July 2011

Woman Driving Wrong Way on I-95, Crashes into Oncoming Vehicle, 1 Dead

July 24, 2011 - 13:45

Tanisha Gomez, a woman from East Stroudsburg, PA with an address in Ozone Park, Queens, drove six miles in the wrong direction on I-95 before crashing and killing a man in New Rochelle, NY.

Gomez was allegedly drunk when she drove her 2011 Chevrolet HHR northbound in the southbound lanes of I-95. She was taken to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx where she was arraigned on a charge of second-degree manslaughter, a felony. Gomez made the bail of $50,000.

The victim, a passenger in the car struck by Gomez, Reginald Lee, 29, of East Orange, NJ, was killed. Mark Toppin, 29, the driver of the car, a 2005 Nissan Sentra, sustained injuries including a broken leg.

Woman In Wheelchair Hit by Car on North Avenue in Downtown New Rochelle, Driver Arrested

Submitted by eye on new roc on Sat, 07/23/2011 - 21:45

An elderly woman in a wheelchair was hit by a car this afternoon as she was crossing North Avenue near Anderson Street in downtown New Rochelle,

The woman was riding a motorized wheelchair as she tried to cross North Avenue when she was hit by a black Pontiac heading south. The woman was thrown out of the chair by the impact of the oncoming vehicle. People in the area ran to her aid until the New Rochelle Police, Fire and EMS crews arrived.

Witnesses said the driver of the car that hit the woman had the green light and that it appeared like the wheelchair might have accelerated too fast down the ramp.

The driver was arrested by members of the New Rochelle Police. Reason not known at this time. The woman was taken to Sound Shore Medical Center with a possible broken arm and cuts to her legs.

The crosswalk in this area was just relined by the DPW after a complaint by an observant local resident who noticed the painted lines in the crosswalk were faded.

Con Edison Reduces Voltage to Some New Rochelle Customers

July 22, 2011 - 23:44

NEW YORK – Con Edison has reduced voltage to some customers in its New York City and Westchester County service area due to problems on electrical equipment serving those areas.

The company has currently reduced voltage in the following neighborhoods where customers are being asked to conserve.

- In Manhattan: Central-East Harlem.

- In Staten Island: New Brighton, St. George, Tompkinsville, Brighton Heights, Ward Hill, Stapleton, Grymes Hill, Clifton, Silver Lake, Rosebank, Ft. Wadsworth, Grasmere, Concord, Arrochar, South Beach, Ocean Breeze, Midland Beach, Grant City, New Dorp, and Dongan Hills.

- In Brooklyn and Queens: East New York, Cypress Hills, Highland Park, City Line, Richmond Hill, Sheepshead Bay, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach, Midwood, Flatbush and East Flatbush.

- In Westchester County: parts of Croton-on–Hudson, Ossining, Briarcliff Manor, Mount Pleasant, Sleepy Hollow, Mount Vernon, Pelham Manor, Pelham, New Rochelle, Bronxville and Eastchester.

- A portion of the northeast Bronx from Pelham Parkway north to the Westchester County line.

Con Ed Asks New Yorkers to Conserve Energy as Heat Wave Boils New York

July 22, 2011 - 20:56

NEW YORK – Con Edison said today that peak use of electricity reached a new high for 2011 and reminded customers to continue conserving energy as the brutal heat socks the New York area.

The company reported that overall customer electric usage peaked at 12,710 megawatts (MW) at 6 p.m. Before today, the high for this year was 12,589 MW at 5 p.m. on June 9. The all-time peak record in the company’s New York City and Westchester County service area is 13,141 MW, set at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 2, 2006.

Despite the high demand, Con Edison crews continued to deliver power reliably to more than 3.2 million customers while responding to scattered outages in the intense heat.

The company has crews and support personnel ready to respond to any electrical outages caused by the hot and humid conditions that are expected to continue through the weekend.

Con Edison reminds customers to report power interruptions or service problems online at, and on their cell phones and PDAs. They also may call 1-800-75-CONED promptly if they are experiencing any service difficulties.

Customers can save energy and money by taking simple steps, including:

Newburgh No Longer "New Rochelle North", Bernis Gone, Lynch Leaves

July 22, 2011 - 19:50

Talk of the Sound friend Jane Johnston of The Newburgh Advocate
sends along a heads up for New Rochelle: former New Rochelle Development official Ed Lynch has resigned his position as Director of Planning and Development for the City of Newburgh, NY in Orange County. Lynch had followed former New Rochelle Corporation Counsel Bernis Nelson to Newburgh. Bernis Shapiro/Nelson left New Rochelle following a dispute with City Manager Charles B. Strome, III. Shapiro/Nelson abruptly resigned and then reappeared in Newburgh before moving on to a new job in Peekskill, NY.

h/t Times Herald-Record and The Newburgh Advocate.

New Rochelle Farmer’s Market Coupons Now Available to Qualifying Seniors

July 22, 2011 - 19:08

Seniors looking to stretch their food budgets this summer and fall may be entitled to discount Farmers Market Coupons, now available at the Hugh A. Doyle Senior Center.

To be eligible, individuals must be 60 years of age or older AND have a monthly income at or below $1,678/single, $2,267/couple OR be currently receiving or eligible to receive SSI, Food Stamps, Public Assistance or Section 8 housing subsidy.

The check book-style coupons will be distributed while supplies last beginning Friday, July 22nd at the Hugh Doyle Senior Center, 94 Davis Avenue, New Rochelle from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m. Proof of age and New Rochelle residency are required. Applicants must come in person to sign affidavit. One coupon per married couple.

The coupons are valid at the New Rochelle Farmer’s Market, located at Library Green every Friday through summer and fall to November 15th, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Farmer’s Market features a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and specialty foods.

For more information on the Farmer’s Market Coupons contact the Hugh Doyle Senior Center at 235-2363.