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
I watched Martin Scorcese's Academy Award winning film The Departed with Jack Nicholson depicting a fictionalized but accurate portrayal of the famous Boston mobster and a cast that includes Leonard DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg. It got me thinking: What New Rochelle can learn from "Whitey" Bulger?Read more
Ned Rauch of the Journal News is reporting that the City School District of New Rochelle has been ordered to pay $89,958.33 in tuition fees to reimburse the parents of a special needs student formerly enrolled at the Barnard School who placed their child in the Manhattan Children's Center, a school based on the Applied Behavior Analysis approach.Read more
New Rochelle Schools Buildings & Grounds Supervisor James Bonanno last month ordered three school district employees to report to work at a house owned by his girlfriend in upstate New York over a period of several days as part of an ongoing renovation of the property, sources say. The house, owned by Bonanno's girlfriend, Heidi Reyes, is located at in Cornwall, NY near West Point, in Orange County.
New Rochelle Schools spokesperson Paul Costigliano declined to comment on the matter.
According to Orange County property records for 30 Hampton Place in Cornwall, NY, the house was built in 1997. It was purchased from the original owner, Reiger Homes, Inc. in 2004 by Ricardo Reyes who then sold the land and house to Heidi Reyes for $1.00. The estimated market value of the property in 2010 was $426,900.Read more