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Federal Raid on New Rochelle Home Nets 50 Pounds of Methamphetamine Worth $800,000, Largest in State History Says DEA

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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- A DEA task force including members of the New Rochelle Police Department, New York State Police and New York Police Department raided a house at 71 Church Street in New Rochelle, NY on Sunday afternoon. Law enforcement agents including some DEA agents seized roughly 50 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $800,000.

U.S. Postal Service Van Hit and Run Sends Car Rolling 30 Feet in New Rochelle

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On July 3rd, 2012 a New Rochelle resident came home from work to his home on Farragut Circle to discover that his car, a red 1991 Toyota, was no longer parked where he had left it but about 30 feet further down the road. The owner of the vehicle was completely mystified.

A security camera installed at the front of the home near the front door provided the answer.

The video shows that the vehicle was rear-ended by a U.S. Post Office delivery van. The postal carrier driving the van struck the parked car and the force of the impact pushed the car forward out of the frame.

According to Post Office sources, the postal carrier drove forward, got out of his vehicle and inspected the Toyota for damage. Post Office policy requires that a postal carrier involved in a collision call back to the office and report the incident. Seeing no significant damage, the postal carrier decided to continue on his route with the intention to report the incident when he got back to the office. He failed to do that was disciplined as a result.

New Rochelle Board of Education Discussion of Echo Bay Development

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New Rochelle Board of Education Meeting on August 28, 2012. Discussion Item: Echo Bay Development.

In attendance, Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak, Board of Education President Chrisanne Petrone, Board of Education Vice President Deidre Polow, Board of Education Members David Lacher, Jeffrey Hastie, Valerie Orellana, Rachel Relkin, Naomi Brickell, and Mary Jane Reddington.

Unofficial Transcript

ORGANISCIAK: OK. Echo Bay. Who would have ever thought that we would be talking about Echo Bay in the educational part of this building? Echo Bay proposal…uh…we were invited...

PETRONE: Yeah, I was. Richard had reached out to me. I was invited to go to a meeting. I was obviously out of the country as was Dee so I had asked Rachel to kind of go to the meeting on behalf of me and Dee and just gather information so I am sure you can give us update but Rich if you can talk a little about that.

A Call to Arms: New Rochelle Residents Set to March on City Hall on October 10th

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A Statement by New Rochelle Citizens for A Veterans Performing Arts Center

The New Rochelle City Council has held an “unofficial” vote to deny the New Rochelle Veterans an opportunity to put together a development package for the New Rochelle Armory after we, along with the Save Our Armory Committee, spent 10 years working to save the building from destruction. The development rights were awarded instead to friends and donors of New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson.

We have had enough of the Mayor and his cronies mortgaging our heritage and our future for the benefit of his political career.

The storm is gathering. Join us!

On October 10th we will gather at American Legion Post 8 at 112 North Avenue at 6 p.m. Once gathered we will form up and march, as a group shortly before 7 p.m. We will march up North Avenue to the steps of City Hall. From there we will enter the Council Chambers and educate Council Members on just what CITIZENS TO BE HEARD actually means.

Bring your friends. Bring anything loud -- horns, cowbells, trash can lids.

October 10th. 6 p.m. Come, March. Be Heard. Citizen.

Below are links to the presentation Noam Bramson does not want the city council to see, the Reimagine New Rochelle Armory Presentation by Shop Architects:

Who We Are: Reimagine New Rochelle Armory Presentation by Shop Architects (1 of 3)

What We Have Done: Reimagine New Rochelle Armory Presentation by Shop Architects (2 of 3)

Design and Financials for the Armory: Reimagine New Rochelle Armory Presentation by Shop Architects (3 of 3)

One Last Video Noam Bramson Does Not Want You To See: Reimagine New Rochelle Armory Presentation by Shop Architects (3 of 3)

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This video is the third of three videos put together based on the presentation made by Shop Architects, the group retained by Reimagine New Rochelle to develop a plan for the New Rochelle Armory. An executive from Shawmut Design and Construction also presented and provided a detailed financial plan based on previous Shawmut projects.

In this 26 minute video, Todd Sigaty and Krista Ninavaggi of shop Architects explain the site plan, financials and proposed design for the Armory.

Reimagine New Rochelle is compromised of residents including those associated with Veterans groups, the Arts and Design and Construction.

shop Architects is a leading architectural firm whose most recent project, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, has been a media sensation. Home to the Brooklyn Nets, the venue will soon host the incomparable Barbara Streisand performing for the first time in her native borough on Oct. 11th. Other projects include Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport, the Columbia University School for the Arts and many others.

Shawmut Design and Construction is a leading construction management firm with offices in Boston, New York, Providence, Las Vegas, and New Haven. They have completed over 600 projects ranging from museums to sports venues to casinos to churches. Their client range includes Four Seasons Hotels, Harvard University, Wynn Resort & Casino, Tiffany & Co. and many more.

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The Video Noam Bramson Does Not Want You To See: Reimagine New Rochelle Armory Presentation by Shop Architects (1 of 3)

Another Video Noam Bramson Does Not Want You To See: Reimagine New Rochelle Armory Presentation by Shop Architects (2 of 3)

Another Video Noam Bramson Does Not Want You To See: Reimagine New Rochelle Armory Presentation by Shop Architects (2 of 3)

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This video is the second of three videos put together based on the presentation made by Shop Architects, the group retained by Reimagine New Rochelle to develop a plan for the New Rochelle Armory. An executive from Shawmut Design and Construction also presented and provided a detailed financial plan based on previous Shawmut projects.

