June 2012

Quick Review of Key Supreme Court Decisions from Past Week

June 26, 2012 - 18:58

On my legal blog ( and my firm’s Facebook page (, I have been focusing on a few important U.S. Supreme Court decisions that were being closely watched by the legal and political worlds. Over the past week, the Supreme Court has released three of these decisions:

Arizona v. U.S.

The Court confirmed that “the Government of the United States has broad, undoubted power over the subject of immigration and the regulation of aliens . . . the federal power to determine immigration policy is well settled.” However, the Court did open the door for states to assist the federal government in the enforcement of immigration laws.

A unanimous Court (8-0 with Justice Kagan not taking part) upheld Section 2(B) of the Arizona law requiring police officers to check the immigration status of anyone arrested or detained and allowing them to stop and arrest a person if the officers have “reasonable suspicion” that the person is an illegal immigrant (known as “show me your papers”). The Court stated there was no showing that this section conflicted with federal immigration law.

Press Conference Calling for Affordable Child Care

June 26, 2012 - 16:06

Image001New Rochelle, NY – Leaders and parents from the New Rochelle Day Nursery will address the uncertain futures their center and families face if Westchester County is successful in increasing the family share for subsidized child care to 35%.

The New Rochelle Day Nursery was established in 1895, the first licensed child care center in all of New York. Over its history, the program has served thousands of area families, enabling parents to work while their children were receiving early education experiences preparing them for school. Board members Jeanie Miller, President, and Dolores Thompson, Recording Secretary, along with Executive Director Sabrina Delgardo, will address their fears about the future of the center, if the family share increase is implemented.

In Memoriam: Officer Allen B. Mcleod, New Rochelle Police Department October 5, 1970 - February 14, 1977

June 26, 2012 - 08:52

AllanMcLeodPolice Officer Allen B. Mcleod was appointed to the Department on October 5th , 1970. He was the first one on the scene and the only officer to lay down his life in the February 14th , 1977 St. Valentine's Day Massacre at the Neptune World Moving Company. He was one of five people slain by a disgruntled ex-employee who invaded the company's Weyman Avenue warehouse in a Nazi storm trooper's uniform and opened fire with a high powered rifle. Three other officers and two civilians were wounded. The tragedy has remained as one of the darkest days in New Rochelle's history. Officer Mcleod, a six year veteran, had responded to a report of a gunman holding hostages. The 33 year old officer was shot seconds after leaving his patrol car.

Detective Michael O'Rourke Receives New Rochelle Police Commissioner's Award

June 26, 2012 - 08:52

MichaelORourkeDetective Michael O'Rourke was appointed to the Department in August 1993, and is currently assigned to the General Investigations Unit. He is the recipient of the Police Commissioner's Award, six Class C Citations, four Commendation Awards, one Special Incident Citation and received the Municipal Housing Authority Award in 2008. On April 28th, Detective O'Rourke was assigned to investigate an armed home invasion robbery. The victim, a New Rochelle resident with a business in the Bronx, had apparently been targeted by a robbery crew which assaulted him and robbed him at gunpoint of over $25,000 in jewelry and cash. Detective O'Rourke conducted a painstaking but diligent canvass of pawnshops in the Bronx and located a $14,000 watch from the robbery. Further investigation led to an arrest of a suspect. For his outstanding work in this investigation as well as his consistent performance, Detective Michael O'Rourke was designated Officer of the Month for April 2011.

Sound Shore Medical Center Lab Continues National Recognition

June 26, 2012 - 03:08

Image002 copy New Rochelle, NY – Sound Shore Medical Center’s (SSMC) Main Laboratory recently received confirmation of its ongoing accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP). This achievement marks the 47th year of continuous accreditation for SSMC and distinguishes it as a laboratory with one of the longest records of CAP-accreditation in New York State. In addition, it is a member of an elite group of only 7,000 College of American Pathologists-accredited laboratories worldwide. In conferring the national recognition, the College of American Pathologists congratulated Sound Shore Medical Center’s director, Remedios G. Pana-Sarmiento, MD for “excellence of the services being provided”.

