July 2010

New Rochelle Armory Website Reaches Another Milestone

July 08, 2010 - 05:40

The New Rochelle Armory website has achieved the new milestone of reaching over 2000 unique visitors. No doubt, the most recent events contributed to the surge of new visitors. The Save Our Armory Committee and its supporters can’t thank you enough for your continued interest. People like YOU, with your vision of what the Armory could be, will keep the politician’s feet to the fire to encourage them to see what is so self-evident to us all. The Armory IS alive, and waiting to continue on its mission of serving the community, just as she’s done since she first opened her doors. With your continued support, we will soon see that vision realized. Thank you again and remember – It’s YOUR Armory!

Rich in History and powered by YOU

New Rochelle DPW Worker Injured by Exploding Canister

July 07, 2010 - 18:21

A New Rochelle Dpw worker was sprayed in the face by a unknown liquid after something exploded in the back of a city garbage truck. The worker was picking up trash on coventry lane when the incident happened. New Rochelle police,fire and ambulance were dispatched to the scene along with the westchester county health department to determine what the liquid was. The worker was taken to sound shore medical center for a evaluation by medical staff.

Croton sanitation worker overcome by noxious fumes

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In the Westchester Business Journal, 7/5/10, On IDA in New Rochelle

July 07, 2010 - 14:17


While l02 IDA's are protesting their tax bills from the State of New York ( Westchester County Business Journal, 4/12/10), the residents of New Rochelle are aware that local IDA benefits given to developers have not been financially rewarding to the City.  A recent audit by the State Comptroller's office reinforces this problem.

In an audit of the New Rochelle IDA the New York State Comptroller's office found that between 2007-08 a review of l0 projects found the IDA "did not perform an analysis to see if the benefit would exceed the cost of providing tax abatements and exceptions although they did say some projects had provided enough information to evaluate them.  They found no monitoring of projects to see if they were meeting their goals.  For example, the New Roc Parcel 1-A was supposed to create 358 jobs but had only created 98 jobs by the end of 2008.

These examples are a sampling of the broken promises that an IDA can create.  Other new businesses in the City such as a Shoprite were opened with no financial incentives and no IDA benefits.

Pigeons, Post Riders and Neglected Local History

July 07, 2010 - 02:18

On the holiday weekend there was a fun and free New Rochelle trolley tour about local history. During the tour, tour guide and Habitat for Humanity director Jim Killoran mentioned the Post Rider plaque installed in downtown New Rochelle outside of the HSBC Bank.

The Post Riders delivered messages from the armies in the Revolutionary War. The NY Post ran an article about the Post Road and the Riders on July 4th, linked here: The Road that Paved the Way to Revolution I went to look at the plaque and it was covered in pigeon waste, really awful, almost impossible to read.

City of New Rochelle Heat Advisory Message to All Residents

July 06, 2010 - 16:44

New Rochelle Heat Advisory Message:

This is Mayor Noam Bramson. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for our region. All residents, particularly seniors and those with health challenges, should stay out of the sun, drink plenty of fluids, and remain in an air conditioned area when possible. For those without air conditioning, the City has established a cooling center at the Hugh Doyle Senior Center at 94 Davis Avenue. It is open from 8:30am to 4:30pm today and tomorrow.

To help avoid power outages, please take common sense steps to reduce your energy use. Be sure your air conditioning filters are clean, close off unused rooms in your home, operate appliances in the early morning or evening when temperatures are lower, and keep your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher. For more information, visit

Finally, please take a moment to check in on neighbors who may need help. Thanks for listening and stay cool.

Listen here.

Save Our Armory Committee Rallies Against Mayor Bramson's Attempt to Control Armory Deed

July 06, 2010 - 15:46

mushroom_4.jpgWhen New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramon's end run to get control of the New Rochelle Naval Armory was discovered, the Save Our Armory (SOA) Committee jumped into action.  An emergency meeting was called by the committee when it was learned that Mayor Bramson had enlisted State legislators to change the Armory's deeded conditions.  The City of New Rochelle was deeded the Naval Armory by the State of New York in August 1997 for $1.  The deed stipulated that the premises were to be "improved and maintained" and used for public purposes, "for park, recreation, street and highway purposes, including incidental, necessary municipal business..."   Bramson's proposed bill was supported in the State legislature by Senators Jeff Klein and Suzi Oppenheimer and in the Assembly by members George Latimer and Amy Paulin.  All four claimed they had heard the problems associated with the New Rochelle Armory had been resolved locally.  When Klein learned this was not true, he immediately withdrew his support of the bill, as did the others.

Mayor Bramson Blogs About Government Access Channel Broadcasts of Planning, Zoning and IDA Meetings

July 06, 2010 - 00:06

Mayor.gifMayor Bramson has a blog post up on the decision of the City Council, pushed by Councilman Richard St. Paul, to begin live broadcasts of Planning, Zoning and IDA Meetings

Are you someone who just can't get enough of City government? Does the intense excitement of watching Council meetings on cable leave you desperate for more? Or perhaps (and more likely), you find municipal meetings to be a useful sleep aid and cure for insomnia?

Well, we have good news for you. Beginning this fall, the City will begin to cablecast meetings of the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Industrial Development Agency. I am skeptical about the size of the audience that these meetings will attract, but government should err on the side of openness and transparency, and so, all kidding aside, I support this move. Have popcorn at the ready.

The Mayor made similar remarks when the issue was discussed at Council. Barry Fertel and Marianne Sussman were similarly discouraging, "worrying" about the cost of wiring the conference rooms or staffing issues.

New York Office of State Comptroller Releases Audit of College of New Rochelle Tuition Assistance Program

July 05, 2010 - 23:23

College of New Rochelle Logo.jpgDuring the 2005-2006 through 2007-2008 academic years, the College of New Rochelle certified more than $35 million in Tuition Assistance Program awards. Auditors disallowed $62,341 because students were incorrectly certified as eligible for the awards. For example, some students received awards even though they were not in full-time attendance.

Read the entire report here.