The Huguenot and New Rochelle Historical Association will hold a program and reception on the Thomas Paine Cottage Museum lawn, on Sunday August 7, 2011 at 2PM, to commemorate the contributions of our country’s great civil rights champion and to celebrate the landmark Taylor v. The Board of Education of the City School District of New Rochelle case that played a major role in our nation’s struggle to end school segregation over 50 years ago.
New Rochelle residents Sam and Joan Goldstein (ages 91 and 89) will provide personal reflections on the struggle. Linda Tarrant-Reid, an author, columnist, and co-chair of the "Reflections of Change: a 50-Year Retrospective of the Lincoln School Decision” program; will address the history and impact of this event that changed our world.
Music and song helped move hearts and minds to right thinking throughout the civil rights struggle. Following the speakers, audience members will be invited to participate in a guitar-accompanied sing-a-long featuring some of songs that activists popularized during this era.Read more
Anthony Newman, a glazier in the Buildings and Grounds Department of the City School District of New Rochelle, has been suspended for 30 days, with pay, pending a hearing on allegations that he sexually assaulted a female staffer working for the New Rochelle Board of Education at City Hall. Newman has been sexually harassing women working for the school district for years, sources say. The victim is a close relative of a senior government official in the New Rochelle City government.
Two weeks ago, Newman allegedly approached the victim and grabbed her breasts. This followed a previous incident where Newman engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with the victim and made sexually suggestive comments. Since the recent complaint, two other woman have come forward with additional complaints. Two letters have been submitted to Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak detailing the incident. There were two witnesses to the assault.
A phone message left at Newman's residence in Mount Vernon, NY was not returned.Read more
Jose Martinez made an unexpected court appearance today at the Westchester County Court in White Plains, NY to enter a guilty plea as to a course of sexual conduct against a child in the 2nd degree, a class D violent felony. Under the plea agreement, Martinez admitted he had anal and/or oral sexual contact with a then 14-year old male student at the Isaac E. Young Middle School.
Martinez was released on his own recognizance.
In exchange for admitting guilt and avoiding the necessity of the victim having to testify at a trial, Martinez received a "sentence promise" from Criminal Court Judge Susan Cacace that he will receive a six month sentence of "shock probation" which will amount to 119 days in jail or "time served", according to Tracey Everson, spokesperson for the Westchester County District Attorney. Martinez is otherwise facing 7 years in prison.Read more
At a time when New Rochelle Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak is making the absurd claim that 78% of the class of 2011 earned a diploma by the data of the June graduation, a massive increase over the past two cohorts in a year when the district increased the requirements to earn a diploma, the outrageous, far-reaching cheating scandal in the Atlanta Public School system holds many lessons for New Rochelle residents. The main one being if it sounds too good to be true, it isn't.
...investigators describe an enterprise where unethical — and potentially illegal — behavior pierced every level of the bureaucracy, allowing district staff to reap praise and sometimes bonuses by misleading the children, parents and community they served.
The New Rochelle Board of Education has been reorganized.
At their annual reorganization meeting on Tuesday, Chrisanne Petrone was elected President and Jeffrey Hastie was elected Vice President.
New board members Naomi Brickel and Rachel Relkin were sworn in.
Former board members Sara Richmond and Quay Watkins attend their last meeting as board members on June 28th.
Richmond was the President of the Board for the last two years. During her time on the board, Richmond played a lead role in increasing transparency for Board of Education meetings -- putting meetings on TV and the Internet, uploading Agenda documents to the web site, holding budget input sessions to invite the public to comment on draft budgets, recording all meetings using digital audio, and, this past year, offering live TV broadcasts of budget meetings.
Quay Watkins was previously Vice President of the Board.Read more
In May 2010, Talk of the Sound reported on the City of New Rochelle continuing to employ crossing guards during the lunchtime hours more than a year after the New Rochelle Board of Education went to full day kindergarten and eliminated the need to cross students at lunchtime.
New Rochelle schools have full day kindergarten across the entire city. There is no mid-day dismissal at all in New Rochelle. So, why do we still have 18 crossing guards working a two hour lunch shift? There are no children to cross.
During his budget press conference last December, Chuck Strome, responding to a question from Talk of the Sound, said the issue would be addressed in 2011 but was not specific. With the school year now ended, Talk of the Sound checked in with the City to determine the latest on this story.
In an update, City spokesperson Kathy Gilwit provided the following information:Read more
The primary route through which municipal corruption exists in New Rochelle is the Municipal Civil Service Commission ("CSC") of the City of New Rochelle. The CSC sits in an entirely unique position, the only entity in New Rochelle that has a formal governmental function for both the City of New Rochelle and the City School District of New Rochelle. Anyone hired for any civil service position within the borders of the City of New Rochelle must go through the CSC. As a result, it is the Commissioner of the CSC alone who straddles both spheres of our local government. The local CSC is theoretically accountable to the City Manager, the Mayor of New Rochelle and the Superintendent of Schools, as well as, the New York State Civil Service Commission. In practice, due to a complete lack of oversight, transparency and accountability, the CSC has operated independently, led by its Chairman, Domenic ProcopioRead more
(WHITE PLAINS, NY) -- Former New Rochelle DPW Fleet Manager Richard Fevang was led away in handcuffs by Westchester County police officers after Judge Albert Lorenzo unsealed a 66 Count Grand Jury indictment against Fevang. As the indictment was unsealed, Fevang stood before Judge Lorenzo, head slightly bowed, his hands together in front of him, his suit jacket draped over the handcuffs secured to each wrist.
The indictment ends an investigation that began after allegations against Fevang were first published on Talk of the Sound in 2009. New Rochelle City Council Member Louis Trangucci played a critical role in advancing the investigation when he delivered boxes of DPW invoices to Assistant District Attorney Brian Conway Deputy Chief of the Public Integrity Bureaus in early 2010. Conway was on hand as the indictment was unsealed. Assistant District Attorney Shara Abraham of the Investigations Division is working with Conway in prosecuting the case.Read more