March 2012

Fire at 55 Beechwood Avenue in New Rochelle Leave Four Families Homeless

March 30, 2012 - 14:45

Fire 55BeechwoodNews12 is reporting that "four families, including eight adults and seven children, were left homeless" as a result of the fire.

The fire began outside the house.

New Rochelle police evacuated residents before the New Rochelle Fire Department arrived on the scene, according to News12.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been changed to remove any reference to a suspected cause of the fire. Initial reports as to the cause were incorrect.

More Vandalism at New Rochelle High School as Heavy Wrought-Iron Gates Ripped Down

March 30, 2012 - 14:34

NRHSGate 136A heavy wrought-iron gate was ripped from its moorings on a brick pillar near the football field at New Rochelle High School.

A security guard at the scene this morning said "We have a line on the person who did this".

The belief is that someone used chains hooked to the back of a vehicle were used to pull down the gates.

UPDATE: Several high school students are said to have been involved in the incident. According to knowledgeable sources, students in two cars tied chains to the gates, attached them to their vehicles and accelerated until the gates were pulled loose.

New Rochelle High School was forced earlier this week to close its library due to an inability to curtail repeated acts of vandalism at the school.

The City Yard and Shari Rackman

March 30, 2012 - 14:12

Listening to the new Councilwoman of New Rochelle speak about the city's DPW yard has shed some light on the urgency (can we use the word "perception" here) to move the city yard. It was a brief interview with Bob Marrone on WVOX where Ms Rackman cordially spoke of things in her district and offered her thoughts on the decision that would saddle the city with millions of dollars of debt at a time when we can hardly afford it. Not that we can't afford it this year alone, we won't be able to afford it for many years to come.

New Rochelle Brothers Apply Green Building Techniques to Transform Dilapidated Train Station into Spectacular Adaptive Reuse Facility in Mamaroneck

March 29, 2012 - 23:55

In what can only be described as an incredible turn around, the new "One Station Plaza" in Mamaroneck, NY has risen from the ruins of what was the old Mamaroneck Train Station and been transformed into a stylish, hip bistro with professional, loft-type office space above.

Sandy Annabi and Forest City Ratner Consultant Convicted In Manhattan Federal Court On All Counts In Public Corruption Trial; Annabi Facing 161 Years in Prison

March 29, 2012 - 18:18

SandyAnnabiFormer Yonkers City Council Democratic Majority Leader And Former Yonkers Republican Party Chief Annabi Convicted for Accepting Nearly $200,000 in Bribes and for Filing False Tax Returns Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Sandy Annabi, the former Democratic Majority Leader of the Yonkers City Council, and Zehy Jereis, the former head of the Yonkers Republican Party, were found guilty today by a jury in Manhattan federal court of public corruption crimes. Annabi and Jereis were convicted for participating in bribery schemes related to her position on the Yonkers City Council as well as the actions they took to conceal these schemes. Annabi was also convicted of making false statements to financial institutions related to loans she was seeking for two houses and an apartment in Yonkers, New York, and for filing false federal income tax returns. They were convicted on all counts after a seven-week trial before U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon.

Annabi, 41, and Jereis, 40, both of Yonkers, New York, were each convicted of one count of conspiracy to make and accept corrupt payments, one count of conspiracy to deprive the City of Yonkers and its citizens of Annabi’s honest services, one count of receiving corrupt payments, and one count of extortion. Annabi was also convicted of one count of receiving corrupt payments, three counts of making false statements to a bank, and two counts of filing false tax returns. Jereis was also convicted of one count of making corrupt payments.

Annabi faces a maximum sentence of 161 years in prison, and Jereis faces a maximum sentence of 65 years in prison.

Sandy Annabi, et al Indictment

New Rochelle Police Station Gets A Water Leak

March 29, 2012 - 16:11

New Rochelle Police Officer's wish they had fire gear late this morning.
A Fire sprinkler head broke in the sally port of the building that's where officer's take there cars when they are booking prisoner's.
Officer's called for a quick response from the city's building repair department.There was alot of water and so far the damage is unknown.