May 2015

GET OUT AND VOTE: School and Library Election Day 2015

May 19, 2015 - 03:12

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Tuesday, May 19th is school and library election day.

Talk of the Sound is recommending not to vote for Lianne Merchant for New Rochelle School Board and not to vote for Jay Wegimond for Library Board.

We would recommend a single vote for Vince Malfetano for school board as the only candidate who represents a change in the status quo on what has been for many years a do-nothing highly dysfunctional school board that has allowed our schools to become a rat's nest of corruption.

Regardless, get out and vote.

Bronx Man Pleads Guilty To Aiming A Laser Beam At Commercial Airliners Near Laguardia Airport

May 15, 2015 - 21:15

NEW YORK, NY -- Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Elehecer Balaguer pled guilty today in Manhattan federal court to aiming the beam of a laser pointer at commercial airliners in the vicinity of LaGuardia Airport on March 9, 2015. Balaguer was arrested on March 16, 2015, and pled guilty today before United States District Judge Jed S. Rakoff to aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft.

Elehecer Balaguer

Michael Alfano of New Rochelle, New York receives Excellence in Scholarship and Teaching Award from Quinnipiac University

May 15, 2015 - 20:33
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HAMDEN, CT -- Michael Alfano of New Rochelle, New York received the Excellence in Scholarship and Teaching Award from the School of Education’s MAT in secondary education program at Quinnipiac University.

The award was presented May 9 during the Graduate Commencement ceremony for the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Health Sciences, School of Nursing, and the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine.

The award recognizes the outstanding academic achievement of graduate students who have completed their programs of study.

New Rochelle Police Commissioner: No Report Filed on Gun Ammunition Find at School DIstrict Office

May 15, 2015 - 20:30
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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- In an update to our story yesterday, Police Commissioner Patrick Carroll told Talk of the Sound that no report was made after equipment and materials, including lead-tip bullets suffecient to make up to 2,000 rounds of ammunition was found in a school district office.

The office is that of district working-foreman Scott Empara, an electrician, who was recently suspended for 30 days with pay and referred for psychiatric testing after repeated incidents of threatening to kill school district employees.

New York State Public Service Commission Expects Summer Electricity Prices to Remain Flat

May 15, 2015 - 16:19

ALBANY, NY -- The New York State Public Service Commission today received a staff report on steps the State’s power generators and utilities have taken to address the traditional upswing in demand for electricity this summer. The report indicated that generators and utilities are expected to have enough electricity on hand to meet demand this summer; as a result, wholesale electricity prices are expected to stay flat this summer, which is welcome news for consumers.

The College of New Rochelle Welcomes Mariano Rivera at Special Event

May 15, 2015 - 11:27
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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The College of New Rochelle (CNR) welcomed nearly 100 special guests to an intimate dinner and conversation with baseball’s greatest closer, Mariano Rivera on Thursday, May 7, 2015. The event was hosted by Lesley and John Nicholson at their home in Greenwich, Connecticut. At the event, Rivera spoke candidly about his career and family during an interview facilitated by CNR Trustee Fr. Leo O’Donovan, SJ.

Iona Prep to Graduate 2 More Eagle Scouts

May 15, 2015 - 11:22
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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Chris Athanasidy and John Buzzard will join seniors Obehi Adubor, Thomas Stafford and Nicholas Tornatore as Eagle Scouts who will graduate on May 21st.

Athanasidy followed in the footsteps of his Eagle Scout brothers Nick '10 and Bobby '12 by attaining Scouting's highest honor. Athanasidy's Eagle Project consisted of raising funds and building a new sign for the Grace Lutheran Church in Yorktown Heights. When approaching the Church, the community will see the beautiful new sign with relief lettering and gold leaf paint.

Monroe Mustangs Win 2015 Regional Championship in a Thriller

May 15, 2015 - 11:05
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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The Mustangs won the Regional Championship and advanced to the Eastern District Tournament by winning a thrilling best-of-three series against the ASA College Avengers. The Mustangs won back-to-back nail-biters by the score of 3-2. The last time the Mustangs won the Regionals was in 2009.

In Game 1, Sophomore Alex Vargas went seven innings allowing two runs, five hits, and striking out six. Freshman Osvaldo Duran came in in the eighth inning, throwing two scoreless innings to close out the game.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Settles Civil Fraud Claims Against Westchester Medical Center Arising From Its Violations Of The Anti-Kickback Statute

May 15, 2015 - 11:02

NEW YORK, NY -- The United States has settled civil fraud claims under the False Claims Act against Westchester Medical Center related to alleged violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Stark Law and submission of costs reports to Medicare seeking reimbursement for charges Westchester Medical Center did not incur.  In connection with the settlement, which was approved by U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan on May 14, 2015, the defendant agreed to pay a total of $18,800,000 to resolve its liabilities, and made admissions as to its conduct. 

Iona Baseball Takes Manhattan, 5-3

May 15, 2015 - 10:53
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NEW ROCHELLE, NY - The Iona College baseball team erased a two-run deficit with four tallies in the bottom of the fifth inning in a 5-3 win over Manhattan in the penultimate day of the regular season in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play at City Park. Sophomore RHP Bill Maier tossed eight strong innings and junior SS Vinny DeMaria and rookie CF Jon Budesa each recorded three hits to lead the Gaels in the win.