February 2012

“Unsung Heroines Of New Rochelle” Presentation At League Of Women Voters’ “Coffee & Conversation”

February 26, 2012 - 12:29

From leading abolitionists and suffragists to Broadway stars and television personalities, many prominent women have been a part of New Rochelle’s long and rich history. But many local women should also be recognized as heroines, as they were instrumental in shaping their community through unprecedented acts of charity, steadfast dedication to organizations, and keeping the “home fires burning” during times of war.

For the Friday, March 16th League of Women Voters’ “Coffee and Conversation” at the New Rochelle Public Library, City Historian Barbara Davis will give an illustrated slide presentation describing a few of these remarkable women and their impact on New Rochelle. The free Women’s History Month program runs from 9:30 am to 11:00 am. Complimentary coffee and light breakfast fare will be served. For more information, call 632-8254.

Irish Crafts For St. Patrick’s Day At Library

February 26, 2012 - 12:28

A craft workshop celebrating St. Patrick’s Day will be the BID Family Day program for Saturday, March 17, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, in the Meeting Room of the New Rochelle Public Library. Children in Pre-K – Grade 5 are invited to make a variety of crowns, pins, hats and other accessories for the “Wearing of the Green”.

The Bid staff of teachers and teens will provide the expert guidance and great materials for the projects.

BID Family Day programs are made possible through a partnership of the New Rochelle Downtown BID (Business Improvement District) with the New Rochelle Public Library, the City School District and PTA Council, and the Department of Parks & Recreation.

Bribes, Intimidation, Silencing Opposition "Business as Usual" for Forest City Ratner

February 25, 2012 - 14:53

Dwight R. Worley of the Journal News explains how Noam Bramson's favorite developer operates - bribes, intimidation and silencing communities groups -- which Worley says is "business as usual for Forest City Ratner".

Forest City known for tough political skills around region

In the bribery trial of Sandy Annabi and former Republican leader Zehy Jereis, Scott Cantone, senior vice president for government and public relations for Forest City Ratner, already has testified that the developer provided Jereis with a $60,000 consulting job in return for Annabi’s vote to approve the company’s Ridge Hill retail and residential complex.

Former Yonkers councilman John Murtagh is quoted saying of Forest City Ratner:

Iona Gaels Knock Off Fairfield to Win MAAC Title

February 25, 2012 - 12:31

Iona Fairfield ESPNIona defeated Fairfield 77-72 Friday night. With the win, the Gaels have clinched the the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular-season title for the first time since 2001. Sean Armand led all scorers, getting all 17 of his points in the second half with 15 of those points coming in the final 8 minutes of the game.

More to come...

Iona Gaels, Leading The Nation In Scoring and Assists, Go Tonight Against Fairfield on ESPNU

February 24, 2012 - 23:47

The Iona College men’s basketball team (22-6, 13-3 MAAC) hosts Fairfield (17-11, 12-4 MAAC) at the Hynes Center on ESPNU at 9 PM. The match up features two teams at the top of the MAAC standings both vying for the top seed in next weekend’s conference championship.

With a win tonight, Iona can clinch a tie for the MAAC Regular Season Championship and the No. 1 seed in the tournament next weekend. Iona has not won a MAAC regular season since 2001.

As a team, Iona’s 83.11 points per game average ranks No. 1 in the NCAA. The Maroon & Gold has scored just seven more than No. 2 North Carolina through 28 games, The Gaels have reached 90 points in 10 of team’s 28 contests this season while also posting 89 and 88 in wins over Maryland and Richmond.

Iona maintained its national lead in assists per game after 23 assists vs. Nevada. UNLV ranks No. 2, just under an assist per game less than the Maroon & Gold. The Gaels have recorded at least 20 assists in 16 games this year two more than last season’s total.

NEW ROCHELLE POLICE DEPARTMENT SPECIAL BULLETIN: $1,000 Reward Offered to ID Vehicle or Driver in Fatal Hit and Run Collision Last Wednesday at Main and Cleveland in New Rochelle

February 24, 2012 - 17:24

NewRochellePolicePatchThe New Rochelle Police Department is seeking the assistance of any witnesses to or anyone with the information regarding the Fatal Hit and Run accident which occurred on Wednesday February 22, 2012 at approximately 6:30PM in the vicinity of Main Street and Cleveland Avenue.

A $1,000.00 reward is being offered for information that leads to the identification of the vehicle and/or the driver involved.

Anyone with information is requested to the call the numbers listed below:

(914) 654-2300 - or - (914) 654-2221

Astorino Administration Jeopardizes Westchester County Contracts and Agreements

February 24, 2012 - 16:54

White Plains, NY – Another week, and another rash of illegal and invalid “approvals” of contracts and agreements made by the County’s Board of Acquisition & Contract (A&C), thanks to Jay T. Pisco’s participation and “votes” at yesterday’s meeting.

Last week, with a 2-1 vote, the A&C “approved” a $13 million agreement with the New York Power Authority to fund a capital project without the necessary public scrutiny of the BOL—and with an illegal vote from Jay T. Pisco, whose appointment as Commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW) was turned down by the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) on Monday, February 13 at its regular meeting.

Because the BOL voted not to consider his appointment, already back dated to January 23, 2012, to the BOL Committee on Appointments, he is not able to legally act as Commissioner or vote on County matters as specified by the position. Section 110.21 of the County Charter explicitly states the Commissioner and Acting Commissioners need BOL approval before they can assume the duties of the office.

Why doesn't city hall stop the assessment free-fall?

February 24, 2012 - 16:37

If you want to blame someone for the annual assessment free-fall, point your finger at whoever sets New Rochelle's equalization rate who I would assume to be the city's assessor. (I also know what happens when you ass-u-me!)

In order to correct the free-fall, the equalization rate needs to be adjusted so that assessments are under-valued & therefore no one has a right to appeal their assessment. It’s just a percentage rate and could easily be adjusted (& it's adjusted every year, just not enough) to prevent future reductions in the "Grand List" or total of all of the city's property assessments.

12 Years In State Prison For Ringleader Of Armed Home Invasion of Iona College Students House on Treno

February 24, 2012 - 02:04

RalphReddingWestchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Ralph Redding (DOB 07/16/88) of 89 Horton Avenue, New Rochelle, was sentenced today to a determinate term of 12 years in state prison after a jury found him guilty 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. Redding, who posed as a pizza deliveryman, tricked an occupant of the residence into letting him inside. Once inside, Redding pointed a handgun at the occupant who had let him in.