The United Nations has released its preliminary report in preparation for Rio + 20. New Rochelle will be represented at the conference by Mayor Noam Bramson.
Bramson has denied a relationship (video from April 10, 2012 City Council meeting above) between New Rochelle and the United Nations even as he prepares to go to Rio de Janeiro for the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development known as "Rio + 20". The major UN Conference, scheduled to be convened in Brazil from June 20 to 23, is organized by members of the UN system.Read more
CBS 2 News reporter Lou Young reports from downtown New Rochelle on pawn shops opening in Westchester County.Read more
A delightful inter-generational concert, “Love Makes the World Go Round”, will be presented in the Ossie Davis Theater of the New Rochelle Public Library on Saturday, May 5th at 3:00 pm. Young singers from Songcatchers will join singers from the Hugh A. Doyle Senior Center and Garito Manor for a concert featuring songs of love, joy, happiness and peace. The free concert is made possible by a grant from Communities For All Ages and the Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library.Read more
Just in time for Earth Day, Talk of the Sound has reviewed the Local Agenda 21 plan for New Rochelle, NY created under an ICLEI program first announced in 2009 and analyzed changes to the document made after the New Rochelle City Council voted to adopt the plan in 2011. Earth Day falls each year on April 22nd. It is the two-year anniversary of the release of the original GreeNR plan.
Talk of the Sound conducted a similar analysis when GreeNR was released in 2010 and many of the concerns we raised were raised at Council. In some cases, items we identified -- requiring homeowners to pay to upgrade the lateral lines from their house to the City sewer system when selling their home, displaying private information from Con Edison on electricity usage -- were removed from the revised GreeNR plan. Others however, such as the GreeNR Seal and the "Green Lien" programs, remain.
The linked document provides a side by side analysis of the document as presented to the City Council in April 2010 and the document created on March 17, 2012. The two documents contain insertions and deletions of images, section dividers and other cosmetic changes that make a side by side comparison difficult. Talk of the Sound inserted blank pages or removed cosmetic pages so that the content pages matched up and could be run through the software to identify changes. The mark up key uses yellow highlights, red rectangles and red ovals: sections, sentences or words "of interest" are highlighted in yellow; changes between the two documents are marked with a red rectangle; sections, sentences or words that suggest mandates are marked with a red oval.
Although certain sections have been updated to reflect data from 2010 to 2009 or 2011 to 2010, the title is not updated. The title is "New Rochelle Sustainability Plan 2010 - 2030" but the plan was not adopted until 2011. Title should read "New Rochelle Sustainability Plan 2011 - 2031". Which data was updated in the document is inconsistent and appears to be random.
During the Public Hearing on GreeNR in 2010, New Rochelle Sustainability Coordinator Deborah Newborn stated that GreeNR contained recommendations for mandates. When she was asked about mandates during City Council meetings she said there were no recommendations for mandates. In fact, there are recommendations for mandates and, in one case, according to the updated GreeNR document, Residential Recycling the City has already moved on from voluntarily recycling to mandatory recycling; the plan states that the City may now issue summonses. In another example, there is now a mandate on idling and summonses can be issued. There are other mandates regarding building codes. According to Newborn, the overall intent of GreeNR is to try the voluntary compliance route first and then move to mandatory mandatory if the voluntary route fails which is another way of saying the plan contains "mandates" even though she and the Mayor later claimed there were no mandates in the plan.Read more
(White Plains, NY) -- Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced two Medicaid fraud settlements with Sound Shore Medical Center of Westchester and Mount Vernon Hospital, both members of the Sound Shore Health System, that total more than $2.3 million in recovered funds for taxpayers. The investigation by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) revealed that the hospitals improperly overbilled Medicaid for physician-administered drugs, a violation of state law. Sound Shore Medical Center of Westchester has agreed to repay the State $2,241,760.35, and Mount Vernon Hospital has already repaid the State $85,497.90.Read more
(New Rochelle, NY) -- The 32nd annual Our Children, Our Artists exhibit will be featured at the New Rochelle Public Library from April 30th through May 24th in both the Lumen Winter Gallery and Community Gallery of the Library. The art work of students in the city’s seven elementary schools will be on display from April 30th through May 9th; and the work of middle and high school students will be exhibited from May 16th through May 23rd. The exhibit is curated by Erica Bogin, artist and art teacher.
A reception and awards ceremony for the elementary school students will be held on Wednesday, May 2nd from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Library. The reception and awards ceremony for the middle and high school students will be on Wednesday, May 16th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.Read more
A vote that was widely expected to go 5-2 along party lines in favor of extending the Forest City MOU with the City of New Rochelle passed 7-0 in favor after a last minute deal was struck under which changes to the term sheet shortened the length of the MOU extension from 18 months to 9 months while creating a concurrent RFP process for the New Rochelle Armory.
"I am happy everyone has agreed to these terms," said Council Member Al Tarantino before voting in favor of the resolution to extend the MOU until the end of the year. "This will allow Council to put this to bed one way or another".
Council Member Jared Rice was pleased with the Council having achieved consensus on what has been a contentious issue for many years.
"I want to credit Council Member Trangucci and Mayor Bramson", said Rice. "It's a good thing for the City if we can tweak things so everyone can be happy".Read more
For the first time, the New Rochelle Board of Education appointed a Citizen Advisory Committee ("CAC") to review the district's budget and make recommendations on potential cost savings and ways to make the budget document easier to understand for the average reader.
New Rochelle Board of Education President Chrisanne Petrone brought forward the resolution to create the committee which was approved unanimously by the board. BoE Member David Lacher served as the Chairperson for the CAC and liaison to the school board. BoE Vice President Jeffrey Hastie served on the board ex-officio. District Treasurer Carol Amorello served as well. The citizen members of the Citizen Advisory Committee were Adam Egelberg, Ed Ackerman, Suyen Taylor and Mary Monzon.
Below is a complete set of relevant documents and video: The Final Report, the Powerpoint Presentation and the Video of the Presentation to the Board of Education on March 27th, 2012 and Albert Leonard Middle School.Read more