October 2012

Two New Rochelle Schools Achieve “Reward School” Status from State Education Department

October 17, 2012 - 19:49

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Daniel Webster Elementary and Trinity Elementary schools in New Rochelle were designated as “Reward Schools” in a recent statewide report released by the New York State Education Department (NYSED). In addition, all New Rochelle public schools and the district as a whole are considered to be in good standing.

Daniel Webster and Trinity are among only 29 schools in Westchester County and 250 statewide that qualify as “Reward Schools.” NYSED states, "Reward Schools are either schools that have made the most progress or schools that have the highest achievement in the state and do not have significant gaps in student achievement that are not being closed." Daniel Webster received its designation as one of the highest performing elementary schools in the state while Trinity has been designated as a high progress school because the "school’s combined ELA and mathematics performance index places it among the top ten percent in the State in terms of gains between the most recent assessment data and the data from the prior year."

Obituary: Dawayne Cobb (1988 - 2012), Recent Iona College Grad

October 17, 2012 - 17:15

Dawayne Cobb, 24 of Bridgeport, CT, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, October 10, 2012. Dawayne was born on July 1, 1988 in Stamford, CT, son of Eleanor Cobb and Fitzroy Lyle. He was raised by his great uncle, Leroy Cobb and his former wife, Annie Mae Cobb, and then with his foster parents, JoAnne and Michael Cobb. He graduated from Central High School in Bridgeport, CT where heplayed varsity football. Dawayne excelled academically and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York in 2010. After college, he was employed in sales for Power Home Remodeling Group.

Dawayne is also survived by his sister, Latesha Cobb; brother, Terrence Cobb; grandmother, Joanne Evans; aunt,Maxine (Stephen) Williamson; the Lyle family; and a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Dawayne will be remembered for his wonderful big smile, generosity and love for his family.

The College of New Rochelle Volleyball Team To Sponsor “Dig Purple” Day In Support Of Domestic Violence Awareness

October 17, 2012 - 15:54

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, The College of New Rochelle volleyball team will sponsor its Third Annual “Dig Purple” match at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, against Cooper Union at The Wellness Center.

Anyone attending is encouraged to wear purple in support of Domestic Violence Awareness. The Blue Angels will wear special purple jerseys for the match. Admission is free and is part of CNR’s Family Weekend.

The Blue Angels will offer serving games at the conclusion of the match, a 50/50 raffle and other giveaways. Donations will also be accepted. All proceeds will benefit My Sister’s Place.

For over 35 years, My Sisters’ Place (MSP) has worked to end violence in intimate relationships and combat the effects of domestic violence on women and children throughout Westchester County. MSP is a cutting edge leader and resource in the field of domestic violence and human trafficking advocacy, shelter and legal services and education and prevention.

Mayor Bloomberg Endorses Bob Cohen For State Senate

October 17, 2012 - 14:43

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Independent New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today endorsed businessman and state senate candidate Bob Cohen (R-C-I) in his race for New York's open 37th state senate district in Westchester County.

Mayor Bloomberg cited Mr. Cohen's independence and his unwavering commitment to property tax relief and pro-job-growth policies as chief reasons for his endorsement.

"Westchester voters who want property tax relief, mandate reform, and pro-job-growth policies in Albany have a superb candidate for state senate this year in Bob Cohen," Mayor Bloomberg said. "Bob Cohen is an independent thinking businessman with the guts to stick up for Westchester taxpayers, and to say 'no' to the special interests and party bosses. Bob Cohen has my support in his race for state senate, and I ask that you give him yours as well."

New Yorkers Stand Against Auto Insurance Fraud Endorses Bob Cohen For State Senate

October 17, 2012 - 05:59


Contact: Josh Knoller, 212-938-0836




New York -- Oct. 2012...New Yorkers Stand Against Auto Insurance Fraud (NYSAIF), an organization of concerned New York drivers working to stop rampant and dangerous auto insurance fraud in New York State, has endorsed Bob Cohen for New York State Senate.

Auto insurance fraud -- which includes staged accidents that have killed innocent victims -- has cost New York drivers more than a billion extra dollars in auto insurance premiums over the past five years. New York drivers now pay 54% more for auto insurance on average than drivers in other states.

No Fault Auto Insurance fraud is one of the fastest growing crimes in New York State. Criminal enterprises, working with corrupt doctors, game the system for hundreds of millions of dollars every year. Last year, two major crime syndicates were busted in New York by federal and state authorities, but they are believed to be just the tip of the iceberg, NYSAIF says.

New Rochelle City Council Votes 7-0 to Deny Cabaret License to Puerto Rican Restaurant

October 17, 2012 - 00:46

Siete Oco Siete NightThe New Rochelle City Council voted 7-0 to deny a controversial application cabaret license to Siete Ocho Siete, a Puerto Rican restaurant that opened over a year ago after extensive renovations predicated on the expectation that a cabaret license would be approved without question.

In public discussions last night, council members raised concerns that the parking plan proposed by the ownership of Siete Ocho Siete did not meet minimum requirements.

"I think we all were in agreement that the application provided by 787 was insufficient as to our requirements for a special use cabaret license," Coucilman Jared Rice told Talk of the Sound.

The plan, according to knowledgeable sources inside City Hall, designated the entire parking lot at the strip mall where the restaurant is located to meeting parking requirements. The restaurant lease, however, designates a limited number of parking spaces to the restaurant.

GETTING RESULTS: Civil Service Commission Acknowledges Errors But Questions Persist

October 16, 2012 - 21:45

On October 11, 2012, a story was published by Talk of the Sound which indicated that "several violations of law may have occurred" with the provisional appointment of Kevin McKenna to the position of Property Code Inspector in the City's Building Department. According to City records, Mr. McKenna was hired on July 28, 2012.

Records obtained through a FOIL request by Talk of the Sound indicate that in April of 2012, Michael Freimuth, the appointing authority for the Building Department, advised Civil Service Administrator Y. Jeanett Medina that a vacancy needed to filled for a Property Code Inspector. The position is in the competitive class which means that it must be filled by examination. However, according to the records, the position was filled provisionally. In other words, no test was given.

CNR’s Cydney House Named Association of Division III Independents Player of the Week for Volleyball

October 16, 2012 - 21:40

OVERLAND PARK, KS -- CNR’s Cydney House Named Association of Division III Independents Player of the Week for VolleyballThe College of New Rochelle freshman setter/outside hitter Cydney House (Dublin, CA/California HS) has been named the Association of Division III Independents (AD3I) Volleyball Player of the Week, it was announced today by the conference office.

House, who adds this recognition to the Hudson Valley Women’s Athletic Conference Volleyball Rookie of the Week award she received yesterday, played a key role in Blue Angels perfect 3-0 week, averaging 1.91 kills, 2.09 assists, 1.82 service aces, 1.36 digs and 0.18 block solos per set as the Blue Angels ran their winning streak to four. The freshman recorded a match- and season-high 12 service aces at Medgar Evers College, recorded a double-double with team-highs of 11 kills and 17 assists at York (NY) College, and led the team with nine kills and nine digs in a sweep of Culinary Institute.

This marks the fourth time this season a Blue Angel has been recognized by AD3I with this award.

CNR returns to action on September 6, traveling to Brooklyn College for a match slated to begin at 7:00 PM.