October 2011

Campaign Manager for New Rochelle City Council Candidate, Former Planning Board Member, Arrested in Saxon Woods Sex Sting UPDATED

October 16, 2011 - 17:27

RobertoSilvaRoberto Silva, 49, of New Rochelle, NY. was arrested at Saxon Woods Park on Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains, NY by Westchester County Police. He was charged with public lewdness on September 30th.

Silva is a co-Manager of the Roberto Lopez Campaign for New Rochelle City Council District 1, sources tell Talk of the Sound. He is said to have managed at least one previous Lopez campaign.

Lopez has denied any relationship with Robert Silva.

"He is not my friend", said Lopez. "I know who he is just like I know who you are (Robert Cox) but he is not a friend of mine."

NOTE: I have met Roberto Lopez once, last December, while reporting how DPW workers led by Joe Cotroneo, were caught clearing a commercial parking lot owned by Quitupan Realty Corp. Quitupan is owned by Roberto Lopez:

Former New Rochelle Assistant Principal Jose Martinez Sentenced: Time Served, Registered Sex Offender, Probation

October 15, 2011 - 17:38


Jose Martinez was sentenced by Criminal Court Judge Susan Cacace six months time served SHOCK and ten years sex offender probation on October 11, 2011. A permanent order of protection is in effect until October 11, 2019 for the victim.

The sex offender status is the subject of a separate court hearing under the Sex Offender Registry Act (SORA) in which a judge will assign a level 1,2,or 3 depending on various risk factors. A list will be read through with numbers assigned and the final number will determine the level of sex offender status.

Republican Party, The True Home of Minority Voters in New Rochelle

October 15, 2011 - 03:05

Why ten years ago did the New Rochelle Republican Party support the creation of a minority district that resulted in the election of a Black Democratic Councilperson? Why has the New Rochelle Republican Party , even this year, proposed minority districts which had a higher percent and greater opportunity for black and Hispanic voters then the redistricting plan passed by the Democratically controlled (4-3) City Council in New Rochelle? Was the New Rochelle Republican City Committee "color blind" when they endorsed three minority candidates and, more significantly, chose Councilman Richard St. Paul as the first Black Candidate for Mayor? A glimpse back into history to the origins of the local and national Republican Party's formation may shed light on these questions.

Judith Huntington Inaugurated as 13th President of The College of New Rochelle

October 15, 2011 - 01:24

Judith Huntington was officially inaugurated as the 13th president of The College of New Rochelle in a ceremony this afternoon held at The Wellness Center at the College’s New Rochelle campus. The inauguration was attended by faculty, alumni, staff, students and leaders from the educational, business and political community.

New Rochelle LWV Candidate Forum with City Council Candidates on Monday, Oct. 17

October 14, 2011 - 23:49

Meet the people who are seeking to represent you in City Hall and make the decisions that will affect your tax bill and the services you receive.

Candidates for the six City Council seats to be voted on Nov. 8 will participate in a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New Rochelle on Monday, October 17, 6:45 p.m in the City Council Chambers at New Rochelle City Hall, 515 North Avenue.

The public is invited to present written questions, which will be sorted and read by a League moderator from another community. The forums will be recorded for replay on Government Access Channels Cablevision 75 and Verizon 28 in the days before the election.
A second forum on Monday, October 24, include the candidates for mayor, followed by the candidates for the three County Legislative Districts representing New Rochelle. It will also start at 6:45 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.

For further information, contact Voter Service Chairs Joan Alexander, 914-715-3916 or Haina Just-Michael, 917-572-6654.

The incumbent from District 2, who has no opponent, is invited to make a statement but will not participate in the question and answer session. Candidates for City council are

Thomas Paine National Historical Association Votes to Permanently Archive Precious Artifacts at Iona College

October 14, 2011 - 23:43

New Rochelle, NY, October 12, 2011  Members of the Thomas Paine National Historical Association (TPNHA) have voted unanimously to approve a new home for the safekeeping of their archives. The members came together in support of the resolution to permanently transfer and deaccession the artifacts to Iona College in New Rochelle. With the membership vote complete, the Association can now proceed to the final phase of the legal process, which is to gain the approval of the NY State Court.

Since 2010 the artifacts of the Collection have been stored temporarily in state of the art archival facilities within Iona’s newly renovated Ryan Library. This is the same location the Board determined best meets all criteria for proper stewardship of the artifacts, public and academic access, and guaranteeing the Collection remains in New Rochelle.

Another New Rochelle DPW Worker Arrested by the New Rochelle Police Department

October 13, 2011 - 23:34

WalterVanderberg and NRPDWalter J. Vanderberg, age 32, of 26 Fairview Place, was arrested by New Rochelle police this past summer. Talk of the Sound only recently became aware that Vanderberg is an employee of the New Rochelle Department of Public Works.

Vanderberg was arrested on July 23rd, 2011 for driving without a license. At the time, Talk of the Sound reported that a woman in a wheelchair was hit by a car on North Avenue in downtown New Rochelle and that the driver of the car that hit her had been arrested. The woman was later identified as Helen Howard of Union Avenue in 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.