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BREAKING: John Gallagher of Aramark Arrested by Feds for Bribery Scheme in City School District of New Rochelle

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 19:21
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NEW YORK, NY — John C. Gallagher, Jr., an Aramark executive and former Director of Facilities for the City School District was taken into custody Tuesday by federal agents in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. following a Grand Jury Indictment on charges related to bribery.

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GETTING RESULTS: Owners of Alvin and Friends Building Enter into Six Figure 2 Year Agreement to Pay Back Taxes to City of New Rochelle

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:58
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NEW ROCHELLE, NY — West Friends Management Group, LLC, the company the owns 12 Memorial Highway, home of Alvin & Friends restaurant, has entered into an Arrears Agreement with the City of New Rochelle Tax Department on May 1, 2017, according to records obtained by Talk of the Sound under a Freedom of Information request. Payments for back taxes and tax liens may be spread over a 2 year period under the agreement. 

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Why is Clove Road in New Rochelle a Mess and What Can Con Edison Do About it?

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 22:25

Clove Road in New Rochelle, NY

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NEW ROCHELLE, NY —- Clove Road in New Rochelle is a secondary road but an important one, connecting various parts of the City with New Rochelle High School located at 265 Clove Road. ON weekends, the road is used by people coming and going from Holy Family Church.

The section of Clove Road between Mayflower Avenue and Eastchester Road has become an increasing problem since work was done on the street by Con Edison.

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Op-Ed: Improving Graduation Rates in New Rochelle High School

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 22:07

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By Acacia Dougan and Lucie Lapomme

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- In 2016, New Rochelle High School (NRHS) announced that it raised its graduation rates from 78% in 2008 to 86% in 2016. This was an important accomplishment for NRHS, especially since Hispanic students broke the 80-percentile mark for the first time with the most recent graduating class. Hispanic students are the largest demographic at the school, and have a lower graduation rate and higher dropout rate than other students.

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New Rochelle Initiates Foreclosure Proceedings Against Owners of Alvin & Friends Property

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 20:48
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NEW ROCHELLE, NY — According to records obtained by Talk of the Sound under a Freedom of Information Request, the City of New Rochelle initiated foreclosure proceedings of tax liens against West Friends Management Group, LLC on March 23, 2017. As of May 1, 2017, West Friends Management Group owed $104,996.95 on the the property located at 12 Memorial Highway, the home of Alvin & Friends Restaurant. 

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EMPTY WORDS: New Rochelle Board Opposes Obvious Path to Close Achievement Gap

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 02:02
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The motto of the New Rochelle Board of Education, printed on every meeting agenda is "Embracing Diversity: Driving Success"

Every school board member and the board member-elects all ran for the school board stating that "equity" was important to them, many included the term in their palm cards and mailers. At the PTSA forum Paul Warhit said "equity" was what he was most passionate about.

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50 U.S. Governors Join AJC Initiative to Support Israel, Fight BDS

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 08:19

Governor signs Legislation to Aid in the Identification of Unknown Dead and Missing Persons

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NEW YORK, NY -- In a profound display of bipartisan unity across the country, all 50 U.S. governors and the Mayor of the District of Columbia have joined an AJC initiative to affirm their rejection of the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement against Israel.

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Stop & Shop Customers to Again Offer Support to Help Pediatric Cancer Research

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 07:08

Stop & Shop Customers to Again Offer Support to Help Pediatric Cancer Research

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NEW YORK, NY -- Beginning Friday, May 12th, Stop & Shop customers will have the opportunity to help support pediatric cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) by purchasing discount coupons at checkout. Customers will receive $10 worth of coupons for just a $2 donation, and a new series of coupons will be made available every two weeks during the eight week fundraising effort. The coupons will be available at all area Stop & Shop stores. 

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Pelham Woman Charged in Wrong-Way Crash On The Hutch

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 04:49
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VALHALLA, NY — A Pelham woman was formally charged on Wednesday night with a felony and two misdemeanors in connection to the wrong-way crash that occurred the previous night on the Hutchinson River Parkway in New Rochelle.

Joanna Logan, 42, of Wolfs Lane was taken into custody by Westchester County Police following her release from Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx last night. She was charged with Reckless Endangerment 1st Degree, a felony, and Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Driving, misdemeanors.

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Statement by New Rochelle Board of Education Candidate Moraydda Rosado

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 01:09
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I would like to thank all the people that voted for me and gave me their support. Every word and form of communication used on my behalf are appreciated, and not taken for granted. As a first time candidate in any type of election, I experienced a small sample of the inner workings of politics as a school board candidate. It is clear that merely being well qualified and eager to make a difference in the community and in the public school system is not sufficient.

