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July 2010

EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE: New Rochelle Harbor Police Recover Body of Missing Sailing Student

July 31, 2010 - 21:56
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The body of what is believed to be Eoin Curran, a 30-year old Irish national -- missing and presumed drowned for six days -- was recovered this afternoon by the New Rochelle Police Harbor Unit after the body was spotted in the waters off New Rochelle. Curran's family will attempt to make identification of the body, said Charlew Rowe, public affairs office for the the U.S Cost Guard.

UPDATE: The body was found 10 miles south of Mamaroneck, in the vicinity of Huckleberry Island, less than a mile east of David's Island, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Other sources told Talk of the Sound the body was reported to be caught on a reef and observed by boaters in the area who called authorities at around 1 PM on Saturday.

Video report below.

New Rochelle County Legislator Jim Maisano Squares Off Against Ken Jenkins on Channel 12 Newsmakers Program

July 31, 2010 - 17:15

Westchester County's Top Legislators, Kenneth W. Jenkins and James Maisano sat down with Brian Coneybeare for News 12's "Newsmakers" program to discuss issues facing Westchester County.

Jenkins is the Chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators and represents District 16 in Yonkers. Maisano is Minority Leader on the board and repsents District 11 which includes the City of New Rochelle and Town of Pelham.

The show will air throughout the weekend.

Anthony Piliero "Not Guilty" in New Rochelle Murder-for-Hire Case

July 31, 2010 - 00:26

Anthony Piliero, accused of seeking to hire a "hit man" to kill a former business partner, has been found "not guilty" in a federal trial which ended this afternoon, according to his wife, Anna Piliero who sent an email to Talk of the Sound.

Developing...

UPDATE: from U.S District Court New York Southern District

Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald:Jury Trial as to Joseph S Barone, Anthony V. Piliero held on 7/29/2010. Final day of trial. Both defendants present with counsel. AUSAs present.Court declares mistrial as to count 1 of the indictment for both defendants. Jury returns verdict of Not Guilty on count 2 of the indictment for both defendants. Defendant Barone released on bail with $20,000 PRB.Jury excused.

Count One: Murder for Hire Conspiracy

Count Two: Murder for Hire

In short, they were acquitted on the charge of going to Connecticut to carry out an alleged plan to commit murder and there was a mistrial on the charge that Piliero and Barone made plans to commit murder.

NOTE: If there are any lawyers out there who can explain thus decision more fully I can post the indictment.

Latimer Expects New Rochelle's Albany Lawmakers to Send NRIDA Home Rule Request Up to Drafting Commission Soon

July 30, 2010 - 16:03
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George Latimer.pngAssembly Representative George Latimer expects to act soon on a "home rule" request by the three Republican members of the City Council that would give the City Council final say in granting benefits to IDA applicants.

"My policy is to draft and submit any local bills requested, so after I touch base with [my colleagues here in Albany] I would expect we would do so again", Latimer told Talk of the Sound in an email, referencing he controversial New Rochelle Armory home rule request made last month by Mayor Noam Bramson.

"I will send it to the Legislative Bill Drafting Commission and will send the draft they develop to the three Council members for their review. If the language is OK, we would submit it for a number, and then the City Council can schedule a meeting to discuss a home rule resolution."

Oppenheimer's Costly, Do Nothing Session

July 30, 2010 - 13:37

Taxpayers Paid an Extra $230 for Senator to Drive to Albany and ‘Work’ for 12 Minutes

WHITE PLAINS – State Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R,I,C – 37th District) today blamed Senator Oppenheimer and her colleagues in the Senate leadership for the lack of a single accomplishment in the special session called by the Governor this week. Because of a parliamentary procedure that allows the Democratic majority to gavel into session and immediately gavel out without taking up a single bill, Senator Oppenheimer took a futile, all expenses paid trip to Albany courtesy of taxpayers.

“There is a lot of unfinished business that could have been taken care of – not the least of which being a property tax cap,” said Cohen. “But Senator Oppenheimer and her allies in the Democratic leadership chose to block the Governor’s agenda, take no actions of their own, and enjoy a free trip to Albany at taxpayer expense.”

