New York State has fined Dumont Masonic Home in New Rochelle, NY a whopping $20,000. This on top of a $10,000 fine, lated reduced to $6,500, from the Federal government. Both fines relate to a survey of the facility on July 16, 2009.
Despite the State and Federal enforcement action, Dumont Masonic Home continues to display information claiming it is a "5 Star Facility".
Months after a survey of the facility which resulted in the Federal government citing Dumont for multiple deficiencies and socking them with a $10,000 fine, the Dumont Masonic Home published a newsletter -- still displayed on the facility web site -- touting Dumont as a "5 Star facility" and claiming "the federal government (CMS) has given the Dumont Masonic Home its highest rating!".Read more
UPDATE: Iona College has issued a statement responding to the news of Thornton's arrest, disputing the amount. (below)
UPDATE: DOJ has issued a statement correcting the amount from $1.2 million to "more than $850,000".
DOJ Press Release:
PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and BRIAN HICKEY, the Special- Agent-in-Charge of the Northeast Region of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of the Inspector General, announced today the arrest of MARIE E. THORNTON, the former Vice President of Finance for Iona College, on charges of embezzling more than $1.2 million from Iona College over the course of a ten-year time period.
THORNTON surrendered this morning and was presented in Manhattan federal court today.
As alleged in the Information filed in Manhattan federal court:
Talk of the Sound was first on the scene last April 19th when an explosion rocked a West End neighborhood in what was initially considered by many in the press and the public to have been car bomb detonated on Union Avenue in New Rochelle. Police called the explosion an accident and dismissed concerns of a car bomb or any connection to organized crime. Police stated that there were no known prior threats against the car owner.
At a press conference the following day, police said they believed the explosion was caused by an air-fuel mixture being ignited when Francesco Perri, of Eastchester, the owner of the vehicle, lit a cigarette. A melted red plastic gasoline container was found at the scene which smelled like gasoline. The NRPD declined to comment further pending results of an analysis by the ATF Laboratory in Ammendale, MD. That analysis has since been completed and largely confirms the preliminary conclusions.Read more
Domenic Procopio has been receiving “Special Illegal Privileges” for over a decade. These privileges include property tax breaks, school tax breaks, parking and moving violation breaks, etc… It was discovered that Domenic Procopio was and still is receiving STAR Tax breaks on more then one of his properties. STAR Tax break is ONLY eligible for a person’s primary residence. It was also discovered that Domenic Procopio was also receiving Combat Veteran Tax Breaks on his properties. The funny thing here is that Mr. Precopio NEVER served in any of the Armed Forces of these Great United States. So how was it that he was grated such a break? If you ask Mayor Noam Bramson, he’ll tell you it was a clerical error. BULL!!!. There is no way this was an error. This was a deliberate illegal favor given to Domenic Procopio by Tim Idoni, the current County Clerk and carried out by City Manager Chuck Strome and current Mayor Noam Bramson. The issue here is why hasn’t Domenic Procopio been relinquished of his title? I’ll tell you why. Political connections run deep. The corruption in New Rochelle City Hall is so bad that sitting elected officials are afraid to do anything in fear of all the scandals and corruption being uncovered.Read more
DOJ just dropped the following press release:
WASHINGTON – A federal grand jury in the Southern District of New York has returned a 10-count indictment charging Faisal Shahzad for allegedly driving a car bomb into Times Square on the evening of May 1, 201, the Justice Department announced today.
Shahzad, 30, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Pakistan, was taken into custody at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK Airport) on May 3, 2010, after he was identified by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection while attempting to leave the United States on a commercial flight to Dubai. Shahzad was then charged in a five-count criminal complaint. On May 18, 2010, he was presented in Manhattan federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. Francis IV.
The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum of the Southern District of New York. Shahzad is expected to be arraigned by Judge Cedarbaum on June 21, 2010, at noon.
Over the past year we have been telling Talk of the Sound readers about the "camel's nose under the tent" approach to establishing requiring BMI data collection for every child in the United States. What began as a voluntary program may now soon become the law of the land with parents compelled to allow government officials to measure and weigh their children to "fight obesity". How does measuring and weighing children "fight" obesity? It doesn't. The first step in these sorts of "do goody/big brother" initiatives is to create voluntary programs and take measurements to establish baselines.Read more
The Journal News reported this week that NR failed a state audit by the NY inspector general.Read more
Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) joined with community groups and 2010 Census volunteers to encourage all residents to mail back their 2010 Census forms. Marching to the mail box from the Port Chester Public Library, Senator Oppenheimer urged rally participants to fill out and mail in their 2010 Census forms promptly.
“It only takes ten minutes your time to help our communities obtain their fair share of federal funding for schools, health care, transportation and a host of other vital services,” said the Senator. “Census information is completely confidential and may not be used for other purposes or shared with other government agencies.”
The 2010 Census is a count of everyone living in the United States and is mandated by the United States Constitution. The amount of money available in federal and state aid to local communities depends, in large part, on information that comes from the Census.Read more