October 2010

Political Dirty Tricks In New Rochelle

October 22, 2010 - 02:00

As President Obama said two years ago prior to the election, "It's silly season." New Rochelle is no different.

On Tuesday October 19th, silly season was revealed once again. Some time during that day, a Susan Kettner campaign sign was place directly in front of Cynthia Lobo's sign in southern New Rochelle. Kettner's sign was placed there without the permission of the homeowner. Kettner and Lobo are both vying for City Judge.

When I spoke to the homeowner she said, "Kettner's sign a foolish waste of signage and I threw it in the trash. I realize she's desperate. How can you want to be a judge and be uncomfortable around people as we saw in a Youtube video. If they put up another one, it's going wind up in the same place as the first one, the trash."

You can't make this stuff up, but this time, they're busted.

If you want to see a photo of the offending signage, visit my blog at:

Talk of the Sound Radio S01E04; Andrea Fuller, Reporter Who Broke Iona $800K Story UPDATED WITH PODCAST

October 21, 2010 - 22:54

WVOXLogo.jpgTalk of the Sound Radio will review some of the top stories on Talk of the Sound of the week. We will have an exclusive interview with Andrea Fuller, the researcher and reporter for the Chronicle of Higher Education who broke the news of a the theft of $800,000 at Iona College. Matthew Pryce will run down the Talk of the Sound Community Calendar. Expect another call from Abdul from Division Street and his "tip of the week".


You can listen to Talk of the Sound live on WVOX 1460 AM and WVIP HD 2 or streamed at Talk of the Sound published a podcast of the show every Friday afternoon (will be linked below as an update).

Topics we will review at the top of the show include:

New Rochelle League of Women Voters Debate at City Hall

Iona College Embezzlement Case Getting More Attention; Suspects Begin to Emerge, Reporter on WVOX Tomorrow

October 21, 2010 - 20:02

As usual, the Journal News has picked up a story from Talk of the Sound without providing credit or attribution to Talk of the Sound although they did properly credit the Chronicle for Higher Education as having broken the story originally so there's always that.

Here is the JN version of other people's reporting: Iona tried to hide $800,000 theft by worker

The JN story is basically a restatement of the story published by the Chronicle for Higher Education with a misleading headline. Iona reported the theft in the only place they were required to report it, their tax returns. The Chronicle article states that once Iona College President Ligouri learned of the theft he fired both employees. It is common practice for private organizations -- non-profits and for-profits -- to terminate employs for embezzlement without pressing charges and they have no legal obligations to do so.

Alvin & Friends Adds Classy Bistro to Downtown Roster of Terrific Restaurants

October 21, 2010 - 14:06

Alvin & Friends - 21.jpgDowntown New Rochelle got a tremendous boost last night from the official grand opening celebration of Alvin & Friends at 49 Lawton Street near the New Rochelle Public Library. The bistro bills itself as Contemporary, Southern and Caribbean cuisine. Mayor Noam Bramson was on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony and Father Bigelin of Holy Name Church gave the blessing.

Sound Shore Medical Center, A & N Heating Oil of New Rochelle Deliver on Pink Tanker Truck to Raise Breast Cancer Awareness

October 21, 2010 - 13:34

SoundShore_A&N_BreastCenter.jpgThe Solomon Katz Breast Center at Sound Shore Medical Center (SSMC) is partnering with A & N Heating Oil of New Rochelle for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Jason Costa, Vice President and CEO, and Paul Fortuna, President and COO, of A & N Heating Oil approached Sound Shore Medical Center administrators with their desire to publicize Breast Cancer Awareness in the area and to name the Solomon Katz Breast Center as the recipient of their humanitarian efforts. So, during October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the public will start seeing a non-traditional oil truck making deliveries.

A & N’s commitment includes not only painting one the company’s trucks pink and white – for its lifetime – and including a breast cancer awareness message, but also a portion of the proceeds from each gallon delivered by the Pink Truck will be donated to the Solomon Katz Breast Center at Sound Shore Medical Center. This partnership is just in time for the 2010 heating season. Anyone wishing to support A & N’s commitment to the Solomon Katz Breast Center by ordering heating oil from the pink and white truck can contact Mr. Costa at 914.637.0070.

