New Rochelle Paddle Tennis Court Controversy Revived by Club Owner

Written By: Robert Cox

NEW ROCHELLE, NY — Mike Aronstein, owner of the New Rochelle Tennis Club, is taking issue with a report on Talk of the Sound last summer regarding controversy over paddle tennis courts proposed to built on the club’s property on Valley Road in New Rochelle, NY.

In a recent post to the club’s website, Aronstein writes:

The quest for our own paddle courts is ongoing. Our application is with the City and we are going about the necessary steps to have the courts approved. This is contrary to a reporter who writes before verifying his facts (you know who you are), that site preparation illegally began Spring 2012. Nothing will be done before going through the proper channels and all surrounding residents will be given free memberships to use the paddle courts.

Talk of the Sound first reported on the long-running dispute in July.

The New Rochelle Tennis Club cut down trees on their property to make room for platform tennis courts before getting a building a permit from the City of New Rochelle. Neighbors on and near Valley Road complained and work has been stopped for the time being.

Talk of the Sound first learned of the issue through a reader email on April 5th, 2012. The City of New Rochelle building department confirmed there had been an issue with cutting down trees and that no building permit had been issued. Mr. Aronstein, writing on the tennis club web site, has confirmed several times that no permit was issued and has still not been issued.

Despite Aronstein’s claims, the original article is entirely accurate.

Talk of the Sound reached out to Mr. Aronstein on numerous occasions over a period of three months before to get his side of the story starting with an email dated April 7, 2012. Those requests for an interview were ignored.