The City of New Rochelle and The Iona/New Rochelle Community-College Planning Committee get poor grades, Must show more effort and results in their work!Read more
The elections are over and people are slowly getting their lives back in some type of order after Hurricane Sandy and a Nor’easter. So much must still be done. While there has been some good work out there we have also seen some under performers here in The City of New Rochelle. Over the past several months many public servants have been in the news and The City Council of New Rochelle is about to start discussing and voting on several important decisions that will set the path for the future of The City of New Rochelle and its tax payers. My purpose is not to point fingers or accuse, but to review some of the last few months and some of what I have said to The City Council.Read more
In the October 18 2012 issue of the Westchester Guardian
A highly spirited march from the American Legion to City Hall by a group of veterans and supporters of the Save Our Armory Committee was held on October l0 to protest the selection of a plan City Council had chosen to redevelop the Armory. This group was joined in front of City Hall by a large contingent of New Rochelle Police Officers who were protesting their lack of a contract and reduced number of officers. Former Mayor Len Paduano said when he was in office he never laid off one police officer and was supportive of his Police and Fire Departments. After the speeches, the group entered the New Rochelle City Council chambers and many of them participated in the Citizens to be Heard portion of the City Council meeting.Read more
At the New Rochelle City Council public hearing this month for the cabaret permit for the Siete Ocho Siete restaurant on Pelham Road the speakers were explicit in either praise or criticism. Problems such as noise, lack of sufficient parking, disturbances of nearby neighborhoods including garbage and liter were expounded. Several patrons of Siete Ocho Siete praised both the food and entertainment at the restaurant-cabaret and entreated the Council to allow the cabaret permit.Read more
I have been thinking long and hard about the issue of a divided country and community. While considering this and all of its remifications on our nation and our community, it is proven inescapable to separate my own journey toward validating who I am and what I believe and stand for.
It has become easier now than before. The conventions have shown me the worst of civic responsibility. What is apparent over all matters is the overriding sense of self; entitlement, negativity, and a willingness to lay blame in every direction but one that takes you inward.
During breaks in the coverage, I saw Ken Burn's mammoth service to society on PBS called WAR. I saw Americans of every color, ethnic origin, demograpic background sacrificing life and limb for America. Worse, the horror of the concentration camps, the firebombings and, of course, the atomic bomb srikes on Japan.Read more
Do you really think there still are free lunches in these unsettled times? No, that went out with good government and selfless politicians. You only need to be blitzerkrieged by Wolf or given the bumsrush by Rush to know otherwise.
A few evenings ago I was bathed in stardust listening to the majesty of Les Miserables. To the barricades they went and, when it was all said and done, good triumphed over evil, sacrifice trumped selfishness, and all was right with the world.
Then I turned the set off.
When I awoke it was the same old things. The order of business once again, was divisiveness and "breaking news" kept on its petty pace repeating over and over again, the social misery of the day. This one misspoke, off with his damn head, that one filed a suit for damages based on a physical similarity to Kim Kardashian, and while Barack and Mitt fiddled, the nation burned.Read more
Surely it hasn't escaped your notice that we live in a dysfunctional society and are surrounded by the echoes of our forebearers, our consciences saying "this is all wrong, this Union is not being preserved, it is being hacked away inch by inch and we seem powerless to impact this fact.
Look what is the point of attributing blame; we are each all too ready to throw the first stone, to state unequivocably that the other person is a racist, a femnazi, an old white man, an alien.... we have mastered the 120 word vocabulary of OMG and have disposed of perfectly good, innocent words like "niggardly" because it sounds like something so pronouncedly perverse that you need to go to the radio to hear it.
Well, ok, that will pass but will we survive the particular armeggedon we face concerning the raw evil intention that flows from our office seekers and their staffs daily, the "stacked decks" presented by the cable news media who drive the response they want depending on what station or channel you happen to be tuned to.Read more
The financial problems of our city, state and nation remain unabated, while the local taxpayers must continue to support our government. What intensifies this phenomenon is a city government in New Rochelle which appears to be interested in development for development's sake. The evidence is accumulating that open government is being shuffled aside in favor of government actions which place a low priority on citizen input.Read more