November 2011

Christmas Comes Early in New Rochelle, Layoffs Averted After State Gives Back $1 Million Due to Overestimated Health Insurance Costs

November 30, 2011 - 03:46

Strome BudgetPresserThings just got a whole lot easier for City Manager Charles B. Strome and his budget staff due to an unexpected one million dollar windfall.

Layoffs of firefighters, crossing guards and CSEA members were averted based on new information from Albany. Seems the State of New York overestimated the size of the health insurance increase. The City is no longer required to pay about $1 million that was budgeted for the insurance payments. Those funds will be be used to maintain New Rochelle Fire Department staffing, the crossing guards and office workers, primarily at City Hall.

UPDATE: The City of New Rochelle issued the following statement on Novemnber 30th

Revised Budget Numbers Avert Firefighter Layoffs

A $1 million decrease in anticipated costs now allows the New Rochelle City Council to avert the proposed layoffs of 6 firefighters, 2 community service officers and 18 crossing guards.

Groping Glazier Wins Hearing on Allegations of Sexual Assault at City Hall

November 29, 2011 - 21:45

SexCrimesA settlement was reached Tuesday between the New Rochelle Board of Education and F.U.S.E. the district's teachers union, in a case over allegations that a school district employee sexually assaulted a second employee in City Hall. Under terms of the agreement, provided to Talk of the Sound by parties close to the case, the employee keeps their job but will be temporarily demoted for a period of one year.

Anthony Newman, a glazier in the Buildings and Grounds Department of the City School District of New Rochelle, was facing possible termination after having been accused by a female employee of grabbing her breasts and then hugging her in an office at City Hall. The hearing was held in City Hall on Tuesday November 22nd.

Has the Weyman Avenue Development Helped New Rochelle Taxpayers?

November 29, 2011 - 18:28

I am a bit distressed about what I am reading on the Weyman Avenue site. Apparently the sales tax for the most part has gone down through the years. The debt service is not far from the sales tax received. Is this an example of how development has no clear cut financial reward for the city? Sales tax is at the bottom of this email. e.g. $3.2 million in sales tax minus $2.8 in debt payments equals less than half a million dollars and I wonder how much school tax and county tax we are paying. Note the school taxes and county taxes are not included. The Finance Commissioner intially sent me this breakout:

2010 figures for Weyman Ave development:

Property Taxes = $1,830,000
Sales Taxes = $3,400,000
Amortized land sale proceeds = $283,000
Total Income = $5,513,000

Debt Service = $2,900,000

Amount of Income in Excess of Debt Service = $2,613,000

The Finance Commissioner also said that we can not get a breakdown of sales tax by store as below:. Notice the sales tax has decreased.

Gas Leak at Home Near New Rochelle High School Prompts Responses by New Rochelle Fire Department

November 29, 2011 - 18:05

New Rochelle firefighters responded to reports of a high concentration of natural gas around noon today at a home located at 288 Clove Road, across the street from the New Rochelle High School football field.

Holiday Tree Lighting Thursday 5:00 PM in New Rochelle

November 29, 2011 - 06:29


Join us as we ring in the Holiday Season!

The Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the City of New Rochelle is happy to sponsor the annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony at Memorial Plaza, December 1st, 5pm.

There will be multi-denominational benedictions and the Songcatchers will add the holiday cheer with caroling. Santa Clause will make his grand appearance shortly after the lighting! He is looking forward to seeing the children there.

This is a great event.Please bring a camera so you can get photos with SANTA and the TREE. HO HO HO hope to see you there.

Fort Slocum on David's Island in New Rochelle Lives in New Web Site

November 29, 2011 - 03:58

Fort Slocum Lives!

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, the Westchester County Historical Society, the City of New Rochelle Public Library, the Fort Slocum Alumni & Friends Organization and TetraTech have created an online archive devoted to the now-demolished Fort Slocum

“Fort Slocum is gone, but not forgotten. The virtual archive is etched into the internet, and will be a lasting memorial to those who served at Fort Slocum, and to the contribution of Davids Island to the history of the United States and the local community,” said Gregory J. Goepfert, Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District.


New Rochelle Gets Down to the Beer Necessities -- 415 Crafted Brews, Gourmet Foods and BBQ Brisket in Wykagyl

November 29, 2011 - 01:28

Beer Necessities2New Rochelle is about to become a mecca for beer aficionados throughout Westchester County with the Grand Opening today of The Beer Necessities at the Quaker Ridge Shopping Mall next door to the A&P.

Whether you are a beer drinker or not it is just a fun store and a nice place to be and the store offers some great food as well.

"I want people to come on in, have a visit and enjoy," said store owner, Michael Grossberg.

The store is offering 415 beers from across the United States -- like Purple Haze from Abita Springs, Louisiana to Otter Creek from Middlebury, Vermont to Dogfish Head from Milton, DE.

Grossberg can tell you a story about each and every one having personally tasted each of them.