In this 14 minute video, Todd Sigaty and Krista Ninavaggi of shop Architects describe various related projected the firm has designed and developed over the past two decades including the Barclary Center at Atlantic Yards for Forest City/Ratner, Performing Art and Auditorium Center at Goldman Sachs World Headquarters, Greenport Waterfront on the North Fork of Long Island, East River Waterfront at South Street Seaport, Pier 17 at South Street Seaport, Garden Street Lofts, Porter House, and others.

Clients include Google, Columbia University, Museum of Modern Art, Goldman Sachs, Virgin Atlantic and many more.

Reimagine New Rochelle is compromised of residents including those associated with Veterans groups, the Arts and Design and Construction.

shop Architects is a leading architectural firm whose most recent project, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, has been a media sensation. Home to the Brooklyn Nets, the venue will soon host the incomparable Barbara Streisand performing for the first time in her native borough on Oct. 11th. Other projects include Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport, the Columbia University School for the Arts and many others.

RELATED:

The Video Noam Bramson Does Not Want You To See: Reimagine New Rochelle Armory Presentation by Shop Architects (1 of 3)

One Last Video Noam Bramson Does Not Want You To See: Reimagine New Rochelle Armory Presentation by Shop Architects (3 of 3)

The Video Noam Bramson Does Not Want You To See: Reimagine New Rochelle Armory Presentation by Shop Architects (1 of 3)

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This video is the first of three videos put together based on the presentation made by Shop Architects, the group retained by Reimagine New Rochelle to develop a plan for the New Rochelle Armory. An executive from Shawmut Design and Construction also presented and provided a detailed financial plan based on previous Shawmut projects.

In this 13 minute video, Todd Sigaty and Krista Ninavaggi of shop Architects explains who they are and the other members of the team they propose to work on the New Rochelle armory -- Shawmut Design and Construction, Robert-Silman Associates (structural engineers), HR&A (analysts), Fort Pond Bay Company (restauranteur), Cosentini (acoustics), Bold (lighting design).

Reimagine New Rochelle is compromised of residents including those associated with Veterans groups, the Arts and Design and Construction. This first video is just under 13 minutes long.

shop Architects is a leading architectural firm whose most recent project, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, has been a media sensation. Home to the Brooklyn Nets, the venue will soon host the incomparable Barbara Streisand performing for the first time in her native borough on Oct. 11th. Other projects include Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport, the Columbia University School for the Arts and many others.

Shawmut Design and Construction is a leading construction management firm with offices in Boston, New York, Providence, Las Vegas, and New Haven. They have completed over 600 projects ranging from museums to sports venues to casinos to churches. Their client range includes Four Seasons Hotels, Harvard University, Wynn Resort & Casino, Tiffany & Co. and many more.

RELATED:

Another Video Noam Bramson Does Not Want You To See: Reimagine New Rochelle Armory Presentation by Shop Architects (2 of 3)

One Last Video Noam Bramson Does Not Want You To See: Reimagine New Rochelle Armory Presentation by Shop Architects (3 of 3)

New Rochelle Development Commissioner Resigns

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Michael FreimuthNew Rochelle Development Commissioner Michael Freimuth has resigned, according to sources inside City Hall.

UPDATE: City Manager Chuck Strome has confirmed Freimuth's resignation.

UPDATE: Michael Freimuth tells Talk of the Sound he be around New Rochelle until October 12 and be available "as needed" until December. His official start date at his new job, according to the CRDA, is October 1.

Word of the resignation comes two days after New Rochelle Mayor Bramson rammed through a controversial decision to award development right for the New Rochelle Armory to Good Profit although the time is said to coincidental. These same sources, however, say that Freimuth had complained that he had become fed up with Noam running the Department of Development and Bramson's actions with regard to the New Rochelle Armory were the final straw.

Freimuth was highly regarded in New Rochelle for his professional demeanor and thorough approach.

Freimuth is leaving to run the Capitol Region Development Authority which is responsible for overseeing the Hartford Convention Center, Rentschler football field and other area developments.

“Certainly, we are sorry to see him go, but given the opportunity Mike was offered by the State of Connecticut, I fully understand why he accepted the position." New Rochelle City Manager Charles Strome. "Mike managed the department well and New Rochelle benefitted from his expertise, particularly with regard to land use and zoning. We will begin our search for a replacement immediately, and wish Mike the best in his new position."

Freimuth's departure was reported in yesterday's Hartford Courant without any announcement from the City of New Rochelle.

The Courant quoted a statement from Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy.

"Hartford's legacy as a busy center of commerce and entertainment is a history worth repeating, and CRDA will be at the forefront of that effort. With Mike at the helm, we have the leadership in place to revitalize our capitol region. His extensive background in economic development will be a strong asset to the organization."

Freimuth served under Malloy when he was Mayor of Stamford, CT.

City officials said that no departure date had been set. According to the Hartford Courant, Freimuth will start in his new job on October 1. In a call to the Development office, staff would only say that Freimuth was not in the office.