June 2011

New Rochelle Athletic Facility Dedicated to Joseph Fosina '53

June 22, 2011 - 22:39

New Rochelle’s newest athletic facility will soon be named after Iona Prep alumnus Joe Fosina '53. The new state-of-the-art field will include a synthetic turf football, soccer and lacrosse field will be dedicated to Iona Prep Hall of Famer. Mr. Fosina is a “longtime youth football guru” who has dedicated over 30 years of youth service to the City of New Rochelle. Fosina Field at City (Flowers) Park is located at Fifth and Potter avenues and is part of the county’s Westchester Legacy program.

When complete, the 21-acre park will include five athletic fields that will permit multiple sports to be played simultaneously, plus a new playground, a "sprayground," basketball court and natural areas for passive recreation. "The whole Youth Tackle League program, both coaches and staff, are excited about this field," said Fosina. "We look forward to August, and the start of our season. It was a labor of love for most of us, and it’s just beautiful."

Office of Economic Development and Thompson & Bender Big Winners in Advertising Club of Westchester Awards

June 22, 2011 - 22:38

County’s ‘Intellectual Capital’ Campaign Captures Best of Show Award at the Big W Awards Program

WHITE PLAINS, NY (June 2011) – The Westchester County Office of Economic Development and its advertising agency -- Thompson & Bender -- were the big winners in the Advertising Club of Westchester’s 40th Annual Big W Awards program held held June 8 in Tarrytown.

The County Office of Economic Development and Thompson & Bender won seven awards plus Best of Show – the top award of the program – for Westchester County’s “Intellectual Capital” campaign. The Best of Show Award is determined by the highest average scores of all entries as given by a panel of judges.

Westchester Legislators Chairman Jenkins Asks NYS Senator Ball to Respect Home Rule

June 22, 2011 - 22:37

White Plains, NY – Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) Chairman Jenkins (D-Yonkers) asked New York State Senator Greg Ball (R, C-Patterson) today in an open letter to stop blocking a pending bill regarding home rule that will allow the BOL to appoint a non-voting member to the Westchester County Industrial Development Agency (IDA).

This political maneuvering is troublesome, said Jenkins, because it is obvious that Ball is simply carrying out the wishes of Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino to roadblock bi-partisan legislation passed by the BOL aimed at bringing reform and more independent participation to the IDA.

A copy of the letter sent by Chairman Jenkins to Senator Ball is below.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino Calls on Gov. Cuomo to Make Replacement of Tappan Zee Bridge A Top Priority

June 22, 2011 - 21:44

County Executive Robert P. Astorino today called on Gov. Cuomo to make building a replacement bridge for the Tappan Zee a top priority.

“The time has come to invest real political capital in getting the replacement bridge built,” said Astorino. “We can’t wait forever for a perfect solution.”

In a major speech delivered at the Manhattan Institute’s Forum on Replacing the Tappan Zee Bridge, Astorino said that years of study and planning are doomed to failure – not because the bridge could cost $9 billion or more, but because there has been insufficient leadership from the state on this issue to overcome political, legal and environmental obstacles.

This leadership, he said, must come from the governor “because he, more than anyone else, controls the levers and resources of government to get the job done.”

New Rochelle School Crime Blotter

June 22, 2011 - 17:37

Albert Leonard Middle School - An assault occurred near the school, at the corner of Pinebrook and Albert Leonard Road, on June 9th. Arrested were Kim Hinds, 44, a Mount Vernon resident and an unnamed female, 17, from New Rochelle. Hinds is charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon with intent to use it while a 17-year-old female from New Rochelle is charged with criminal possession of a weapon with intent to use it and assault with intent to cause physical injury.

Isaac E. Young Middle School - An arrest made on June 13. Kevin M. Hopper,22, was arrested at 1:15 a.m. at Isaac E. Young Middle School. He is charged with menacing with a weapon.

Albert Leonard Middle School - A middle school student was suspended after bringing an air pistol to school. No arrests were made and the school was not put on lock down.