Cohen noted that in addition to the property tax cap, there were several other important bills on the Governor’s agenda, including an extension of the Power for Jobs program and a proposed budget contingency plan should the state not receive $1 billion in federal Medicaid (FMAP) assistance.

Republicans on City Council Request Home Rule Bill on New Rochelle IDA

July 30, 2010 - 04:36

GOP Council Members.pngRichard St. Paul, Louis Trangucci and Albert Tarantino, the three Republican members of the New Rochelle City Council have made a home rule request of New Rochelle's four Albany lawmakers -- State Senators Jeff Klein and Suzi Openheimer and State Assembly Representatives Amy Paulin and George Latimer -- requesting their assistance in "the drafting and filing of State legislation under Home Rule provisions to allow the City of New Rochelle to have full power to approve the New Rochelle Industrial Development Agency (IDA) decisions as it relates to granting benefits to IDA applicants."

The request mirrors a similar request made by Mayor Noam Bramson in June regarding the New Rochelle Armory.

The letter cites the finding in recent audit of the New Rochelle IDA by the New York State Comptroller that the IDA has failed to do a cost-benefit analysis of
proposed projects.

"One of the main purposes of the IDA is to provide incentives to applicants to attract them to the City in hopes of providing a long term benefit to the City," the three councilmen wrote. "Without a cost-benefit analysis everyone from the IDA, School Board, City Council and citizens are unable to determine the true value of any proposed project."

New Rochelle IDA Chair Marianne Sussman Disputes Talk of the Sound Report on IDA Staffing Changes, Calls Article "Defamatory"

July 30, 2010 - 02:56
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New Rochelle IDA Chairperson Marianne Sussman read a statement at the New Rochelle IDA Meeting tonight regarding a recent Talk of the Sound article about staffing changes at the IDA. She called the report "erroneous". After the meeting she stated that she believed the article to be defamatory.

Statement by Marianne Sussman regarding a report in Talk of the Sound on recent staffing changes in the New Rochelle IDA.

After our last meeting an Internet site published an erroneous story about staffing of our agency. The story was procured without any verification of facts with any member of the board or the city or board staff. So with no investigation it attributed totally incorrect reasons for our recent staffing changes.

Union Busters: Am I Detecting A Trend Here?

July 30, 2010 - 01:32

My inbox shows a series of emails from the U.S. DOJ in New York with the following subject headers:

FORMER CARPENTERS UNION LEADER PLEADS GUILTY IN MANHATTAN FEDERAL COURT TO OVER A DECADE OF RACKETEERING

FORMER TRUSTEE OF MAILERS UNION SENTENCED IN MANHATTAN FEDERAL COURT TO ONE YEAR IN PRISON FOR EMBEZZLING UNION FUNDS

FORMER BUS DRIVERS' UNION PRESIDENT PLEADS GUILTY IN MANHATTAN FEDERAL COURT TO EXTORTING MORE THAN $500,000 FROM BUS COMPANY OWNERS

Looks like they've been busy over there at the Department of Justice.

As Paterson and Cuomo Rally for Property Tax Cap, Cohen Calls on Oppenheimer to Stop Blocking Plan

July 29, 2010 - 19:27
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Candidate: With Westchester Households Paying the Highest Property Taxes in the Nation Senator Should Be Leading the Charge

WHITE PLAINS – Citing the growing momentum for a cap on local property taxes, state Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R,I,C – 37th District) today called on Senator Oppenheimer to put aside her covenants with the Working Families Party and other special interests opposed to the cap, and lead an effort to enact the plan during Wednesday’s special session.

“For many Westchester families this could be the first tangible, positive development from Albany in many years,” said Cohen. “We’ve reached a crisis situation here. The growth rate of property taxes is unsustainable, especially for the elderly, working families and small businesses. Senator Oppenheimer needs to stop burying her head in the sand and support this legislation.”

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