October 2012

Candidates Forum Pits Latimer v. Cohen Tuesday Night in New Rochelle

October 15, 2012 - 19:58

NAACP CandidateForum

The New Rochelle Branch of the NAACP presents a candidate forum on Tuesday October 16th, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. The forum will be held at the Dr. Martin Luther King Center at 95 Lincoln Avenue in New Rochelle, NY.

37th New York State Senate District: Bob Cohen (R-NY) v. George Latimer (D-NY)

91st New York State Assembly District: Bill Villanova (R-NY) v. Steve Otis (D-NY)

88th New York State Assembly District: Amy Paulin (D-NY): Unopposed

35th New York State Senate District: Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-NY): Unopposed

Westchester County Board of Elections

Westchester County Board of Elections
25 Quarropas Street
White Plains, NY 10601

You may visit the office during business hours Monday - Friday between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. or by telephone.

Absentee Ballots (914) 995-5285
Registrations (914) 995-5713
Financial Disclosures (914) 995-5292
Maps/Enrollment Lists (914) 995-5712
Other Information (914) 995-5700

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A Predictable Vote to Change the Hartley House Redevelopment Plan

October 15, 2012 - 00:57

Yet again the Hartley House redevelopment has been granted two more changes in their site plan by the New Rochelle Planning Board. Now managed by Winthrop Housing, LLC and New Rochelle Municipal Housing their principals requested an amendment to the previously approved site plan. It was granted, despite objections raised.

The original master site plan, which was developed after a series of different proposals had been reported in the newspapers, called for two family houses and townhouses with home ownership. Now a request was made to change the home ownership units to rentals. The number of rentals rose from 198 to 228. The reason given by Steven Horton, Executive Director of the New Rochelle Municipal Housing Authority, was the current dismal national situation in the housing market.

The financing had already been approved. One of the funding sources was Westchester County. According to New Rochelle Development Commissioner Michael Freimuth funding was put together by Steven Horton, and Rella Fogliano with the MacQuestin Development. Some public money included state mortgage and federal tax credits.

Can New Rochelle Afford More Residential Development?

Submitted by Laraine Karl on Sun, 10/14/2012 - 14:27

I have just learned that Cooper Hill apartments (Cooper Dr.) has been offered for sale by Cushman and Wakefield. It is a 216 unit garden style community. The children at this complex attend Trinity School, IEY Middle School and New Rochelle High School.

The exclusive agents state there is a potential to increase development density per the zoning. The permitted height is three stories and there is the capacity to increase the FAR by approximately 50%. This provides the potential to either add a floor to each building or add additional buildings, as the current improved coverage is half of what is allowable. There is significant space available for new buildings in the areas where there are currently non-attached garages, as well as, on an unimproved lot at the southwest corner of the site.

Can we afford more children in our schools? Will the buyer ask for tax abatements? When will the East End be included on appointed boards and committees and will the mayor hear the people including the quiet people who do not go to hearings or march in protests?

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Siete Ocho Siete should be DENIED

October 13, 2012 - 23:57


Here's why Siete Ocho Siete (787) should be DENIED a Cabaret License;

Now that 787 has attempted to stack the deck, let's put the whole story on the record. Mama Francesca's has always been a great restaurant and a bright light in New Rochelle's business community. Recently there was a major renovation and as usual ownership did a top-notch job leaving no detail out. The building permit issued was for renovations to a RESTAURANT and makes no mention of an after hours Nightclub or Cabaret. It is well known that many members of city staff dined there including staff that would be responsible for approving and issuing a Cabaret license. Below are police calls to 414 Pelham Road (787) shorty after re-opening the new RESTAURANT. That means that 787 was operating an ILLEGAL NIGHT CLUB/CABARET. The calls reflect noise, State Liquor Authority Investigation, Emergency Medical Service for sick & injured, larceny, dispute, disorderly behavior and multiple fire alarms. 

Robert Cox Responds to Misleading Claims by New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson on ICLEI

October 13, 2012 - 16:56

Back in May 2012, I addressed the New Rochelle City Council regarding the false and misleading claims by New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson regarding the connection between New Rochelle and the United Nations.

The Mayor has not only denied the connection but sought to paint anyone who contradicts him as a deranged conspiracy theorist, beyond the pale or simply not worthy of a response. He has repeatedly made false and misleading statements regarding ICLEI and gone out of his way to insult anyone who opposes him.

The issue is not whether there is a connection between New Rochelle and the United Nations -- there is. New Rochelle is a member if ICLEI and ICLEI is a UN system organization.

The issue is whether the residents of New Rochelle understand that and just what membership in ICLEI means with regards to implementing the UN's global initiative known as Agenda 21.

Siete Ocho Siete Ownership Plays Race Card in Cabaret Licensing Dispute

October 12, 2012 - 18:05

A reader sent along a copy of an email message from the ownership of Siete Ocho Siete which accuses residents of Shady Glenn Court (sic) of racism in filing complaints with the City of New Rochelle "about safety, littering, drugs, noise, etc."

Over a dozen supporters of the restaurant, formerly known as Mama Francesca's, spoke before the City Council on Wednesday October 10, 2012.

From: Siete Ocho Siete
Subject: Siete Ocho Siete Upcoming Events
Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2012



As you may know, due to a set of reasons, SIETE OCHO SIETE is no longer featuring any sort of entertainment such as (DJ, Bands, Karaoke, etc.) as per this past month of June 2012. The residents of Shady Glenn Court (the adjacent block to Siete Ocho Siete) have been making racial statements through letters talking about safety, littering, drugs, noise, etc. against our fine establishment.

Westchester Residents and Leaders in the Field of Food Allergies Join FAAN to Walk to Raise Awareness for Food Allergies on October 13th.

October 12, 2012 - 17:53

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- A group of motivated residents from the Westchester area are joining forces with the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) to partake in a walk on Saturday, October 13, 2012, aimed at building public awareness and raising money to help protect children with life-threatening food allergies.

The 3rd Annual FAAN Walk for Food Allergy in Westchester will take place on Saturday, October 13 in Glen Island Park on Pelham Road in New Rochelle, NY. Registration, activities and giveaways will start at 9 a.m. and the walk will begin at 10 a.m. The FAAN Walk for Food Allergy in Westchester County is one of 45 walks scheduled this year. Last year, the Westchester walk raised over $200,000 and became the #1 walk in the country.

Free Rabies Clinic Sunday, October 21 In New Rochelle

October 12, 2012 - 17:51

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Free rabies vaccinations will be available by appointment for dogs, cats and ferrets owned by Westchester County residents on Sunday, October 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New Rochelle Humane Society, 70 Portman Road in New Rochelle. For more information, call the New Rochelle Humane Society at 914-632-2925. Cats and ferrets must be in carriers and dogs must be on a leash. Aggressive dogs must be muzzled. No examinations will be given. See attached press release for more information.