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December 2015

Astorino Announces Federal Grant to Help Ease Transition Out of Foster Care and Prevent Homelessness

December 23, 2015 - 06:48
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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- County Executive Robert P. Astorino announced that Westchester County was recently awarded a $2 million federal grant to help prevent homelessness and promote independence for young adults when they leave the county’s foster care system. Each year, approximately 75 young adults age out of foster care.

“This grant, which we appropriately call ‘Westchester Building Futures,’ is designed to provide resources and life lines to young adults transitioning to living on their own,” Astorino said. “We hope our efforts will become a model nationwide.”

Astorino Announces Federal Grant to Help Ease Transition Out of Foster Care and Prevent Homelessness

William Billups, Inductee into New Rochelle Hall of Fame, Dies at 83

December 23, 2015 - 06:39
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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- William Henry Billups, III affectionately known as BILL, departed this life December 16, 2015. Born to William H. Billups, Jr. and Pauline (Brown) Billups July 7,1932 in New Rochelle where he graduated High School as an exceptional athlete and then received his degree from Morgan State University and was inducted into the New Rochelle Hall of Fame. Married to Elayne H. Billups who survives. Retired a manager from the Exxon Corp, also survived by a daughter from a former marriage, Jina Pearce (Sheldon), four grandchildren and others.

William Billups, Inductee into New Rochelle Hall of Fame, Dies at 83

Astorino Meets with Commercial Brokers in Manhattan to Promote Westchester as the Smart Spot for Business

December 23, 2015 - 06:33
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WHITE PLAINS, NY -- As part of an ongoing initiative to promote Westchester County as the “smart spot for business,” County Executive Robert P. Astorino recently met with a group commercial real estate brokers in Manhattan to tout the many benefits of doing business in Westchester.

Astorino Meets with Commercial Brokers in Manhattan to Promote Westchester as the Smart Spot for Business

Sam Zherka Sentenced in White Plains Federal Court to 37 Months for Conspiring to Make False Statements to a Bank and to File Materially False Federal Tax Returns, Millions in Fines and Forfeitures

December 22, 2015 - 20:54
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WHITE PLAINS, NY -- Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Westchester businessman Selim "Sam" Zherka was sentenced today to 37 months in prison on charges that he conspired to make false statements to a bank in order to receive millions of dollars in loans and to file materially false tax returns with the IRS.  Zherka pled guilty to the conspiracy on August 27, 2015, before U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel, who imposed today’s sentence.

Sam Zherka

New Rochelle Police Department Promotions 2015

December 20, 2015 - 15:25

Detective Luigi Amico was appointed to the Department in July 2002. After serving as a Sector Officer, he has most recently been assigned to the Special Operations Critical Incident Unit.  He is the recipient of the Police Commissioners Award, two Class C Citations, five Commendation Awards and a 4 Year Perfect Attendance Award.  Detective Amico holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration Degree from Iona College.  Detective Amico. 

 

NRPD Promotions

GETTING RESULTS: New Rochelle School District Releases Engineering Reports on Failure of Ceiling at Webster School

December 18, 2015 - 17:53
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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Two days after the stunning defeat of their $50 million bond proposal, the City School District of New Rochelle has released two engineering reports on the Webster School. The release of the reports is part of one of the reforms called for ReformFirst.org, an ad hoc group of parents and taxpayers that opposed the school bond on the grounds that certain reforms needed to be made before the district could be trusted with a $50 million bond for capital improvements to the school’s facilities.

New Rochelle Police Blotter – December 17, 2015

December 18, 2015 - 05:58
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Woman Dragged from Vehicle and Beaten: New Rochelle Police responded to a report about a woman who allegedly attempted to leave the scene of a car accident. Police said when they arrived at 4 a.m. Nov. 23 on Sickles Avenue, they found a woman standing next to a vehicle with injuries to her face and wrist and blood-stained clothes. The woman told police she had been assaulted and hit a parked car when she attempted to flee the alleged attackers. Officers said in their report that the woman seemed to be confused about what had occurred and appeared to be intoxicated.

Voters Reject Business as Usual from New Rochelle Board of Education, Defeat Proposal for $50mm Bond

December 16, 2015 - 07:03
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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- In a stunning rebuke, New Rochelle voters narrowly rejected a proposed $50 mm school bond on Tuesday night.

With 13 affidavit votes still to be counted, the unofficial vote count was 1,474 "No" votes and 1,445 "Yes" votes, a margin of just 35 votes (1%) out 2,919 votes cast. The vote totals will be made official at a Special Board of Education meeting at City Hall on Wednesday December 16th at 7:00 p.m.

School officials reacted with dismay as vote totals rolled into City Hall

A.G. Schneiderman Invites New Yorkers to Submit Internet Speed Data as Part of Internet Provider Probe

December 16, 2015 - 06:39
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NEW YORK, NY -- Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced his office has launched an online form where New Yorkers can test and then submit data on the Internet speeds they are receiving at home. In October, the Attorney General sent letters to Time Warner Cable, Verizon and Cablevision asking for documents related to whether the Internet speeds they advertise are actually what households are receiving. The new online test is an opportunity for consumers to discover whether the advertised speeds are accurate. 

A.G. Schneiderman Invites New Yorkers to Submit Internet Speed Data as Part of Internet Provider Probe

Monroe College Culinary Student Selected for Prestigious Regional ACF Competition

December 16, 2015 - 06:35
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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- While most college students are strictly thinking about acing their finals this week, Monroe College culinary student Denise Aguayo must also stay focused on a test of her knowledge and skills to come next February. Denise, who won a full scholarship to Monroe College to study culinary arts on the New Rochelle campus, was just selected to compete that month at the American Culinary Federation's prestigious NE Regional Student Chef of the Year competition. 

Monroe College Culinary Student Selected for Prestigious Regional ACF Competition

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