Talk of the Sound has obtained a copy of an IDA Audit Report of the New Rochelle IDA (NRIDA) which is expected to be released by the Office of the New York State Comptroller (OSC) next month. The document is meant to be public, has been circulated within City Hall but is not on the agenda for the IDA meeting scheduled tomorrow. A brief review of the summary shows why the IDA would prefer to kick the report down the road into the summer months when they hope less people will notice -- it is a devastating report which confirms what many critics have long contended about an IDA with no defined process for approving projects, no effort to monitor ongoing projects and a generally sloppy, make-it-up-as-you-go approach while doling out tens of millions of dollars in bonds, tax incentives and other goodies to politically-connected developers with no particular concern over whether the projects deliver upon promised results.Read more
Four Coach Tour passenger buses were booted at the Home Depot parking lot last night at faced up to $10,000 in fines as part of a crackdown by Home Depot at the behest of the City of New Rochelle. Pressure was put on Home Depot by the Buildings Department after a Talk of the Sound article on Wednesday: Lack of Code Enforcement by New Rochelle Turns Home Depot into Illegal Truck Stop & Limo Holding Pen. The use of the parking lot other than customer use is prohibited under the City Building Code.
In response to warnings from the City of New Rochelle, the management at Home Depot fired Safeway Towing and brought in a new company, L.A. Towing of the Bronx to manage the parking in their lot. Soon after the first L.A. Towing signs went up in the Home Depot lot, Home Depot employees reported seeing a person driving a Safeway Towing truck driving through the lot tearing down the L.A. Towing signs or cutting them in half. Safeway is the primary towing contractor in New Rochelle and works for the New Rochelle Police Department.Read more
Those in the political “ruling” class have become architects of deceit. We have become Taxslaves! It is time to get off the couch and rebel against the tax terrorists.
Social programs waste taxpayer dollars. The earned income of the working class has become the fuel for laziness and dependence. Government handouts are only meant to bridge the gap for a small percentage of legal Americans that are have been hit by hard times. Public assistance is only meant to assist them until they get back on their feet. The purpose is to bridge the gaps, not to encourage a lifestyle of dependence.
The system has been abused by too many people over long periods of time. It breaks my heart to watch so many people become enslaved by Big Government.
This is a waste of potential as much as it is a waste of our tax dollars.
Welfare has done more damage to the people of our country than any external threat has ever done.
Americans should never take assistance from the government unless it means the difference between life and death. If you depend on government for your needs I suggest that you get off the assistance as fast as you can. It is our duty as Americans and as free men to reject that kind of dependent, unacceptable lifestyle.Read more
(NEW ROCHELLE) Westchester County police arrested a receptionist at a New Rochelle medical practice on Wednesday night and charged her with using patients’ credit card numbers to go on an online shopping spree.
Jeanette Gomez, 24, of Soundview Avenue, Bronx, was charged in connection with two recent thefts of credit card information, which she then allegedly used to buy baby clothes online from Neiman Marcus and Old Navy. She then had the items delivered to her place of employment.
Gomez is charged with two counts of Identity Theft, two counts of Petit Larceny and two counts of Unlawful Possession of Personal Identification Information, misdemeanors.
The investigation began when a patient of the medical practice contacted county police recently after noticing an unauthorized purchase made on his credit card. County police determined that the items that were purchased were to be delivered to a medical office on Quaker Ridge Road.Read more
There will be a debate tomorrow at 4 PM at Eastchester Town Hall sponsored by the League of Women Voters between Democrat Greg Varian and Republican Sheila Marcotte. The two are competing in a special election to fill the 10th District seat on the Westchester County Board of Legislators. The special election was called after Democrat Vito Pinto vacated the seat to accept a position in the Astorino administration running the Veterans Service Agency and the Office of Drug Prevention and Stop-DWI.
Varian sent a campaign email warning of Republican dirty tricks and asking supporters to show and coordinate their questions with the campaign.
LWV Debate: Sunday, 4pm, Eastchester Town Hall
The League of Women Voters is sponsoring a debate this Sunday at 4pm. I could use your support in the room, especially since audience questions will make up the bulk of the debate. I've been warned that the Eastchester Republicans take these things very seriously: they will have an army of citizens ready to beat me over the head with out-of-context quotes and made-up statistics. So, naturally, we have to be ready.
The Westchester County Board of Legislators will hold a public hearing on a bill to allow county employees to join in the New York State Early Retirement Incentive Program on Monday June 14th otherwise known as the "Double Dipping" Program.
The intent of this bill to allow retiring county employees to double dip (i.e., to get the benefits of both the county voluntary separation plan and the New York State early retirement plan). With the State of New York teetering on the brink of insolvency, it sounds like the County Board of Legislators has come up with a great way to push New York over the edge and into the abyss.
Taxpayer groups and good government advocates will want to be on hand to watch as the pigs line up at the trough.
148 Martine Avenue (Court Street entrance)
8:30 AM (Monday June 14) to sign up to speak at this public hearing.Read more
Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (Scarsdale, Eastchester, Tuckahoe, Bronxville, Pelham, Pelham Manor, and parts of New Rochelle and White Plains) introduced legislation against telemarketers that "spoof," or alter the number that appears on a person's Caller ID. The proposal has passed the Assembly and will now move on to the state senate.
Her communications director sent out a press release, which reads as follows:
Assemblywoman Amy Paulin’s legislation to ban telephone ‘spoofing’ has passed the Assembly. The legislation (A9390) would outlaw ‘spoofing,’ a practice where telemarketers and others seek to mask their true identity by altering the number that appears on a person’s Caller ID.
The ban will protect residents from deception, harassment and possible fraud over the phone lines.
Some telemarketing firms have used ‘spoofing’ to get users to pick up the phone, because the call seems to be a personal call from a local area code, rather than an 800 number.
I got this email today and thought some readers might have missed it:
For Immediate Release
Dated: January 5, 2009
Contact: Jim Maisano 995-2826 - Vito Pinto at 995-2817 or Phil Pepe 914-968-6303
COUNTY LEGISLATORS VITO PINTO & JIM MAISANO ANNOUNCE
PASSAGE OF $9.8 MILLION IN FUNDING TO UPGRADE
NEW ROCHELLE’S ‘CITY PARK’
Great news for New Rochelle’s kids and soccer, softball and baseball players!
New Rochelle, NY - County Legislators Jim Maisano (R, New Rochelle) and Vito Pinto (D, Eastchester) announced that in the final meeting of the Westchester County Board of Legislators for 2009, they pushed through legislation that the two legislators have worked on for several years together with the City of New Rochelle, which will provide New Rochelle with $9.8 Million in County Legacy funding to fully upgrade City Park’s athletic fields.
City Park, long in need of remediation, will now get it under a deal brought about by Maisano and Pinto’s leadership and persistence. Plans call for a state-of-the-art multi-use facility that will also serve football, field hockey and lacrosse players.Read more