June 2012

Police Officer Vincent Pisano Honored by New Rochelle Police Department for Work on Operation City Sweeper

June 30, 2012 - 08:52

VincentPisanoPolice Officer Vincent Pisano was appointed to the Department in January 2006, having served as a member of the NYPD since 2001, and is currently assigned to the Special Investigations Unit. He is the recipient of three Class C Citations and four Commendation Awards. Additionally, Officer Pisano is certified as a Field Training Officer. During the month of December, he closed out a number of cases that were originated earlier in the year during a large scale narcotics enforcement initiative named "Operation City Sweeper." In addition to twenty cases he initiated during this operation, Officer Pisano was praised by his supervisor for his professionalism and assistance to other team members in bringing this initiative to a successful conclusion. In recognition of his exemplary work, Police Officer Vincent Pisano was designated Officer of the Month for December 2011.

New York State Crime Stoppers Offers $2,500 Reward for Basement Bandit Looting New Rochelle, Stamford and Cross River Eateries

June 29, 2012 - 23:26

NYSCrimeStoppers $2500

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- New York State Crime Stoppers, in cooperation with the New Rochelle Police Department is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information, such as the identity and whereabouts of the person responsible for the theft of approximately $13,000 from the basement office of Rangoli Restaurant located at 615 Main Street, New Rochelle, N.Y. on May 26, 2012 at approximately 7:45 p.m.

It is believed by law enforcement officials that the same woman struck at the Tenga Asian Bistro on Bedford Street, Stamford, Conn on January 5, 2012 as well as the Tigin Irish Pub on Bedford Street, Stamford, Conn on February 1, 2012 and Bar Russo on Spring Street, Stamford, Conn on February 8, 2012. $7,000 and some payroll checks were reported stolen by Tenga Asian Bistro. It is also believed that the same alleged suspect may have struck at Cross River Dry Cleaners located in Cross River, N.Y. on November 8, 2011. She was seen leaving the scene in a newer model Infinity or Nissan Altima black four door sedan.

The suspect is described as a light skinned Black or Hispanic female, approximately 5’7” to 5’9” in height weighing approximately 130 pounds. Anyone with information, such as the identification and/or whereabouts of this female is asked to immediately contact the NYS Crime Stoppers hot line at 1-866-313-TIPS (8477). All callers can remain anonymous if they so choose.

Monroe College Has No Interest in New Rochelle Armory

June 29, 2012 - 22:38

MjeromeMonroe College Executive Vice President Marc Jerome wants to assure New Rochelleans that the college is not an interested party to an RFP put out by the City of New Rochelle for the adaptive reuse of the New Rochelle Armory.

"I was surprised as anyone to see an RFP for the Armory," Jerome told Talk of the Sound. "We know nothing about any development plans."

Jerome was responding to a recent dust up on Talk of the Sound over a recent announcement by the City of New Rochelle had modified the bid proposal for the Armory.

New Rochelle Development Commissioner Michael Freimuth has previously sought to clarify any confusion by noting that the only changes to the RFP had to do with supplemental information which were requested by one respondent and were being made available to anyone interested party.

NoMa Social Restaurant Opens at Radisson In New Rochelle

June 29, 2012 - 21:27

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- NoMa Social, a new, sophisticated and chic restaurant featuring a Mediterranean menu, opened today. New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson joined the owners and executive chef at the Radisson Hotel New Rochelle in a ribbon-cutting ceremony that was followed by a VIP Grand Opening reception.

Westchester County link where you can sign up for useful county email update lists

June 29, 2012 - 14:36

I recommend you visit this page on Westchester County's website:

On this page you can subscribe to a bunch of email updates from the county government on various subject areas - covering seniors, veterans, disabled, fitness, environment, transportation, tourism and several others. I just signed up for a few!

I hope you find this link useful.

Jim Maisano 75pxJim Maisano is the Minority Leader of the Westchester County Board of Legislators. He represents District 11 covering New Rochelle and Pelham. You can follow Jim on Facebook, Twitter or on his Blog. You can contact Jim at 914-995-2826 or [email protected]

AJ's Burgers Named Best NY Burger in the Hudson Valley Region

June 29, 2012 - 12:10

"AJ's Club Burger" was named Best NY Burger in the Hudson Valley Region by the New York Beef Council.

Consumers throughout New York State were able to nominate a hamburger from any new york restaurant.

To qualify as a hamburger, the burger must be 100% beef, 100% veal or 100% beef/veal mix although other ingredients may be added to the patty (such as spices, vegetables, etc.). All burgers must be composed of grilled patties (formed from ground beef or veal) served on a bun or other bread product (such as biscuits, focaccia, or tortillas). burgers may include any combination of condiments (such as ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard) sauces (such as barbeque or hot sauce) cheeses (cow’s milk cheese only) and toppings (such as bacon, onions, tomatoes and lettuce). every component of the burger must be placed between the bun or bread pieces, or served open-faced on a bread product.

