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April 2010

3 PM TODAY: Director of Habitat for Humanity in Haiti Makes Presentation at Iona College

April 15, 2010 - 17:07

Claude Jeudy.jpgThe Iona College Center for Campus Ministries and the Westchester County Habitat for Humanity are hosting an appearance by Claude Jeudy, Director, Habitat for Humanity in the Republic of Haiti.

The event will be held in the Romita Auditorium at the Ryan Library at Iona College on Thursday, April 15 at 3 PM.

J-EA, an Unsigned Underground Lyricist/Vocalist from New Rochelle, Called “the future of hip hop”

April 15, 2010 - 16:57

J-EA Jonny James.jpgRappin Lounge has a story about an up and coming local rap artist:

Jonny James better known as J-EA is an unsigned underground Lyricist/Vocalist who resides New Rochelle, New York. He started rapping in 2000 in Newark New Jersey under the guidance of his older brother Namill. J-EA quickly excelled in battle rapping and was a dominant force in the area over the other rappers. Soon after winning his first couple of battles he decided to head back to his hometown to spread his name as the best in the area. He rapped against every rapper he can find off the streets or through the Internet looking for nothing more than recognition. In 2002 at the age of sixteen J-EA was in talks with Sony for a demo deal. But due to Sony wanting to change his image the deal did not pan out...

J-EA is currently touring in the New York area to promote his mix tape “Long Overdue” which includes “On To The Next” and “Come Ova”.

Vito Costa Pleads Guilty on Charges over "No-Show" Job at City School District of New Rochelle, No Charges Against Supervisors

April 15, 2010 - 16:43
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vitocosta-before-after.jpgIf he stays out of trouble for the next year, Vito Costa will avoid jail time after entering into a plea agreement deal with Westchester County prosecutors under which Costa plead guilty as charged to Grand Larceny (a felony) and Falsifying Billing Records (a misdemeanor). Costa was arrested after investigators working for the District Attorney observed Costa routinely off school grounds engaged in activity unrelated to his job over a period of a month.

Costa plead guilty on April 7, 2010 to Grand Larceny in the Third Degree and Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree and received Interim Probation. Costa will be re-sentenced on April 6, 2011 on the misdemeanor charge of Falsifying Billing Records, according to Westchester District Attorney Director of Communications Lucian Chalfen. Costa's conduct over the next year will play a large role in the sentencing.

Chalfen told Talk of the Sound that Costa has already made restitution of $40,000. In December, the New Rochelle Board of Education voted unanimously to begin litigation against Vito Costa and A 2 Z Heating and Air Conditioning and V & M Vending, two companies controlled by Costa.

WCBS-TV Channel 2 News Picks Up Talk of the Sound Story on Burglary Spree

April 15, 2010 - 13:13

Burglar reaching through broken glass.jpgNew Rochelle resident and Channel 2 News reporter Tony Aiello picked up our story, Team of Burglars Plague North End of New Rochelle; 21 Burglaries, 4 Attempted in Past Six Months.

Tony reports: Professional Gang On Burglary Spree In Westchester

Aiello visited the New Rochelle Police forensics unit:

Inside the New Rochelle police forensics unit, Det. Isabel O'Rourke has a growing collection of evidence from the spree, including pictures of windows forced open with crowbars; bedroom closets ransacked; and dressers searched for valuables in the targeted neighborhood, where homes start at $600,000.

Aiello interviewed New Rochelle residents:

Glenn Staropoli: "We're nervous. We live in a pretty nice area, not used to this kind of stuff and now it's starting to happen more and more."

Bill Hertwig: "I've spoken to several neighbors who have gotten broken into. It's a very upsetting experience, it's one that I don't want to experience."

Wall to Wall at the Fairway Market Grand Opening in Pelham Manor

April 15, 2010 - 02:37
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OK. The only thing this video has to do with New Rochelle is that I was in New Rochelle when I got the mailer about the Grand Opening but a lot of folks seem to have heard about this and I wanted to share the full nature of the zoo that was the grand opening. If you were there, you know what I mean. If you weren't, consider yourself lucky.

