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 City of New Rochelle has cancelled agreements to lease two City-owned property at 2 Pelham Road at the New Rochelle Marina. The City had offered out the properties through an RFP Process.Read more
After more than eight years, the Huguenot Hills Condominium Association has finally shown signs of undertaking work to rectify a serious roof drainage system which has caused dangerous road conditions for drivers and a severe icicle problem for pedestrians each winter.
The problems at the condo complex first came to the public attention following a series of reports by Talk of the Sound.
Bob Young, the builder of Huguenot Hills, failed to install a rooftop drainage system -- a series of interconnected gutters and leaders -- on about 80% of the front of the buildings which make up the luxury condo structure. Young somehow managed to to get a New Rochelle building inspector, John Caldararo, to sign off on the building's Certificate of Occupancy despite blindingly clear violations related to the missing rooftop drainage system.Read more
Talk of the Sound was sent a copy of a letter to Michael Blakeney, the Founder and Director of Good Profit, which we republish here with permission.
We understand that you were recently awarded rights to develop the New Rochelle Armory despite immense protestations from New Rochelle Veterans and an overwhelming populace of New Rochelleans. Please note that it is no reflection of your good intentions, but the malice and politically motivated initiative of the Mayor of New Rochelle.
Yesterday, hundreds of veterans and law enforcement supporters fully engulfed the New Rochelle City Council and showed their displeasure of the Mayor and some in the City Council. There has been no fair effort to be inclusive and the Mayor has driven his agenda and placed you in the middle of what is sure to be a challenging public relations nightmare for you in the near future.
The Mayor is a driven person who does not seek alliances and is divisive. In an effort to move the project full speed ahead, he will then move the Public Works Yard and all its sanitation vehicles to the west End of New Rochelle that is inhabited overwhelmingly by working class people of color.
New Rochelle Board of Education Meeting on August 28, 2012. Discussion Item: Echo Bay Development.
In attendance, Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak, Board of Education President Chrisanne Petrone, Board of Education Vice President Deidre Polow, Board of Education Members David Lacher, Jeffrey Hastie, Valerie Orellana, Rachel Relkin, Naomi Brickell, and Mary Jane Reddington.
ORGANISCIAK: OK. Echo Bay. Who would have ever thought that we would be talking about Echo Bay in the educational part of this building? Echo Bay proposal…uh…we were invited...
PETRONE: Yeah, I was. Richard had reached out to me. I was invited to go to a meeting. I was obviously out of the country as was Dee so I had asked Rachel to kind of go to the meeting on behalf of me and Dee and just gather information so I am sure you can give us update but Rich if you can talk a little about that.Read more
Richard Lipsky, a former lobbyist for Echo Bay developer Forest City Ratner, received a sentence of three months in federal prison in connection to his political corruption guilty plea. The New York Times is reporting Lipsky's lenient sentence is in consideration of his (Lipsky's) "substantial credit for his cooperation" and, according to a 4 page letter issued from the office of Preet Bharara, U.S.Attorney for the Southern District of New York "substantial assistance in the investigation and prosecution of numerous other persons".
At the time of his entering a guilty plea in January, Mr Lipsky was facing up to 10 years in jail as a result of a broad investigation that included bribing a politician in return for favors that would benefit his clients. Among those involved were Brooklyn Democratic State Senator Carl Kruger who also plead guilty to corruption. Kruger was sentenced to 7 years in prison earlier this year.Read more
This video is the third of three videos put together based on the presentation made by Shop Architects, the group retained by Reimagine New Rochelle to develop a plan for the New Rochelle Armory. An executive from Shawmut Design and Construction also presented and provided a detailed financial plan based on previous Shawmut projects.
In this 26 minute video, Todd Sigaty and Krista Ninavaggi of shop Architects explain the site plan, financials and proposed design for the Armory.
Reimagine New Rochelle is compromised of residents including those associated with Veterans groups, the Arts and Design and Construction.
shop Architects is a leading architectural firm whose most recent project, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, has been a media sensation. Home to the Brooklyn Nets, the venue will soon host the incomparable Barbara Streisand performing for the first time in her native borough on Oct. 11th. Other projects include Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport, the Columbia University School for the Arts and many others.
Shawmut Design and Construction is a leading construction management firm with offices in Boston, New York, Providence, Las Vegas, and New Haven. They have completed over 600 projects ranging from museums to sports venues to casinos to churches. Their client range includes Four Seasons Hotels, Harvard University, Wynn Resort & Casino, Tiffany & Co. and many more.