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Alvin & Friends Turned Public Parking Lot into Private Valet Lot in 2013

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 00:38

Alvin & Friends operating a Private Valet Parking operation in a Public Parking Lot in New Rochelle

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VIDEO: Alvin & Friends Valet Operating in Library Parking June 22 2013

 

Several days ago, I tweeted about the connection between special parking privileges obtained by Alvin & Friends after he gave money to the New Rochelle Police Foundation:

“Alvin gave $$ to NRPD Commish Carroll Foundation; NRPD Commish Carroll gave Alvin control over public parking lot for private valet parking.”

Gwen Clayton Alvin’s wife, replied:

“FAKE News!!!Stop this lie! There's a long list who support our local commission. I have a folder thick of pa”

I replied:

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New Rochelle Spent $133,000 in Four Months to Promote Businesses That Do Not Pay Taxes, Do Not Operate Legally or Do Not Exist

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 17:07

Alvin Clayton and New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson Featured on Ideally Yours Splashscreen

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“Ideally Yours” Promotional Videos and Website Feature Alvin & Friends, Crossfit1134 and MESH Prints.

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Financial records obtained by Talk of the Sound from the City of New Rochelle under a Freedom of Information request show that the New Rochelle Development Department, operating under a $177,000 Purchase Order dated June 22, 2016 for Crafted Creative, has spent $133,000 so far on the “Ideally Yours” web site, promotional videos and related material and content.

Crafted Creative is a marketing firm based in New York City.

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New Rochelle School and Library Budget Pass; Democrats Win 3 Seats, 2 on School Board, 1 on Library Board

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 05:35
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NEW ROCHELLE, NY --Residents approved the City School District of New Rochelle's proposed budget for the 2017-2018 school year Tuesday by a vote of 2,035 (4.5%) to 719.

2,754 votes were cast on the school budget referendum out of 44,951 registered voters in New Rochelle, 6.013%.

Just under 94% of registered voters in New Rochelle did not vote to support the budget.

The library budget passed with 2,083 votes (4.6%).

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Our Thoughts on School and Library Elections on Tuesday

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 18:09

(l. to r.) Paul Warhit (sleeping), Amy Moselhi, WB, Moraydda Rosado

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Moraydda Rosado for school board, the least worst of some bad options.

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Tuesday is Election Day for School Districts and Public Libraries in New York State.

In New Rochelle, there are budget referendums for the City School District of New Rochelle and the New Rochelle Public Library. The library budget exceeds the tax levy cap.

The race for Library Trustee is uncontested.

The race for two open school board seats is contested. The four candidates are Paul Warhit, Amy Moselhi, Moraydda Rosado, and Vince Malfetano.

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A.G. Schneiderman and NYC Comptroller Stringer Announce Arrest of Public Works Contractor Charged with Prevailing Wage Theft of Nearly $700K

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 08:12
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WHITE PLAINS, NY -- Today, Attorney General Eric T. Schneideman and New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer announced the arrest of contractor Vickram Mangru on charges that he underpaid wages and benefits to workers on a publicly-funded New York City construction project. The arrest is part of an ongoing investigation into widespread allegations of prevailing wage theft at New York City public works projects.

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City of Yonkers has Westchester’s Best Water on Tap

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 03:18

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WHITE PLAINS, NY -- Westchester’s best-tasting water flows from faucets in the City of Yonkers, according to an impartial panel of pedestrians who sipped their way through the Westchester County Department of Health’s annual water taste test today in White Plains.

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Ideally New Rochelle Would Pick Better Examples to Promote Development

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 18:39
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NEW ROCHELLE, NY —- A promotional video created by the City of New Rochelle at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars and launched in February features a tax cheat, a deadbeat municipal tenant and an illegal event. The question on many mind’s is why these three businesses were chosen to represent the public face of New Rochelle to outside developers.

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Convicted Sex Fiend Freddie Dean Smith Surfaces Again - This Time Outside Philadelphia

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 17:32
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PHILADELPHIA, PA -- A viewer tip to a Phialdephia television station resulted in the abrupt termination of Freddie Dean Smith by a Pennsylvania school district after just one day on the job.

Investigative Reporter Wendy Saltzman of WPVI-TV Action News, the local ABC affiliate, was alerted to Smith’s hiring on Monday after a viewer did an online search for “Freddie Dean Smith” and found numerous articles on Smith’s depraved, criminal past on Talk of the Sound.

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