jpgThe New Rochelle Police Department has repeatedly deviated from standard operating procedure in the handling of a weekend incident involving the "daughter" of a New Rochelle Police Detective whose "son" recently filed a lawsuit against the New Rochelle Police Department based on a claim that NRPD violated his civil rights in arresting him for disorderly conduct. After an internal review, NRPD has taken the highly unusual step of referring the entire matter to the District Attorney's office. A decision on whether to file charges in the matter is expected as soon as today.

Your Taxes are Going Way Up - Jump in Tax Appeals to Trigger Massive Increase in School Taxes-- Revisited


An article published, on July 17th, in the Journal News provides additional evidence that New Rochelle school taxes will increase in excess of the 3.3% claimed by the district.

Back in early May I forecast that New Rochelle property owners could expect property tax increases between 6% and 9% (2 to 3 times higher then district projections) based on much higher then normal property tax relief appeals. The article in the JN confirms this as the number of property tax grievances is approximately double when compared to last year.

According to the JN roughly 21% of New Rochelle residential property owners have filed for property tax reduction. In my May 7th post I projected that the number would be 20%.

City tax assessor Louis Perone now says “The City is expecting around 2,500 (appeals) this year”. Last year 1,320 cases were filed. Perone expects a “majority” of the 2,500 grievances will be granted. Last year only 416 of the 1,320 (32 percent) were successful. When Perone states a “majority will be granted” we should expect something over 50%. I expect that number to be in the area of 75% to 80%.

BREAKING: Car on Train Tracks Behind Avalon One Apartments


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We are getting unconfirmed reports that a car went through a barrier and ended up on the train tracks behind the Avalon apartment building at 275 Huguenot Street. No reports yet if anyone was injured. Police are responding to the scene. If anyone is in the area can take a few photos -- even on their cell phone camera -- or shoot some video please send it along.


UPDATE: We are starting to get in some photos courtesy of Talk of the Sound readers. Obviously this report is now confirmed. Thanks folks. Keep them coming!

UPDATE: We are hearing that the driver of the vehicle is OK. We here the driver was rounding the corner and instead of turning towards the taxi stand the driver continued straight into the fence, the car then dropped about 20 feet down the hill. Looking at the photos of the car on the tracks I am going to say that no one was seriously injured; unless the fence and brush slowed the car as it fell.

BREAKING NEWS: More Trouble for the McKnight "Family" As Car Chase on I-95 Ends with Weapons Drawn


Reliable sources have informed Talk of the Sound there was more trouble for the McKnight "family" tonight following a car chase by New Rochelle police officers that came to an end with a suspect arrested at gunpoint on the Hutchison River Parkway off I-95.

On Sunday a young woman called the New Rochelle Police Department to report that the father of her child had menaced her, threatening to produce a gun but not actually producing the weapon. NRPD responded to the call outside her residence. She told officers she was the daughter of Detective Timothy McKnight. Also present was Demetrius Hazelton, who recently filed a lawsuit against the NRPD, after he was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge. Readers will recall Hazelton also dropped McKnight's name to police.

NRPD spent a good part of the day looking out for the young man who had menaced the young woman. Later in the day the young woman called NRPD a second time to report that she was on I-95 and that the young man was in a car ahead of her. NRPD responded immediately, chasing down the car and arresting the young man.

Back at the station, the young woman recanted her story, saying she made it up.