"Day of Silence" on April 16th Politicizes New Rochelle School Children

April 14, 2010 - 23:44
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org-liar.jpgFriday April 16 has been designated as a Day of Silence in our schools.

When asked about it, New Rochelle Superintendent of Schools, Richard Organisciak, he claimed, "The observance of the Day of Silence is a purely voluntary expression on the part of staff and students alike. We neither encourage nor discourage participation."

The Superintendent sidestepped the issue and the point of the question.

The Day of Silence, according to its promoters, is intended to have students silently vow to have "safer" schools. But just who are these promoters and what is it they are promoting with their "Day of Silence"?

The organization behind the Day of Silence is the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, one of the largest gay-activist groups in the nation. GLSEN is an overtly political agenda.  They have been active in gay-marriage ballot initiates around the United States including the Proposition 8 ballot initiative in California.

New Rochelle "Murder for Hire" Case Grinds On in U.S. Court in White Plains, Grand Jury Indicts Piliero and Barone

April 14, 2010 - 23:23

Anthony Piliero.jpgI was looking through federal records on the Siegal case and decided to take a look at the "murder for hire' case involving Anthony Piliero and Joseph Barone and see where things stood with that. Turns out we missed the big announcement last fall that the Grand Jury had indicted Piliero and Barone on two counts, Murder for Hire Conspiracy and Murder for Hire.

Real Life Intrudes on New Rochelle' Steroid Dealer Who Played Steroid Dealer Opposite Mickey Rourke in "The Wrestler", A Very Re

April 14, 2010 - 21:47

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The DOJ Released the Following Statement:

NEW ROCHELLE MAN SENTENCED TO MORE THAN FIVE YEARS IN PRISON FOR STEROID POSSESSION AND ASSAULT ON FEDERAL AUTHORITIES

PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that SCOTT SIEGEL was sentenced yesterday in White Plains federal court to 63 months in prison for steroid possession and for the February 2009 assault of federal law enforcement officers. SIEGEL previously pleaded guilty before United States District Judge KENNETH M. KARAS to one count of distributing and possessing with intent to distribute anabolic steroids and two counts of using a dangerous and deadly weapon to forcibly assault federal officers.

According to publicly filed documents and statements made during various court proceedings in the case:

Klein Fights to Protect Homeowners

April 14, 2010 - 21:04

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Senator Klein Releases Public Service Announcement to Alert New Yorkers to Dangerous Loan Modification Scams

ALBANY, NY – With new, vital provisions of his foreclosure legislation scheduled to take effect on Thursday, April 15th, State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) called for the next level of protections for New York State homeowners on Wednesday. Earlier this year, Senator Klein unveiled new legislation aimed at significantly decreasing, and in some cases eliminating, the pervasive practice of loan modification scams.

Senator Klein released the following public service announcement to alert New York residents of these dangerous and persuasive scams, and to urge the Senate to passage his legislation.

Protecting Your Money: Avoid Foreclosure Scams - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtMVt_n0ID0

“In the past few years, thousands across New York State have lost their homes to foreclosure. By putting a disclaimer on these scam notices, we get the word out wider and faster to struggling homeowners that the services they are looking for can be provided free of charge. I urge my Senate colleagues to join me in fighting for the immediate passage of this bill,” said State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester).

Senate Passes Klein Bill to Facilitate Voter Registration Process

April 14, 2010 - 19:30

Klein Bill Revises Affidavit Ballots to Increase Number of Registered Voters

ALBANY, NY – State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein announced Wednesday that the Senate passed legislation to expand the democratic process by making it easier for New Yorkers whose affidavit ballots are ruled invalid to become properly registered for future elections.

Senator Klein’s bill (S.5988/NYS Assembly companion bill A.4015) requires that the reverse side of the envelope in which a voter submits an affidavit ballot contain a voter registration form. This legislation will ensure that any eligible, unregistered New Yorker who fills out the ballot and form and whose vote is ruled invalid in that election becomes registered to vote in future elections.

“I am wholly committed to creating a more open, accessible, and responsible electoral process for all New Yorkers. First and foremost, this means breaking down barriers that keep eligible New Yorkers from becoming registered voters,” said State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester).

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