June 2011

National HIV Testing Day is Monday, June 27

June 21, 2011 - 19:08

Free HIV tests in Westchester

Did you know that outside of New York City, Westchester has the most people living with HIV and AIDS of any other county in New York State? In addition, 40% of individuals in Westchester are diagnosed with AIDS within one year of learning of their HIV status, meaning that they likely had been infected with HIV years earlier without knowing.

A new state regulation now requires that people ages 13 to 64, and other ages as indicated, be offered voluntary HIV testing as a routine part of health care at hospitals and in primary care settings.

In observance of National HIV Testing Day on June 27th, the Westchester County Department of Health in collaboration with the Westchester Knows Task Force and Project WAVE agencies will offer free Rapid HIV testing at the following locations:

Councilman Richard St. Paul Met with President Obama and Administration Officials in Washington

June 21, 2011 - 19:05

WhiteHouse StPaulOn Friday, June 17, 2011 New Rochelle City Councilman Richard St. Paul traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with members of the Obama administration and attended an intimate reception with the president. Councilman Richard St. Paul is one of a small number of members of People For the American Way Foundation’s Young Elected Officials Network, a network of young elected office holders, who were invited to the White House to discuss important issues facing states and localities.

Acquirer of Old Loews Theater in New Rochelle Makes Plans to Build Rent Rolls While Biding Time to Sell or Develop The Site

June 21, 2011 - 17:30

The Wall Street Journal has an article on the plans for the old Loews movie theater in downtown New Rochelle.

A venture of ABS Partners Real Estate LLC and Brause Realty Inc. has paid about $2.6 million for the 53,000-square-foot building at 587-599 Main St. that in its heyday was a Loews movie theater but later became the Palladium nightclub. For now, the new owners plan to upgrade the property and rent it to small retail and office tenants.

Efforts to revive New Rochelle's downtown have gotten a boost from the sale of a blighted former movie theater to a buyer who plans to rehabilitate the eyesore and, possibly, build an apartment building on the site.

WSJ: Sale of New Rochelle Site Revives Development Talks ($$)

On List of "Dying Cities", Failures in South Bend, IN Provide Lessons for New Rochelle

June 21, 2011 - 16:19

SouthBend AerialThe Wall Street Journal published an article by William McGurn that might have resonance for New Rochelle residents.

Democrats and Dying Cities What South Bend tells us about the 2012 election ($$).

Last January, Newsweek magazine ranked South Bend, IN among its list of top 10 list of dying American cities. Now, I have lived in South Bend, IN while attending the University of Notre Dame. My brother and his family live there now. I make regular pilgrimages to South Bend every football season. South Bend is doing much better than when I went to school there but it continues to struggle.

Molotov Cocktail Found in Driveway of Stephenson Boulevard Home in New Rochelle

June 21, 2011 - 16:04

110StephensonThe owner of a house at 110 Stephenson told police he found what appeared to be a Molotov cocktail lying on his driveway Monday morning.

Patrick Hickey told police he came home the night of Sunday June 19th about 8:30 p.m. He told police he remained in his home until the following morning. when he came out in the morning around 8:55 a.m. he found laying in the driveway what police determined to be a soda bottle with a rag stuffed in it.

"The bottle appeared to contain a petroleum product," said New Rochelle Police spokesman Capt. Joseph Schaller. "The rag was not lit".

Schaller added that police are awaiting lab testing to determine the exact contents and check for fingerprints.


New Rochelle Board Will Extend Superintendent Richard Organisciak's Contract to Avoid Cuomo Salary Cap

June 21, 2011 - 12:06

RichardOrganisciak.jpgNew Rochelle Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak will get a contract extension on his current contract, sources say. Organisciak is currently entering the last year of his second three-year contract with the district.

The resolution will be made public at the June 28th Board of Education meeting.

UPDATE: It was pointed out to me shortly after this was published that the New Rochelle Board of Education, without prior notice and without any public discussion and without inviting any public comment approved a resolution to extend Organisciak's contract until 2014.

RESOLUTION: No. 11-347-9

One Car Accident Closes Down Main Street New Rochelle

Submitted by eye on new roc on Tue, 06/21/2011 - 09:58


A one car accident closed down main street in both directions from whyman avenue to the i-95 exit 15 entrance and exit ramps early tuesday morning. A car that was speeding according to two people who saw the whole thing happen right in front of there eyes. A driver of a 18 wheeler who was headed to the home depot said the car was traveling at high speeds when it lost control and took down two light poles before ending uo in a wooded area around the home depot entrance off main street. The car which had conn. plates had two people inside. The New Rochelle police,ems and fire departments rescued both parties from the car and both were taken to sound shore hospital there condition was unknown but both were talking when taken from the car.Another person who works at a gas station near the scene said the car had to be going at least 80 when it flew by his station.He also said there was a police car on whyman when the accident happened.After seeing the aftermath there luckey to be alive. Photos and viedo will be downloaded soon.