July 2011

Nightmare on Stephenson Boulevard: New Rochelle Woman Set Up and Knocked Down

July 12, 2011 - 19:28

This is Part III in a series. To read from the beginning, go back to Part I.

Suzanne Ribando pressed the knife against her throat. She says she wanted to die right there on her front lawn.

As she stood there, ready to take her own life, New Rochelle police officers rushed her, tackled her to the ground and handcuffed. Patrick and Tracey Hickey, her neighbors, looked on with satisfaction. Ribando was put under arrest and roughly placed in the back of a New Rochelle police car.

Ribando was taken to New Rochelle police headquarters. She was brought before a judge in the City Court of New Rochelle. The judge gave her a court appearance date of May 27th and ordered her sent to Mount Vernon Hospital for observation.

Has the Mayor Forgotten About Middle Class New Rochelle?

July 12, 2011 - 16:53

It seems to me that Mayor Bramson is constantly using PR gimmicks to lure outsiders to New Rochelle but does little to address the needs of long-term residents in the south, east and west ends of the city. Many people who came to NR several decades ago did so on middle-class incomes at a time when living expenses were more in sync with their earnings. Today, middle class residents find themselves overwhelmed by high property taxes, gas prices and the cost of food.
The children of long-term middle class New Rochellians who wanted to leave home and find a roost in NR found themselves confronted with high rents and home prices that made the city an impracticle choice. Instead of working on ways to help the middle class, the Mayor and his mentor, Tim Idoni, went off on a tangent to lure upper class individuals into NR. Their feeling was that if they flood the downtown with people who had "disposable income", retailers would flock to NR and turn it into another White Plains.

New Rochelle Opens Hugh Doyle Senior Center Opened as Cooling Center

July 12, 2011 - 16:13

This is the City of New Rochelle with an important message. The Hugh Doyle Senior Center on 94 Davis Avenue will be opened as a Cooling Center today, Tuesday July 12 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Residents are also reminded to limit outdoor activities, drink lots of water, dress in light color clothing, and eat light meals with fruits and vegetables. For further information, contact the Hugh Doyle Senior Center at 235-2363.

The Hugh Doyle Senior Center is located at 94 Davis Avenue and provides a full range of social, educational and recreational activities for seniors. Classes are offered in arts & crafts, ceramics, painting, sewing, dancing, gardening, quilting, sculpting, Tai Chi, exercise and choral singing. Games include card playing, bingo and pool. Professional speakers lecture on various topics including, health, consumerism, and nutrition. In addition, the center offers free, comprehensive services for New Rochelle residents, and their families. To find out more call the Center at 914-235-2363 from 8:30am – 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. Walk-ins are accepted and welcomed.

Former Mount Vernon DPW Supervisor Pleads Guilty to Perjury and Official Misconduct

July 12, 2011 - 16:11

(White Plains, NY) --- Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Ganga “Rudy” Persaud (DOB 03/20/52) of 312 Lincoln Avenue, Mount Vernon, New York, plead guilty today to the entire indictment that charged him with:

one count of Perjury in the First Degree, a class “D” Felony,
one count of Official Misconduct, a class “A” Misdemeanor.

On November 9, 2010, the defendant, who at the time was employed by the City of Mount Vernon as a Supervisor in the Department of Public Works, testified falsely during an “Examination Before Trial” in a civil matter against the City of Mount Vernon.

The civil action pertains to injuries sustained when the civil complainant tripped and fell on the sidewalk located in front of 245 Summit Avenue in Mount Vernon, alleging negligence, recklessness and carelessness on the part of the City of Mount Vernon and the owner of the premises at 245 Summit Avenue.

Cab Driver Beaten at New Rochelle Train Station

Submitted by eye on new roc on Tue, 07/12/2011 - 06:15

A cab driver for green team taxi company was punched several times by 5 males ages 13-15 at the New Rochelle train station early tuesday morning. Police were called by the driver around 1:30am. The driver followed the teens and they tried to get into a bluebird cab but were captured by the New Rochelle Police on the north avenue side of the station.The victum was taken to sound shore medical center the extent of his injuries was unknown at this time.