March 2012

Another Gunpoint Robbery in the Area, Time to Take Our Streets Back!

March 31, 2012 - 12:50

Another Sound Shore robbery has occurred. This time in Pelham. It took place as a commuter was walking home from the train station at approximately 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28th. It is believed that this recent gunpoint robbery is connected to those that took place earlier in January and February in New Rochelle, Pelham, the Village of Mamaroneck, Town of Mamaroneck and Town of Harrison.

People in the Pelham Heights area of the Village are justifiably upset that these robberies have gone unsolved for so long. Public safety is job one for local governments. People must be able to walk on public streets without any fear. We pay huge taxes here in Pelham. These are some of the complaints of village taxpayers.

Iona College men's basketball senior point guard Scott Machado was named Associated Press All-America Honorable mention

March 31, 2012 - 12:27

NCAA Machado(New Rochelle, NY) -- Iona College men's basketball senior point guard Scott Machado was named Associated Press All-America Honorable mention for his performance in the 2011-12 campaign.

Machado finished his senior campaign with a 13.6 ppg average and a NCAA Division leading 9.9 assists per game. Machado orchestrated the national's top scoring (82.9 ppg) and playmaking (19.3 apg) team. The 2012 Pepsi Max MAAC Player of the Year led the Gaels to a 25-8 mark and an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. The bid was just the second at-large in conference history.

Machado will appear in the Reese's Division I College All-Star Game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this Friday night.

Scott Machado Postseason Accolades
Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention
2012 Pepsi Max MAAC Player of the Year
2012 MAAC First Team All-Conference
USBWA All-District
NACB All-District
Top 15 Naismith Award
Top 11 Bob Cousy Award
Lute Olsen All-America Team All-America Third Team
Basketball Times All-America First Team

Should New Rochelle School District Employees Be Allowed to Drive District Vehicles While on Synthetic Opiates Like Methadone?

March 30, 2012 - 22:21

James Bonanno is one of two New Rochelle school district employees on a Methadone Maintenance Program. His primary job is to act as courier transporting supplies among school buildings in New Rochelle. As such, he is often driving a school vehicle under the influence of methadone, as well as illegal drugs like marijuana, sources say.

In the above video, Bonanno is seen driving a school district van to the Westchester County methadone clinic on Sickles Avenue in New Rochelle. After leaving the methadone clinic he drives onto North Avenue, then Lockwood and on to the buildings and grounds offices on Grove Street near Webster Avenue. Setting aside that Bonanno is doing all of this between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. during a workday which begins at 7 a.m., should the school district allow heroin addicts enrolled in methadone maintenance programs to operate district vehicles?

There is a wide range of conflicting literature on the topic.

Judith Huntington Addresses Students at First YMCA Y PowerUP Lecture

March 30, 2012 - 21:16

Huntington YMCA(New Rochelle, NY) -- Judith Huntington, the president of The College of New Rochelle, spoke on March 8, 2012 to women student leaders from New Rochelle, Pelham, and Mount Vernon high schools on how to plan their future education and careers, as part of the Y Power UP Program, sponsored by The College of New Rochelle and the New Rochelle YMCA.

President Huntington was introduced as a passionate and visionary leader by CNR Trustee Saddie Smith, Vice President of Enterprise Shared Services- Facilities at Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., a woman who is balancing family responsibilities with a demanding and successful career.

Westchester County Website Hacked, Closed Until Further Notice

March 30, 2012 - 20:09

WestchesterCo SiteHackedThe web site for Westchester County in New York was hacked. The site is currently closed for maintenance. A notice about the incident was sent to county workers.

The site was hacked following the installation of a third-party extension to the Joomla software which is used as the content management system for the county web site. No information was available on possible losses of confidential data.

Enablers Part II -- Those Who Vote for Forest City/Ratner and Citizens Who Are Silent

March 30, 2012 - 15:55

This will be brief! I join John D and many others in denouncing any of our representives who cast a vote for Echo Bay with the proviso that Forest City/Ratner are the developers.

As a matter of fact, I see Forest City, from a layman's point of view, as unindicted co-conspirators at Ridge Hill in Yonkers although their legal grounds were carefully raked and covered with manure as well as dirt.

Any Council Man or Woman, any of the 7, Ceremonial Mayor/Councilman at Large and 6 District Representatives would be covered with this wicked mixture as well.

The integrity of our government, our beleaguered and divided City, cannot take another blow. We have much to clean up; from basic management, financial management, responsibilities, priorities, and so much more. Ridge Hill may be successful but even if there were nothing amiss, it is substantially different than Echo Bay. Many powerful enablers, entrenched politicians, kin of famed prosecutors, ex mayors, councilmen, etc were involved to their dishonor. But, Jereis and Annabi stand alone at the end of the day.

Jefferson Elementary Tigers Take On The Harlem Wizards In Celebration Of Their 50Th Anniversary Tour

March 30, 2012 - 15:38

(New Rochelle, NY) Jefferson Elementary PTA will host a basketball fundraising event featuring the Harlem Wizards at New Rochelle High School. During an exciting evening of “trick hoops” and “alley oops” spectators will get the opportunity to watch Administration, faculty and parents put their skills on the court to the test as they take on the Harlem Wizards.

Since 1962 the Harlem Wizards have been combining amazing basketball talent with hilarious comedic acts for schools, charitable organizations, and foundations across the world.

The evening will be filled with ball-handling tricks, wild dunks, fancy team work, an interactive half-time show with the kids and a post game autograph session.

Sponsors Include: New Roc Fun Fuzion, Keller Williams NY Realty, Rooftop Rythms Dance Studio, and Cristina Cerone Photography just to name a few.

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Republican Legislators Urge Democrats to Choose Negotiation Over Litigation

March 30, 2012 - 15:04

Since the beginning of this legislative term, the Democrats on the Board of Legislators (BOL) and the County Executive (CE) have been at odds over a law that was passed by the BOL last year to reform the Board of Acquisition and Contract (A&C Board). The law was vetoed by the County Executive, and his veto was then overridden by the Democrats on the BOL. The Republican legislators voted to sustain the veto believing that the law required a referendum vote by the residents of Westchester County and the mandatory referendum was not contained in the law. The CE‘s position was that the law was null and void because it was not subjected to the mandatory referendum, and he offers an opinion from the County Attorney to support this position.

It is the position of the Republican County Legislators that our County Charter dictates that any law that changes the powers of any elected official is subject to a mandatory referendum by Westchester County voters and that this A&C Board law does clearly alter the powers of the CE. Therefore, this change to our County Charter requires the approval of the voters through a referendum vote this upcoming Election Day.