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
A lobbyist for a real estate developer with ties to New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson has been indicted in a federal public corruption probe.
Richard Lipsky, a lobbyist employed by Forest City Ratner, has been indicted on allegations of paying bribes to New York State Sen. Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn). Vice President of Governmental Affairs and Public Relations Bruce Bender is also identified in the complaint for his role in seek funds from Kruger last December for three projects -- $9 million for a bridge related to the Atlantic Yards project; $2 million for the Mill Basin retail development in Brooklyn; and $4 million for a skating rink in Prospect Park. Mr. Bender’s wife, Amy Bender, is on the board of the Prospect Park Alliance, the park’s fund-raising group.Read more
Iona College has issues the following statement:
It is our understanding that Iona College’s former chief financial officer plead guilty today to federal fraud charges. As we have previously stated, the College took all proper actions in this situation when it was discovered almost two years ago and the majority of the missing funds were recovered. New procedures are in place to safeguard against a similar situation.
The court decided today to seek additional information from the individual and to proceed with the sentencing phase at a later date.Read more
Marie E. Thornton, 63, pled guilty to embezzlement from an organization that receives federal funds, Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today. The conviction carries a maximum sentence of ten years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense. The Information also seeks forfeiture of all proceeds of the offense. Thornton is scheduled to be sentenced before the Honorable Kimba M. Wood on May 13, 2011.
Thornton, the former Vice President of Finance for Iona College, pled guilty today for embezzling more than $850,000 from the college. Thornton pled guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin N. Fox.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: "This is a classic case of the fox guarding the hen house. Marie Thornton was entrusted with the financial well-being of Iona College, but instead, she abused her access to cook the books and line her own pockets."Read more