Talk of the Sound has confirmed that a key statement by Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak in the wake of the arrest of Jose Martinez was false. Martinez was arrested by New Rochelle police for sexual molestation of a 14-year old student at Isaac E. Young Middle School on March 24th. The following day, Organisciak issued the following statement.
Statement from Richard Organisciak, Superintendent of Schools
March 25, 2011
We are deeply concerned about the allegations that have been made against Assistant Principal, Jose Martinez. The safety and welfare of our students remains our priority.
Mr. Martinez was hired by the district in 2007 as Administrative Dean at Isaac E. Young Middle School. He was provided with clearance to work in the school district after passing the normal State criminal fingerprinting check. There had been no record of complaints from students or staff about Mr. Martinez.
The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a Superseding Indictment in the case involving Forest City projects in Brooklyn including the Atlantic Yards project. Forest City is the developer of the Echo Bay Project in New Rochelle.
An eleven-count Superseding Indictment was filed today charging New York State Senator Carl Kruger, New York State Assemblyman William Boyland, Jr., former MediSys Health Network Chief Executive Officer David Rosen, and five other defendants with bribery, fraud, and other federal corruption crimes. Lobbyist Richard Lipsky, real estate developer Aaron Malinsky, health care consultant Solomon Kalish, former Chief Executive Officer of Parkway Hospital, Robert Aquino, and Michael Turano, a Manhattan-based gynecologist are also named. The defendants were originally charged in a three-count Complaint on March 10, 2011, and Rosen was subsequently indicted on March 31. With today’s Superseding Indictment, all eight defendants are now charged in a single Indictment. The defendants will be arraigned before U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff on April 11, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in Manhattan federal court.Read more
It is shaping up as another banner week for the New Rochelle school district, one of the most crime-laden school districts in Westchester County.
Former New Rochelle District Employee Vito Costa will be sentenced today in White Plains as part of his guilty plea last April on charges related to working a no-show job for the Buildings and Grounds Department. Despite pleading guilty to working a no-show job, after investigators from the District Attorney's office followed him around for a month watching him do everything but show up for work in New Rochelle, no supervisors were ever charged by the DA or terminated by the District.Read more
In a case that set of alarm bells all over Southern Westchester, Paula Izurieta, 30, of 17 Smart Street in Yonkers was convicted yesterday in New York State Supreme Court in New City, NY on all charges stemming from a burglary at the home of Richard Serpico, a Congers resident, 33 years old at the time of his death, who was killed in a motorcycle crash the weekend before the burglary occurred. Izurieta was convicted of two counts of Burglary-2nd Degree, both felonies.
Izurieta was arrested along with Ivan Murat on July 18, 2010 at the dead man's home. According to police they were taking everything out of the victims house including towels and even his bathing suits.Read more
Channel 12 News reporting New Rochelle Police took DNA Samples from Martinez' Office at Isaac Young
Talk of the Sound has learned that an employee at Jefferson Elementary School in New Rochelle formerly expressed concerns to school district administrators earlier this school year that then-newly appointed Assistant Principal Jose Martinez was taking unusual steps to make his office at the school more private. Martinez requested new locks on both the interior and exterior doors to his office including a special lock on the interior door which connected an foyer-area which served as a waiting room to his actual office. Martinez also covered up the window looking into his office until a shade was installed on the interior door, according to sources.
Sources tell Talk of the Sound that the employee was demoted after filing the complaint and admonished for being a "trouble maker".
Another district employee expressed concerns over the nature of the lock on Martinez door.Read more
Ten to fifteen supporters of Jose Martinez, the former Assistant Principal at Jefferson Elementary is scheduled to appear in the New Rochelle City Court today. After waiting for more than two hours to see Martinez, Judge Susan Kettner adjourned until 2:45 p.m.
UPDATE: Martinez' attorney waived his right to appear. Attorney Robert Marcus told Judge Susan Kettner that his client was in holding but did not wish to appear before the Judge. The next appearance date was set for April 15th. Marcus indicated that he was going to see a reduction in bail.Read more
Bob Marrone of WVOX has provided Talk of the Sound with audio recording of the New Rochelle Police Press Conference on Arrest of Jose Martinez Friday March 24, 2011
New Rochelle Police Department Press Conference (UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT)
March 25, 2011
Arrest of Jose Martinez, 38, former Dean at Isaac E. Young Middle School and recently promoted Assistant Principal at Jefferson Elementary School, both in New Rochelle, NY.
Deputy Commissioner Anthony Murphy: Wednesday March 23 we received a formal complaint that a New Rochelle school district administrator was having a relationship with a 14 year-old. The matter was investigated and last evening detectives arrested Jose Martinez, age 38, of 205 Elliot Street, Brentwood, NYRead more
New Rochelle, NY (February 2011) Top local, state and federal law enforcement experts will participate in Iona College’s first Conference on Security Threat Assessment from 8 AM to 5 PM, Friday, March 25 at the college’s Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle.
Among the topics that will be addressed are:
Defining Security Threat Assessment and Its Significance Today
Security Threat Groups – The Challenges of Gangs
Best Practice Strategies and Crisis Management Planning for Public and Private
New Faces of Terrorism: The Radicalization of America
Emerging Trends in Terrorism – What the Future Holds
Cathryn Lavery, Conference Coordinator and Chair of Iona’s Criminal Justice Department, which is presenting the conference, said: “This will be the most comprehensive overview of security threat presented by experts who are actively working in the field.” She also noted that the conference is designed for terrorism experts and consultants, educators, court officials, school and private security representatives, hospital administrators, social workers and other practitioners and students majoring in education, criminal justice and political science.Read more