December 2011

How is Nadine Pacheco Still Employed by the New Rochelle Board of Education?

December 06, 2011 - 14:56

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According to a statement issued by the New Rochelle Board of Education, former Trinity Assistant Principal Nadine Pacheco submitted her resignation on October 14th. The resignation was formally accepted by board on November 1st under Resolution 12-153-4. That same night there was a second resolution, No. 12-153-14 under which Pacheco was to be appointed a teacher at Trinity at a salary of $114,165, effective October 17th. That same resolution also contained an appointment to Interim Teacher for Nicole Mussolini. The resolution was tabled.

On November 3rd, after a Trinity PTA meeting met in an illegal "emergency executive session" and passed Resolution 12-153-4 appointing Nicole Mussolini as Interim Teacher. No such resolution was ever passed for Pacheco.

New Rochelle Board of Education Meets Privately to Pass Secret Resolution on Trinity Teacher

December 06, 2011 - 03:13

Late into the night of November 3rd, six members of the New Rochelle Board of Education -- Chrisanne Petrone, Jeffrey Hastie, David Lacher, Valerie Orellana, Deidre Polow, and Rachel Relkin -- left a crowded room of angry parents at the Trinity Elementary School Auditorium went to the school's library, held what appears to have been an illegal meeting where they passed what appears to had been an illegal resolution in the hopes of restoring calm at the school. Board member Naomi Brickell had been present for the first hour of the PTA meeting but left due to a prior commitment.

That night well over 100 people, perhaps as many as 150, turned out for a Trinity PTA Meeting which was centered on two related topics: why a background check and certification was not done prior to hiring former Assistant Principal Nadine Pacheco and why Nicole Mussolini, a new teacher, was being removed from her classroom to make way for Pacheco.

Senator Oppenheimer Applauds Extension Of Hydrofracking Comment Period

December 06, 2011 - 01:47

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) today commended the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for its decision to extend the public comment period on the DEC’s proposed rules on the hydraulic fracturing of natural gas. The extension – to January 11, 2012 – was announced this week at a public hearing in New York City that attracted nearly 6,000 people and generated more than 1,250 comments into the public record.

“The unprecedented attendance at this week’s public hearing underscores the enormous public interest in this important environmental and public safety issue,” said Oppenheimer. “I am pleased by the DEC’s willingness to afford all interested citizens ample opportunity to study the draft regulations and provide substantive feedback to the Department.”

Former Albert Leonard Principal Bill Evans Returns to New Rochelle as Temporary Assistant Principal at Ward Elementary

December 05, 2011 - 23:53

BillEvans ALMSWilliam Evans, former Principal at Albert Leonard Middle School, will be appointed acting Assistant Principal at Ward Elementary School tomorrow night by the New Rochelle Board of Education. Evans retired last spring.

Evans will be paid $830 a day for no more than 36 days to cover for Ward AP Kimberly Peluso from January 3, 2012 until March 16, 2012. She will be out on parental leave.

If you are wondering at that figure, $830 x 36 = $29,880. New York State retirees can earn up to $30,000 a year and still receive their full pension in that year. The amount was determined to pay Evans that maximum amount allowed. On an annualized basis that comes out to be $830 x 52 x 5 = $215,800 which is significantly more than Evans earned in his final year working full-time for the district.

Police Block Off Area in Downtown New Rochelle Due to Suspicious Package

December 05, 2011 - 23:20

New Rochelle Police cordoned off an area around The Planned Parenthood offices in downtown New Rochelle after reports of a suspicious package. Streets on Main Street and North Avenue were closed by police.

Report was made to police around 5:00 PM.

Westchester County Bomb Squad on scene.

6:20 PM NRPD all units back in service. Package was an empty suitcase.

NOTE: if you any photos from the scene please send them to [email protected]

New Rochelle Board of Education Hires 9 People Without Criminal Background Checks

December 05, 2011 - 22:22

Jose who?

Despite the conviction less than two months ago of Jose Martinez on charges of child sex abuse, it's as if the repeated rape of a student in a school office never happened. It's business as usual for the New Rochelle Board of Education.

On November 29th, the New Rochelle Board of Education was asked to review Resolution 10-180-12, expected to be voted on at tomorrow's nights meeting, which will retroactively approve the "emergency" hiring of 9 individuals who began work 4-6 weeks ago without the required criminal background checks.

Further, under Resolution 12-180, the board will approve waiving for twenty more days the requirement under the New York State Department of Education S.A.V.E. Law that all school district employees submit to fingerprinting and pass a criminal background check prior to their employment by a public school district.

New Rochelle Board of Education President Issues Vague Denials in Jose Martinez Child Rape Case

December 05, 2011 - 18:58

In the 12 minute video above, Robert Cox addresses the New Rochelle Board of Education at their Meeting at Isaac E. Young Middle School on Nov. 29, 2011. Before Cox speaks, Board President Chrisanne Petrone reads into the record a letter to Westchester County District Attorney Janet DeFiore regarding the Jose Martinez child rape case. Martinez was arrested and later admitted to a course or oral and anal rape of a 14-year old boy in his office at Isaac E. Young Middle School. After Cox speaks Petrone makes additional remarks as do two speakers from the community, Karen Hessel and Peggy Godfrey.

There are numerous false and misleading statements by Mrs. Petrone. I will address a few of them in my remarks at the next board meeting on Tuesday, December 6th at City Hall.

New Rochelle Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in Downtown New Rochelle Draws Children of All Ages

December 05, 2011 - 16:40

In what may combine every child's dream, Santa Claus arrived on top of a fire truck, jumped down and handed out candy canes to the eager youngsters. Santa arrived just after the New Rochelle Christmas Tree, New Rochelle Menorah and New Rochelle Mishumaa Saba were lit.