September 2010

Peter Parente Campaign Kick-off and Pep Rally Set for Thursday Night

September 22, 2010 - 05:52

The Friends of Peter Parente will be holding a pep rally to support his election for Council District 3. It all happens Thursday, September 23rd, in the American Legion Post 8 at 112 North Avenue.

Meet Peter and his supporters as they join together to take on the tough issues facing this city. Join the team and help make a difference or just listen in. There's room for everyone , whatever your comfort level.

You won't want to miss this special event.

Admission is free, refreshments will be served, and there's ample parking.

The rally begins at 8:00 PM.For directions click here and for more information visit

Cohen Endorsed by Professional Firefighters

September 21, 2010 - 20:38


WHITE PLAINS – State Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R,I,C – 37th District) today announced the endorsement of the Fifth District of the New York State Professional Firefighters Association. Cohen was also endorsed by the Local 1394 Scarsdale Firefighters.

“I am proud to have the support of so many of New York’s hard working public safety professionals who put their lives on the line for us at a moment’s notice,” said Cohen. “I've worked very closely with these brave men and women and am honored that they are giving me the chance to represent them in Albany.”

Cohen has been a member of the Scarsdale Volunteer Fire Department for 17 years, and has served as a Lieutenant for six years.

Brian Robinson, President of the Scarsdale Firefighters Local 1394 said, “Bob has always shown a dedication to fire safety for the citizens of Scarsdale and a dedication to the safety of firefighters. He will be a strong advocate in Albany and we are proud to support him in his race for state Senate.”

Suzi Oppenheimer Declares Vision for Future and Highlights Legislative Accomplishments at Campaign Kickoff Party

September 21, 2010 - 19:38

Suzi Oppenheimer Kickoff.jpgMamaroneck, NY – On Sunday, September 19, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer kicked off her campaign for re-election with local supporters at her new campaign headquarters at 916 East Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck.

“This is a very important election,” said Senator Oppenheimer. “Voters are looking to build on the momentum of everything we’ve accomplished in the past two years. As Chair of the Senate Education Committee, I was chief sponsor of arguably the most important law to pass Albany this year—the 2010 Education Reform Law, which paved the way for New York State to earn $700 million in Race to the Top Funds. We also passed ‘Smart Growth’ legislation to protect our environment and property tax relief through local government cost-cutting. Yet there is still so much more we need to get done, including implementing a permanent state-level solution to Westchester’s property tax burden, and reforming state government by creating an independent redistricting commission and adopting strict campaign finance limits.”

Elected officials on hand included U.S.

Dogs Not Barking in New Rochelle's Murder in Broad Daylight: Where is Mayor Bramson?

September 21, 2010 - 17:32

Blood at 270 North after stabbing.jpgAfter the Easter Riot at New Roc City, Mayor Bramson, the Police Commissioner and other officials gathered at a press conference to discuss what had transpired and assure New Rochelle residents (and the world) that violence and out of control kids at New Roc City was an "isolated" incident. After a melee on Main Street, New Rochelle officials were interviewed by the Journal News. After a car blew up on Union Avenue, Commissioner Carroll and other police officials held a press conference to discuss what had transpired and assure New Rochelle residents that there was no "car bomb" involved. When Councilman Stowe died unexpectedly law month, Mayor Bramson issued a statement and sat for an interview with Channel 12 News. After a stabbing at New Rochelle High School, the school district issued a statement. After the North End Burglary spree was first reported (by Talk of the Sound), Council Members Barry Fertel and Marianne Sussman arranged a community meeting with Police Commissioner Carroll and other police officers to reassure anxious homeowners.

New Rochelle Business Community Angry Over Lack of Downtown Police Presence

September 20, 2010 - 20:39

image1913160280.jpgDozens of downtown business and property owners gathered Monday in the wake of the daylight gang-related murder of Kevin Williams to discuss their concerns and possible solutions.

Jim Killorin, President of Habitat of Humanity of Westchester, proposed a Youth Outreach Committee and Citizen Safety Committee.

Cynthia Lobo, a candidate for City Judge and President of the Chamber of Commerce, expressed her condolences to the Williams Family.

Jared Rice, a candidate for City Council District 3, spoke of and deplored a "snitch" mentality that made some residents fear providing information to the police.

24 of 30 participants votes their support for installing a police kiosk in downtown.

Arraignment Held in New Rochelle City Court for Suspects in Fatal Stabbing of Kevin Williams

September 20, 2010 - 19:15

MurderSuspectsKevinWilliamsCase.pngThe three suspects in the murder on North Avenue over the weekend were arraigned this morning in New Rochelle City Court.

Laurell Smith, 20, was remanded to custody and will remain in Westchester County Jail until his next hearing on September 27th. Smith, who resides at 311 North Avenue Apartment 10, New Rochelle was charged with one court of murder in the second degree (did with intent to cause the death of another person, caused the death of such person or of a third person. New Rochelle Police have alleged that Smith killed Kevin Williams by intentionally stabbing him in the abdomen with a large kitchen knife. The wound caused the death of Kevin Williams.

Bail was set for Rico Johnson, 19, at $100,000. Johnson was not able to post bail and was returned to Westchester County Jail where he remains. He is required to appear back in New Rochelle City Court on September 27th. Johnson, who lived with Smith at 311 North Avenue Apartment 10, New Rochelle was charged with two felony counts: hindering prosecution in the first degree and tampering with physical evidence.

District 3 GOP Candidate Peter Parente Issues Statement Regarding Murder in Downtown New Rochelle

September 19, 2010 - 21:11

Regarding the unfortunate murder of Kevin Williams that occurred yesterday afternoon in New Rochelle. Peter Parente stated," My family and I were stunned when we heard the news. My condolences go out to the Williams family. I can only hope that their questions will have answers so they can begin to heal. I have faith in the New Rochelle Police Department. I know they will do everything within their means to to insure that those responsible for this crime will be brought to justice. We'll pray for Kevin and his family."

Korean Presbyterian Church discusses grounds improvement plan

September 19, 2010 - 18:07

Korean Presbyterian Church Elder Ha discussed their consultant's drawing of the revised site plans for the church grounds at 50 Pintard Avenue on Saturday, September 18, 2010 with the Marvin Place Block Association. The plan calls for increasing the number of parking spaces from 60 to 81 which includes dedicated handicapped parking spots while not losing any 'green space'.

According to the church, the plan met with approval from the local Residence Park group, even though the church grounds are outside the historical boundary of the adjoining Residence Park area. Elder Ha said that the plan was not to ruin the green space view from Pintard Avenue. He added that many people from different backgrounds will use this church facility and that, "... the church is part of the community and we want the community to share it with us."

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Murder in Broad Daylight at 270 North Avenue Claims Life of 23 Year Old Man in Downtown New Rochelle

September 18, 2010 - 22:46



Kevin Williams, 23, was stabbed and killed in front of Chase Bank at 270 North Avenue near Huguenot Avenue in downtown New Rochelle earlier this afternoon. The victim was not responsive as he was taken away from the scene. Talk of the Sound has confirmed that the victim died between 2:30 PM and 3:30 PM. His family was notified.

UPDATE: Police Track Down Knife (see update below for details).

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Two suspects were pursued by police. One was chased into the building located at 311 North Avenue and apprehended without the murder weapon, an edged-weapon, most likely a knife, and removed from the scene. A second suspect was reported to be near Weyman Avenue and was later captured. Both suspects are now under arrest.