New Rochelle Schools Select Inas Morsi-Hogans as Assistant Principal at Trinity Elementary School

June 28, 2012 - 19:54

Morsi HogansInas Morsi-Hogans has been named the new assistant principal at Trinity Elementary School. Morsi-Hogans has served as interim assistant principal at Trinity since January after replacing Charles Plaven who was filling the role on a temporary basis after Nadine Pacheco the previous Assistant Principal resigned after it she was found to have been working without the required New York State Administrative License.

Morsi–Hogans came from White Plains Public School District where she served as Assistant Principal at the Ridgeway Elementary School during the 2010-2011 school years. The circumstance of her leaving White Plains and coming to New Rochelle are a bit unusual. She worked at Ridgeway for 18 months and left mid-year to take the New Rochelle position.

The Ridgeway web site still lists her as the Assistant Principal:

Con Edison Workers Boiling Over in Face of Second Heat Wave with Contract Set to Expire on Saturday

June 28, 2012 - 19:42



With the summer’s second heat wave settling in this weekend Con Edison is scrambling to maintain power to its aging system while at the same time telling the 8,500 men and women who keep the lights on that they can shove it when it comes to a fair labor contract. Con Ed’s current contract with Local 1-2 of the Utility Workers Union of America, expires at midnight June 30 and the Union’s membership has authorized a strike if contract talks fail.

Harry J. Farrell, President of Local 1-2, said, “Con Edison Chairman Kevin Burke is playing a dangerous game of chicken with the public and has a disaster in the making if he forces a work disruption and the system goes down. Burke’s managers just do not have the knowledge or expertise to keep the system operating if they force our hand. All we are seeking is a fair contract for our labor.”

As Summer Recreation & Boating Season Opens, What is the Challenge in Protecting New Rochelle's Ten Miles of Shoreline?

June 28, 2012 - 19:31

Emergencies along the shoreline are common every summer and this year is no different. Several significant boat accidents have already occurred across the New York region, stressing the importance of waterfront safety and first responder preparedness.

New Rochelle is one of the most popular summertime destinations in Westchester County and its 9.3 mile shoreline is home to parks, shops, restaurants and popular beach clubs. The city also hosts boat brokerage businesses and more than a dozen marinas and docking facilities for 1,500 maritime craft, including several popular charter boats.

The New Rochelle Fire Department, together with the city’s police department, is responsible for responding rapidly to any and all emergencies along the city’s busy stretch of coastline -- both on land and water.

“We respond to calls for heart attacks and serious accidents that occur at the parks, beaches and on boats away from the docks,” said Gray.

Bonannos File Defamation Lawsuit Against Talk of the Sound Publisher

June 28, 2012 - 18:40

Here we go again…

Adam Klasfield of Courthouse News Services is reporting that Vincent James Bonanno and James Vincent Bonanno have filed a defamation lawsuit against me. According to Klasfield the Bonannos seek unspecified punitive damages for seven counts of defamation.

I would like to comment on the lawsuit but am unable to do so since I have yet to see it. Apparently it was filed last week. I left a voice mail message with Bonanno's lawyer seeking to obtain a copy of the complaint. So far that call has not been returned. Rest assured, I will scan and post the lawsuit as soon as I get a copy.

UPDATE: A reader obtained a copy of the lawsuit and a summons off the web. This is the first I am seeing them and so I share them with my readers. Enjoy!

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The Bonannos have previously filed a number of criminal harassment complaints against me, all of which were determined to be unfounded by the New Rochelle Police Department and Westchester County District Attorney. From the Courthouse News Services article it appears that Jimmy and Little Jimmy are barking up the same tree with the civil lawsuit

CASE CLOSED: Westchester County District Attorney Rejects Harassment Claim Filed by James Bonanno Against Talk of the Sound Reporter

James "Little Jimmy" Bonanno filed a harassment complaint against your intrepid reporter last week which was rejected by the Westchester County District Attorney because the actions described in the complaint were not illegal.



CASE CLOSED II: Westchester County District Attorney Rejects Another Phony Bonanno Harassment Claim Against Talk of the Sound Reporter

Vincent "Jimmy" Bonanno, the father of James "Little Jimmy" Bonanno, recently filed a harassment complaint against Talk of the Sound reporter Robert Cox. The complaint was dismissed as baseless by the Westchester County District Attorney because the actions described in the complaint were not illegal. This is the second such rejected complaint filed this month. Little Jimmy filed his own complaint last week which was rejected by the DA on the same grounds.

Double Doh!

Courthouse News reports:

Father and son public school groundskeepers who share a surname, but no association, with an infamous crime family claim that a Westchester radio program defamed them as criminals to more than 5 million listeners.

I will say that I am excited to learn that I had 5 million listeners at WVOX. Who knew?

In April an attorney for Salvatore "Sal" Porretto who works under Bonanno at the Cliff Street yard retained a lawyer who threatened me with a defamation lawsuit if I did not remove an article on Vehicle E-47. The attorney claimed that the article was defamatory yet when offered the opportunity to correct the record, he declined to respond or otherwise identify any inaccurate information in the article. The exchange with Porretto's lawyer is added as an update, at the bottom of the article.

Stay tuned….