City employees have been advised to change their passwords following the arrest of an employee in the Information Technology department at City Hall by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. The employee is allegedly a member of the notorious Latin Kings street gang, known to operate in New Rochelle.
Sources tell Talk of the Sound, the employee had administrative-level access to computers in City Hall, the New Rochelle Police Department and other City agencies. This would have, in turn, given the employee access to information on confidential informants, pending anti-Gang and anti-drg initiatives, on-going undercover and surveillance operations and much more.
The Latin Kings are considered the largest and most organized Hispanic street gang in the United States. Originally formed in Chicago in the 1940's. The Latin Kings expanded into the New York area in the 1980's.
UPDATE: the guy arrested is Jason Martinez. He allegedly tried to sell ecstasy to an undercover cop working for the D.A. According to the Journal News, Martinez was arrested two weeks ago.
I asked Chuck Strome for a comment last night when we first broke the story but he has, so far, not responded. According to Aman Ali, Strome says he will issue a statement today but already Strome has apparently said that Martinez did not represent any sort of security risk. I have news for the City government, when ANY person working in your IT department is arrested for dealing drugs by definition they are a security risk.