June 2012

What Your Community Expects of Yoou

June 20, 2012 - 21:32

I want to share something with you that I just received minutes ago from a colleague.

It reworks the RFP for the Armory and I will quote the exact language... "The City of New Rochelle invites qualified development teams, cultural and civic associations, colleges and universities, non-profit and for profit entities to submit proposals for the adaptive reuse of the former Armory located at 260-70 E. Main Street, New Rochelle, N.Y."

The contact person is Suzanne Reider, Senior Project Manager, Department of Development.

I will not repeat my oft-delivered point that the best resource would be a committee of local and experienced citizens headed up by Ron Tocci, former State Assemblyman. I am urging Tocci take his proposal throughout the City, to every Synagogue, Church, Association, etc. to indicate that his team has a multi-usage scheme that would both form a lead into Echo Bay and our sorely needed commercial development to ease the tax burden.

I can recall many recent cants by the Administration citing resistance to this neglected propery, then its need to develop revenue for it to be considered at all.

In Memoriam: Lieutenant Thomas J. Payne, New Rochelle Police Department April 1, 1911 - September 23, 1929

June 20, 2012 - 08:52

ThomasPayneLieutenant Thomas J. Payne was appointed as a "Special Patrolman" by New Rochelle on September 12th , 1910. He Was appointed as Patrolman on April 1st, 1911. On November 11th, 1922 he was promoted to Sergeant, and promoted to Lieutenant on September 1st, 1929. Lieutenant Payne died on September 23rd, 1929 at the age of forty-four. His death was attributed to injuries he received on June 1st, when he was hit by a truck while investigating an auto accident. "He was a man for whom I had the highest regard, a man who did his duty in every circumstance," said Chief George P. Smith. "He was trustworthy, honest and well-thought of by everyone in the Department. His death has made a profound impression on all of us."

After a funeral mass at Blessed Sacrament Church, Lieutenant Thomas J. Payne was laid to rest at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery.

Each year, as part of National Police Week each May, the City of New Rochelle remembers the 8 New Rochelle police officers who died in the line of duty.

Nicandro Masseregli Named Civilian Employee of the Year by New Rochelle Police Department

June 20, 2012 - 08:52

NicandroMassaregliNicandro Massaregli was appointed to the Department in May 2006, and since then has been assigned to the Staff Services Division's Technical Services Unit as the organization's Chief Information Systems Engineer. In this position, he is responsible for the acquisition, implementation, and maintenance of all the advanced technology within the Department. Over the past year he has performed effectively and imaginatively in bringing major projects from the conceptual stage to deployment. Crime mapping, fixed license plate readers and many endeavors involving security video are just some examples of the technological progress made under his leadership. The implementation of technology is accompanied by training needs, and Nicandro has been invaluable in this area by conducting a variety of training sessions for the Department.

Another Assault Downtown New Rochelle

June 20, 2012 - 05:48

New Rochelle Police were called around 1:00am Wednesday morning to area around North Avenue and Garden Street after a male hispanic was attacked by 3-4 male blacks.
The victum could give little information on his attackers as he was pushed and punched and kicked to the ground by his attackers.
The victum was taken to Sound Shore Medical Center for head and eye injury's by ambulance.
It is not known was was taken from the victim and if any weapons were used. DEVELOPING-----

New Rochelle First Responders Get Training on Identifying and Assisting People with Autism in Emergency Situations

June 20, 2012 - 02:38

NRFD AutismTraining1Bill Cannata a Captain with the Westwood MA Fire Department conducted a training session for the New Rochelle Fire Department to teach New Rochelle's first responders how to to identify persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and how best to help them in an emergency. The session one of several he is providing this week to the different shifts. His fire/rescue autism program has educated more than 15,000 first responders.

Cannata explained how people with ASD may react to an emergency situation by getting out of control, acting aggressive, or simply shutting down -- they may walk back into a burning building, run away or assault rescue personnel. He provided examples including several based on his son Ted who is a 21-year old with autism.

Must Read Journal News Article on the Cost of Special Education

June 20, 2012 - 00:23

Randi Weiner and Cathey O’Donnell of the Journal News have a comprehensive article on the issue of Special Education, State Mandates and the cost to local school districts.

Schools risk soaring special-education costs under state's tougher diploma rules

The article covers a lot of ground and contains quotes from New Rochelle Director of Special Education Yvette Goorevitch and New Rochelle Board Member Naomi Brickell.

The basic point is that Special Education has been getting increasingly expensive due to federal and state mandates and will become more so due the decision to eliminate the local diploma option in New York State.

Schools and districts that fail to reach four-year graduation targets for special-needs students are required to create new programs, increase tutoring, hire outside consultants and do more teacher training — all actions that cost money. Those dollars are on top of the cost of educating a special-needs child, already about three times what a general-education student costs.

The two quotes from local school officials:

New Rochelle Police Offer Operation Safe 'n Sound This Wekend

June 20, 2012 - 00:18

The New Rochelle Police Department Harbor Patrol will conduct a series of free Vessel Inspections at local New Rochelle marinas during Operation Safe ‘n Sound, June 23-24, 9AM-4PM.

Conducted in conjunction with the United States Power Squadron and the City of New Rochelle Harbormaster, participating vessel owners will receive courtesy inspection stickers from the NRPD as well as useful information and materials.

Included will be information on "Operation Dry Water", a coordinated national weekend of Boating Under the Influence detection and enforcement, aimed at reducing the number of alcohol-related accidents and fatalities and fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol use on the water.

WVOX Radio Honors One of the “Good Guys!”

June 19, 2012 - 16:18

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As a county legislator, I attend many civic dinners. Often, when I hear the name of the honoree I laugh to myself, “how did he/she get honored again – there has to be more deserving people in our community.”

I am happy to report that my favorite radio station, WVOX, 1460AM, held a dinner on Wednesday night, June 13, at the legendary Mario’s on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx and honored someone who truly deserved it – Richard Littlejohn was recognized for his 25 years of service to the station. He has been on the air in the middle of the night for much of this time. Because I am a night person, I have met with Richard many times at the station after midnight, when I needed to tape a commercial or do a report on the Board of Legislators for the next morning, and I always found him to be such a nice, thoughtful, professional and dedicated guy.

New Rochelle Police Will Review Car Chase That Resulted in Death of Suspect

June 19, 2012 - 13:07

HondaTheftCrashBronxWill David of the Journal News has a good follow up piece on the car chase that resulted in the death of one of the suspects in the theft of tires and other automative parts from New Rochelle Honda on East Main Street.

David has learned that the Capt. Anthony Gazzola will oversee a review of officers actions during the car chase. New Rochelle Police Commissioner Patrick Carroll called it a critique rather than an investigation.

The chase ended when the car driven by the suspects crashed.

Francisco Santana-Pena, 24, of 1201 Ogden Avenue, the Bronx died. Santana-Pena was a passenger in the vehicle.

The driver Starling Santana, 20, of 756 Melrose Avenue, the Bronx was charged with vehicular manslaughter by New York City police. Santana was last reported to be in critical condition.

Read the entire article.