April 2011

Former New Rochelle School District Employee Rasool Hassan Williams Gets Life Sentence for Ohio Murder

April 12, 2011 - 00:14

Rasool Hassan Williams.jpgRasool Hassan Williams, 33, was found guilty of murder and weapons charges by a jury in Stuebenville, OH and sentenced to life in prison by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr.

Williams was found guilty on March 18, 2011. He is currently incarcerated at the Lorain Correctional Institution. Williams will be eligible for parole after 20 years.

Williams worked as a a motor equipment operator for the New Rochelle school system from July 2008 until March 2010. His last day working for the district was March 23, 2010. Less than three weeks after leaving the employment of the district, April 20, 2010 he shot to death Charles King Jr., 29, of Steubenville, OH.

Former New Rochelle Schools Buildings & Grounds Employee Vito Costa Sentenced to Three Years Probation

April 11, 2011 - 22:27

vitocosta-before-after.jpgVito Costa, a former employees of the Buildings and Grounds department of the City School District of New Rochelle, was sentenced Wednesday to three years probation after keeping his nose clean over the past year and paying $30,000 in restitution at sentencing. Costa had been on interim probation for the past year. Under terms of his guilty plea last fall he was sentenced just on the misdemeanor charge of falsifying business records.

Last year Talk of the Sound reported on Costa's guilty plea.

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.

Anthony Pegues of New Rochelle Wins 2011 NY Golden Gloves Title!

April 11, 2011 - 17:30

Main Street Boxing’s three finalists in this year’s New York Golden Gloves tournament all fought for the title on Thursday, April 7 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Anthony Pegues raised the title belt after three hard fought rounds, becoming the first Golden Gloves winner in Main Street Boxing Clubs brief existence. Natalie Gonzalez lost an extremely questionable decision, while Lindsay Tolpa gave a spirited and respectable performance in her losing effort.

Interior Photos & RFP Paper Trail for Proposed Sale or Lease of North Avenue Presbyterian Church at New Rochelle Police Station

April 11, 2011 - 16:45

Talk of the Sound obtained exclusive access to the North Avenue Presbyterian Church to take photographs of the rarely seen interior of the long-shuttered church which has been closed to the public for decades. Photographer Jen Parente used a special light diffuser to photograph the otherwise dark and inaccessible interior of the building.

New Rochelle School District Failed to Register Red Garbage Truck For Five Years

April 11, 2011 - 14:51

RedGarbageTruck6Talk of the Sound has learned that a garbage truck, the only red garbage truck in the City or School District fleet, was never registered by the School District and was driven for years without proper registration, license plates or insurance.

The registration and plates on the vehicle were registered to the Village of Pelham Manor, NY. Sources tell Talk of the Sound that the truck was purchased five years ago from Pelham Manor. For reasons that are unclear the transfer of ownership of the truck was never done.

New Rochelle Board of Education officials declined to comment on the matter.

The same truck first came to the attention of Talk of the Sound last February. On the night of the "sleep with the fish" death threat, the red garbage truck was parked on Cliff Street in an area at the end of the street adjacent to the school district yard. There has been no explanation from school or city officials as to how or why the district was permitted to fence off a public street for their own use.

New Rochelle School District and F.U.S.E. Union Concluded Negotiations on New Contact

April 11, 2011 - 14:40

Martin Daly, President of New Rochelle FUSE, has informed union members that FUSE and the school district concluded contract negotiations for a successor agreement to our current agreement which expires on June 30, 2011.

I think the agreement we reached is fair and is in line with other agreements reached by school employees' unions throughout the region," said Daly. "The agreement will help preserve positions and programs that benefit our students and reflects the spirit of cooperation of collaboration that between the district and the union."

Further details will be made available to F.U.S.E. members in the coming days.

The proposed agreement would supersede the current extension of the 2005-2008 contract which was modified through an addendum in 2009.

2005-2008 FUSE Agreement

2009-2010 Addendum to 2005-2008 FUSE Agreement

Hats off to Richard Organisciak and his brand of vigilante justice.

April 11, 2011 - 12:21

There comes a time when every person of authority must bend the rules to suit their personal needs. It in in these trying times of turmoil when the true colors of a firebrand vigilante shine brighter than the west Texan sun.

Richard Organisciak, our local sheriffintendent, is just the man to take these liberties with law.

New Rochelle Board of Education Meltdown; School Officials Repeatedly Interrupt, Threaten and Insult Speaker

April 10, 2011 - 20:34

As is becoming common practice in New Rochelle, Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak and Board of Education President Sara Richmond again harassed, threatened and insulted your humble correspondent while in the midst of making remarks during the public comment period. The normal practice at Board of Education meetings is that the public is invited to comment for five minutes, the Board remains silent and if there is any follow up required there is written communication after the meeting. This applies to everyone in New Rochelle except me.

New Rochelle Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak is Lying About What District Knew About Jose Martinez; Organibungling Will Likely Cost District Millions in Lawsuit

April 10, 2011 - 17:15

RichardOrganisciak.jpgTalk of the Sound has confirmed that a key statement by Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak in the wake of the arrest of Jose Martinez was false. Martinez was arrested by New Rochelle police for sexual molestation of a 14-year old student at Isaac E. Young Middle School on March 24th. The following day, Organisciak issued the following statement.

Statement from Richard Organisciak, Superintendent of Schools
March 25, 2011

We are deeply concerned about the allegations that have been made against Assistant Principal, Jose Martinez. The safety and welfare of our students remains our priority.

Mr. Martinez was hired by the district in 2007 as Administrative Dean at Isaac E. Young Middle School. He was provided with clearance to work in the school district after passing the normal State criminal fingerprinting check. There had been no record of complaints from students or staff about Mr. Martinez.