Noted Albany Law School professor Paul Finkelman will address the Constitutionality of Laws regarding Equality Issues at Temple Israel of New Rochelle’s third annual Pride Shabbat at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 24. A discussion will follow the service. The community is welcome.
Professor Finkelman is an expert in constitutional history and constitutional law, freedom of religion, the law of slavery, civil liberties and the American Civil War, and legal issues surrounding baseball. He has written extensively on Thomas Jefferson and on Abraham Lincoln.
He teaches constitutional law, with a particular interest in all dimensions of the First Amendment, and has written in the field of religion and the law. He was the chief expert witness in the Alabama Ten Commandments monument case and his scholarship on religious monuments in public spaces was cited by the U.S. Supreme Count. His scholarship on the Second Amendment has also been cited by the Supreme Court. In 2002, he was a key expert witness in the suit over who owned Barry Bonds’ 73rd home run ball.
Sources with direct knowledge of a public corruption investigation in New Rochelle by the Westchester County District Attorney tell Talk of the Sound that Fleet Manager Richard Fevang is the sole focus of the pending grand jury indictment.
Several sources have complained that the DA's office appears to be singling out Fevang and ignoring siginificant wrong doing by other municipal employees. Some well-placed sources have speculated that this may be the result of political considerations by Janet DeFiore, a Democrat, who will need to support from New Rochelle Democrats when she runs for re-election. By laying the entire case at the feet of Fevang, the City can then claim they have got rid of the "one rotten apple" when they fire him to create the illusion that Fevang was a rogue employee and that no other municipal employees were involved.Read more
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Laurell Smith, 21, of 311 North Avenue, New Rochelle, New York was convicted today after a jury trial of one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree, a class “B” Felony, for a daytime stabbing on September 18th, 2010 on North Avenue in New Rochelle, resulting in the death of Kevin Williams.
The murder was first reported on Talk of the Sound within minutes of the stabbing. Talk of the Sound was first to report that Kevin Williams had died, turning the case into a murder investigation.
Rico Johnson, 20, of 311 North Avenue, New Rochelle, New York had previously pled guilty on March 11th, 2011 to one count of Hindering Prosecution in the Second Degree, a class “E” Felony and one count of Tampering with Physical Evidence, a class “E” Felony. Johnson will be sentenced on June 14th, 2011.
Krista Leggieri,18, of 311 North Avenue, New Rochelle, New York had previously pled guilty on March 11th, 2011 to one count of Hindering Prosecution in the Second Degree, a class “E” Felony and one count of Tampering with Physical Evidence, a class “E” Felony. Leggieri will be sentenced on June 14th, 2011.Read more
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore and New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Commissioner Thomas H. Mattox announced today that Steven Malkin (DOB 08/11/58) of 29 Chester Drive, Rye, New York was arrested and charged by Felony Complaint with:
In addition, Old Tyme Wine & Spirits, Inc. located at 422 Pelham Avenue, in New Rochelle was charged by Felony Complaint with:
The Westchester County District Attorney will convene a grand jury Tuesday May 10th in White Plains to consider filing charges against employees of the City of New Rochelle and equipment and service vendors doing business with the City, Talk of the Sound has learned. The Public Integrity Division of the DA's office has been investigating the New Rochelle Department of Public Works, a probe which has expanded to the New Rochelle Parks & Recreation Department and the City's Finance Department.Read more
A student at Albert Leonard Middle School received a 5-day suspension earlier this week for distributing brownies laced with marijuana. Several students reported feeling sick after eating the "pot brownies".
The incident was widely discussed among students at Albert Leonard Middle School. Several students who say they know the student, an 8th grade female, tell Talk of the Sound that the student's older sister was recently disciplined for a drug-related incident at New Rochelle High School.
One City School District of New Rochelle employee, who asked not to be identified, told Talk of the Sound the student may have been selling the brownies and that some student knew they were ingesting brownies laced with marijuana.
UPDATE: A reader sent the following note:Read more
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