The case against accused murderer Laurell Smith, 20, and two alleged accomplices, Rico Johnson, 19, and Krista Leggieri, 17, was adjourned today by Judge Preston Scher presiding in New Rochelle City Court. A new hearing date has been set for October 1st, leading to speculation that some sort of plea deal was in the works.
Laurell Smith was charged last week with one count of murder in the second degree after killing Kevin Williams, 23, by intentionally stabbing him in the abdomen with a large kitchen knife a week ago Saturday. The murder took place in front of 270 North Avenue and has received widespread attention. It was the first murder in New Rochelle in well over a year. Rico Johnson and Krista Leggieri have been charged for hindering prosecution in the first degree and tampering with physical evidence for helping Smith hide the murder weapon. All three defendants list their address as 311 North Avenue although Smith and Johnson have been incarcerated at the Westchester County Jail in Valhalla. There whereabouts of Leggieri have not been made public.Read more
For Immediate Release
Dated: September 14, 2010
Contact: Jim Maisano (914) 469-5486
or Kieran Lalor (845) 616-3509
Jim Maisano Receives Vets for New York Endorsement
Vets for New York (VFNY) today announced its support of Jim Maisano for New York State Supreme Court in the 9th Judicial District. In giving its endorsement, VFNY cited Maisano’s longstanding dedication to veterans during his tenure as Westchester County Legislator, his leadership in fighting for lower taxes and less spending, as well as his military service in the United States Marine Corps.
“We strongly support Jim Maisano for Supreme Court,” said Kieran Michael Lalor, founder of Vets for New York. He has been fighting for fiscal responsibility for over a decade as a legislator. As a former Marine, he has a unique appreciation for the issues that veterans face and is a leader on veteran issues. We are impressed that Jim was one of the veterans that originally brought the need for legislation providing property tax relief for cold war veterans to the New York State Legislature. Jim’s advocacy helped pass this law in Albany. We are sure his experience as an attorney, legislator and Marine will ensure that Jim will be an excellent Supreme Court Justice.Read more
Maisano for Justice Press Release
The Westchester Hispanic Law Enforcement Association (WHLEA) announced its endorsement of Jim Maisano for Supreme Court Justice, 9th Judicial District and Patricia O’Callaghan for Westchester Family Court Judge. The WHLEA cited both candidates’ longstanding record of leadership on law enforcement issues, commitment to equal treatment under the law, and understanding of the issues that all Westchester residents face, particularly in the Hispanic and Latino communities. (Please note that a photo of the endorsement is attached to this email).
OK. It's official. The Journal News has redeemed itself. It has becoming increasingly clear that the JN is finally starting to ask some tough questions about New Rochelle and come over from the dark side. In 2008 and 2009, New Rochelle was largely ignored by the JN. When it did mention New Rochelle, the 7th largest city in New Rochelle and the 2nd largest in its coverage area it was little more than high school sports scores, police blotter reports and "rip 'n read" press releases. You could literally count on one hand the number of original reporting done in or about New Rochelle. As for investigative reporting, there was been absolutely none and only the very occasional article that was not spoon fed to a reporter by government officials. That has begun to change.Read more
WHITE PLAINS, NY -- Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced today that Christopher Welch, 32, of 45 Pleasant Street, New Rochelle, New York plead guilty to two counts of Persistent Sexual Abuse, class “E” Felonies.Read more