November 2011

New Rochelle Fire Fighters Honored for Saving Lives

November 13, 2011 - 19:01

The Council Chambers were as bright as the October weather the day the Awards Ceremony for the New Rochelle Fire Department was held. Mayor Noam Bramson set the tone for the program by acknowledging the great sacrifices family members of firemen make. He continued that celebration of the promotions today for the service given is a tribute to the professionalism and dedication of our Fire Department. Then he characterized the department as one of the best in the Country. Promotions followed and Lou DiMeglio was sworn in as Fire Chief, Robert Benz as Deputy Fire Chief, Theodore Ferrara as Fire Captain and Brian O'Keefe and Raul Perez as Fire Lieutenants.
Fire Chief DiMeglio addressed the large number of both firefighters in uniforms who were being honored and their families and friends who were in the audience. He thanked the City for the opportunity to lead the Fire Department and acknowledged the leadership of former Fire Commissioner Ray Kiernan.

Budget Cuts Greatly Diminishing Ability to Save Lives

November 11, 2011 - 03:03

ByronGrayThe City of New Rochelle’s proposal to further slash emergency 1st responder protections for all of its citizens is penny wise and pound foolish. The proposed cut back of $770,000 to the fire department will save New Rochelle taxpayers less than .03 cents (2.7 cents per citizen) per day.

While it is clear that the economy is taking its toll on cities, this plan would cause a further increase in fire and emergency response times. Because of these proposed cuts, citizens will need to ask, can my loved ones survive the extra minutes it will now likely take when they are having a heart attack, stroke or are unconscious and trapped in a fire with a heavy, toxic smoke condition.

New Rochelle-Eastchester County Legislator Race, Marcotte-Fitzpatrick, Comes Down to 39 Vote Margin

November 10, 2011 - 23:15

Screen Shot 2011 11 10 at 6 18 27 PMWith 100% of the districts reporting, incumbent Republican Sheila Marcotte holds a 37 vote lead over challenger Democratic Kevin Fitzpatrick.

There are six election districts where the machines have been impounded, 4 in New Rochelle and 2 in Eastchester. Sources close to the Marcotte campaign tell Talk of the Sound that Marcotte expects the four New Rochelle election districts to be a wash and that she will pick up votes in the two Eastchester election districts.

"I'm cautiously optimistic," said Minority Leader Jim Maisano.

"It's a big deal because Sheila is a good, hardworking legislator and we want her back," said Maisano. "it's also a big deal because it would get us to 10-7 in the Westchester County Board of Legislators, getting us closer to 9 and preventing the Democrats from expecting to override vetoes.

Guilty Verdict in New Rochelle Home Invasion at Off-Campus Housing of Iona College Students

November 10, 2011 - 22:25

RalphReddingWestchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced today that Ralph Redding (DOB 07/16/88) of 89 Horton Avenue, New Rochelle, was found guilty following a jury trial of two counts of Burglary in the First Degree, Class “B” Violent Felonies, one count of Robbery in the First Degree, Class “B” Violent Felonies, one count of Robbery in the Second Degree, a Class “C” Violent Felony, two counts of Assault in the Second Degree, Class “D” Violent Felonies, and one count of Assault in the Third Degree, a Class “A” Misdemeanor, relating to his primary role in an armed home invasion.

On December 14, 2010, at approximately 12:30 am, Redding and two co-defendants who previously pled guilty, Chad Jones (DOB 8/28/87) and Sean Gray (DOB 9/6/89), all approached a home on 43 Treno Street in New Rochelle.

New Rochelle Police Department Wins International Award

November 10, 2011 - 22:19

NRPD AwardQuality of Life Task Force Lauded for Innovation, Success

In recognition of their best practices and the success of the Quality of Life Task Force, the New Rochelle Police Department has been awarded the prestigious 2011 Community Policing Award from the International Chiefs of Police (IACP) and Cisco. The award was presented at the national conference on October 26 and locally to the Department at the November 9 meeting of the New Rochelle City Council. This is the fifth International Policing Award the New Rochelle Police Department has received in the past 10 years (see awards list below).