Albany, NY – December 15, 2010 - New York State Police Acting Superintendent John P. Melville joined with State Fire Administrator Floyd A. Madison, Acting DOT Commissioner Stanley Gee, Thruway Authority Executive Director Michael R. Fleischer, and DMV Commissioner David J. Swarts in urging motorists to move over and slow down when encountering emergency vehicles New York’s roads and highways. Governor Paterson signed the Ambrose-Searles ‘Move Over Act’ into law last summer, and the move over and slow down provisions of the law take effect January 1, 2011.
Governor David A. Paterson said, “This law will work to safeguard the emergency personnel who protect us day and night as we travel. The 'Ambrose-Searles Act' is a common sense approach that will work to prevent avoidable collisions with emergency personnel, and I was pleased to sign it into law last summer.”Read more
This is the City of New Rochelle, with an important message. A snow emergency has been declared due to winter weather conditions, and snow removal operations. Please remove vehicles on designated snow emergency streets. This will aid Public Works crews. Please stay off the roads if you can. If you must travel, please take necessary precautions.
Please adhere to the following garbage schedule for this New Year’s Holiday Week.
• There will be no Garbage Collection on Monday, December 27th
• Tuesday, December 28th South Pick-up
• Wednesday, December 29th North Pick-up
• Thursday, December 30th South Pick-up
• There will be no garbage collection on Friday, December 31st.
• There will be no collection of recyclables this week
Please assist the Fire Department by shoveling out any fire hydrants that abut your home or business. Thank you for your cooperation.
EDITOR'S NOTE: residents and businesses are REQUIRED to dig out the fire hydrants and you be glad you did if there is a fire at your home or business and the NRFD do not have to waste time looking for a hydrant while your house or business burns.Read more
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An elderly homeowner and a friend escaped from a burning house on Lincoln Avenue in New Rochelle this evening. Marjorie Williams, 87, the home owner, was in the house with a second person. The two refused medical attention. Williams lives in the home with her daughter and son-in-law who are away on holiday out of the country. They are expected to return Sunday.
The fire at 105 Lincoln Avenue, a single-family house located between two apartment buildings, may have been started by an electric space heater. The house, located at the intersection of Prince Street across from Lincoln Park, was badly gutted.
As the fire raged, the house was engulfed in flame. Black smoke poured from the building, billowing out onto Lincoln Avenue and across the street into the park.
The City of New Rochelle's official Christmas Tree went dark over the weekend as thieves made off with the light bulbs that had adorned the tee. In a daring and despicable act of holiday humbug right out of Dr. Seuss's The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, the tree was stripped bare.
The tree has been shining each night since the annual holiday lighting ceremony on December 3rd. The event sponsored by the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Business Improvement District and the City of New Rochelle Parks Department celebrated the Holiday season for all faiths. Rabbi Wohl, Father Francis and Reverend Wearver spoke of the significance of the lighting-up the darkness in this time of seasonal observances.
City of New Rochelle saves Christmas. The lights have been replaced.Read more
Twenty-seven police recruits graduated today from the Westchester County Police Academy and are headed off to work at 11 law enforcement agencies in Westchester and beyond.
The new officers, who completed 20 weeks of training at the police academy in Valhalla, received their diplomas during a ceremony at the State University of New York at Purchase. Family members and friends packed the Performing Arts Center and cheered the graduates who were called forward individually to receive their diplomas.
Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino, Department of Public Safety Commissioner George N. Longworth and District Attorney Janet DiFiore addressed the graduates and wished them well in their careers.
“Stay true to your ideals and rely on the outstanding training and example you have received these past 20 weeks,” Astorino said. “The challenges ahead will be many. Greater still will be the rewards that come from doing this important work with humanity and professionalism.”
Longworth told the new officers that police work today was more demanding than ever.Read more
Upcoming Holidays Mean “Drunk Driving Over the Limit Under Arrest”
Poughkeepsie, NY, (December 15, 2010) – Major Michael A. Kopy, Troop K Commander, today announced that the New York State Police will be out in full force cracking down on anyone caught drunk behind the wheel. Beginning Thursday, December 16th and continuing through New Years Day, police agencies in the Troop K region and police departments across the country will join forces in the effort, which is part of the “Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest” National Crackdown.
“Since the holiday season is traditionally marked by increased travel and alcohol consumption, troopers will be participating in this national crackdown,” said Major Kopy. “Our goal is to ensure motorists are not needlessly injured or killed by an intoxicated or drug impaired driver.”
Major Kopy recommends the following tips for a safe holiday season:
· Designate a driver before the celebrations begin
· Take public transportation
Two drivers fighting over a parking space in front of Cormondel restaurant on Division Street in downtown New Rochelle ended up in a rather awkward position with one vehicle backed up onto the hood of the other vehicle. No injuries were reported. Ironically, parking in the City lot at Avalon 2, just a few feet away from the parking space in question, is free during the holidays.
WVOX is reporting New Rochelle Police are searching for three men after a home invasion. The house was occupied by Iona College students.Read more