August 2012

Statement From A.G. Schneiderman on Secret Deal to Pay Off Assemblyman Lopez Accusers in Sexual Harrasment Cases

August 31, 2012 - 22:33

NEW YORK, NY -- The following statement can be attributed to Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman:

“If true, the actions of Assemblyman Lopez are reprehensible, and the decision of the Assembly to keep secret the provision of ‑ and even the existence of ‑ a settlement agreement was wholly inappropriate and contrary to the public interest. Our office policy requires that agreements of this kind do not include confidentiality provisions. On May 30, 2012, an OAG attorney provided the Assembly's counsel with a copy of a model pre-litigation settlement agreement which included no provision mandating secrecy or confidentiality.

“Our office has already been in communication with Ellen Biben, the Executive Director of the Joint Commission on Public Ethics. We have already provided the Commission and the press with copies of all communications with the Assembly in our possession relating to this matter, and stand ready to work with JCOPE to ensure a full and fair investigation.”


New Rochelle Police Respond to Trespassing Call Against Eyewitness News Reporter; Prominent Priest Portrayed Child Sex Abusers Like Jerry Sandusky As Victims

August 31, 2012 - 21:10

TrinityRetreatNew Rochelle Police were called to 1 Pryer Road earlier today after a trespassing complaint was made against WABC-TV reporter Marcus Solis and a crew from Channel 7 Eyewitness News. The complaint was determined to be unfounded.

Bonannos Reply to Counter Claims in Talk of the Sound Defamation Case, Trial Demands

August 31, 2012 - 20:07

Lawyers for James Vincent Bonanno and Vincent James Bonanno filed a verified reply to counter claims I filed against them after they filed their absurd defamation lawsuit against me. The lawyers also sent along various trials demands. Yawn.

If you want a good laugh, you can download a copy here.

I am not going to bother intruding on the last weekend of summer by looking at it too closely but they want me to give them the names of my sources for my stories about them. This would appear to confirm my sense of what they are hoping to accomplish with what I believe to be an entirely frivolous lawsuit -- they imagine they can get me to divulge my sources to them so that they can try and exact some form of retribution on my sources. As anyone who knows me at all can tell you the odds of my divulging sources for a story is somewhere between zero and negative infinity. I will take a closer look next week.


Talk of the Sound Files Reply to Bonanno Defamation Lawsuit

Westchester County Moblie Shredder Coming to New Rochelle This Saturday

August 31, 2012 - 18:44

If you got old bills, banking statements papers you don't want others to see in the trash then come to the rear of New Rochelle city Hall in the parking lot and get them torn to piece's by the county's mobile shredder.

The truck will be there from 10am till 1pm this Saturday you are allowed 4 boxes of paper bills etc.etc. This is a great way to save the environment so please come on by.

Former Head Of Salesian Brothers Of Don Bosco For Eastern United States Arrested In New Rochelle

August 31, 2012 - 17:51

Tb mccormickThe Rev. Richard McCormick was arrested Thursday in New Rochelle and is expected to be arraigned in Massachusetts on allegations he molested a child three decades ago. He is to be arraigned on 5 counts of child rape. McCormick, who is in his 70's was the former director of the Marian Shrine in Stony Point.

Police allege that the 5 counts took place in Ipswich, MA in 1981 and 1982 when the alleged victim was 11 and 12 years old.

Boston Globe:

McCormick, 71, the former provincial of the Salesian Brothers of Don Bosco for the eastern United States and Canada, has already been sued by nine people who alleged he sexually molested them as boys.

According to the Globe, McCormick will be returning to New Rochelle: blockquote>Attending today’s arraignment was the Reverend Steve Dumais, who is the current vice provincial for the Salesians order in New Rochelle and who told the court he would be McCormick’s “custodian” when he returns to New York.

“Our whole reason is to work with young people, especially the poor. So these charges are very egregious,’’ Dumais said. “The reality of it is that it’s sad, certainly, that one of our own has been arrested and charged with a criminal complaint. We are doing our very best to support the work of the authorities the best we can.’’

The St. Petersburg Times, in 2002, reported on an incident involving McCormick at St. Petersburg Catholic High School:

A priest at St. Petersburg Catholic High School has resigned after a female student complained that he greeted her with a hug and a kiss. The Rev. Richard McCormick, 61, who taught theology and English, was granted a leave of absence while the complaint was investigated. Later, the school and McCormick "mutually agreed that it is in the best interest of the school community that Father McCormick not return," according to a statement by the Diocese of St. Petersburg.

Road to Recovery Media Alert, after the jump.

ALSO IN THE NEWS: New Rochelle Police Respond to Trespassing Call Against Eyewitness News Reporter; Prominent Priest Portrayed Child Sex Abusers Like Jerry Sandusky As Victims

New Rochelle Board of Education Summer 2012 Roundup

August 30, 2012 - 22:30

Citizen Advisory Committee Re-Up, Second Code of Conduct Public Hearing, 2011-12 Unofficial Graduation Rates, Marissa Anton and Donny Henry, Nadine Pacheco, Don Coqui Cooking School, Domenic Procopio, Lifeguards, School Tax drop from 4.2% to 3.5%.

This is a lot to cover over the last two meetings so let me just put it all in one long post.

The Board agreed on August 7th to continue with having a Citizen Advisory Committee on the Budget for 2012-13. There was a beta test CAC this spring which many agreed elevated the discussion about the budget by focusing the discussion and suggesting ways to improve the readability of the budget document to make it more accessible to the average citizen. Still up for discussion is the start date for the new CAC, the size of the CAC and the composition of the membership.

Trash Compactor Fire at 51 Winthrop in New Rochelle Causes Evacuation as Smoke Fills Building

August 30, 2012 - 19:38

There were no injuries after at apartment building at 51 Winthrop Avenue in New Rochelle, NY was evacuated due to heavy smoke caused by a fire in the trash chute leading to the trash compactor in the building.

The New Rochelle Fire Department was called to the scene shortly after 3:00 p.m.

Westchester 9/11 Ceremony To Be At Twilight At The Rising At Kensico Plaza

August 30, 2012 - 17:53

TheRising1Westchester County will hold its ceremony to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001 on Tuesday, Sept. 11 beginning at 7 p.m. at The Rising, the county’s 9/11 memorial at Kensico Plaza in Valhalla.

For the second year, the annual event will be held at twilight.

County Executive Robert P. Astorino, other elected officials and members of the families of Westchester residents who died in the World Trade Center are expected to attend.

The candlelight ceremony will be part of various remembrance activities throughout Westchester that have been organized around the theme of using volunteerism as a way to honor those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. A list of volunteer activities, including blood and food drives, can be found at

The College Of New Rochelle Castle Gallery Presents In Retrospect Curators & Artists Exhibit

August 30, 2012 - 17:50

Lovett Indeed the HungerNEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The College of New Rochelle Castle Gallery Exhibit In Retrospect opens on Tuesday, September 4, 2012, through Sunday, November 4, 2012. It features artist’s books and prints by Nava Atlas, Maureen Cummins, and Ann Lovett.

On Thursday, September 20, 2012, Castle Gallery will participate in the New Rochelle Council on the Arts’ ArtsFest preview night and the Gallery will be open until 9 p.m. The exhibit will also be a featured stop on the New Rochelle Council on the Arts’ Artfest trolley on Saturday, September 22, 2012, and Sunday, September 23, 2012, from 12 to 5 p.m. A reception for the artists will be held on Sunday, September 23, 2012, from 2 to 4 p.m.