February 2012

New Rochelle Quietly Resumes Crime Mapping Program

February 29, 2012 - 22:06

CrimemappingFacebookNew Rochelle has quietly switched its crime map back on after a much publicized incident last March where the Mayor expressed shock the his police department had endorsed a web service that provided residents detailed information about crime in their neighborhoods.

There has been no announcement but Talk of the Sound has been monitoring New Rochelle crime data on since December when the company announced on its Facebook page that the New Rochelle PD was live on its system. The data is a highly sanitized view of crime data and dramatically understates the level of activity in New Rochelle.

Talk of the Sound has partnered with for almost a year and publishes all crime data. In a sample period of one week, the City reported 15 incidents compared to over 250 in SpotCrime.

A View of Forest City - Politics Promises and Payoffs

February 29, 2012 - 08:39

Questions about the relationship between New Rochelle's administration and Echo Bay developer, Forest City Ratner, are nothing new to the readers of this site. The dichotomy of having one agenda for the public to witness and another "behind closed doors" agenda for the purpose of bypassing public witness of the procedure can only be characterized as self serving. Self serving for the developer, that is, and not, necessarily, for New Rochelle.

Monroe College Plays Host This Weekend to NJCAA Region XV Basketball Tournament

February 29, 2012 - 00:27


Monroe College will host the NJCAA Region XV basketball tournament this weekend at the Monroe Athletic Complex in New Rochelle, NY. The extravaganza will feature twelve teams playing sixteen games in three days. On Sunday, four championships will be awarded.

Schedules, tournament brackets, and other information.


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2012 Journal News Golf Show at Westchester County Center

February 29, 2012 - 00:24

GolferThe 2012 Journal News Golf Show, featuring great merchandise, free lessons and tips from the pros, prizes and much more, will tee off on Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.

Visit the lower Hudson Valley’s only golf show and discover Golf Westchester’s six challenging 18-hole golf courses. Stop by the Golf Westchester booth and fill out an entry form for free prizes and automatically receive a coupon for a “2 Fore 1” golf round on county courses during the first month of the season. Restrictions apply. Pros will give swing tips and sell merchandise. Golf gift cards and County Park Passes will be on sale as well.

The county golf courses are Mohansic in Yorktown Heights; Maple Moor in White Plains; Saxon Woods in Scarsdale; Hudson Hills in Ossining; and Dunwoodie and Sprain Lake, both in Yonkers

Can New Rochelle's Echo Bay Development Pass The Smell Test?

February 28, 2012 - 23:41


This ongoing debate concerning New Rochelle's "wonderful" opportunity to build luxury condos on prime waterfront property, where the city now houses it's D.P.W., brings this thought to mind: Could we all please get a little more real about this so called "prime waterfront" down there? I mean, are you kidding? From the satellite image below you can see the acres of prime mud flats at low-tide, which happens like clockwork twice a day. You couldn't get a rowboat out to the harbor from the end of the city's property. However, as you can see, you could easily walk from a parked city garbage truck to the dock at the end of Sutton Manor Rd. without getting your feet wet.

It's a tidal marsh lapping up against the rear of the city yard, if it's anything.

Ah yes, it's true. At high tide and from the proper angle looking exactly straight out past Tank Island, past Sedge Island, scanning over the masts and boats in the New Rochelle Harbor, one's eyes do come to rest on the horizon line of the Sound with Long Island in the distance.

Westchester County Police Seize Half A Kilo Of Heroin Near Ursuline School in New Rochelle

February 28, 2012 - 23:14

HeroinBustUrsulineWestchester County Police seized more than a half a kilo of heroin and arrested two New York City men on Monday night following a traffic stop on North Avenue in New Rochelle.

Detectives David Minet and Joseph Berardi were on the northbound Hutchinson River Parkway in an unmarked car about 6:05 p.m. when they observed a 2011 Dodge Charger traveling over the speed limit near Webster Avenue. The vehicle exited at North Avenue and the detectives followed it off the highway and pulled it over near The Ursuline School.

When the detectives approached the car, they observed the passenger using his feet to try to hide a bag under his seat. A package containing 1.5 pounds of heroin was subsequently found in that bag.

The package of heroin has a street value of about $60,000 but would be worth much more when broken down into small envelopes for individual sale.

New Rochelle Board of Education Meeting at Webster School

February 28, 2012 - 23:08

The school board will meet tonight. Here is their agenda and below (after the jump) some commentary on a few of the most interesting resolutions.

Board of Education Committee of the Whole Session

Tuesday Evening February 28, 2012
Daniel Webster Elementary School, Auditorium
95 Glenmore Drive, New Rochelle, New York


Seeing Is Believing – See For Yourself

6:00 P.M. Committee of the Whole Session…[Executive session]

Members of the Board of Education anticipate making a motion to go immediately into Executive Session to discuss legal matters.

At approximately 7:00 p.m., the Board anticipates making a motion to reconvene the public session of the meeting.

7:00 P.M. Committee of the Whole Session [Public session]

I. Board of Education Announcements

II. General Election Districts

III. Voting Machine Status

IV. Superintendent's Report

Student Presentation: Van Gogh’s Cat

2011-2012 Goals and Objectives:
Joseph Williams, Principal, Daniel Webster Elementary School

China Partnership

V. Review of Draft Resolutions

VI. Board/Community Informal Discussion

After Many Years, New Rochelle Board of Education Still Unable to Find Qualified Candidate for Six-Figure Director of Security Position

February 28, 2012 - 23:05


After years of trying, the New Rochelle Board of Education has once again failed to identify a single person with a security background to take the six-figure position of Director of Security for the New Rochelle Public Schools.

The board tonight will consider Draft Resolution No. 12-243 to authorize Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak to submit a waiver request for Bruce Daniele to the New York State Civil Service Commission Pursuant To Retirement And Social Security Law Section 211.

According to the resolution, joint recruitment efforts by the School District and the City of New Rochelle Civil Service Commission have failed to produce any other qualified candidates who are not also retirees who would require waivers pursuant to §211.