New Rochelle's Columbus School Welcomes New Building Leaders Sonia Nuñez and Michael Galland

June 26, 2012 - 01:46

In what may have been one of the worst kept secrets in the City School District of New Rochelle, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Korostoff formally introduced on Friday the the new building leadership to the Columbus Elementary School faculty, both well-loved and familiar faces at the school. The district selected Sonia Nuñez as Principal and hired Michael Galland as her Assistant Principal.

"My name is still Sonia," declared Nuñez as she wrapped up her remarks to celebratory applause from the teachers.

Monroe College Soccer rounds out recruiting season

June 25, 2012 - 21:07

New Rochelle NY – Coach Marcus Dibernado, the reigning NCSAA 2011 Coach of the Year, has signed two top-level soccer stars to round out his 2012 recruiting class. Looking to build on the Mustangs' past two sensational seasons in which they compiled a 34-4 record, won consecutive Region and District titles, and appeared in back-to-back national tournaments, Coach 'D' has loaded the Mustangs once again so they can contend for the national championship, as they did in 2011 when they were National Finalists. The latest two Mustangs are Amare Thomas, a midfilelder from the Caribeean and Fernando Eduardo Gonzalez Hidalgo, a center back from South America. 2012 Men's soccer schedule

"I am thrilled that both Amare and Eduardo have chosen Monroe College as the place to launch their collegiate careers,” said coach DiBernardo. “These are two great additions to our already talented group of players. The team is very excited to welcome both players into the Mustangs' family. We expect they're going to fit in perfectly”

International Music and Dance Series Features Greek Folk Dancing

June 25, 2012 - 15:29

Greek American Folklore Society Escape to the Aegean islands, Macedonia, central Greece and the Peloponnese, when members of the Greek American Folklore Society, based by the Astoria, Queens, perform in the Ossie Davis Theater of the New Rochelle Public Library on Tuesday, July 10 at 7:00 pm. The family-friendly concert will showcase traditional dances performed in authentic costumes and accompanied by traditional Greek instruments - flute, clarinet and bouzouk. The concert is free.

One of New Rochelle Public Library’s most popular series, the library’s International Music and Dance series has been bringing the sounds and movements of global cultures to New Rochelle for 29 summers. All performances begin at 7:00 pm, and seating is on a first-come/first-served basis, to the capacity of the library’s 145-seat Ossie Davis Theater. Doors open at 6:45 pm.

Verizon Foundation Presents $75,000 to The College of New Rochelle’s School of New Resources Classrooms to Benefit from New Technology

June 25, 2012 - 15:04

DSC 0091 copy NEW ROCHELLE – Students at The College of New Rochelle’s city campuses are now able to take full advantage of SMART Board® technology thanks to a significant grant of $75,000 given to the School of New Resources by the Verizon Foundation. Yesterday, in a ceremony held on CNR’s Main Campus in New Rochelle, Kevin Service, Northeast Area President of Verizon Communications, formally presented CNR’s President, Judith Huntington, with the first grant installment check.

In making the presentation to President Huntington, Mr. Service said, “Technological advances continue to accelerate, with new applications and services launching every day. What’s really exciting is when we can apply its power to drive advancements in education. That's where there is a clear-cut benefit for society. We’re happy Verizon can be a part of bringing these new learning tools and capabilities to The College of New Rochelle."

House Garage Struck By Lighting In New Rochelle

June 25, 2012 - 12:05

A Garage at 25 Cherry Lawn Blvd.was struck by lighting around 7:34 am Monday morning and has started a fire on the garage roof.
THE first engine 25 on the scene has reported heavy smoke coming from roof of the garage and has stretched a line to put the fire out.

Update 7:53am car 2301 reporting fire is knocked down checking for extension.

Car 2302 reporting roof has been opened.
no injuries reported

Update 8:03 am fire is under control and units are venting the garage area.