March 2011

Open Letter to the New Rochelle Board of Education on the Occasion of the Arrest of Jose Martinez on Charges of Sexual Molestation of a Child

March 26, 2011 - 18:50

Dear Sara, Chrisanne, et al.

This is an Open Letter to the New Rochelle Board of Education.

According to the charges files against your former employee, a child was repeatedly sodomized by a man you recently promoted despite two years of complaints about his conduct at his previous school. The silence has been deafening.

"I Went to a City Court, Felony Hearing and a School Board Meeting Broke Out!"

March 26, 2011 - 13:16

Issues of employee conduct and lawfulness, once taken for granted in the sleepy environs of New Rochelle, NY now threaten to crowd the customarily mundane springtime agendas of its school board.

What with issues of employee discipline and accountability and on-the-job accountability and performance for administrators, teachers and even its security detail, it is hard to see how the New Rochelle school board will be able to find time to continue to address the 2011-2012 budget.

Will the embattled Superintendent Richard Organisziak and his compliant New Rochelle School Board be able to keep their "eyes on the prize" as they seek yet another in an uninterrupted string of 12 or so budget increases since these questions were first placed before the electorate in the 1990s.

New Rochelle Police shorthanded

Submitted by eye on new roc on Sat, 03/26/2011 - 05:13

As i listen to the police radio tonight i can tell all residents of this city you better be concerned for your safety.Multiple times tonight the dispatcher was looking for officers in service they had to hold calls for long periods of time and some calls were being held as long as 20 minutes before a officer was assigned to the call.The north end of New Rochelle should really be concerned because your sector cars were being told to come south and remain there most of the night. EXample sector 8 has to respond to 777 pelham road at 1:03am to a noise complaint that was held for at least 15 minutes before the dispatcher could give out the call.For those of you who don't know the sector 8 car patrols the north end of the city Sea cord road and up so the folks in the north end were left with one police car looking over your streets.I encourage all residents of the city of New Rochelle to go purchase a scanner at radio shack or some other electronic store and listen to the police department you will be amazed at what you will hear.

BREAKING NEWS: New Rochelle Police Arrest Jose Martinez, Recently Resigned Assistant Principal of Jefferson School

March 25, 2011 - 13:58

JoseMartinezThe New Rochelle Police Department will hold a news conference today regarding the arrest of Jose Martinez, Assistant Principal of Jefferson School. Press conference to be held at 11 a.m. Talk of the Sound first reported Martinez had abruptly resigned last Friday.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Rather than run a series of stories we are consolidating reporting on this article throughout the weekend, adding updates to the original article. If you have additional information you may add a comment to the post or contact Talk of the Sound ([email protected]).

Bob Marrone will be calling into Talk of the Sound Radio show after the press conference with a full report. Tune in to the show at 11:08 a.m. for more.

Live Reporting on WVOX Talk of the Sound Radio from NRPD Press Conference (Bob Cox, Bob Marrone)

March 18th, 2011: New Assistant Principal at the Jefferson Elementary School in New Rochelle Abruptly Resigns, Disappears

UPDATE: Friday March 25 2:30 PM New Rochelle Police Press Conference. Former Assistant Principal Jose Martinez,38, was arrested and charged with Sexual Molestation-2nd Degree, accused of oral sex and sexual contact with a 14-year old student at Isaac Young Middle School up until June 2010. As first reported on Talk of the Sound last week, Martinez abruptly resigned his position as Assistant Principal of Jefferson Elementary School, a position to which he was promoted over the summer. He began serving as the Jefferson AP last September.

Martinez is in custody of the New Rochelle Police Department and will be arraigned this afternoon at New Rochelle City Court. Martinez was arrested at his home in Brentwood, NY in Long Island. Police said Martinez expressed "shock" at his arrest.

Iona College to Present First Conference On Security Threat Assessment

March 25, 2011 - 13:50

New Rochelle, NY (February 2011) Top local, state and federal law enforcement experts will participate in Iona College’s first Conference on Security Threat Assessment from 8 AM to 5 PM, Friday, March 25 at the college’s Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle.

Among the topics that will be addressed are:

Defining Security Threat Assessment and Its Significance Today
Security Threat Groups – The Challenges of Gangs
Best Practice Strategies and Crisis Management Planning for Public and Private
New Faces of Terrorism: The Radicalization of America
Emerging Trends in Terrorism – What the Future Holds

Cathryn Lavery, Conference Coordinator and Chair of Iona’s Criminal Justice Department, which is presenting the conference, said: “This will be the most comprehensive overview of security threat presented by experts who are actively working in the field.” She also noted that the conference is designed for terrorism experts and consultants, educators, court officials, school and private security representatives, hospital administrators, social workers and other practitioners and students majoring in education, criminal justice and political science.

WVOX Talk of the Sound Radio Friday 11 AM: Founder of, Census Data, Redistricting, Missing Asst. Principal,

March 25, 2011 - 13:33

WVOXLogo.jpgTalk of the Sound Radio will air Friday from 11am to 12pm with your host Talk of the Sound Managing Editor Bob Cox along with Talk of the Sound Editor Matthew Pryce. This Friday, Talk of the Sound Radio will review of some of the top stories on Talk of the Sound from the previous week. We will have our newsmaker interview. This week we have on Colin Drane to discuss his company, and the new crime mapping software he built for New Rochelle. Matthew will run down the Talk of the Sound Community Calendar.


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Stories we will be discussing today include:

Mayor Noam Bramson Delivers New Rochelle State of the City Address

March 25, 2011 - 13:11

New Rochelle State of the City 2011 - Pt. 1

New Rochelle State of the City 2011 - Pt. 2

New Rochelle State of the City 2011 - Pt. 3

The City's State of the City Web Page is here.

The text of the Mayor's speech follows (as written, not as delivered)

Remarks of Mayor Noam Bramson
State of the City – 2011

MARCH 10, 2011 – 7:45PM

We meet at a moment of undeniable challenge.

The national economy has impacted families, businesses and municipalities alike. All of us have had
to make hard choices already, and all of us expect more hard choices to come. And if the recession
weren’t enough, Mother Nature came calling this winter with the toughest season in memory.