New Rochelle School District Begins Rollout of Home Access Center Web Site, Employees Only for Now

October 20, 2010 - 18:20

The City School District of New Rochelle has launched its new Home Access Center which is being rolled out in stages. For now the service is just getting started and will be available to school district employees who are parents or guardians of children in the New Rochelle school system.

The Home Access Center will eventually allow all parents and guardians in New Rochelle to view online live-period-by-period attendance records, schedule and homeroom information, email links to teachers, transcript and GPA information (NRHS only), progress reports, report cards, and allow parents and guardians to check emergency contact information.

New Rochelle League of Women Voters Debate at City Hall

October 20, 2010 - 14:47

LWV New Rochelle Debate.jpgThe New Rochelle League of Women Voters debate night for New Rochelle candidates in the upcoming November 2 election is tonight at City Hall, starting at 7:30 PM, in the City Council chamber of City Hall (1st floor).

The following candidates will debate each other:

New Rochelle City Council/District 3: Jared Rice v. Peter Parente

State Assembly District 88: Assemblywoman Amy Paulin v. Rene Atayan

State Assembly District 91: Assemblyman George Latimer v. Bill Reed

State Senate District 37: Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer v. Bob Cohen

State Senate District 34: Sen. Jeff Klein v. Frank Vernuccio Jr.

New Rochelle City Judge: Susan Kettner v. Cynthia Lobo ?

NOTE: Apparently the LWV did not invite the judicial candidates to appear but both are, apparently, intending to show up so it remains unclear what will happen except that both judicial candidates will be in the room. It is hard to imagine why the only two people running for citywide office in New Rochelle would be prevented from appearing at the LWV Debate but we will just have to wait and see.

Iona College Fires Two Employees After Uncovering $800,000 Decade-Long Embezzlement Scheme

October 19, 2010 - 21:55

IonaCollegeLogo.jpgThe Chronicle of Higher Education is reporting that Iona College fired two employees after one stole $800,000 over a ten year period and the other helped try to cover up the fraud.

The Roman Catholic college reported on its 2008-9 Internal Revenue Service tax forms that an unnamed employee fraudulently misappropriated $80,000 per year for approximately 10 years. The employee obtained the money though a series of small-dollar transactions, approving a college credit card for personal use and fraudulently signing checks...Iona discovered the transactions during the 2009 fiscal year, and the employee was terminated after the matter was brought to the attention of Brother James A. Liguori, the college's president. Following an investigation, another employee thought to be involved in covering up the fraud was also fired.

Department of Justice Settles Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Avalon Bay in New York City

October 19, 2010 - 21:45

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that the United States has settled a civil rights lawsuit filed against the developers and architect of Avalon Chrystie Place, a 361-unit residential apartment complex in Manhattan, for unlawfully discriminating against people with disabilities in the design and construction of Avalon Chrystie Place. The settlement ensures the removal of obstacles to accessibility by requiring the retrofitting of Avalon Chrystie Place, and the inspection and retrofitting of each of the six other Avalon Bay Communities properties in New York City, a total of 2,557 apartment units.

The settlement also provides for a fund for victims, a civil penalty, and a fund for accessibility improvements at Avalon Chrystie Place, together totaling more than $2.2 million. The agreement, in the form of a Consent Decree, was approved by U.S. District Judge SIDNEY H. STEIN in Manhattan federal court. The Complaint that led to today’s settlement was the first suit brought by the United States alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act in the design and construction of multi-family housing in Manhattan.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: "People with disabilities should not have limited housing options when they want to live in apartment complexes.

WVOX's "Metal Mayhem" to Feature One-of-a-Kind Show on Living a Healthy, Heavy-Metal Lifestyle

October 19, 2010 - 18:46

EveFogler_GayleMorris.jpgHealth coaches Gayle Morris and Eve Fogler will be live in the studio with Matt O'Shaughnessy at 7:15 pm this Friday night on WVOX 1460 AM and worldwide.

Yes, heavy metal and a healthy lifestyle go hand in hand in this one-of-a-kind and unique show.

Eve and Gayle will share their many years of experience on living a healthy lifestyle to our head-banging audience and let Metal Mayhem listeners know how to lose weight naturally and much more.

They are two of the most savvy and beautiful women on the planet and WVOX's Metal Mayhem show has them live this Friday, October 22nd at 7:15pm.

Eve and Gayle will also be co-hosting the show with Matt, selecting some of their favorite metal songs of all time.

This is a show not to be missed.